Beem-Ja is an Argonian mage encountered near Ironbind Barrow, along with his fellow companion, Salma.


Ironbind BarrowEdit

Through Salma, he enlists the service of the Dragonborn in order to find Gathrik's tomb.

After locating and defeating Warlord Gathrik, Beem-Ja then talks to the Dragonborn and attacks, saying that in order for him to fully absorb Gathrik's power, a blood sacrifice is needed.

Letter to Beem-JaEdit

Either by pick-pocketing, or upon killing Beem-Ja, a letter can be found with him. The letter indicates that Salma's father does not trust him, but accedes to his killing Gathrik in order for him to obtain the "book [he wants] so badly," on the condition that he ensures his daughter's safety. This book turns out to be the 2920, vol 10 - Frostfall, a Conjuration skill book.


  • During the fight, as soon as the Dragonborn kills Warlord Gathrik, Beem-Ja will double-cross the Dragonborn and revive him. This can be a challenging battle because of the two opponents. To avoid this, as soon as Warlord Gathrik is killed, the Dragonborn should not go near or interact with Beem-Ja. Instead, running all the way out of Ironbind Barrow (exiting the way the Dragonborn came) will avoid an immediate second confrontation.
    • Once outside, the Dragonborn should go back into Ironbind Barrow. One can either jump on top of the pressure sensitive altar (where the enchanted helmet is/was) to open the iron gate that is now stuck closed, or look for the pull chain (located nearly above it). After proceeding back towards the throne room, Beem-Ja will be standing alone outside the entrance. He can be killed whilst he is still outside the throne room. In this scenario, he will not have the opportunity to raise Gathrik from the dead, so the Dragonborn can simply loot the room/corpses, learn the Shout, and leave unscathed through the exit. (Note: If the Dragonborn is able to disintegrate Gathrik with a shock spell, Beem-Ja will not be able to revive him.)
  • Upon the start of the fight with Beem-Ja, by entering non-combat stance Beem-Ja will say "You're not worth it" and ceases to attack the Dragonborn. NB, Warlord Gathik (re-summoned) remains hostile, and Salma will still continue to attack Beem-Ja.
  • If the Dragonborn waits for long enough before confronting Beem-Ja after killing Gathrik, Salma leaves the room.
  • If the Dragonborn runs straight in and kills Gathrik quickly, before Beem-Ja and Salma finish off the Skeleton mage and Frost Atronach, Beem-Ja will be killed by the remaining enemies whilst he is talking to the Dragonborn about sacrificing them. Salma, who has become an ally, adopts the crouched position of a defeated companion and can be revived with a spell. This is much easier than fighting both Gathrik and Beem-Ja.


Salma "How can you just sit there and wait? We should be in there!"
Beem-Ja "We must gather our strength. Who knows what's inside?"
Salma "Treasure, that's what! Get off your scaly rump and let's go!"
Beem-Ja "[notices player] Hush, Salma. We aren't alone."


  • Upon entering this dungeon at level 40, Gathrik will not be revived, as he will fight in the form of something akin to a dragon priest. When killed, he will become a pile of ash.
  • Salma's father seems to have been Beem-Ja's master, and had struck a deal to release Beem-Ja from servitude, on the condition that he took care of Salma. If she were to be harmed, Beem-Ja would have his past in Black Marsh be publicly revealed.[1]
  • Beem-Ja can be revived and will make an excellent support character if the Dragonborn has the Dead Thrall spell.
  • Note that Salma is in no way affiliated with Beem-Ja's motives, and will assist the Dragonborn when Beem-Ja betrays him or her.


This section contains bugs related to Beem-Ja. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes Beem-Ja will not have equipped his robes and he will fight naked.
  • Sometimes Beem-Ja will disappear in combat if not escorted to the end and protected.
  •  PS3   Sometimes Beem-Ja will not revive Gathrik, which makes the fight much easier.



  1. Implied in the Letter to Beem-Ja