Dragonborn:Essential NPCs

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There are several NPCs in the Dragonborn expansion who at some point during gameplay are essential. In effect, this means they cannot be killed under any condition, and when their health bar fully depletes, they will merely fall into a state of recovery before reverting to normal again with full health.

Unlike Oblivion, it is not possible to tell whether an NPC is essential without attempting to kill them or by using the level 100 Pickpocket perk, "Perfect Touch", which allows you to remove equipped items; in the case of essential NPCs, however, you will not be able to use this perk on them. NPCs are usually only set to essential if they are of high importance to a later quest.

Some NPCs in the Dragonborn expansion are always essential and can never be killed, even after their associated quests are completed.

Name Found Becomes Killable
Adril Arano Morvayn Manor (Raven Rock) Never
Baldor Iron-Shaper Baldor Iron-Shaper's House (Skaal Village) Never
Captain Veleth The Bulwark (Raven Rock) Never
Cindiri Arano Morvayn Manor (Raven Rock) Never
Crescius Caerellius Caerellius House (Raven Rock) Never
Drovas Relvi The Retching Netch (Raven Rock),
Tel Mithryn Steward's House (Tel Mithryn)
Falas Selvayn Ramshackle Trading Post Never
Frea Temple of Miraak, Skaal Village Never
Geldis Sadri The Retching Netch (Raven Rock) Never
Gjalund Salt-Sage The Northern Maiden Never
Glover Mallory Glover Mallory's House (Raven Rock) Never
Ildari Sarothril Highpoint Tower End of Old Friends
Lleril Morvayn Morvayn Manor (Raven Rock) Never
Lygrleid The Northern Maiden Never
Mirri Severin Severin Manor (Raven Rock) During Served Cold
Mogrul The Retching Netch (Raven Rock) During and after the quest A New Debt
Neloth Tel Mithryn (Tel Mithryn) Never
Oslaf Temple of Miraak, Oslaf's House (Skaal Village) After completion of At the Summit of Apocrypha
Ralis Sedarys Kolbjorn Barrow End of Unearthed
Sogrlaf The Northern Maiden Never
Storn Crag-Strider Shaman's Hut (Skaal Village) Scripted death during The Gardener of Men
Tharstan Greathall (Skaal Village) Never
Tilisu Severin Severin Manor (Raven Rock) During Served Cold
Varona Nelas Tel Mithryn Steward's House (Tel Mithryn) Scripted death during Reluctant Steward
Vendil Severin Ashfallow Citadel During Served Cold
Yrsa Temple of Miraak, Deor Woodcutter's House (Skaal Village) Never