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Drelas' Cottage

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Drelas' Cottage
Drelas Cottage map skyrim
Hold Whiterun Hold
Location Northwest of Dustman's Cairn
Enemies Drelas

Drelas' Cottage is a small dwelling located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It is a small cabin located west of Hamvir's Rest, south of Morthal, in the vale between the mountains. The cottage's owner, Drelas, is a Dunmer mage specializing in dark magic. If he detects the Dragonborn he will become hostile and attack. He uses Firebolt, Lightning Bolt and frost spells, but Ice Spike appears to be the most common.

Notable itemsEdit

An Arcane Enchanter and an Alchemy Lab are inside, along with plenty of ingredients for potions. A chest containing the mage's valuables can be found upstairs. Outside the cottage there is a small vegetable garden and a chicken's nest with three chickens. It is also possible to receive Meridia's Beacon from the chest in his upstairs bedroom.


  • A Dragon often spawns flying outside the cottage due to a dragon location nearby, which leads to a Word Wall just up the hill northwest of Drelas' Cottage. As with many other Word Walls, there is a dragon guarding it.
  • Like few other locations in Skyrim, Drelas' Cottage or Drelas himself are not tied or involved in any known quests or miscellaneous objectives.
  • Drelas' home is an alchemy treasure trove, but everything taken will be considered "stolen."
  • Talking to followers may lead to the dialogue line, "You aren't supposed to be in here," resulting in the inability to trade, give commands or wait as staying in the cottage is counted as trespassing.


This section contains bugs related to Drelas' Cottage. 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.
  •  PC   Using the shout Slow Time when in Drelas' Cottage will have a permanent effect until resting.
  •  PS3   Taking certain thralls into Drelas' Cottage may make them hostile. One example is a Pyromancer. This could be because the thralls character class is a similar type to Drelas himself.
  •  PS3   Companions will not answer or help the Dragonborn while in Drelas' Cottage, they simply reply 'You're not supposed to be in here'.
  •  PS3   If Serana is following you when you enter the cottage, there is a bug that may causes her to get stuck over Drelas's body after he is killed, standing over him like she's ready to fight. The only thing that will solve this is attacking Serana until she falls to the ground. Reentering the house, or trying to fast travel will not help.
  • Drelas doesn't respawn, nor does anyone else, like a generic mage or bandit, but the cottage's contents do respawn, but they're still flagged as "Steal".


Start a Discussion Discussions about Drelas' Cottage

  • Drelas is actually not hostile?

    31 messages
    • First time I encountered him I was low level and he toasted me instantly. Just payed him a visit at level 72 and decapitated him in one h...
    • I simpily snuck up behind him and hit him with my Molag bul mace (with six times damage for sneak) and it took just one more hit to take him down.
  • Chest reset

    2 messages
    • Is the chest okay to put items in without reset.
    • No, you can't store items in the cottage without the risk of losing them by resetting. Just sell your excess items, you probably don't need...

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