Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Extracting an Argonian is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must rescue Derkeethus, an Argonian miner from Darkwater Crossing, who has become trapped in Darkwater Pass.


  1. Find Derkeethus
  2. Get Derkeethus out of the cave


"Should have know better than to swim all the way to the falls. Please, get me out of here!"

Upon entering Darkwater Pass, there is a chest to the right near the entrance as well as a burial urn. Turning left from the entrance and follow the path will lead to a waterlogged clearing. Here there will be some leveled Falmer foes. There is a path on the right where there will be a chaurus. Up the stairs will be a room with two doors and a trapdoor in the middle. Looking down the trap door, Derkeethus can be seen.

In the room with the trapdoor, to the northeast of the trapdoor and behind a pillar is a lever that is hard to see. Pulling it will open a stone wall with a passage leading to Derkeethus. A conversation prompt will start and he asks the Dragonborn to rescue him. An expert level lock can be picked or the key can be found in a burial urn just inside his cell. The Dragonborn will need to escort Derkeethus from cave and back to Darkwater Crossing where he will then tell the Dragonborn that he wishes to follow them on journeys in the future unless they already have a follower with them.


Extracting an Argonian – DarkwaterCrossingDerkeethusRescueQuest
ID Journal Entry
10 One of the fisherman from Darkwater Crossing has gone missing, allegedly kidnapped by a group of Falmer nearby.
  • Objective 10: Find Derkeethus.
  • Objective 20: Get Derkeethus out of the cave.
200 I rescued Derkeethus from the Falmer of Darkwater Pass, and he's returned to his home in Darkwater Crossing.
  • Quest complete


  • Even if one has not talked to the residents of Darkwater Crossing before encountering Derkeethus, once dialogue is initiated with him the player will get the objective "Get Derkeethus out of the cave," and the quest will continue as normal.


This section contains bugs related to Extracting an Argonian. 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.
  • Sometimes, none of the Darkwater Crossing residents will offer the quest. However, one can simply skip this part of the quest by going directly to Darkwater Pass and finding Derkeethus.
  • Sometimes, Derkeethus will be able to leave his cell and will not run when one moves too far away. Instead, he will go back to the cage, and will only walk to the player, also not leaving the cave when the player does. This can be fixed by reloading the room and getting his cell dialogue again.