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Nimhe is a unique giant frostbite spider found in the Nchuand-Zel Excavation Site, inside the city of Markarth.


The Court Wizard Calcelmo reveals that the name, Nimhe, was given to the spider by his workers, and it translates to 'The Poisoned One.'


Nimhe, the Poisoned OneEdit

Calcelmo asks the Dragonborn to kill Nimhe since she has been interfering with his excavations for months. In exchange for killing Nimhe, Calcelmo will give them the keys to his Dwemer Museum and the excavation site.


An easy way to defeat Nimhe is to use Destruction magic spells and attack her from the tunnel to Nimhe's lair. Nimhe cannot crawl nor attack through the small tunnel (with the exception of the poison she shoots) that the Dragonborn enters Nimhe's lair from, making this area a wonderful spot to attack from.

This can be a tough fight for melee characters, especially on higher difficulties. Directly across from the entrance where the Dragonborn first comes in, an egg sac sits on the raised platform near the exit. By crouching and hiding behind it, Nimhe can't hit them with its poison attack, and can't climb the stairs, giving a lot of time to replenish stamina and magicka. It might take a while, but it definitely makes the fight a lot easier.

Nimhe can be easily killed using high sneak ability. For this, take a corner and pelt her with arrows, the result will be minimum to no damage to the Dragonborn and the giant spider will be slain with relative ease.


  • The giant frostbite spider's name comes from the Irish Gaelic word for poison, also "Nimhe."
  • Nimhe appears to have killed Alethius, a guard for one of the expeditions.


This section contains bugs related to Nimhe. 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  , 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   Despite being a unique frostbite spider, Nimhe will respawn after an extended period of time.
  •  360   Frequently when you fast travel to the Markarth Stables, it will be there, making a strange noise, but not attacking until threatened. 
  • Very rarely she will spawn outside of the excavation site.


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