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Rift Watchtower
Rift Watchtower Maplocation
Hold The Rift
Location Northwest of Riften
Type Watchtower
Enemies Bandits

Rift Watchtower is a watchtower in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. When approaching the tower the first time, there is an Orsimer guarding the door. He does not attack, nor interact with the Dragonborn, until the main door is opened.

Behind the door are some Orsimer bandits. There is nothing of note here except a Tanning Rack and a rare book, The True Nature of Orcs.

Notable itemsEdit


  • Killing the Orsimer outside the door before he becomes hostile is counted as a murder.


This section contains bugs related to Rift Watchtower. 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   The Orsimer Chief at the top of the tower is part of a quest to become Thane. If he is killed before the quest has started, the quest cannot be completed.
    • This can be fixed on the PC by using the following console commands: "prid d1f56" followed by "resurrect"
  • The Orsimer Chief is also part of the Radiant quest "Trouble in Skyrim." If he is killed when to become Thane, the Companions questline cannot be completed if the Orsimer Chief is the target of the radiant quest Trouble in Skyrim.
  •  360   When doing the quest "Kill the bandit leader located at Rift Watchtower", the bandit leader may not be present, thus preventing the completion of the quest.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Rift Watchtower

  • riften watchtower

    • i got the quest to kill the bandit leader at the top of the tower again but i already killed him and i saved so am i screwed?? by the way i am...
  • Steel Axe of Dismay

    3 messages
    • Yes it's most likely it was just a quest to find "treasure" (the reward is random levelled loot) and that turned out to be it. There are a ...
    • The quest sounds like it was  from a Treasure Hunter's Note maybe.

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