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Hired Muscle is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Farkas asks the Dragonborn to intimidate a random NPC in Skyrim. It is the Dragonborn's duty to track down the person of interest and "rough them up" by initiating a bare-knuckle fight with them until they yield. Returning to Farkas completes the quest. Killing the target while on the job will result in failure.

List of NPCs to intimidateEdit


Journal Entry

<radiant NPC> has been causing trouble for someone around <radiant city>. I need to rough <radiant gender> up to remind <radiant gender> of <radiant gender> obligations.

  • Objective: Intimidate <radiant NPC>

<radiant NPC> won't be causing as much trouble for <radiant city>.

  • Objective: Return to Farkas
  • Quest complete


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  • Companion quest + dark brotherhood bug

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    • Ipod7man wrote: Oh this is on my xbox 360 version of skyrim btw!! Any help would be greatly appreciated :) No Alduin he's not.
    • Never saw that sorry.  Anyway I don't think that there is a fix for it. He will just say the same lines over and over again.  However if ...
  • hired muscle

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    • I have that mod, but I don't think I've ever gotten any quests from it. XD
    • The radiant quests like Hired Muscle are generated randomly, with the amount of possible targets there is you could do it twenty or thirty ...

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