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Forsworn Briarheart
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"Heart of thorn...bones of the life, Forsworn...rise from death, Blood of our Blood."
―Briarheart Ritual
Forsworn Briarhearts are high ranking male Forsworn that are usually found in Forsworn encampments. They appear to be partially undead in nature, as the ritual of creating a Briarheart involves cutting out the warrior's heart and replacing it with a briar heart, hence the name.


There are two distinct types of Forsworn Briarhearts: magic casters, and melee fighters. The attack methods used by Briarhearts are one-handed weapons and destruction magic, usually fire or frost based, but sometimes lightning. The melee using Briarhearts can be found dual-wielding Forsworn axes or swords, and are usually leveled with the Dragonborn. They are also rather quick, and can make short work of their enemies when at close range.

The magic-casting Briarhearts will often begin the battle by activating a cloak spell and conjuring an Atronach. They can cast Ice Storm, Icy Spear, Frost Cloak, and Conjure Frost Atronach or Fireball, Incinerate, Lightning Bolt, Sparks, Flame Cloak, and Conjure Flame Atronach, depending on the preferred element of the Briarheart. These enemies can be very difficult to face at longer ranges, they also run backwards if you chase them making them harder to hit with melee weapons.




  • It is possible to pickpocket their Briar Heart, which instantly kills them and leaves a gaping hole in their chest.
  • The creation of a Briarheart can be witnessed at the Bard's Leap Summit and Lost Valley Redoubt, where a pair of Hagravens perform the ritual.
  • They often have a black soul gem, filled or not, in their loot making them a good source of soul gems.
  • Despite having their hearts removed and replaced with Briar Hearts, werewolves can still consume a heart from one for points toward werewolf perks. 


  •  PC   360   PS3  A Briarheart may send hired thugs to attack the Dragonborn if they pick-pocketed their Briar Heart.


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