Not to be confused with Purity.
"Those bastards will regret raising their weapons against Jorrvaskr."

Purity of Revenge is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must assault the headquarters of the Silver Hand and recover the stolen fragments of Wuuthrad.


Vilkas has come with me to avenge the death of Kodlak by wiping out the Silver Hand.


  1. Retrieve the fragments of Wuuthrad
  2. Wipe out the Silver Hand (optional)
  3. Return to Jorrvaskr


The Silver Hand have attacked Jorrvaskr and Kodlak was killed in the fighting. Vilkas wants the Dragonborn to travel with him to attack the Silver Hand, retrieve the fragments of Wuuthrad, and avenge the death of Kodlak.

Revenge Served ColdEdit

After the death of Kodlak Whitemane, Vilkas will seek revenge. With no questions asked, he will then act as a follower all the way to the Silver Hand hideout at Driftshade Refuge, a small fort southeast of Dawnstar. Note that he will replace any existing follower, and it is not possible to share things with him, so he cannot be used to help carry things if the Dragonborn is overencumbered. Upon arrival at the refuge, the Dragonborn must dispose of the three Silver Hand members guarding the exterior, then head inside.

Den of the Silver HandEdit

Driftshade Refuge contains multiple hostile Silver Hand members, so the Dragonborn can take advantage of Vilkas as a follower and kill the opposition one by one.

In the first room down the stairs, aside from Silver Hand members, there is an end table and regular table with loot on and within them. The door straight ahead (north) is barred. To the west is a room with several bookshelves, numerous books (most ruined or burned), and another table with random loot. To the north is another room with bookshelves and a table, and a passage leading west to a wooden door.

Through the door is a two-leveled room with many boxes on the floor. Among the many books on bookshelves, there is An Explorer's Guide to Skyrim, which will add a few map markers for later exploration. It is located on the upper level, on a bookshelf against the west wall beneath a mounted elk head. To the west on the lower level is an Adept-locked chest containing gold and potions. The tunnel north of the room leads to an Adept-locked door on the left. The Dragonborn has the option of unlocking it and defeating more of the Silver Hand, then looting the chest and taking the ingots from the table. In the next room, a set of spears block the entrance, but the corresponding lever is located right next to the spears. The Dragonborn should proceed forward and enter Driftshade Cellar.

On the left side behind some barrels is a chest with leveled loot. One must follow the path and make use of the spike wall trap to dispose of enemies. Facing the spike wall, one can activate it using the pull bar on the right and enter the area behind it for another treasure chest. A pullbar on the wall can be used to get back out. Travel east to a door to another room with two enemies and, hidden on a shelf, the Light Armor skill book The Rear Guard can be found. The cellar will turn into a snowy cave, and the next room is in two levels, with a Silver Hand archer on the above ledge. The Dragonborn should kill them and examine the cages. One of them holds a living werewolf, who will become hostile and attack if the cage is unlocked; the other one contains a dead horse.

The Fragments of WuuthradEdit

After passing through a torture chamber, the next large chamber contains only a couple of enemies. A coin purse, two potions, and an apothecary's satchel filled with a few ingredients can be found on a bookshelf behind the fireplace. The satchel is located on the top shelf of the bookcase, and can be easy to miss, as this is a darker corner of the room.

Taking the only available path, one will be lead back to an initially inaccessible part of Driftshade Refuge (behind the barred door in the first room). The first chamber contains the three remaining members of the Silver Hand, the One-Handed skill book 2920, Morning Star, v1, the Block skill book Warrior, a treasure chest with considerable loot, and the stolen Fragments of Wuuthrad. Using the door to the south allows for an easy escape route to return to Jorrvaskr. As soon as the Dragonborn arrives, Vilkas will be quick to inform them that the rest of the Companions should meet up at the Skyforge and pay their respects to the deceased, but now avenged, Whitemane. This will complete the quest and trigger the start of next quest, "Glory of the Dead."


