Ruunvald Excavation is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It is located southeast of Tolvald's Cave and directly east of Shor's Watchtower. Volk's Journal is just outside the entrance, in a tent.


The cave is accessed during the quest "Bolstering the Ranks," in which several Charmed Vigilants can be found, the vigilants who went missing. Inside the temple, Florentius Baenius can be found.

He has been captured and held in a cage. He can be freed by taking the Ruunvald key off of Minorne's corpse.


Ruunvald TempleEdit


  • Malachite ore vein – It is at the bottom of the entrance. Another one is found once the first tunnel is entered, at a fork, with the ore vein to the right.
  • Three malachite ore – in a cart halfway through the tunnel after the entryway.
  • Malachite ore vein – in the second chamber, at the bottom, in a well lit area. There is also a chunk of malachite ore in a bin to the right of the vein.
  • Malachite ore vein – after the chamber containing Discovering Ruunvald, Vol III, in the exiting tunnel, a vein is found to the right.


Notable itemsEdit


  • Prior to the start of the related quest, discovering the location will not add the map marker to your map.
  • Ruunvald Excavation and any related doors will not appear in the world until the quest Bolstering the Ranks has been accepted. Before this, the old Nordic doorway exit will be missing, as will the campsite, and the entrance in the mountain will be sealed. Siding with the Volkihar clan during the Dawnguard questline therefore means the location never appears. It can be activated using the console commands "prid xx00d1fe" followed by "disable" where xx is the load order of the Dawnguard DLC, usually 02.


This section contains bugs related to Ruunvald Excavation. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • When entering the temple, the Dragonborn may find a large world hole which, if they fall into it, will bring them to a different area in the temple.
  • Discovering Ruunvald, Vol IV may not be visible on the barrel as its placing means it is obscured within the barrel itself. If careful scanning with the cursor does not detect the book you may be able to push it enough with a Fireball blast that the edge can be selected and the book picked up.
  • When activating the associated quest, the marker will appear above the undiscovered location on the map but the world compass will be directing the Dragonborn towards Riften instead. This is fixed by entering and exiting Riften.
  • When using Beast Form ability in the main excavation or entering the area transformed, player might end up with the same red aura around the head as the charmed vigilantes. This effect seems to disappear when transforming back, but returns after switching to first person view and remains active indefinitely. For PC players, this can be solved by adding the effect manually via console command "player.addspell 02018c5d" (closing and reopening the console may be necessary) and subsequently removing it with "player.removespell 02018c5d."


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  • ruunvald

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    • I do too man i feel bad bout killing the beutifull huskies
    • Funny, I just snuck past all the Charmed Vigilants, made it straight to Minorne & killed her. Sadly, for some really stupid reason...
  • Ruunvald

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    • I have been given the location of Ruunvald Excavation as a location for a radiant quest ("Arniel's Experiment" or whatever) ...
    • I got assigned this location as part of "Protecting the Bloodline." I guess I'll just console the temple door open...