Balbus is a Nord who roams Skyrim. He is a fan of the Gourmet and is collecting ingredients for him.


After the quest Recipe for Disaster has been completed, the Dragonborn has the option of impersonating the famous Gourmet. Balbus will provide some ingredients for his special dish, if he is shown the Gourmet's Writ of Passage.

He may send hired thugs if pickpocketed.


Balbus' spawn placement is random. He has been found at these locations:


Upon being killed, Balbus usually carries the following items:


  • Balbus' appearance is one of the random encounters that exist throughout Skyrim.
  • Unlike most random encounter characters, Balbus does not disappear when the Dragonborn leaves the area, remaining at his original location unless killed. A new random encounter will occur if the location is revisited after some time has passed; if the encounter includes hostile characters, they are likely to attack Balbus.
  • It is highly possible that he can be found dead, as he is not an essential character, is very weak, and will be attacked by any hostile enemies that approach him. As a result, he can be easily killed.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Balbus

  • Use console to prid Balbus

    4 messages
    • Snowdenchi wrote: I thought you are supposed to type their BASE ID not the reference ID... It depends on the command. Some use the RedID wh...
    • ref id is for current already spawned things and points to one specifc copy if there more then 1. base id is usally for makeing new ones 
  • Moving Balbus to my home

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    • I used console because he was awfully far away and close to giant spawns. I'd rather keep the unique characters alive. Occasionally he g...
    • If you're okay with using console, you could probably give him better armor aswell. Also, did you get him inside your house? If you engage...