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Joining the Legion
Quest Giver Hadvar
Location Solitude
Prerequisite Speaking with Ralof (Optional)
Next Quest The Jagged Crown
Reward Choice of Legion Armor
Faction Imperial Legion
Quest ID CW01A
Joining the Legion is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.



The Dragonborn can get the quest to join the Imperial Legion if they choose to follow Hadvar during Unbound. Before entering Helgen Keep, the Dragonborn may choose to enter with either Ralof or Hadvar. If following Hadvar, the Dragonborn automatically receives the quest after leaving the caves below the keep. The Dragonborn can also get the quest by entering an Imperial camp, such as the Pale Imperial Camp, or encountering a group of Imperial soldiers, where the Dragonborn will be invited to join the Imperial legion and directed to Solitude.

After arriving at Solitude, enter Castle Dour and speak to General Tullius. He will then direct the Dragonborn to Legate Rikke, who is usually by the war table. She will then say that Fort Hraggstad, which has been taken over by bandits, must be cleared.

Once the fort is clear, report back to Rikke, and then speak with General Tullius as to begin the oath. After the oath is taken, Tullius will direct the Dragonborn to the blacksmith Beirand to acquire either light, medium (a mix of light and heavy) or heavy armor.


  • The Imperial legion's test is harder than the Stormcloaks test, as the player need to kill dozens of bandits in a fortress while in the other only one Ice Wraith is needed to kill.
  • By completing this quest, Joining the Stormcloaks is automatically failed.
  • If the castle is entered wearing full Stormcloak Armor, Tullius and his guards will have alternate dialogue when speaking to them. This can sometimes cause them to attack if any guards or Imperial troops have been killed within the past three days.
  • If you talk to General Tullius after getting order to meet Rikke near Korvanjund, Tullius will say "I believe the legate  gave you an order. Why are you still standing here flapping your jaw? Move out!".


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

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  There is currently a bug where sometimes the quest target for the fort does not appear. The only solution found is to type "setstage CW01A 100" (Minus the quotation marks) into the console.
  • Stealing from the armoury in the castle may lead to a glitch where everyone can see you, even if you're hidden. This can be very bad as General Tullius is essential.
  • If you have already cleared out Fort Hraggstad before starting this quest, when you arrive at the fort, there may not be any directional arrows telling you where to go or who to kill. Just enter the main door to the fort and the directional arrows should appear. If not just kill everyone on the inside, including in the prison.
  •  PS3   Using fast travel back to Solitude may send you back to your last save, so be sure to save right once you've cleared the fort.
  •  360   Occasionally during the Imperial Legion quest "Joining the Legion" the map icon for Fort Hraggstad will not have "cleared" under it, even if you have killed everyone in the fort. This prevents you from continuing the Civil War questline, unless you decide to join the Stormcloaks instead.
  •  PC   If the Dragonborn has not completed this quest by the time he/she has reached the Season Unending main quest line, then General Tullis cannot be spoken to, because he still thinks that Legate Rikke's request is outstanding. There is no known way to get around this, except to actually complete the quest and going back to Solitude and then asking General Tullius to go to the peace talks, or joining the Stormcloaks instead, which fails the quest.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Joining the Legion

  • I dont want be stormcloak anymore!

    2 messages
    • Is there any setstage,mod,something to back when you didnt yet decided side on civil war but do not lose everythig?
    • If you haven't completed The Jagged Crown quest yet you still have a chance to defect to the other side. Just bring the crown to General Tull...
  • Cant talk to rikke its bugged

    3 messages
    • I had the very same issue and reslolved to console commanding 'setstage cw01a 160'. It completed Fort Hragstaad's clearance, sadly, but it ...
    • I remember having this bug. The option to progress with the Civil War questline didn't appear until like a in-game month later, for me.

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