Purity of Revenge – C05
IDJournal Entry
10Vilkas has come with me to avenge the death of Kodlak by wiping out the Silver Hand.
  • Objective 10: Retrieve the fragments of Wuuthrad
  • Objective 11: (Optional) Wipe out the Silver Hand
20Vilkas and I avenged Kodlak's death by bringing ruin to the Silver Hand.
  • Objective 20: Return to Jorrvaskr
  • Quest complete


  • In the Driftshade cellar, near the first dead werewolf encountered, there is a trap with spikes. Behind the barrels is a chest and a pullbar on the wall. If the pullbar is activated, the Dragonborn will become trapped. To escape, jump from the chest to the low set of barrels and then out, or find the other pullbar which opens the trap.
  • If the Dragonborn has a follower with them, Vilkas will replace them during Purity of Revenge. It is important to unload important equipment given to your follower before approaching the Companions' hall.
  • In dialogue with Vilkas, the Dragonborn has the option to ask "Did anyone else get hurt?" Vilkas will respond "I do not think so," however, Athis is clearly wounded and Ria is tending to him.
  • When clearing out Driftshade Refuge, unlike Farkas during "Proving Honor" and Aela the Huntress during "The Silver Hand," Vilkas will make no comments whatsoever, except for his standard combat dialogue. He will however, still be available for training in Two-Handed weapons.


This section contains bugs related to Purity of Revenge. 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  , 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.
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  •  PC   A bug exists in this quest that prevents it from being initiated. This can be remedied on PC, but console users will have to wait for updates. In order to start the quest, the Dragonborn will need to find Vilkas, open the console and type setstage c05 10. This will cause any follower to leave and Vilkas to join as a quest follower. The quest should then activate normally. If this did not work, finishing the quest "Helm of Winterhold"(without killing anyone inside) is advisable. Because these quests are in the same location, if the Dragonborn has the quest, then they should find Vilkas and type setstage c05 10.
    •  360   PS3   Solution: this bug can be caused by the quest to retrieve the Helm of Winterhold, as it is in the same location as "Purity of Revenge." Worked around by reloading to a save that existed before starting "Blood's Honor." Make sure that the "Helm of Winterhold," if located at Driftshade Refuge, has been completed without killing anyone inside. For the best chance of this fix working, do not attack anyone and only take the Helm of Winterhold from the chest.
    • Another solution is to complete the quest to retrieve the Helm of Winterhold first and check back at Jorrvaskr occasionally. The quest will eventually start upon entering.
    • A different solution is to go into Jorrvaskr and immediately cancel the conversation with Vilkas, then go and complete the Helm of Winterhold (without killing anyone) and return to Jorrvaskr on completion. The quest will initiate, but Vilkas will not start the conversation, thus making it impossible to find out why Kodlak is dead.
  •  PC   This quest cannot be started if the Dragonborn has already cleared Driftshade Refuge. If it has already been cleared, one should enter the Driftshade Refuge dungeon, go into the console and type prid 0006a99c, then resurrect. Afterwards, leave Driftshade Refuge and type into the console setstage c05 10. It is now possible to go to Vilkas and start the quest.
  •  PS3   If Driftshade Refuge has been cleared completely (including the leader), before "Blood's Honor" was started, one will need to wait approximately 32 in game days before collecting the Glenmoril Witch Heads, then complete the quest as normal. This will reset the next dungeon and "Purity of Revenge" will trigger as normal.
  •  PC   360   PS3   A glitch may occur during the quest that will cause Vilkas to repeatedly say the same line if the Dragonborn is near him.
  • Sometimes, Vilkas will not fight back when being attacked.
  •  PS3   A glitch may also occur where Farkas follows the Dragonborn around with his weapon out, saying "leave me." This can be fixed by fast traveling.
  • On the last part of the quest when the Dragonborn returns to Jorrvaskr, the quest marker will direct them to go in and out of the same door constantly.
  • When the Driftshade Refuge is first entered, the door that is impossible to be open due to the fact that it is barred may open anyway. The door bar will be blocking the way, however it is possible to jump over it to enter the next room. The Fragments of Wuuthrad will be in this room, but none of the enemies will.
  • If the Dragonborn is with Serana and she is replaced with Vilkas, they can ask her to follow them again, providing the Dragonborn with 2 essential companions that cannot be killed.confirmation needed

Start a Discussion Discussions about Purity of Revenge

  • Why is killing all the Silver Hand in 'Purity of Revenge' optional?

    5 messages
    • It's optional for excactly the reason you're opposed to wiping them out. Consider also the man you are avenging was opposed to ...
    • they all respawn in there anyway
  • Companions quest bug

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    • Load a save prior to clearing Driftshade Refuge. From this link: [ Skyrim Bugs] Compani...
    • I went and did the windhelm misc quest for the jarl first and only killed 2 that got in the way and waited a few days and came back to jorava...
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