Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For the Dark Brotherhood rank, see Dark Brotherhood.
For the Online enemy, see The Keeper.

The Keepers are creatures that appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. They can only be encountered in the Soul Cairn during the quest "Beyond Death."

Physical appearance[]

They are much taller than the Dragonborn and wear sets of dragonplate armor, minus the helm. They have no heads, save for a pair of glowing blue eyes set within a cloud of black smoke. They wield different types of dragonbone weapons (mace, battleaxe or bow with arrows).


Beyond Death[]

Upon meeting Valerica, she asks the Dragonborn to kill three Keepers dotted around the Soul Cairn. Once they are killed, it will release the magical barrier that is keeping her imprisoned.

The first can be found atop a large floating tower located to the right of the boneyard. The second is found south of the last keeper in an open ruin and the last is found within the courtyard of a medium-sized fort south of the boneyard. Once all three are killed, they do not respawn.

Notable items[]

They usually carry a filled black soul gem that the Dragonborn can take from their ashes upon death; However, if the Dragonborn is at a high enough level (45+), their Dragonbone weapons are lootable, though not the dragonplate armor each of them wears, including the dragonplate shield carried by the one with the Dragonbone Mace.



  • The Keepers are some of the tallest NPCs in the game. They are as tall as the Ebony Warrior and smaller than the Nord hero Tsun.
  • The Keepers can be found and slain prior to talking with Valerica, and will still count for the quest.


This section contains bugs related to Keeper. 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   It is possible that the Keepers' armor is the root of a bug which causes crashing within a small distance of the Keeper spires.
  •  PC   It is possible for the Keeper to do the giant bug. Once defeated the Keeper shoots into the air without returning, causing it to become impossible to loot the Keeper.