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Not to be confused with Kill the Bandit Leader (Siddgeir).

Kill the Bandit Leader is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must kill the leader of a group of bandits that have been terrorizing the people of Skyrim.


  1. Kill the leader of the dungeon
  2. Tell the steward the bandit leader is dead


"To all the able bodied men and women. The bandits [...] have been robbing citizens and visitors. A reward shall be offered to anyone who kills their leader."

These quests can be given either by innkeepers when asked about work or rumors, or any of the Jarls or their steward/stewardess when asked about work. A bounty note will be provided to the Dragonborn identifying the type and location of the bounty.

Possible locations[]

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Eastmarch Cragslane Cavern
Gallows Rock
Lost Knife Hideout
Stony Creek Cave
Uttering Hills Camp
Falkreath Bilegulch Mine
Cracked Tusk Keep
Embershard Mine1
Knifepoint Ridge
Haafingar Broken Oar Grotto
Hjaalmarch Orotheim
Robber's Gorge
The Pale Frostmere Crypt
The Reach Four Skull Lookout
The Rift Broken Helm Hollow
Faldar's Tooth
Rift Watchtower
Ruins of Bthalft
Treva's Watch
Whiterun Halted Stream Camp
Redoran's Retreat
Silent Moons Camp
Valtheim Towers
White River Watch
Winterhold Fort Fellhammer
Snowpoint Beacon
Wreck of The Winter War

1 Embershard Mine has no distinct leader.


Bounty: Bandit Boss – BQ01
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Kill the bandit leader located at <Alias=BountyLocation>
  • Objective 100: Collect bounty from <Alias=Steward>
  • Objective 101: Collect bounty from <Alias=Jarl>
Kill the Bandit Leader – Favor104
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Kill the leader of <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Objective 15: Tell <Alias.ShortName=Questgiver> the bandit leader is dead
  • Quest completed


This section contains bugs related to Kill the Bandit Leader. 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   At least six quests of this kind (Kill the Bandit Leader at Valtheim Towers, Nilheim, Rift Watchtower, Broken Helm Hollow, Winter War, Bannermist Tower, and Uttering Hills Cave) are bugged. If the Dragonborn kills the leader before getting the quest, he will not respawn, making the Dragonborn unable to complete the quest. The quest does not have a questmarker either.
    •  PC (Fix)   It is possible to complete the quest by resurrecting the Bandit Leader using the console (and then killing him).
    •  PC (Fix)   It is possible to skip the current stage by using the command setstage BQ01 100.
  •  PC   360   PS3   There is a bug with Uttering Hills Cave where the quest marker will lead you to a dead body of Linwe, rendering the quest impossible to finish. This is because prior to activating this quest, one has already completed the quest "Summerset Shadows."
    •  PC (Fix)   Targeting the dead body or using the console command prid 0007d67A then using the command resurrect may bring it alive again, making it possible to be killed and thus completing the quest.
  • Sometimes, even when given a quest, the Bandit Leader at Nilheim is nonexistent. This is a glitch on the 360 and PC and does not seem to be level-dependent. The dungeon can be reset with the command prid c5675 followed by disable.
  •  360   If Dawnguard is installed, the radiant quests by Gunmar to track down and kill a vampire may disrupt acquisition of quests, such as Ahtar's request to kill Captain Hargar.


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