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Animal Extermination

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Animal Extermination
Frost Troll Skyrim
Quest Giver Aela the Huntress
Reward 300 GoldIcon
Faction The Companions
Type Companions, Radiant quest
Quest ID CR01
Animal Extermination is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In these quests the Dragonborn is asked to help a citizen of a given city because an animal has intruded their home, or kill wildlife in a cave in Skyrim.

Alternatively, if the Dragonborn add-on is installed, the Dragonborn may be sent to the island of Solstheim. The quest usually gives 300 GoldIcon for clearing out the animals (however, it is also level-dependent, so more gold may be given at higher levels).


The animals that invade homes or caves include:


Journal Entry

I've been asked to clear the <radiant creature> out of <radiant NPC>'s home in <radiant location>.

  • Objective: Kill the <radiant creature>

I've cleared the <radiant creature> out of <radiant NPC>'s home in <radiant location>.

  • Objective: Return to Aela
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Animal Extermination. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • If an area has been cleared before getting the quest to clear it, it may not allow completion of the quest, leaving it at a standstill in both this quest's progress and the Companion's progress.
    • On PC, it is possible to resurrect the dead animal and continue using console command on PC.
    • Alternatively the player can enter "setstage CR02 100" to complete the quest.
  • It is possible that the quest will be completed without killing everything in the area.
  • Aela will sometimes refuse to end the quest, even if all the animals in the given area have been killed.
  • The location of the animal may change every time the Dragonborn arrives at that point, making it impossible to kill the animal. Furthermore, the quest will indicate completion yet the quest marker will continue to pop up, making it impossible to eliminate it.
  • Sometimes upon arrival at a building with the target animal, the door will be locked even though it is daytime. This requires the lock to be picked and since the owner of the house or a guard is often right outside when this happens, it is difficult to unlock the door without being caught, which will result in a bounty. Although this does not affect the quest, it can be a nuisance.
  •  PC   PS3   When the Dragonborn add-on is installed, the quest may require going to Solstheim and killing a dragon priest.


  • Animals may be in the Dragonborn's home if their spouse is the victim. If this happens, the spouse will wait in their hometown regardless of where they currently live.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Animal Extermination

  • Animal Extermination

    16 messages
    • Well, bummer. The first Companion quest I got was the glitched Greensprings animal extermination quest.  So I didn't get to do ANY Compan...
    • Reload a save before you asked for the quest it might be one the radiant quests that has changing locations and targets (always save before ask...
  • ANIMAL EXTERMINATION repeating bug

    3 messages
    • I have this same issue right now--neverending animal exterminations. I am on 360; any known fixes?
    • It is on the Totems of Hircine bugs list (click the blue show button to the right) but basically it can be caused by curing Aela and being marr...

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