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Embershard Mine

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Mine  Embershard Mine
Embershard Mine On Map
Hold Falkreath Hold
Location Northwest of Helgen and Southwest of Riverwood
Type Mine
Quests Kill the Bandit Leader (Radiant)

Ancient Technology (Radiant)
Find Runil's Journal (Possible Location)

Characters None
Enemies Bandits
Location ID EmbershardMine01

Embershard Mine is an iron mine located northwest of Helgen, northeast of the Guardian Stones, and southwest of Riverwood. The mine itself is run by bandits.

It is usually one of the first locations found if the Dragonborn follows the Main Quest, since it's located near the road between Helgen and Riverwood.



Ore VeinsEdit

There are nine iron ore veins inside and one outside. In order relative to the Helgen entrance:

  1. Next to the campfire near the Helgen entrance (There is a pickaxe conveniently placed in front of this vein).
  2. First intersection, between the collapsed tunnel and the bridge lever room.
  3. Bottom of the tunnel, just after the bridge next to a wood pile.
  4. Just past the jail cell, behind support beams holding the wall up.
  5. Hallway, just past the jail cell next to a wood pile.
  6. Bottom level of the large room next to the water under the walkway (where the bandits are camped).
  7. Middle level of the large room next to the waterfall. Take the path behind the kitchen – to the left after exiting the tunnel under the timber on the wall in the darkness. Be watchful, as there is little to distinguish the vein from the surrounding rubble.
  8. Path from the top level of the large room next to a rattle trap, on the right, before the exit.
  9. After leaving through the mine's hidden entrance by walking down the slope towards the road leading into Riverwood. Ore veins are easier to spot using the Candlelight spell, or one of the several torches available in the mine.

With Hearthfire, there is a quarried stone mine a bit left of the entrance.


Notable lootEdit



  • The mine is an ideal place to visit right after getting out of Helgen and when you are heading to Riverwood. It offers you a couple of average fights and a bit of loot in the form of gold, gemstones and iron ore, as well as several torches, however perhaps most notable for en early character - there is both a wood chopping axe outside of the mine (right hand side of the entrance) and you can also find yourself a pickaxe in the mine. Both of these are useful tools that a new player may want to get their hands on if they either wants to be able to mine minerals or be able to chop wood for money or any other reason.
  • There is an entrance east-northeast of the Helgen entrance. It is closer to Riverwood, and leads into the top-level room with the bone alarm.
  • This mine is very close to the Guardian Stones, which means fast travel (via map) and real game time travel are about the same. To add 20% to the skills available here without taking too much time, use fast travel to:
    • Set the Guardian Stone of preferred play style to clear the mine of bandits. Do not pick locks (unless Thief Stone is set) and do not read books (except Light Armor Forging if Warrior Stone is set, or spell books if Mage Stone is set) yet.
    • Set The Thief Stone to pick locks (Lockpicking is a Stealth skill).
    • Set the Warrior Stone to improve weapons and armor at the grindstone, forge and workbench. Smithing is a Combat skill.
  • A single bandit guards the entrance, making an easy kill for beginners who just escaped Helgen.
  • At the bottom of the ramp, upon first entering, there will be a cave in. There is a cart at the top of the ramp that can be pushed down the ramp to trigger the trap.
  • The bridge to the left of the first two bandits is triggered by a lever. Go straight past the first two bandits. At the intersection turn left. The lever is in a room.
    • When you enter the mine for the first time two bandits will be alerted by the dropping of the bridge and they will come to investigate.
  • There is a coin purse on the top left side of the wooden construction just at the other side of the bridge.
  • The first bandit across the bridge holds the key to Embershard Mine.
    • Obtaining the Embershard Mine Key will prevent picking locks in the mine, (the key cannot be dropped, but it can be given to a follower or placed on a body or in a container).
  • There is a novice locked chest on the ledge behind the waterfall with random loot.
  • There are several gems on a table near the exit, to the left of the room with the hanging rabbits.
  • A Nord man has been captured to work the mines for them.


This section contains bugs related to Embershard Mine. 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  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • In Hearthfire, if the Dragonborn is away from their house for a while, a spouse may be kidnapped and brought here. If the spouse is not rescued in time, the miniquest might seem to finish before the rescue has actually been completed. After this, the spouse will behave strangely. Walking backwards, moon-walking, extremely slow or bowlegged movement are all symptoms. Unrelenting Force does not affect them and they cannot be woken while sleeping. The fact is that the spouse is actually dead and wasn't rescued in time. However, due to a bug, the spouse is in an undead condition. It happens if the character dies outside of the Dragonborn's view. Fix:
    1. Relieve the spouse of all items, as the inventory will be reset.
    2. Open the console, target the spouse and use the resurrect command. The spouse will shimmer briefly. Verify that everything is fine, otherwise repeat.
    • Another way to solve this problem is to punch or attack the spouse until their health is very low and they become hostile. This will fix the bug, though their hostility will have to be dealt with (generally fixed by entering the house, going back out and sheathing any weapon).
    • Another problem with the kidnapped spouse is that the quest marker may not point to the mine, but instead somewhere near Whiterun. Nearing the quest marker will cause the quest to be completed, but the spouse disappearing. There is also a glitch where the mine will be entered but the spouse will not be there. The solution is to reload to an earlier save and travel directly to the mine, bypassing the house and bandit with the ransom note.
  •  PS3   The Dragonborn can occasionally fall through the floor of the final room and reappear at the entrance of Embershard Mine. Needs confirmation on Xbox 360 and PC.
  •  360   Magelight may not work properly here.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Embershard Mine

  • The underground Master Vampire.

    4 messages
    • You could try a AOE spell or shout to get him but don't get your hopes up. With radient quests its a good idea to save before getting them so ...
    • Thanks for the advise guys. I'll eventually buy it for PC when i have something worthy of running it. For now i guess i'll just save before do...
  • lack of a smalter

    7 messages
    • Yeah, but also the question doesn't really make sense. It has a relatively small amouns for mines, I think. It also isn't even used as a mine anymore.
    • I do think there should be a few more smelters. There isn't even one in Riften. But, they may have just sent the iron ore from Embershard...

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