For other uses, see Hagraven.
"This Hagraven was horrifying, almost human but more an abomination of woman and creature [crow] fused together, nothing more than a husk of humanity surrendered in exchange for possession of the powers of dark magic."

Hagravens are aggressive humanoid creatures with bird-like features found across Skyrim. Coming in contact with one can cause brain rot, a disease that lowers the victim's magicka.


Legend has it they were once witches but gave up their humanity to become hagravens (as shown in the quest Repentance). They despise nature, and hunt down spriggans to capture and sacrifice. The Forsworn revere them greatly, and in the book The Madmen of the Reach, it is noted that the hagravens were in the Reach since "the beginning."


Hagravens are hideous avian-like humanoids with scraggly grey hair, pale skin, hooked noses and solid black eyes. Their limbs are long and bony, and their hands and feet each have four digits ending in sharp talons. They dress in tattered black garments and have black raven feathers bound to their shins and forearms. All hagravens are female. (Except for one, if the Dragonborn is female, during "A Night To Remember")


For sacrificing their humanity, hagravens gain enhanced magical powers that trump most other witches and warlocks. In addition to 10% resistance to spells, hagravens can cast powerful spells such as Fireball and Ice Spike. They prefer to keep their distance, lobbing spells at any would-be attackers. In close quarters they will attack with their claws, potentially infecting enemies with Brain Rot. They can also cast healing spells on themselves when damaged or fleeing.



  • Engaging in battle with a hagraven can be made easier by using fire resistance, as their main offensive spell is Fireball. However, many hagravens also use frost spells such as Ice Spike, Icy Spear and Ice Storm. They also heal themselves with Close Wounds.
  • It can be assumed that hagravens have poor eyesight, as stated by Melka mistaking the Dragonborn for a Breton if an Elf or human, then pointing out that "they all look the same to me." Being one of the beastfolk will result in being confused for an Orc.
  • Named hagravens usually have Breton names due to their association with the Forsworn, the indigenous Bretons of the Reach.
  • Francois Beaufort, one of the children in Honorhall Orphanage, claims that Grelod the Kind is part hagraven, though this may be due more to her cruelty than anything else.
  • The witch Silvia, who was a member of the Darklight Tower Coven, was once aspiring to become a hagraven, and the quest Repentance seems to shed light on the ritual undertaken to become a hagraven. It would appear that a human sacrifice is necessary, as well as soul gems and the corpse of a skeever.
  • Although hagravens are known for using human corpses as sacrifices and potion ingredients, they also seem to eat humans, as suggested by Melka's dialogue: she continually refers to the Dragonborn as "Meat," "Morsel," and "Nibble," and states that she likes to collect "shiny eyeballs" for stewing. This is similar to ravens in real life, who, in addition to eating carrion, are also known for eating the eyeballs of dead animals first.
  • Due to a hagraven's bird-like feet, they cannot run very fast. It is also fairly easy to evade their melee attacks in close combat because of their lack of attack speed and accuracy.
  • Hagravens can be heard from a distance by their heavy, rasping breathing and the loud shuffling sound of their footsteps.
  • Despite having wings, they are flightless avians and thus take falling damage when pushed off cliffs, bridges and so on.


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  •  PC   360   PS3   Hagraven bodies may sometimes spawn when having exited a location into Skyrim or arriving after fast traveling.
  • If killed with Soul Tear, it may just disappear.
  • Sometimes, after a hagraven is killed they will stand up with their arms and legs spread apart, but remain dead.




  1. Herbane's Bestiary: Hagravens
  2. The Legend of Red Eagle

Start a Discussion Discussions about Hagraven (Skyrim)

  • Hagravens' proper term

    • A hagraven's proper term should be ''Hagcrow'' since they're a mixture of crow and woman, not raven and woman.
  • Hagraven souls

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    • Pretty sure it's just game mechanics, but it's possible they actually threw away their humanity and Arkay turned their souls white a...
    • They are more likely to be common souls since they're a mixture of bird (petty) and woman (greater). I think...