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Level 12-46
Health-icon 192-1325
MagickaIcon 198-500
Stamina 25-50
Spells/Abilities Shock spells, Fire spells
Soul Size Black
Base ID


A Cultist is an enemy type found in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn. They are followers of the dragon priest Miraak and are encountered during the main questline

They wear a mixed selection of clothing, heavy and light armor consisting of robes, gloves, boots and a mask. They also carry a leveled dagger. They are typically Dunmer, although they can also be Nord on occasion.



Some time after starting the quest "The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller", two cultists will approach the Dragonborn in any town or the wilderness and ask if they are the one they call Dragonborn.

Every answer results in them attacking. After they have been killed, they can be searched for a note that explains their motives and triggers the quest "Dragonborn".

"You there! You're the one they call Dragonborn?"

  • Yes, I am Dragonborn: "Your lies fall on deaf ears, Deceiver! The True Dragonborn comes ... You are but his shadow. When Lord Miraak appears all shall bear witness. None shall stand to oppose him!"
  • The Greybeards seem to think so ...: "Then it is too late. The lie has already taken root in the hearts of men. So we shall expose to them the falseness in their hearts by tearing out yours, Deceiver! When Lord Miraak appears all shall bear witness. None shall stand to oppose him!"
  • I don't know what you're talking about: "Your lies fall on deaf ears, Deceiver! We know you are the False Dragonborn! You shall not stand in the way of the true Dragonborn's return. He comes soon, and we shall offer him your heart! When Lord Miraak appears all shall bear witness. None shall stand to oppose him!"

Further encounters will occur in Skyrim and Solstheim from time to time until Miraak is defeated.

The Temple of MiraakEdit

After traveling to Solstheim, Cultists will appear inside the Temple of Miraak and around some All-Maker Stones. After the completion of the main Dragonborn questline, two cultists will spawn outside the Temple of Miraak and respawn after a given time.



They typically use fire and shock spells, alongside a ward. If an opponent gets into melee range, the Cultist will switch to wielding a dagger. They sometimes will summon Flame Atronachs to help them.



The lowest level of cultist typically encountered at lower levels.

Cultist AdeptEdit

The Cultist Adept is a medium to high level regular cultist. They are not as powerful as an Ascendant Cultist.

Ascendant CultistEdit

An Ascendant Cultist is the strongest form of regular Cultist. They are not as powerful as the boss level Arch Cultist, but are more powerful than the Cultist Adepts. They use lightning spells, including Lightning Storm.

Master CultistEdit

Arch CultistEdit

An Arch Cultist is the strongest form of Cultist. They are typically bosses and use lightning spells, including Lightning Storm. At times they can be very sloppy and slow and can be taken advantage of at this time.


  • Cultists may appear on roads in Skyrim as random enemies.
  • Master Cultists make good Dead Thralls. They are powerful and are able to summon Seekers. They also might hum little tunes when idle for a while.
  • The first cultists met during Dragonborn have permanent bodies which makes them good Dead Thralls.
  • Cultists may appear alongside Master Vampires and Vampire Thralls when encountered inside a town. This can be especially annoying as a few useful townspeople can possibly get killed, alongside with the Dragonborn accidentally hitting guards trying to fend them off. 
  • Decapitating a cultist causes the head to fall off but the mask to remain on.


This section contains bugs related to Cultist. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , and  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PS3   Hitting Cultists with the second word of Bend Will will cause them to repeat the conversation that starts Dragonborn, even if Dragonborn has been finished.
  •  360   Casting Dead Thrall upon a slain cultist and then fast-traveling to another location may result in their inventory being reset
  • Sometimes when you kill a cultist they will float slightly above the ground at an angle while doing a backwards walking animation but their body will still be lootable


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