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 one chooses to follow Hadvar, the Dragonborn automatically receives the quest after leaving the caves below the keep. One may 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 his second-in-command, 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 so she can send a detachment of Imperial Legionnaires to garrison the fort and secure the western approach to Solitude.

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.


Joining the Legion – CW01A
IDJournal Entry
1In order to prove myself to Legate Rikke, I am to clear out the bandits living at Fort Hraggstad.
  • Objective 1: Clear out Fort Hraggstad
  • Objective 100: Report to Legate Rikke
  • Objective 160:Take the oath
  • Quest complete
  • Quest failed


  • The Imperial Legion's test is harder than the Stormcloaks test, as the Dragonborn needs 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 one enters the castle wearing full Stormcloak Armor, Tullius and his guards will have alternate dialogue. This can sometimes cause them to turn hostile if any guards or Imperial troops have been killed within the past three days.
  • If one speaks 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. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, the quest target for the fort does not appear. The only solution found is to use the console command setstage CW01A 100.
  • Stealing from the armory in the castle may lead to a glitch where everyone can see the Dragonborn, even if they are hidden. This can prove to be problematic, as General Tullius is essential.
  • If one has already cleared out Fort Hraggstad before starting this quest, upon arrival at the fort, there may not be any directional arrows to the objectives. To fix this, simply enter the main door to the fort. If this does not work, kill everyone on the inside, including members in the prison.
  •  PS3   Using fast travel back to Solitude may send the Dragonborn back to a last save.
  •  360   Occasionally, during this quest the map icon for Fort Hraggstad will not be marked as cleared, even if everyone in the fort has been killed. This will prevent the Dragonborn from continuing the Civil War quest line, unless one decides to join the Stormcloaks instead.
  •  PC   PS4   If the Dragonborn has not completed this quest by the time they have reached the "Season Unending" main quest line, then General Tullius 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

  • Rikke won't talk to me...

    3 messages
    • Could you please detail the situation more please? I am a little confused, although I will do the best to give an explanation. The easy way ...
    • Make sure Tullius doesn't have anything else to say and maybe go though any dialog he has again, otherwise try using the wait functi...
  • I dont want be stormcloak anymore!

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    • 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 Gene...