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


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.


Extracting an ArgonianEdit

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 (tucked behind a pillar) 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. The key to open Derkeethus's door can be found in the left Burial Urn in his cage.

After freeing him, he can be recruited as a follower. If not, Derkeethus will eventually return to his home at Darkwater Crossing.


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 will be changed with the installation of 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 becomes eligible for marriage after rescuing him, and will run a shop as a marriage partner. 


In caveEdit

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 DerkeethusEdit

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.
  • Derkeethus is an essential character, therefore he cannot die and cannot become the sacrificial victim in Boethiah's Calling.
  • Derkeethus is the only Argonian follower in Skyrim.
  • Sometimes he can be heard singing.


This section contains bugs related to Derkeethus. 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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Derkeethus

  • Derkeethus won't leave cave

    11 messages
    • I figured this out. I was googling trying to figure it out too. But it finally dawned on me. Hardly matters where you are. If a character...
    • Had the same problem on PC. So I went outside and used console command moveto player and he teleported outside.
  • Derkeethus, the New Veezara!

    6 messages
    • Also Derkeethus has a pretty low level cap (30) and if you marry him he tend to go back to his original place. Not cool if you use him ha...
    • i married derkeethus........i regreted it so much that i went back to the save i made before i asked him to marry me...