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Vahlok the Jailor
Vahlok the jailer
Basic Info
Level 50
Health-icon 1490
MagickaIcon 545
Stamina 0
Spells/Abilities Command Daedra
Conjure Flame Atronach
Flame Cloak
Greater Ward
Loot Black Soul Gem
Bone Meal
Soul Size Grand
Base ID xx01cad5
Main article: Dragon Priest
"Noble Nord, forever remembered: mighty Vahlok, whose great courage inspired both men and dragon"
―Word Wall for Battle Fury, Vahlok's Tomb[src]

Vahlok (Dovahzul: VAhLOK Vahlok, "Guardian"), most known as Vahlok the Jailor, was a dragon priest. Along with Ahzidal, Dukaan, Miraak and Zahkriisos, he is one of the five named dragon priests found on Solstheim. His full name translates to "Guardian" in the dragon tongue.


According to Skaal folklore, Vahlok served as a dragon priest during the rule of dragons in the Merethic Era.[1]

One of his contemporaries, a priest named Miraak, was seduced with promises of power and forbidden knowledge by the Daedric Prince of Knowledge and Fate, Hermaeus Mora. Miraak began to secretly plot against his dragon overlords, however Vahlok discovered his plans and confronted him. The two fought a lengthy battle that was said to have lasted for days and was so destructive that Solstheim was torn apart from the mainland of Skyrim.[1]

At this point, the series of events that took place is unclear. Skaal legend mentions that Vahlok eventually defeated Miraak, but just as he was about to kill him, Hermaeus Mora saved Miraak by transporting him to the realm of Apocrypha. For his victory, Vahlok gained much glory and his dragon masters appointed him as ruler of the island, but not before he was compelled to swear an oath of vigilance to watch for Miraak's return.[1]
Lost Legacy - Vahlok

Vahlok rises out of his tomb

Other accounts report that Miraak was defeated and then banished to Solstheim where he was imprisoned in a tomb built by the ancient Skaal. Vahlok was made his jailer and when he eventually died, he was buried in the same tomb so that he could maintain his vigil beyond death.[2] In any case, Vahlok was instrumental in the downfall of Miraak and put a stop to whatever plans he might have had.


Vahlok's legacy is a sharp contrast to his contemporaries on the mainland. Legend paints him as a paragon of loyalty and nobility in his battle against Miraak and goes as far to say he inspired great courage in both men and dragon.[1][3] His reign was said to be a time of peace and prosperity for the people of Solstheim and, unlike the priests of Skyrim, he was remembered as a wise and just leader by the ancient Skaal.[1]


Lost LegacyEdit

Vahlok can be encountered at the end of Vahlok's Tomb.

In battleEdit

Vahlok is Dragon Priest specializing in fire magic. Since he has no Dragon Priest Staff, he only uses his own spells in battle. He will cast Ebonyflesh and Flame Cloak on himself, often summons a Flame Atronach, and attacks with high-level Fire spells like Incinerate and Fireball.

As an added difficulty to fighting Vahlok, his room is littered with fire traps, making it extremely difficult to even approach him. Gear and potions of fire resistance are highly recommended. Much like any other Dragon Priest, he can be defeated easily if one achieves 100% spell absorption, using The Atronach Stone, the Alteration perk Atronach, and Miraak's enchanted garb.

The center of his room is occupied by a shallow pool of water. It is recommended to stand in this pool and engage Vahlok at range. This will allow the Dragonborn to dodge his attacks without worrying about stepping on fire traps.



  • He is the only notable Dragon Priest to not have a mask associated with him.
  • He is also the only known Dragon Priest, with the possible exception of Otar before his madness, who was noted for being benevolent.
  • His name in-game is Vahlok the Jailer (not Jailor).



Start a Discussion Discussions about Vahlok the Jailor

  • Vahlok: Did he have a mask?

    106 messages
    • I've just recently read "The Guardian And The Traitor" and I now believe that in the battle with Miraak Vahlok's mask incinerated into nothingness.
    • wrote:Considering the fact that it takes all eight masks to reveal Konahrik, along with the meaning of the word itself (Warlor...
  • Vahlok's mask is the wooden mask??

    5 messages
    • Well, it is found on a skeleton, so the guy who presumably took it from vahlok took it a long time ago, maybe even before the red mountain cove...
    • They did say in the quest that his mask wasnt named and the wooden mask is the only 1 without a name ?

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