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Bounty Quests are a category of miscellaneous quests given to the Dragonborn in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


A bounty note given by an innkeeper or the Jarl's steward


Bounty quests can be acquired by the player in several different ways throughout the game. One of the most common ways is for the player to talk to an innkeeper. Telling the innkeeper that you are "looking for work" will normally give the player a bounty quest.

Or the player can talk to the Jarl's steward, asking for work. He will then give the bounty note.

It is also possible to receive these quests from helping other faction NPCs. Most of the bounty quests are given with a Bounty note that tells the player where to go and what to kill.

After completion of each bounty, the player will receive a reward. To receive it, the player will have to go to the Jarl's steward or the Jarl themselves and ask for the reward. The steward or the Jarl will then give the reward to the player.

List of bounty questsEdit

Bounty Task Bounty Note
Kill the Bandit Leader Kill a bandit leader Bounty
Kill the Dragon Kill a dragon in its lair. Bounty
Kill the Forsworn Leader Kill a Forsworn leader Bounty
Kill the Giant Kill a problematic giant for the local Jarl Bounty

These quests are radiant quests, so they are repeatable after the location is reset (30 Game Days).


This section contains bugs related to Bounty Quests. 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 the bounty is to kill a Dragon at a Dragon Lair the Dragonborn has already cleared by killing the resident dragon, another dragon will spawn at the area, but you will not receive its soul.
    • Fix: Push the corpse away from the Dragon lair with a spell which causes objects in the world to fly around (such as Firebolt, Fireball or Reanimate Corpse). When the corpse of the Dragon is far enough away from the Dragon lair, the soul will then be received.
  •  360   Some bounties for locations in The Rift, such as Rift Watchtower and Nilheim, cannot be completed if the Bandit Leader has been killed during radiant quests (ex. Retrieve Kharjo's Moon Amulet) as they do not respawn for some unknown reason.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Bounty Quests

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