Not to be confused with The Oldest Orc.
"I am waiting for a good death."
―Old Orc[src]

The Old Orc is an Orsimer who appears as a random encounter in Skyrim.


While traveling in the wilds, the Dragonborn may come across an Orc who stands near the corpses of two sabre cats. When spoken to, he says he is waiting for a "good death."

All attempts to talk him out of it fail, and will be met with him saying that he has become too old to be a chief, too old to marry, and wants to die while he can still call himself a proper man, and that he wants to die in battle to please his god, the Daedric Prince Malacath.

He can be "helped" or left alone. Agreeing to help will cause him to become hostile. There are no rewards for "helping" him, so if you choose to leave him alone nothing will change except he will stay in the same spot until you "help" him.


Old Orc's Stats
Level 1→ 25
Health 170 → 489
Magicka 25
Stamina 100 → 246
Armor Rating 36 → 45
Light Armor 15 → 50
One-Handed 20 → 72
Archery 15
Block 20 → 55


"If you are not here to grant me a good death, then you can leave."

A good death? "Yes. Were I to simply lay down and die, it would not please Malacath."
Why do you wish to die? "My time has come. I am old. Too old to become chief. It would be wrong for me to take wives at this age. So I will die. Malacath has given me a vision of a glorious death. I am to wait here until it finds me. As you can see, it has not yet arrived."
You don't look that old to me. Certainly you're still a strong, capable warrior. "Indeed. One should find his death while he can still call himself a proper man. We Orc men are not like these Nords and Imperials who carry on until they are grey and feeble and their hair falls out. To cling to something past its usefulness is unseemly, how much more so when that thing is you?"
It seems there's no talking you out of this? "You should leave. I don't want you scaring off my good death."
Perhaps I could give you the death you seek? "Perhaps... Are you sure about this?"
Yes, I am sure. I will give you a good death. "Hmm. We shall see."
On second thought, maybe not. "You should leave. I don't want you scaring off my good death."


  • Unlike most random encounters, the Old Orc does not "reset" and remains at the place where he first spawned for the rest of the game. Also, his corpse does not disappear over time.
  • It is possible to encounter this character on more than one occasion.
  • The armor he wears is radiant and varies between leather armor, fur armor and hide armor.


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