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Orphan Rock is a landmark located north of the road running between Helgen and Ivarstead. When traveling from Helgen, there is a path on the left side of the road before reaching the Falkreath Stormcloak Camp. If travelling from Riverwood, there is a path behind Hod and Gerdur's house, leading south.

Orphan Rock is the home of a Hagraven and several witches and hags who serve her. It is a large pillar of natural stone that is accessed by a fallen tree bridge. There is an Arcane Enchanter located there.

This location appears to have been used for the sacrifice/slaughter of Spriggans, as the body of one is found atop a brazier here. Also, there are two Spriggan heads mounted on sticks, next to the tree trunk bridge.

The camp is also protected by bear traps and several Frost Runes.


The Blessings of NatureEdit

In order to cut a path through the roots of the Eldergleam Tree, Danica Pure-Spring sends the Dragonborn to Orphan Rock to collect Nettlebane, a dagger which can cut through the roots.

Notable itemsEdit

  • Nettlebane
  • Leveled helmet, the skeleton in the base of the fallen tree to the south wears it.



  • The Hagraven will not appear until the quest The Blessings of Nature is active.
  • There is a skeleton in the base of the big fallen tree to the south with a coin purse and leveled helmet. It may take some dragging/adjusting the skeleton to collect the coin purse.
  • Two rubies can sometimes be found in mid-air, just east of the Arcane Enchanter. It's possible that they were placed with the intention of being set into the eye-sockets of the animal skull above the nearby tent but were forgotten.


This section contains bugs related to Orphan Rock. 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.
  • It is possible that there will be no fallen tree to cross over if the quest to retrieve Nettlebane for Danica Pure-Spring has not been activated.
  • There is a chance that the Hagraven will not attack.


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