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Reaper (Dawnguard)

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"Shh, he's watching us"

The Reaper is a secret boss found in the Reaper's Lair, which itself can be found in the Soul Cairn. To fight it, the Dragonborn must place at least three Reaper Gem Fragments on its altar to summon it.


The Reaper itself is a giant, ghostly, masked figure that wields an Iron Battleaxe and wears the same armor and cowl seen on executioners, such as the Imperial Headsman, and also wears Scaled Bracers.

During combat it will spit green slime like the Afflicted. When defeated it drops three empty Black Soul Gems, an Iron Battleaxe, and a Daedra Heart, suggesting that it is Daedric in nature. The Reaper is mentioned by some souls found in the Soul Cairn, even though they don't know who or what he is.



  • Some souls within the Soul Cairn may give reference to him by saying, for example, "Shh, he's watching us!"
  •  PC   Reaper's hood can be obtained via console command as "Reaperr Hood" (typo exists by default)
  •  PC   Reaperr Hood only appears as the Reaper's hood when worn by male character, it appears as Shrouded Hood if worn by female characters.


This section contains bugs related to Reaper (Dawnguard). 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   Using the spell Detect Dead or the Shout Aura Whisper will reveal all of the Reaper's minions inside the floor. By standing above one of these minions and attacking, the Reaper and his minions will rise and attack the player, at which point they can be fought and killed without placing or gathering any of the Reaper Gem Fragments. Another way, not requiring the Detect Dead spell, is by walking to the far side of the room from the door. The ghostly smoke effect of the reaper can be seen through the pile of bones he is standing in, about where his head would be. If the Dragonborn goes up to him and tries to select him as if to initiate dialog, he will step forward and his minions will rise.
  •  360   It is possible for the creature to attack without using the required items to summon it.
  •  360   It is possible to force the Reaper and his minions to attack by using area of affect attacks on the bone piles. A simple Unrelenting Force shout works or a simple Fire Rune.
  •  360   It is possible that the Reaper's remains can't be looted.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Reaper (Dawnguard)

  • Is The Reaper an Ideal Master?

    4 messages
    • The Reaper seems like one of their guardians (like Durnehviir) that the Ideal Masters have collected over time, but thats just a guess the...
    • Often I've wondered if the Reaper could be an "avatar" of the Ideal Masters, since as it stands now we have no idea if the Ideal Masters are a...
  • Reaper's Lair in Soul Cairn and Soul husks

    5 messages
    • Ditto. I've done this quest twice. Couldn't loot him the second time, which was a minute ago. I can't remember whether I could loot him the fi...
    • This is a very old thread but if you look at the Reapers page you get a few black soul gems a Daedra heart and iron battleaxe, its also on ...

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