Not to be confused with Kill the Bandit Leader (Siddgeir).

Kill the Bandit Leader is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These can be given by innkeepers when asked about work/rumors. Any of the Jarls or their steward/stewardess can give these when asked for work. A Bounty Note will be given to the Dragonborn identifying the type and location of the bounty.

The dungeon is randomly determined based on the quest-giver's hold.


This section contains bugs related to Kill the Bandit Leader. 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   At least five quests of this kind (Kill the Bandit Leader at Valtheim Towers, Nilheim, Rift Watchtower, Broken Helm Hollow, Winter War and Uttering Hills Cave) are bugged. If the Dragonborn kills the leader before getting the quest, he will not respawn, making the Dragonborn unable to complete the quest. The quest does not have a questmarker either.
  • It's possible to complete the quest by resurrecting the Bandit Leader using the console (and then killing him).
  • It's possible to skip the current stage by using the command setstage BQ01 100 or setstage BQ01 100
  •  PC   360   PS3   There is a bug with Uttering Hills Cave where the quest marker will lead you to a dead body of Linwe, rendering the quest impossible to finish. This is because prior to activating this quest, one has already completed the quest "Summerset Shadows."
    •  PC(Fix)   Targeting the dead body or using the console command prid 0007d67a then using the command ressurect may bring it alive again, making it possible to be killed and thus completing the quest.
  • Sometimes, even when given a quest, the Bandit Leader at Nilheim is nonexistent. This is a glitch on the 360 and PC and does not seem to be level-dependent. The dungeon can be reset with the command prid c5675 followed by disable.

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