Ysolda comes across as a bargain hunter and keen tradeswoman, yet her personality seems quite friendly, if a bit nosy. Most of her interactions with other characters are friendly, while at other times she will exchange a few hostile words.
Ysolda asks the Dragonborn to find her a Mammoth Tusk, which she needs to give to a Khajiit caravaneer. Doing so will increase Speech. However, if the Dragonborn's speech level is already 100, the Dragonborn cannot complete the quest. Though the tusk is supposed to be given to a khajiit caravaneer, she does not appear to ever relinquish it, and it can be reacquired later in the game.
Ysolda can be involved in the quest A Night to Remember, and is one of the possible characters that gives the Dragonborn the wedding ring. This can still occur if the player is married to her, and she does not have any problem letting the Dragonborn borrow her wedding ring for someone else. Due to Radiant A.I. this will not always be the case. After completing the quest, players have a difficult time finding Ysolda. She will usually turn up at the Temple of Mara in Riften if the Dragonborn continues searching.
Ysolda can also be involved in the Companions quest Rescue Mission, and is one of the possible characters that the Dragonborn must rescue.
If the Dragonborn travels to Sleeping Tree Camp and enters Sleeping Tree Cave, a dead Orc will have a note from Ysolda about Sleeping Tree Sap. Married or not, the Dragonborn can confront her about it. In return she will offer 150 for every bottle brought to her, as her previous dealer is dead. The tree can be harvested for the sap, but it can't be sold to anyone apart from Ysolda, Khajiit Caravans traders and some other merchants.
- Goes home to sleep at 12 AM.
- Wakes up at 8 AM.
- Browses the market from 9 AM to 3 PM.
- Walks around Whiterun, particularly up to Dragonsreach and around the Plains District, from 4 pm - 8 pm.
- Visits the Bannered Mare from 9 PM to 12 AM.
- "Once I've made enough money trading with the Khajiit caravans, I'm going to buy The Bannered Mare from Hulda."
- "I spend a lot of time at the market stalls so I can learn the merchant's trade. I need more experience if I'm going to run an inn someday."
- "They say there's nothing a Nord woman can't do if she puts her mind to it."
- "We Nords are strong, and we're as tough as stone. But I'll bet you didn't know there's some of us with a good head for business, too."
- "There's some company I certainly prefer over others. Have you met Mikael? The most amazing bard I've ever heard."
- Ysolda says she wishes to buy The Bannered Mare from Hulda, and if Hulda is killed, Ysolda takes over as landlady.
- If Anoriath dies, she will sometimes tend to his market stall, though her dialogue will not change and she will not have anything for sale. She does not seem to have a set work schedule like the other merchants; she leaves the stall and continues to wander Whiterun.
- If Belethor dies, she will take over his shop.
- If the Dragonborn chooses to marry Ysolda, a Khajiit caravan will attend her wedding if the quest Ysolda's Shipment is complete. This is a very rare chance to see multiple Khajiit NPCs inside the walls of a city, and the Khajiit merchant can be traded with.
- Occasionally, Ysolda can be seen holding a basket of flowers. She is one of the few characters known to do this.
- She is a narcotics dealer who deals in Sleeping Tree Sap.
- Ysolda, under the influence Dead Thrall, escapes instead of fighting.
- If the Dragonborn marries her prior to a Night to Remember, she will still have the dialogue for the quest and talk as though she and the Dragonborn were never married
- She was voiced by Corri English.
This section contains bugs related to Ysolda. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Dragonborn will find themselves unable to sleep or wait in her house. Lover's comfort can still obtained by renting a room in the Bannered Mare while she's in it. If married, a bug might occur where the
- Hulda dies and Ysolda takes her place at The Bannered Mare, she will still speak about buying the inn. Ysolda will also not gain the speech dialogue to sell items once she owns The Bannered Mare. If
- Dragonborn can say that they would like to rent a room. In spite of renting the room & taking 10 gold, the room will not be theirs. This bug does not happen every time and the circumstances for it to happen are unknown. Also, if Ysolda takes over The Bannered Mare, The
- She will stop cooking meals for her Dragonborn spouse after a few times.
- A Night to Remember she will refer to the Dragonborn as if she is male. In other words, her dialogue does not alter if you are female. As a female Dragonborn, talking to her about a wedding ring for the quest
- If a mammoth tusk is found before accepting her quest to find one, it may not come up at all. This can be fixed by dropping the tusk and picking it up again. Bug has also been sighted on PC.
- Battle for Whiterun, she will still appear in the streets running to Dragonsreach. If she is married and moved to a house outside Whiterun before starting the quest
If told to move to a certain house, Ysolda may dissapear instead of showing up.
- This can be fixed if the player is at a point in a quest that involves Ysolda, resulting in a quest marker for her on the map wherever she is
- Sometimes, her quest to find a mammoth tusk may not appear at all