The main door to Gyldenhul Barrow is locked and cannot be lockpicked. The key to open this door is found in the last ancient chest that is opened during the quest "Deathbrand". Upon entering, the corpse of an adventurer can be found. A note on his corpse tells of his fate. Two sarcophagi containing Stalhrim can be found on either side of him, both of which can be mined. The sarcophagus on the left contains a Draugr corpse with some minor loot.
To proceed any further an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe is required to mine through the sarcophagus to the right (west) to reveal a secret passage to a lower chamber. The passage turns left (south) and leads to a locked iron door that can be opened with the same key. This area is a treasure trove, containing many piles of coins, assorted gems, potions and weapons. As soon as an item is picked up, the gate behind will close. Another iron door on the south end of the room leads to a large burial chamber.
The conclusion of the quest leads to this ancient tomb. Here the skeletal remains of Haknir Death-Brand can be found deep within the barrow. The remains can be looted for minor loot, however located just behind his body is a unique Scimitar named Bloodscythe.
When Bloodscythe is taken, the ghost of Haknir Death-Brand will appear. During battle he will summon members of his crew to aid him. Upon his defeat another unique weapon named Soulrender can be looted from his ghostly remains.
- Bloodscythe - a unique Scimitar found on the remains of Haknir Death-Brand.
- Soulrender - a unique Scimitar found on the remains of Haknir Death-Brand.
- A Black Soul Gem.
- Master level chest in the lower chamber.
- 80 piles of gold each containing about 100 gold each.
- 6 pieces of Stalhrim mined from two sarcophagi.
- Several assorted gems.
- 17+ samples of Ectoplasm from the ghostly remains of enemies.