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A wounded hunter named Valdr sits on a log just outside the entrance to the Moss Mother Cavern, calling out for help. When questioned about his identity, he tells the Dragonborn that he is a hunter from Falkreath. He, along with two other hunters, tracked down a bear to this cave.
Inside, they cornered the bear, but suddenly they were attacked by three spriggans. The strange creatures killed his fellow hunters and he barely escaped, being badly injured. He asks that the Dragonborn clear out the spriggans from the cave so he can get to his fallen friends.
- Heal Valdr's injuries.
- Locate Valdr's comrades.
- Clear out Moss Mother Cavern.
- Return to Valdr.
Valdr can be healed by giving him a potion or using a spell like Healing Hands. After he is healed, he will ask the Dragonborn to clear out the cave of spriggans. This can be done alone or with Valdr. Inside the cave there are three spriggans and one bear. The bear and a spriggan will be near the entrance and the other two spriggans near the pool. It is possible to engage them individually, but they may join their fellow creatures if too much noise is made.
After completing this task, the Dragonborn will be rewarded with Valdr's Lucky Dagger. After this, Valdr will return to Falkreath, but only after taking care of his friends' bodies.
- One of Valdr's hunting members who are dead is actually a hostile. This is known by the use of console commands that show their class is bandit.
- If the Dragonborn enters the cave without healing Valdr and clears out the enemies inside, he will be dead upon returning from the cave. The side quest will still be available but will not be possible to complete.
- If the Dragonborn has a follower when the quest is accepted, they seem to drop down as if injured.
- Using the Courage spell on Valdr counts as healing him, since the spell slightly increases health.
This section contains bugs related to Hunter and Hunted. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Valdr may not accept anything besides a standard healing potion. Healing him with a spell may fix this.
- It may not be possible to interact with Valdr while injured making it impossible to give him a potion. Healing him with a spell may resolve this.
- If Valdr dies, it will not be possible to complete this quest and it will remain in the journal.
- Dead Man's Drink tavern owner Valga Vinicia. Doing so will cause Valdr to start dialog with the Dragonborn prematurely at "Much better. Thanks, friend. I wouldn't have lasted much longer without that." regardless of having not been healed. Despite completing the quest it will remain in the quest log as "Locate Valdr's hunting party." and a quest marker will stay on Valdr.
The Dragonborn may have already received this quest in Falkreath called "Locate Valdr's hunting party." from the
- These problems can be solved by opening the console and typing "setstage dunMossMotherQST 10" followed by "setstage dunMossMotherQST 20". Doing this will mark the quest as completed removing it from the "Miscellaneous" quest log as well as removing the quest marker from Valdr.