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Battle for Whiterun is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Stormcloaks have reached the city of Whiterun. The Dragonborn is called to assist the Imperial Army in defending the city.

Legate Rikke makes a rousing speech near the gate of Whiterun.

Legate Rikke: This is it men! This is an important day for the Empire and for the Legion. And for all of Skyrim. This is the day we send a message to Ulfric Stormcloak and the rebel Jarls who support him. But make no mistake. What we do here today, we do for Skyrim and her people. By cutting out the disease of this rebellion, we will make this country whole again!

Ready now! Everyone, with me! For the Empire! For the Legion! Rrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!


Once you finish talking to Legate Quentin Cipius, your objective is to meet with Legate Rikke. She is outside near the gate of Whiterun.

Upon exiting Dragonsreach, the severity of the assault will become blatantly obvious. Flaming catapult rocks are raining down upon the Wind and Plains districts of Whiterun, and its populace is in a state of pandemonium, running about the city seeking shelter. City Guards are heading towards the city gates to aid the defense, and the sky has turned a sickly orange from the smoking buildings.

Proceed to the staging area just outside the main gates. Legate Rikke will be giving a short motivational speech to the combined forces of Whiterun Guards and the new reinforcements of Imperial Soldiers. Once the speech is done, your new objective will be to defend the wooden barricades from the invading Stormcloak soldiers. If you enter the city at all during the battle, terrified citizens will be seen fleeing from the taverns and shops to their own homes, where they will lock the doors to prevent anyone from entering. All shop owners will lock their doors, including the taverns; stall owners will flee, as well.

Defend the barricades by killing the Stormcloak soldiers trying to get in. If you fail to defend the barricades, you will have to fall back and defend the drawbridge instead. Failing to defend the drawbridge has little consequences, as the quest is impossible to fail unless you die. There will be a percentage count of how many Stormcloak soldiers are left. Once that count reaches 0%, your new objective will be to meet with Jarl Balgruuf the Greater to hear a short victory speech.


Journal Entry

The Stormcloaks are attacking Whiterun. I have been ordered to defend the outer walls and keep the rebels from taking the city.

  • Objective: Meet with Legate Rikke
  • Objective: Defend the barricades
  • Objective: Defend the drawbridge (only if the above objective is failed)
  • Objective: Report to the Jarl of Whiterun

We have successfully defended the city of Whiterun, demonstrating the weakness of the rebels' cause and the excellence of the Imperial Legion.

  • Quest complete


  • Be careful of using spells and arrows. NPCs who can often be found such as Louis Letrush or the stable owners can get caught in the crossfire and earn you a bounty.
  • Your horse can easily be killed if it's waiting by the stables.
  • Summoning Durnehviir will help immensely as he can quickly slaughter large numbers of enemy soldiers and will also summon Mistmen, Bonemen and Wrathmen. Summoning Odahviing will also help greatly with similar results.
  • This is a good time to loot Steel Arrows, as almost every Stormcloak Soldier will have 10+ arrows on them.
  • Severio Pelagia will be killed from the battle and his house will be destroyed and inaccessible after the battle. The same thing happens if the Dragonborn is with the Stormcloaks.
  • Heimskr's house is sealed after the battle with debris and is missing most of the roof. This means that The Sweep Job from Vex might not be able to be completed.
  • Hadvar takes part in the battle, clad in a new set of Imperial Armor. He will greet you during the speech, and argue that he killed more enemy soldiers during the victory speech.
  • If you have children and they live in Breezehome, talking to them during the invasion won't open any dialogue. However, they ask you to make the invasion stop while expressing they are scared.
  • Whiterun's citizens will stay locked inside their homes, taverns or shops for the duration of the siege.
  • If you married Ysolda and she is currently living in your house, she can be seen running back to her original home even if your house is located in another hold.
  • The leading cause of barricade destruction appears to be the arrows of Whiterun guards. If you destroy the barricades yourself, before the speech concludes, you'll successfully defend them during the battle, since what isn't there can't be destroyed.


This section contains bugs related to Battle for Whiterun (Imperial). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.

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  • Oh the irony!

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    • maybe there is irony that they hit heimsrks house to begin with but you cannot say that his house was the only one, because it just doesnt m...
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