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Broken Oar Grotto is a cave in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, located almost directly north of Solitude, along the coastline.


It is the hideout of the Blackblood Marauders, a group of bandits led by Jaree-Ra, his sister Deeja, and Captain Hargar. After they rob the Icerunner with the help of the Dragonborn, they will take the loot and hide it here.


Amulet of the Moon[]

Broken Oar Grotto is one of the possible locations for Kharjo's Moon Amulet to be found.

Ancient Technology[]

Sorine Jurard may send the Dragonborn to Broken Oar Grotto to retrieve some Enhanced Crossbow Schematics.

Kill the Bandit Leader[]

The Dragonborn may be sent to kill the leader of a group of bandits located at Broken Oar Grotto.

Lights Out![]

The Dragonborn must defeat Jaree-Ra, member of the Blackblood Marauders in the Broken Oar Grotto as the last objective in this quest.

Protecting the Bloodline[]

The Dragonborn may be sent to kill a Master Vampire before it is able to turn its allies, potentially located at Broken Oar Grotto. DG

Notable items[]





  • There are four chests under the water. Eavesdropping on the conversations between the Blackblood Marauders in the grotto can give an indication of where much of the loot is hidden.
    • After entering, head left down the ladder leading into the water. The first chest will be next to a rock and skeleton.
    • The second chest is further down, just past the wooden bridge there is some wooden scaffolding and a boat (not in water). Follow the steps leading down into the water and it is next to a large rock and a skeleton.
    • The third chest is on the deck of a partially sunken boat, next to the captain's quarters, as noted in Hargar's Journal.
    • The fourth is an expert-locked chest on a sunken platform underneath the captain's quarters.
  • Two iron ore veins, a corundum ore vein and a silver ore vein are in the grotto.
  • There are many bear pelts lying around, as well as many bottles of wine.
  • There is a section of the cave in which there are floorboards with a hole in them. Inside this hole is a bucket. This bucket may be used as a toilet by the inhabitants of the cave.
  • A loot chest can be found on the top floor of the construction build at the end of the cave.
  • With the Dawnguard add-on, the grotto is surpassed as the northernmost point by Castle Volkihar, which surpasses even the Chill for how far north it is.


This section contains bugs related to Broken Oar Grotto. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Reanimated, thralls and followers may not exit with the Dragonborn at this location.
    •  PC   Barbas, reanimated or thralls, or other followers may get stuck in some cells (locations).
      •  PC (Fix)   To fix this, go back inside and find the follower or thrall in question, open the console and target the individual who is stuck (look for a number RefID). Next, issue the command "moveto player". Close the console and the follower should be next to the Dragonborn. Repeat if necessary.
    •  PC   NX   For Serana, traveling to the Castle Volkihar balcony is likely to make her appear with the Dragonborn again.
    •  PC (Fix)   360 (Fix)   NX (Fix)   For followers, exit the cave without dismissing or asking the follower to wait, then fast travel to Septimus Signus' Outpost. Wait there twenty-four hours. Fast travel back to Broken Oar Grotto. The follower will now be standing outside the cave; if they are not, fast travel somewhere and they should appear.
    •  360   PS3   If a follower cannot leave the cave, exit the cave with the follower still in service, making sure to have not asked them to carry out an action, then fast travel to Solitude. Once there pay off a bounty to the Solitude Guards (create a bounty by committing a crime if need be). When reloaded outside of the castle after paying off the bounty, the follower should now be alongside.
    • If these solutions do not work, there may be a hidden enemy nearby that must be destroyed before the follower will become unstuck. Look for a hidden slaughterfish in the water in front of the cave's entrance. Kill it, then fast travel and the follower should be with the Dragonborn.
  •  360   Chest in hideout may not be there.
  •  PC   360   PS3   XB1   PS4   NX   If the Dragonborn kills Captain Hargar by finishing the quest "Lights Out!" from Jaree-Ra or by cleaning out that cave without quest, he can no longer give the Dragonborn the quest "Kill the Bandit Leader" and, therefore, will not be available as a follower.
    •  PC   360   PS3   XB1   PS4   NX  Ahtar may also not become a follower if the Dragonborn finds out about Broken Oar Grotto beforehand, such as by talking to one of the inn-keepers around the Solitude area about looking for work, as they might give the Dragonborn a quest to kill Captain Hargar. This causes Ahtar not to tell them about how Captain Hargar escaped his cell. The same will happen if the Dragonborn talks to Falk Firebeard about looking for work and he provides the bounty to kill Captain Hargar at Broken Oar Grotto.
    •  PC (Fix)   To fix this, use the console commandsetrelationshiprank 198b0 4 followed by player.setrelationshiprank 198b0 4. Once this is done, the option to ask him to accompany the Dragonborn should be available.
    •  PC (Fix)   360 (Fix)   PS3 (Fix)   XB1 (Fix)   PS4 (Fix)   NX (Fix)   A rare workaround may be to drop some kind of armor item in front of Ahtar. Rarely, he may come up to the Dragonborn asking if he may have the dropped item. If they allow him to have the item, Ahtar would regard the Dragonborn in the same way as another character who the Dragonborn has helped. This will activate the option to have him as a follower.