Gloomreach is a large labyrinth cave system located in the mountains of The Reach near the Karth River, and is divided into two sections; Gloomreach Cavern and Gloomreach Hive. Gloomreach is unlike any other cave system, as the explorer discovers shortly after entering. The cave is lit by an eerie greenish blue lighting and glowing blue tendrils protrude from the walls and reach down from the ceiling. The roof of the caverns are covered in strangely glowing bluish substance.
Gloomreach Cavern appears to be an abandoned Corundum mine, as evidenced by the mining equipment and the presence of a Smelter along with several Corundum Ore Veins, which can be found here as well. A pickaxe can be found nearby if you aren't carrying one. Withershins, a Restoration skill book, can be found on a barrel where you encounter the first Falmer.
After traversing through the upper portion, Gloomreach Hive is reached. Following the tunnel leads to a larger cavern with a ramp leading down and ending in a fresh water pool occupied by a skeleton and some salmon, when diving down the pool, a chest containing some gold can be found. The hive contains more Falmer, as well as a couple chests.
The cave system is of particular interest to the aspiring alchemist intent on gathering rare materials to improve their alchemy. Of particular interest is the large number of hard to acquire Chaurus Eggs which can be harvested from the chaurus pods found throughout the cave. Equally hard to acquire, Falmer Ears can be looted from slain Falmer. There is also a large number and variety of mushrooms which can be found here.
- Chaurus Eggs x27
- Falmer Ears x 8 (varies)
- Bleeding Crown x 10
- Blisterwort x6
- Fly Amanita x4
- Glowing Mushroom x29
- Imp Stool x6
- Juniper Berries x3
- Corundum Ore veins x3
- Bug/ Glitch - In Gloomreach Hive your follower may not follow you to the lowest level, especially if you fall down one of the holes, but also the seem to have a problem navigating down the stone ramps.
- Don't bring a follower with you to Gloomreach Hive, as they tend to stand still and get left behind a lot. If you did bring a follower however, you could try using your Unrelenting Force shout at full power. This will blow him/her away and maybe he/she'll follow you again after she's been removed from the position where he/she was just standing still.