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Boethiah Cultist is a character in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Non-hostile Boethiah Cultists can be found at the Sacellum of Boethiah and play an integral part of the Daedric quest Boethiah's Calling. The Dragonborn may kill all of the Boethiah cultists to start the next part of the quest which involves leading a follower to their death.

Hostile cultists can also be met in random encounters and will attack upon sight if the Dragonborn is level 30 or above. Their stats are identical to those of Bandit Marauders.

Priestess of BoethiahEdit

The Priestess of Boethiah is a female Dunmer who interacts with the Dragonborn, informing them of basic information about Boethiah. She also tells the Dragonborn that they must sacrifice a victim to the shrine in order to win the Daedric Prince's approval.

Successfully doing so causes Boethiah to challenge her followers to a free-for-all amongst themselves, including the Dragonborn. The Priestess is killed during the battle, and the Dragonborn is the victor. 

The Priestess will be possessed by Boethiah once all cultists are killed, and give the Dragonborn the next steps to the quest.

Notable itemsEdit

  • Hostile cultists typically carry a copy of Boethiah's Proving. Reading the book will begin Boethiah's Calling.
  • The non-hostile cultists located at the Sacellum of Boethiah all carry a Blade of Sacrifice.


  • It is possible to loot two copies of the Blade of Sacrifice from the Priestess's body: After killing her during the skirmish that follows the sacrifice, the Dragonborn can loot one copy from her body before she is possessed by Boethiah. After the possession is over, her body falls to the ground and another copy can be found in her inventory.
  • Boethiah cultists will follow the Dragonborn forever, even if one manages to fast travel. After waiting for a period of time, depending on how far the cultist is, he will appear again.


This section contains bugs related to Boethiah Cultist. 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.
  • If Boethiah's Proving is read before taking it from the inventory, the quest may never appear.
  • It is possible for a Boethiah Cultist to appear anywhere, even in the courtyard of High Hrothgar. If one does spawn there and The Way of the Voice quest is open, every single Greybeard in the courtyard will attack, first Ice Forming and then attempting to punch the cultist to death.


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