Bilegulch Mine is located southwest of Fort Sungard in the Falkreath Hold and is occupied by Orcish bandits because of its value as an orichalcum ore mine.


The outside mining camp is barricaded and has a few Orcish-styled buildings. This includes a smithing area with a smelter and forge. One of the bandit leaders can be found in his building outside the mine, and another one resides inside. Four bandits are present in the mine, one at an outpost at the entrance, another on the walkways towards the mine and one more at the forge. The bandit chief remains in the mine.

As a result of the rocky hills surrounding the mine, a bandit may fall off a cliff, situated right below the forge, but unable to get up to fight the Dragonborn. While easy to kill with a bow or magic, it means in order to loot the body, one must jump off the forges ledge, and then circle back around to the entrance.

This is a location for one of the many bounty quests. Jarl Siddgeir may send the Dragonborn here during the quest to become Thane of Falkreath with the goal of eliminating the bandit group that he was aligned with before they stopped paying him.


These are all found in the camp, outside the mine.

Notable itemsEdit

  • Six pieces of orichalcum ore can be found on a wooden wagon just outside the mine entrance. They might be under the cart instead of in it.
  • An Orcish Greatsword is on a table near the forge alongside several low-tier weapons and armors.
  • A Steel Plate Helmet is on the table near the forge.
  • Two chests are outside the mine, along with a boss chest inside the mine. The Bandit Chief has the key to this chest.
  • There is The Armorer's Challenge - a Smithing skill book on table in the mine.


There are nine orichalcum ore veins in the mine, in order relative to the entrance:

  1. After entering, continue down passageway; vein straight ahead against the wall (there is a pickaxe conveniently located right next to it).
  2. Retrace a bit, continue further into the mine; vein on the right wall.
  3. Continue down the passageway opposite #2; enter into large room; immediately on the left, on the ground.
  4. Directly opposite #3, on the ground.
  5. On the wall above #4.
  6. Next to #3, on the ground below the lantern.
  7. Directly opposite #6, on the ground.
  8. Opposite the cart, on the ground.
  9. Above #8, in the corner.



This section contains bugs related to Bilegulch Mine. 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.
  •  360   There is a bug where the boss chest is nowhere to be found inside the mine like it should be, and the key to the chest will not be on the Bandit Chief's body. The chest should reappear upon reloading the game to the autosave made when entering the mine.
  •  360   PS3   There is a bug that prevents you from mining some or all of the Orichalcum veins; looking at the vein(s) will not display mine option. This is resolved by re-entering the mine.


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