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Buy Dwarven artifact is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a miscellaneous quest received from a Courier in any city once the Dragonborn possesses any type of Dwemer item.


  1. Bring a dwarven item to Calcelmo


After buying a dwarven item, a courier may deliver a Letter from Calcemo to the Dragonborn who is next visiting a town or a city. The letter asks to bring the item to Calcelmo; he will pay dearly for it.

"I'm not sure how such an object [a Dwemer item] came to find itself resting there... but I've been trying to obtain one for my research. If you still have it, or if not, find another one, I would be most appreciative if you were to bring it to me here in Markarth. I will pay handsomely."

Go to Understone Keep and meet Calcelmo, sell him the requested artifact for twice the item's base value. If the Dragonborn has Speech skill at the level 50 or higher, they may persuade or intimidate Calcelmo for two and a half times the item's base value.


Buy Dwarven artifact – WIAddItem07
ID Journal Entry
  • Quest started
  • Objective 10: Bring a <Alias=Item> to Calcelmo

(player read note)

  • Quest completed


  • Quest completed


  • Quest failed

(player said no)


  • Speech experience is gained twice for each type of item, once for persuade and again for intimidate. Allowing it to be a strong source of training for the skill, as long as more items are obtained and the checks succeed. From basic weapons and armor alone 40 speech checks are possible, if The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard is installed and that faction is sided with during the main questline. 28 if siding with the vampires, again from basic weapons and armor.
  • In the Skyrim Game Guide, this quest is marked as "World Interactions: Items of Interest."
  • If a Dwarven weapon or armor piece is purchased from a civil war camp, the note will say "military camp" instead of the camp's actual name. For example, Reach Stormcloak Camp and Winterhold Imperial Camp will simply be recognized as Stormcloak military camp and Imperial military camp, respectively.
  • If Dawnguard is installed, then there is a chance that Calcelmo may request a Dwarven Crossbow, Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow, and Dwarven Bolts if the Dragonborn sides with the Dawnguard. If a Dwarven weapon or armor piece is purchased from either Fort Dawnguard or Castle Volkihar, then it will be taken into consideration. Likewise, if Dragonborn is installed, then there is a chance that he may request a Dwarven weapon or armor piece purchased on Solstheim or from the Dremora Merchant through the Black Market power, which will also be taken into consideration. For example, the Letter from Calcemo may say that the Dragonborn acquired something from Fort Dawnguard or Raven Rock. Other than that however, the note will have the exact same written content.
  • If a Dwarven item is crafted, enchanted, looted, or stolen, then it will not be taken into consideration as it must be purchased from a valid merchant. However, if one is sold to a merchant and purchased back, then that may be taken into consideration.
  • If the Dragonborn loses the requested item, a duplicate can be stolen from the Dwemer Museum and sold back to Calcemo.


This section contains bugs related to Buy Dwarven artifact. 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.
  • Calcelmo may not acknowledge that an item is in the Dragonborn's inventory.
    • Fix: Removing the item and getting it back again, such as dropping it and picking it up or trading it to a follower temporarily, may fix this.
    •  PC (Fix)   If the Dragonborn has sold/lost the item, they can add it to their inventory through console commands and it may be accepted by Calcelmo.
  • If a Dwarven weapon or armor piece is given to Calcelmo, then he may request another one if the Dragonborn purchases it. Similarly, the Dragonborn may be able to give Calcelmo a Dwarven item without the written note being given to them.
  •  360   If one drops the item in question, tells Calcelmo they no longer have it, and after picking it up and persuading or intimidating him for a better price then sell it, the item will not be removed. Septims will still be gained however, and the item will no longer stack normally with others of the same type, although it can be sold to a merchant.