Jyrik Gauldurson is a draugr lord encountered deep below Saarthal during the quest Under Saarthal, which is a part of the quest line for the College of Winterhold. He is the primary antagonist of the quest Forbidden Legend and a minor antagonist of the College of Winterhold questline.


Jyrik was the eldest son of Lord Gauldur, the Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold. He and his brothers, Mikrul and Sigdis, coveted their father's amulet, which held immense power. Recovering the artifact, he and his brothers stormed the cities of Skyrim with summoned armies, ending many lives in their mad conquest. Sent by Arch-Mage Geirmund, a battalion of battlemages was dispatched to end the spree, sealing the brothers away in their respective tombs with Writs of Sealing. Jyrik himself was pursued to the already ancient ruin of Saarthal and trapped within. A powerful elemental mage, Jyrik slew ten veteran wizards before he was finally bested.[1]


Under SaarthalEdit

When his chamber is first entered, Jyrik is invincible. A few seconds later, Tolfdir tells the Dragonborn to keep him busy, and rushes downstairs. He runs past Jyrik and begins shooting bolts of lightning at the orb, draining it of some of its power, which lowers Jyrik's defenses and leaves him vulnerable. His body will glow in the corresponding elements (Fire, Lightning, and Frost), meaning he has increased resistance against them.

Forbidden LegendEdit

Bringing the Gauldur Amulet Fragments to Reachwater Rock, the Dragonborn faces all three sons of Gauldur in battle, one last time. Jyrik is the third brother faced. He wields an Ancient Nord War Axe, casting Flame Cloak on himself. He teleports across the room to evade close combat and will use Unrelenting Force during the fight.

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  • Glitch encountered

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    • If he's invincible, I suggest shouting him somehow (most likely 2016-03-20T00:26:37Z
    • note: if tolfdir won't update the quest and drain the eye of magnus, it works to start the fight, and then leave the area once it's d...
  • Jyrik Gauldurson

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    • I don't think you can,  unfortunately. Tolfdir has to drain the Eye of Magnus (the Orb) of its power in order to make Jyrik not invincible.
    • No because you cannot enter Saarthal without the key.