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Helgen Keep is a fort in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Serving as both Helgen's prison and a barracks for the Imperial Legion, the Dragonborn was forced to flee through the location as Alduin massacred its inhabitants and razed the surrounding town, Helgen. Despite being a seemingly normal prison and base in the middle of Helgen, it seems to have a pretty complex system of caves beneath all of the rooms and cells that all lead out of this small hole, which ends up leading to the front of the town, close to the main path. Without this hole, the Dragonborn may not have been able to escape Helgen. 


Returning to Helgen later in the game reveals a myriad of burned out buildings and other destruction. A few corpses lay about the town containing tiny amounts of gold (<4) or bone meal. Inside the keep, the Dragonborn can pass through many of the same chambers they did before, picking up any previously missed loot. Depending on how much time passed, the Town and Keep will be abandoned, or bandits may have moved in. The tunnels passed through during the escape may still be blocked by fallen stone shortly after the torture chamber, or the blockage may have been cleared and a wooden bridge built (may be related to how long bandits have been inhabiting the Keep before the Dragonborn's return). If the chamber where archers are encountered during the quest "Unbound" is revisited, there will be a chest containing levelled loot.

Notable itemsEdit



  • The dead Mage found in the locked cage can be thralled. His corpse is permanent.
  • The corpse of the Stormcloak Soldier hanging in a cage wearing ragged robes will resist Dead Thrall.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Helgen Keep

  • The Iron Helmet in Helgen Keep

    2 messages
    • In the Bear room in Helgen, one can find an Iron Helmet. Is this left by Bethesda as a nod to the trailer?
    • I don't think so. I just think it is there to provide head protection. I guess if it was they would have left the entire set.
  • How to retrieve the key in Helgen Keep

    8 messages
    • Excellent. I will look into this. Took a break for a few days from the game.
    • It really is am awesome game.  The tutorials could be better, I really do wish there were two options for the tutorial/start game, one ...

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