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Broken Oar Grotto

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Cave  Broken Oar Grotto
TESV Broken Oar Grotto
Hold Haafingar
Location North of Solitude
Type Cave
Quests Lights Out!
Enemies Blackblood Marauders
Captain Hargar
Location ID BrokenOarGrotto01

Broken Oar Grotto is a cave in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, located almost directly north of Solitude, along the coastline.


Lights Out!Edit

It is the hideout of the Blackblood Marauders, a group of bandits led by Jaree-Ra, his sister Deeja, and Captain Hargar. After they rob the Icerunner with the help of the Dragonborn, they will take the loot and hide it here.



  • Lights Out!: The Dragonborn must defeat Jaree-Ra, leader of the Blackblood Marauders in the Broken Oar Grotto as the last objective in this quest.
  • Miscellaneous: Kill the bandit leader located at Broken Oar Grotto.
  • Miscellaneous: Find the Moon amulet inside Broken Oar Grotto.



  • There are several chests under the water. Eavesdropping on the conversations between the Blackblood Marauders in the grotto can give an indication of where much of the loot is hidden.
  • There is a forge, a smelter, a workbench, a tanning rack, a grindstone, and a wood chopping block in the grotto.
  • The Smithing skill book Cherim's Heart of Anequina is on the workbench.
  • Three iron ore veins, a corundum ore vein and a silver ore vein are in the grotto.
  • The chest that may contain Kharjo's Moon amulet is in front of the large half sunken boat, under the forge and workbench. The amulet and chest is not there on Xbox 360 under either boat.
  • There are many bear pelts lying around, as well as many bottles of wine.
  • There is a section of the cave in which there are floorboards with a hole in them. Inside this hole is a bucket. This bucket may be used as a toilet by the inhabitants of the cave.
  • A loot chest can be found on the top floor of the construction build at the end of the cave.
  • With the Dawnguard add-on, the grotto is surpassed as the northernmost point by Castle Volkihar, which surpasses even the Chill for how far north it is.


  • Reanimated, thralls and followers may not exit with the Dragonborn at this location.
    •  PC  ​ Barbas, reanimated or thralls, or other followers may get stuck in some cells (locations). To fix that go back inside and find the follower/thrall in question, open the console and target the individual who is stuck (look for a number RefID). Do not click on anything else and close the console. Next, go outside and open the console again to issue the command: moveto player. Now close the console. The thrall or follower should be standing outside the grotto.
    •  PC   For Serana, traveling to the Castle Volkihar balcony is likely to make her appear with the Dragonborn again.
    •  360   PC   For followers, exit the cave without dismissing or asking the follower to wait, then fast travel to Septimus Signus outpost. Wait there twenty-four hours. Fast travel back to Broken Oar Grotto. The follower will now be standing outside the cave; if they are not, fast travel somewhere and they should appear.
    •  PS3   360   If a follower cannot leave the cave, exit the cave with the follower still in service, making sure to have not asked them to carry out an action, then fast travel to Solitude. Once there pay off a bounty to the Solitude guards, (create a bounty by committing a crime if need be). When reloaded outside of the castle after paying off the bounty, the follower should now be alongside.
    • If these solutions do not work, there may be a hidden enemy nearby that must be destroyed before the follower will become unstuck. Look for a hidden slaughterfish in the water in front of the cave's entrance. Kill it, then fast travel and the follower should be with the Dragonborn.
  •  360   Chest in hideout is not there (see gallery photo).
  •  360   PS3   While swimming through the water, there are small patches that have a seeming undertow effect. The Dragonborn will immediately be dragged from the surface to the bottom and be unable to resurface until having swum away from that spot.
  •  PS3   In the top of the Broken Oar Grotto lair, just up the ramp from the "Icerunner Chest", the Dragonborn will find a bed and a wall-mounted weapon display rack. On this weapon rack there is a Banded Iron Shield and what appears to be an Iron Sword. Although the shield can be removed from this, the sword appears unobtainable.


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