For other uses, see Spriggan.

The Spriggan is a creature that can be found across Skyrim. Spriggans can usually be found underground in caves, or in dense forests. They appear more tree-like than they did in Oblivion, where they looked more humanoid.

Behavior and appearanceEdit

Spriggans are beings which are made entirely of wood and magical energy; the source of which is their taproot. Spriggans are attracted to taproot, and Hagravens manipulate this weakness by hanging taproots from trees to attract spriggans. Hagravens then sacrifice them for their magical characteristics, and because of their hatred of nature.

Some spriggans may be encountered hiding in trees, and step from them when the Dragonborn comes too close. Despite this, all spriggans may be found with the Aura Whisper Dragon Shout or the Detect Life spell.

In combat, spriggans have the ability to use the Invisibility spell, heal themselves quickly when low on health, and attack their target with a unique novice Destruction spell in the form of swarm of bees which can poison their target. When in melee range, they can swipe at the Dragonborn with their claw-like appendages, which can also poison.

Their most notable ability is their ability to enthrall the nearby wildlife - including animals not normally hostile like deer, goats and foxes - to come to their aid; enthralled animals bear a green aura and the effect can be overridden with the Animal Allegiance or Kyne's Peace shouts, or prevented entirely with the Voice of the Sky effect from the 7000 Steps Etchings. After casting this spell they become invisible for 5 seconds, but the invisibility can be broken by being attacked. The animals remain enthralled after the spriggan is defeated.



Spriggan MatronEdit

A stronger variant of the spriggan who typically serves as a miniboss level creature, but they will also replace spriggans in some areas if the Dragonborn is of a high enough level.

Spriggan Earth MotherDGEdit

The strongest boss level spriggan added with Dawnguard. This variant is most likely to hang back and enthrall animals, and often runs when at low health.

Burnt SprigganDREdit

A variant of spriggan that roams the ashlands of Solstheim in Dragonborn.



  • The spriggans in The Elder Scrolls' series were likely inspired by the spriggans from the Cornish Faery lore.
    • They might also be an allusion to dryads of Greek mythology.
  • Spriggans do not attack the Dragonborn when they are in werewolf form.
  • Spriggan Matrons seem to have an effect attributable to their attacks known as "Spriggan Poison" described in the Active Effects menu as "Saplike poison does 0 points of damage for 10 seconds."
  • The spriggans have changed considerably since The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, where they made their debut. Spriggans used to possess a more humanoid appearance in The Elder Scrolls games before Skyrim, but more recently they have possessed a more tree-like form.
  • Spriggans will not cross deep waters, one can use this as a weakness if one has a bow or can cast long ranged spells.
  • Spriggans may turn any of the Dragonborn's animal followers, such as dogs, against them.
  • Spriggans in Skyrim will never drop Spriggan Sap; it can only be purchased or found elsewhere.
  • Although very little is known about the nature of the spriggans, it can be speculated that they have some form of connection to the equally mysterious nirnroot plants. In the alchemist's journal found in the camp overlooking Evergreen Grove, the alchemist wonders what effects the nirnroots growing there could have on the water downstream. The water downstream turns out to be home to two spriggans and it is possible they are connected with the plants somehow. In The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn, there are several spriggans on the Giant Nirnroot Island northeast of Solstheim, seemingly guarding the huge concentration of uniquely large nirnroots there.
  • Spriggans bear a resemblance to Flame Atronachs, especially the Spriggan Matron.
  • The Earth Mother likely is reference to the concept of Mother Nature, a single entity that governs all of natural life on the earth.


This section contains bugs related to Spriggan (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
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  •  PS3   Sometimes three spriggans appear in Riften when fast traveling to town. They appear with the Dragonborn and are not hostile. When the three spriggans are attacked they will cloak themselves in invisibility and run out of the gate.
  •  PS3   Rarely a dead spriggan may appear when you enter and exit Alftand containing a taproot.
  • When the spriggan appears on the load screen its texture will fail to load (fixes automatically in a few seconds)


Start a Discussion Discussions about Spriggan (Skyrim)

  • Spriggan Shield

    7 messages
    • I started looking for threads of the Spriggan Shield after getting it as a drop (??) from a Spriggan Matron. Bug, or am I lucky as heck?
    • Most likely a bug.
  • Looking at the Taproot

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    • Datadragon Odahviing wrote:Why would you mod Spriggans... There are better female NPCs in the game. Don't ask me, I just saw the mod...
    • It also has the same alchemical properties as Dwarven Oil....@_@