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"A few drinks, a few laughs, and a contest. What could be better?"
―Sam Guevenne[src]

Sam Guevenne is a Breton mage who appears in the tavern of the town closest to the Dragonborn upon reaching level 14, where he challenges them to a drinking competition.

Equipment and combatEdit

Typically adorned in Black Robes, Sam rarely wears a hood when encountered. He summons a Dremora Lord when attacked.


A Night to RememberEdit

Upon locating him, he offers a drinking contest and a staff as a reward. By taking three drinks of his special ale, the Dragonborn blacks out, awakening again at the Temple of Dibella in Markarth. After cleaning up the mess made the night before and apologizing for causing a scene, the Dragonborn asks the priestess Senna, for clues about Sam's location. Her hints lead to Rorikstead. Following the clues eventually leads the Dragonborn to Morvunskar and a portal leading to Misty Grove. Upon entering the portal, Sam reveals himself as the Daedric Lord Sanguine. And, as promised, Sanguine offers the Sanguine Rose, a Daedric staff that allows a Dremora Lord to be summoned.


  • "If you're looking for a challenge, you've come to the right place."
  • "Maybe you just aren't up to the challenge."


  • It was the developer's intention for his name to sound like Sanguine, when spoken quickly. Guevenne, however, has two additional vowel sounds. [source?]
  • If the Dragonborn enters the portal as a werewolf, Sam will attack them using lightning-based spells rather than summoning a Dremora.
  • He will be in the tavern nearest to where you were when you became level 14.
  • When starting "The Night to Remember" quest, the objective will say "Talk to Sam Guenvere" instead of Guevenne.


This section contains bugs related to Sam Guevenne. 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 Dragonborn might not black out after Sam says, "You don't look so good." It is suspected that this is caused by the death of Ysolda, a Nord in Whiterun. However, this also happens even if Ysolda is alive; Ysolda is flagged as essential before the completion of the quest.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Sam Guevenne

  • Sams location

    62 messages
    • Was also in Dragon Bridge's FOUR SHIELDS Tavern for me - only found him after looking in these comments and discovering he spawns in tave...
    • Press the tidle key, the one with ~ and ` on it and type as follows: prid 000A96A0 enable moveto player (make sure to press enter after e...
  • You take notice this?

    4 messages
    • I mean this is have to be a special thing. A special line, and from a special npc, give you a special gift. It's have to be obvious.
    • No, there's nothing special about gifts. They are random. Sam's line is even the same as that of other characters who share his vo...

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