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Moldering Ruins

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Moldering Ruins
Moldering Ruins
Moldering Ruins Map
Hold Whiterun Hold
Type Ruin
Enemies Master Vampire, Vampire's Thralls, Death Hound

Moldering Ruins is a small draugr crypt location located in Whiterun Hold near The Reach, due west of Rorikstead between Bleakwind Bluff and Serpent's Bluff Redoubt.


The entrance, a trapdoor, is located in a tent that is guarded by a death hound and two vampire thralls. It can be accessed without starting either Dawnguard questline.

A master vampire and a vampire thrall can be encountered inside. Vine-covered objects block getting a clean shot at them from a distance. There is also a draugr whom the vampire may reanimate as an ally, but it will turn to ash when the vampire dies.

There are several burial urns and a large chest to loot. Hanging moss is plentiful inside.



It can be one of the locations of Meridia's Beacon, as well as being a possible location of many of Dawnguard's radiant side quests for both sides. This is also a possible location for the Companions Quest Family Heirloom and Rescue Mission.


This section contains bugs related to Moldering Ruins. 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.
  • Upon entering, most of the room might be glitched, making navigation confusing: Some walls missing, bedrolls floating and the Dragonborn can fall through some parts of the floor. Reloading the previous save and exiting and re-entering may fix this.


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