Skyrim:Bounty: Bandit Boss

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Eliminate a bandit leader for a bounty reward.
Quest Giver: Any innkeeper, Jarl or steward
Location(s): None
Reward: 100 gold
ID: BQ01
Time to pay your bounty.

Radiant Options[edit]

Any innkeeper, Jarl, or hold steward can give you this quest. You will be directed to one of the possible locations that contain bandits in the same hold, and you will then need to obtain your reward from the Jarl or steward of the hold.

Eastmarch Falkreath Hold Haafingar Hjaalmarch The Pale The Reach The Rift Whiterun Hold Winterhold
Cragslane Cavern
Gallows Rock
Lost Knife Hideout
Stony Creek Cave
Uttering Hills Camp
Bilegulch Mine
Cracked Tusk Keep
Knifepoint Ridge
Broken Oar Grotto Orotheim
Robber's Gorge
Frostmere Crypt Four Skull Lookout Broken Helm Hollow
Faldar's Tooth
Rift Watchtower
Ruins of Bthalft
Treva's Watch
Halted Stream Camp
Redoran's Retreat
Silent Moons Camp
Valtheim Keep
White River Watch
Fort Fellhammer
Snowpoint Beacon
Winter War

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Get the bounty from an innkeeper, Jarl, or steward.
  2. Kill the bandit leader at the given location.
  3. Return to the Jarl or steward for a reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Asking an innkeeper, Jarl's steward, or Jarl about work may lead them to give you a letter of bounty for a bandit leader, found in a location in the hold you are in. Head to the location and kill the bandit leader. There may be multiple bandits at the location, but you only have to kill the marked leader to mark this objective as complete. Once the bandit is dead, return to the Jarl or Jarl's steward for your reward of 100 gold.


  • The "bandit leader" might be a standard low-level bandit.


  • If the ruins are cleared out before the quest is given to kill the bandit leader, the ruins may not repopulate, causing this quest to not be completable.
    • Pc22.png To fix this, approach the boss and open the console. After clicking on him, type resurrect 1. This will bring him back to life and allow you to complete the quest.
    • Pc22.png Another fix is to open the console and type setstage bq01 100 (if started by the steward) or setstage bq01 101 (if started by the Jarl). This will clear the bandit leader and point you to collect the bounty.

Quest Stages[edit]

Bounty: Bandit Boss (BQ01)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Kill the bandit leader located at <Alias=BountyLocation>
Objective 100: Collect bounty from <Alias=Steward>
Objective 101: Collect bounty from <Alias=Jarl>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 200.