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Hired Muscle
Quest Giver Farkas
Location Radiant location
Prerequisite Take Up Arms
Reward 100 gold
Type Companions, Radiant quest
Quest ID CR04
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


This section contains bugs related to Hired Muscle. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
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  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.

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  • Brawl Glitch

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    • Who? Some character may have glitches with the quest hired muscle. So you'd better load a previous game and change the quest target.
    • The dialog option is a also very vague, did you try going one by one though the topics. It is worth looking at the list of people who are know...
  • Hired Muscle

    • I was doing the Companions' quest Hired Muscle in Riften and fighting Vulwulf Snow-Shod, crowded by the people. It was at night. Then a th...

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