Delver achievement in Skyrim


Clear 50 dungeons

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How to unlock the Delver achievement

  • MEGAMAN962MEGAMAN962350,404
    27 Nov 2011 27 Nov 2011 27 Nov 2011
    56 0 5
    All of the following types of areas are the best to target when going for the Delver achievement. These areas do not require you to go wandering around an in-ground or underground maze. Most of them only require you to go in and kill a small number of moderate or weak level enemies. The only exceptions are the Dragon Lairs or Nests (not sure what to call them), as these seem to require you learning the shout the dragons are guarding. My best advice for finding these would be to buy a horse and ride around. You will see the icons appear on your compass. If it's an easy-to-clear location like I mention below, hop off and clear. Otherwise, ignore it or simply ride up to it so that you can fast travel there in the future (not a bad idea as it may have a mission or side-quest associated with it in the future).

    Note: While I am not aware of any of these areas REQUIRING yo to sign up for a quest in order to clear it, it is possible that a small few are side-quest related and may require you to complete the part of the quest in the area in order to clear it (like go and get *insert random name*'s sword back).

    A quick and easy way to clear a few dungeons is to target the areas that pop up on the map and your compass as pine trees. These areas typically can be cleared easily by killing a few bears or whatever other hostile creature inhabits the area.

    The next easy targets, depending on your level and equipment, are the giant camps, which appear on the map and compass as mammoth skulls. Just run in, kill the giant/giants, and you're done. I kill the mammoths after the giants for the tusks, but as far as I've seen, that's not necessary.

    Another target that's quick, but not necessarily easy (again, ease is dependent on character level and equipment), is the dragon lairs or nests. On the map and compass, they look like dragon heads. These are cleared once you kill the dragons and learn the shouts that they are guarding. You do not necessarily have to kill all enemies in the lair/nest. I found a high-level enemy in one (Shearpoint I believe) that kicked my arse. I decided I wanted my shout, screw killing him. Ran past him as he started getting out of his coffin, learned my shout, and sprinted away. This cleared the area for me (don't worry, got my revenge a few levels later when I was stronger and better equiped). A lot of these, if not all of them, can be assigned as a bounty quest from the Jarls in the various cities, which makes finding them easier.

    Speaking of bounties, the Jarls will also mention bandit camps nearby that are typically easy to clear in a short amount of time. These camps look like tents on the map and compass. You can clear some or all of these without the assigned bounties, but that's extra gold for free from the Jarls. Why miss the easy money? Not sure if you have to kill all bandits in the hideout or just the Chiefs, but if you're there and they're attacking you, why not kill 'em all to be on the safe side?

    I've also noticed that certain ruins (the ones that appear as on the compass and map looking like M's) are pretty easy to clear as well. They are to be handled the same way the Pine Tree icon areas are. Go into the area and kill whatever monster is inhabiting it. Easy and fast cleared dungeon.

    Yet another easy map Icon to target are the Tower shaped Icons with a triangle flag on top. These are not like the ones without the triangle flag, as the ones without the triangle flag have inside areas that may need to be cleared. Target the ones with the flags on the icon and it's as simple as the Pine Trees and the M-Shaped Ruins.

    Finally, just play the game. Side-quests and main story missions constantly send you into the larger underground dungeons. They are time consuming, but fun, so if you follow my advice and find yourself close to the achievement (check your progress by hitting start, right trigger to go to general stats, and looking at "Dungeons Cleared"), just hit up a few side-quests and you'll have it before long. Enjoy the game, I know I am!

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    LizardKingv666I cleared five giant camps and none of them counted towards the achievement.
    Posted by LizardKingv666 on 25 Jan 12 at 19:09
    DEMON LEMONWhat about Mines? Do they count, does N E 1 kno cuz if they do that B EZ and U could mine some Iron, Silver, etc. while clearing them... :) ThX Plz update.
    Posted by DEMON LEMON on 28 Jan 13 at 10:37
    Epsilon ThetaYes they do.
    Posted by Epsilon Theta on 28 Jan 13 at 11:28
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  • Hans cabooseHans caboose162,039
    14 Nov 2011 15 Nov 2011 18 Nov 2011
    30 6 16
    To get this achievement you need to clear 50 Dungeons.

    Now, Clearing a dungeon is not allways the same for every dungeon. Most of the times it means that you must complete the specific objective for a dungeon.

    For excample clearing Bleak Falls Barrow means that you must get to the dragon wall and kill the miniboss at the end of the dungeon.

    Most of the times that is all it takes. The best ways to find dungeons to explore is to take on quests and just simply exploring. You will go through a lot of Dungeons during the main quest and generally completing quests.

    Hope this helps you guys out. And if there's anything. Just ask.

    If you leave a negative vote, please PM me and tell me why so i can improve the guide.

    Many people have asked wether areas in general count. And they do. So all camps with giants etc. that you clear WILL count towards the achievement.I'm sorry if i was unclear on this point earlier.
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    darthluigi7Wanted to point out that sometimes when I clear out a dungeon as part of a quest it will not be listed as cleared though I obviously did all I could in there. In this case it took a re-clearing to actually list as cleared on my map. I think this is because when you are on a quest some dungeons are different inside (as far as enemies or such) than if you were just exploring without any kind of quest leading you there. Did not work all the time though, as Atari Addict mentioned above.
    Posted by darthluigi7 on 17 Dec 11 at 06:40
    Munkeh111Personally, I have had about 50% of my dungeons not clearing despite killing all the enemies and getting all the items (even checking the internet for hidden chests)

    @ darthluigi, are you suggesting that the way to cure this is to go back through them separate to going through them as part of quests?
    Posted by Munkeh111 on 03 Jan 12 at 22:50
    LadyKillerinaThanks, this was great!
    Posted by LadyKillerina on 31 Aug 13 at 23:46
  • Robot GeniusRobot Genius112,066
    16 Nov 2011 18 Nov 2011 18 Nov 2011
    20 1 0
    Getting words of power ontop of summits seems to count towards this.

    While I was doing these words of power I noticed my Dungeons Cleared counter was going up. So I ran straight to a word of power and got it (Without killing the dragon near it) and my Dungeons cleared went up by 1.

    I would suggest not even trying for this until you have everything else done. You will get around 25 of these roughly by doing the rest of the quests minus the deadric ones.

    Now doing all of the Deadric quests involves a lot of Dungeons with only 2-3 enemies on your way to the longer Dungeons and getting things like the Razor. I went from having 32 completed to 53 doing these.

    If you still don't have this unlocked then just go crazy and clear everywhere that is left, just try to avoid the 20 loading screen long type dungeons.
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