Defeating miraak poses a problem to all those who are fighting him because of some sort of bug. Its so annoying because you cant just kill him fast. It took me at least an hour to figure this out because Miraak kept on becoming ethereal in the middle of the level where youre fighting him after you give him a beatdown (thats really quick),that means that you cant damage him and he stands there and does nothing,so does the 2-3 dragons flying around. i soon found out that other people also have sort of the same issue but i think i figured it out
1. Take your sweet time and let him talk while fighting,because he has a lot of things to say like ," youre stronger than i expected..blah blah" or " the greybeards taught you well", or "hermeaus mora will betray you like he did to me". All in all, run around and let the dude speak. 2. Punch him in the face. Do not use powerful weapons because he will die quickly and you dont want that. 3. If you let him talk and fight for awhile,the dragons will soon come down and fight you,kill them one after another. All there will be left is miraak without any dragonsouls to absorb. 4. If youre really paranoid because of the bug, save after you kill a dragon during the battle just in case something goes wrong. 5. All in all, Take your sweet but cheek time, let the guy say everything he has to say during the fight, and hermit mora will take care of the rest.
I hope this helps anyone who has trouble with it. If anyone has other solutions,please let us know.
Here's my problem.. I've read several of these FAQs, and tried every possible solution, yet none work. Much like the others i inflicted too much damage, and caused Miraak to become glitched in his etheral state. I tried killing the dragons before hand, using less powerful weapons, taking my time through the battle, staying mounted atop Miraaks dragon, BUT NOTHING WORKS. Unlike most other posters however, whether it was not noted or be it that it's not as common an element in the glitch, when Miraak summons the dragon from the sky to absorb his soul and restore his health, the soul goes DIRECTLY TO ME, even with no prior contact. I even childishly tried to get as far away from the dragon as possible in a futile attempt to escape the soul, but obviously without success.
Anyone one who has experienced a similiar situation, and has worked through the glitch, please post asap. It's disappointing that, because i have no prior save files, i can not even explore the rest of Solstheim or any of Skyrim until either 1) one of you fine members can provide a solution to my problem or, the much less preferred option, 2) wait until Bethesda officially releases a patch..
I had the same problem the first time I fought him. To fix it, I used tame dragon on the dragon you rode on, fought and killed the other dragon flying around, then when it died, miraak became solid again and the fight continued as normal.
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