A player-generated character engaged in a brawl.

Brawling can be done in many taverns across Skyrim. In this minigame, the Dragonborn fistfights for bets set by the opponent. Other instances of brawls are to complete quests if speech checks fail. If the Chief of any Orc stronghold is asked if there's any work to be done, he will request a brawl. The winner receives 100 GoldIcon. During brawls, bystanders can come and watch and may become hostile if weapons, magic, or shouts are used in the brawl.


Damage and healingEdit

During a brawl, weapons and spells are removed, allowing only the use of unarmed combat. Using any weapons or spells forfeits the challenge and any gold wagered. Potions, Food, and healing spells can be used to recover Health during brawls without forfeiting the match. The claws of Khajiits add 15 and Argonians add 6, (12 due to a calculation problem), damage per unarmed strike, making brawls easier for them. Wearing apparel with an enchantment that increases the damage dealt by fists is also beneficial here.

Spectators and assistanceEdit

Followers do not involve themselves in brawls, although Thralls will. Be careful of bystanders, as they can be accidentally hit during a brawl. Doing so causes them to retaliate and the act is considered assault, a crime.


Alteration spells such as Oakflesh or Ebonyflesh can be cast before and during brawls to bolster defense. The Fists of Steel perk can add additional boosts to the attack. Being struck by an opponent's fists raises armor skills if any armor is equipped.

Possible brawlsEdit

Character Location Reward
Mikael The Bannered Mare, Whiterun Misc. Quest Completion
Uthgerd the Unbroken The Bannered Mare, Whiterun 100 GoldIcon + Follower
Rolff Stone-Fist Candlehearth Hall, Windhelm 100 GoldIcon
Cosnach Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth 100 GoldIcon + Follower
Chief Burguk Dushnikh Yal 100 GoldIcon
Chief Larak Mor Khazgur 100 GoldIcon
Chief Mauhulakh Narzulbur 100 GoldIcon
Chief Yamarz Largashbur 100 GoldIcon
Benor Morthal 100 GoldIcon + Follower
Borkul the Beast Cidhna Mine, Markarth

Entrance to the Tunnel (During the quest: No One Escapes Cidhna Mine)

Dryston Markarth, after exiting The Warrens Necessary for completing the quest, "The Forsworn Conspiracy". Must be brawled to discover the identity of "N"

Hofgrir Horse-Crusher

Riften Stables

100 GoldIcon+ Free use of the horses at the Riften Stables

Stig Salt-Plank Windpeak Inn, Dawnstar Progression of the quest "Rise in the East" to get information about finding Haldyn.
Keerava Bee and Barb, Riften May be chosen to progress the quest "Taking Care of Business"



May be chosen to progress the quest "Taking Care of Business".

Bersi Honey-Hand Riften May be chosen to progress the quest "Taking Care of Business". 


  • After winning a brawl and telling the loser to give the money, the opponent may not say anything, but will still pay the gold.
  • It is possible that the opponent will run off to another section, and when caught up with, start using weapons and spells. If the Dragonborn continues to only use fists it will still be considered a brawl, however, the opponent may be killed with no bounty. Bystanders will not interfere and will act like they do not know how the opponent was killed.
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, a brawl with Helvius Cecia is required in the master trainer quest for the hand-to-hand skill.
  • If a brawl lasts for some time, people will start gathering around the area and clap or speak.


This section contains bugs related to Brawling. 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.
  • The game may freeze after a brawl is won.
  • Armor with damaging effects, such as the poison from the Ebony Mail, can turn the brawl into a real fight and bounties may be added. Similarly, the Ritual shroud of Boethiath does the "damage" counted as weapon, though it only slows opponents down.
  • After winning a brawl, the opponent might stay in a kneeling position. Reload a previous save if this happens. (On the PC, open the console in-game, click on the bugged NPC and type kill, this will make him stand up again for some reason.)
  • When the Dragonborn begins a brawl and strikes the opponent, it is counted as assault, but guards do not intervene.
  • Sometimes right after the brawling starts, an opponent will draw their weapon, 40 gold bounty will be added and everyone in the area will become hostile, seeing it as an assault. This seems to happen if the Dragonborn has an enchanted piece of armor equipped.
  • Yielding to Hofgrir during the brawl will cause him to offer a rematch though no rematch is possible; this also disables all other potential brawls in the game meaning many follower NPCs cannot be recruited. Companions 'Hired Muscle' quests are unaffected and if the target is usually a brawl option, they will pay the 100 gold but still cannot be recruited.
  • If the Dragonborn changes equipment during a brawl (brawling equipment i.e.) the adversary may not yield and eventually die as if it was a fist fight to the death. The wager is lost and the Dragonborn may gain a bounty.
  •  PC  While participating in a brawl with Chief Larak in the Orc stronghold of Mor Khazgur, you may hear him say "So you want a real fight, eh?" as soon as the brawl begins. Soon after, he will draw weapons and proceed to fight to the death. None of the other Orcs in the stronghold will react to this, even if you kill him.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Brawling

  • Question on brawling damage.

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    • I think your assumption is right but a lot of other factors can help lessen the 97 punches if you want a...
    • RenzXVI wrote:I think your assumption is right but a lot of other factors can help lessen the 97 punches if you want a...
  • brawls keep ending halfway through?

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    • so I was brawling the one dude in Morthal when halfway through his health suddenly went to full and when I hit him I got a bounty. this was on ...
    • The same thing happens to me, I just reload it and it works better.  The problem I have most the time is when I am brawling anyone the peo...