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Race Argonian
Gender Male
Level PCx1 (6-30)
Class Ranger
Faction Eastmarch
Services Follower
Joining the Blades


Essential Always
Ref ID 0001B08D
Base ID 0001403E

Derkeethus is an Argonian who can be found in Darkwater Pass, home to Falmer and chaurus, where he is being held captive. The Dragonborn can free him and he can be a follower and a potential marriage candidate.


His default clothes are gloves, boots, and mining clothes. Derkeethus is a hard worker and miner, staying at Darkwater Crossing after being freed. He can be found working in Goldenrock Mine, the mining cave near the crossing. He also often can be seen sitting in front of the campfire outside of the mine. Though he is a friend to the Dragonborn, he will still (like any character) fight if attacked or commanded to leave if in Annekke's and Verner's house.

Freeing DerkeethusEdit

While battling the shadowmaster and other Falmer in the boss room, Derkeethus will complain about there being another fight. After defeating all enemies, there is a secret lever to pull located just right of the trap door above Derkeethus. Then, follow the pathway until arriving at spiraled wooden walkways down to darkness, where he will talk to the Dragonborn and ask for freedom.

After freeing him, he can be recruited as a follower. If not, Derkeethus will eventually return to his home at Darkwater Crossing. He may be found working in the camps near Goldenrock Mine, even after marriage.


Initially after finding Derkeethus, he is dressed as a miner, even with a pickaxe. Any armor put on Derkeethus will be overridden by his initial gear (miner's clothes, boots) This has been changed since Dawnguard, however, and he will now wear any armor given to him.

His highest skills are light armor and archery, but has some skill in block, one-handed, and sneak. He will dual wield a one-handed weapon with his pickaxe but favors the bow.

Derkeethus is the only Argonian follower in Skyrim. He will dual-wield if given another weapon.

Derkeethus becomes eligible for marriage after the quest "Extracting an Argonian", and will run a shop as a marriage partner. 

Quest ConversationEdit

In cave

Derkeethus: "Yes?" or "Need Something?" or "You have questions?", etc. (Normal conversation quotes are the first thing heard when talking to Derkeethus, they are always random.)

Dragonborn: "Who are you?"

Derkeethus: "Derkeethus, from Darkwater Crossing. Should have known better than to swim all the way to the falls. Please, get me out of here!"

After freeing Derkeethus

Derkeethus: (Standard conversation quotes)

Dragonborn: "..."

Derkeethus: "Thanks. I'm out!


Normal QuotesEdit

Follower QuotesEdit

Marriage QuotesEdit


  • As his default weapons, he has a pickaxe and a Hunting Bow with steel arrows.
  • His phrase said when passing caves implies that he likes searching through caves, hence why he was trapped in the first place.
  • He can be recruited as a member of The Blades.
  • Derkeethus is an essential character, therefore, he cannot die and cannot become the sacrificial victim in Boethiah's Calling.


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Derkeethus

  • I lost Derkeethus!

    6 messages
    • If you are not a member of the Companions then you can join them and proceed in their questline until you get the quest to find a fragment...
    • Either do what Hahn said, or reload your last saves and see between which saves you lost him, then reload the current save and go to that location.
  • Derkeethus - Husband M.I.A.

    7 messages
    • It's some bug where he keeps trying to return to Darkwater Crossing to start mining at his old job, and since there is no house nearby it'...
    • i found the patch to fix it here's the link :) it was pretty easy to find:3

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