- Clear out Fort Hraggstad
- Report to Legate Rikke
- Take the oath
The Dragonborn can get the quest to join the Imperial Legion if they choose to follow Hadvar during "Unbound." Before entering Helgen Keep, the Dragonborn may choose to enter with either Ralof or Hadvar. If one chooses to follow Hadvar, the Dragonborn can receive the quest by speaking to Hadvar after escaping Helgen. If the player sided with Ralof instead, the quest can still be obtained by speaking to any Imperial soldier, such as the ones at the Imperial Camps, or a patrol along the roads.
After arriving at Solitude, enter Castle Dour and speak to General Tullius. If Hadvar was followed out of Helgen, an option to let the General know Hadvar is alive is available. He will then direct the Dragonborn to his second-in-command, Legate Rikke, who is usually by the war table. She will then say that Fort Hraggstad, which has been taken over by bandits, must be cleared so she can send a detachment of Imperial Legionnaires to garrison the fort and secure the western approach to Solitude.
Once the fort is clear, report back to Rikke, and then speak with General Tullius as to begin the oath. After the oath is taken, Tullius will direct the Dragonborn to the blacksmith Beirand to acquire either light, medium (a mix of light and heavy) or heavy armor.
|Joining the Legion – CW01A|
|1||In order to prove myself to Legate Rikke, I am to clear out the bandits living at Fort Hraggstad.
- The Imperial Legion's test is harder than the Stormcloaks test, as the Dragonborn needs to kill dozens of bandits in a fortress while in the other only one Ice Wraith is needed to be killed.
- By completing this quest, "Joining the Stormcloaks" is automatically failed.
- If one enters the castle wearing full Stormcloak Armor, Tullius and his guards will have alternate dialogue. This can sometimes cause them to turn hostile if any guards or Imperial troops have been killed within the past three days.
- If one speaks to General Tullius after getting the order to meet Rikke near Korvanjund, Tullius will say "I believe the legate gave you an order. Why are you still standing here flapping your jaw? Move out!"
- If the Dark Brotherhood questline has been completed prior to joining the Legion, the oath has no mention of the Emperor's name.
This section contains bugs related to Joining the Legion. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- console command
setstage CW01A 100. Sometimes, the quest target for the fort does not appear. The only solution found is to use the
- Stealing from the armory in the castle may lead to a glitch where everyone can see the Dragonborn, even if they are hidden. This can prove to be problematic, as General Tullius is essential.
- If one has already cleared out Fort Hraggstad before starting this quest, upon arrival at the fort, there may not be any directional arrows to the objectives. To fix this, simply enter the main door to the fort. If this does not work, kill everyone on the inside, including members in the prison.
- fast travel back to Solitude may send the Dragonborn back to a last save. Using
- Occasionally, during this quest the map icon for Fort Hraggstad will not be marked as cleared, even if everyone in the fort has been killed. This will prevent the Dragonborn from continuing the Civil War quest line, unless one decides to join the Stormcloaks instead.
- Season Unending" main quest line, then General Tullius cannot be spoken to, because he still thinks that Legate Rikke's request is outstanding. There is no known way to get around this, except to actually complete the quest and going back to Solitude and then asking General Tullius to go to the peace talks, or joining the Stormcloaks instead, which fails the quest. If the Dragonborn has not completed this quest by the time they have reached the "
- If the Fort is attacked while the Dragonborn has a follower in service, Legate Rikke may attack them upon returning to Solitude.
| Taking Sides|
Join the Stormcloaks or the Imperial Army
|Civil War Quests (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)|
|Imperial Legion|| Joining the Legion • Get Outfitted • The Jagged Crown • Message to Whiterun|
Battle for Whiterun • Reunification of Skyrim • A False Front • The Battle for Fort Dunstad
Compelling Tribute • The Battle for Fort Greenwall • The Battle for Fort Sungard • Rescue from Fort Kastav
The Battle for Fort Snowhawk • The Battle for Fort Neugrad • The Battle for Fort Amol • Battle for Windhelm
|Stormcloaks|| Joining the Stormcloaks • The Jagged Crown • Message to Whiterun • Battle for Whiterun|
Liberation of Skyrim • Rescue from Fort Neugrad • Compelling Tribute • The Battle for Fort Sungard
A False Front • The Battle for Fort Snowhawk • The Battle for Fort Dunstad • The Battle for Fort Greenwall
The Battle for Fort Kastav • The Battle for Fort Hraggstad • Battle for Solitude
|Other|| Dragon Rising (required to start "Battle for Whiterun")|
Season Unending (may influence "Liberation of Skyrim" and "Reunification of Skyrim")