Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

"Shh, he's watching us"

The Reaper is a secret boss found in the Reaper's Lair, located within the Soul Cairn. The Dragonborn must place at least three reaper gem fragments on its altar in order to summon it.

Physical appearance[]

The Reaper is a ghostly, giant masked figure that wields an iron battleaxe, and wears the same armor and cowl as seen on executioners, such as the Imperial headsman, the only difference being it also wears scaled bracers.

During combat, the Reaper will spit green slime, like the Afflicted. When defeated, it drops three empty black soul gems, an iron battleaxe, and a Daedra heart, suggesting that it is Daedric in nature. The Reaper is mentioned by some of the souls found in the Soul Cairn, even though they do not know who or what it is.



  • Some souls within the Soul Cairn may give reference to him, saying things such as, "Shh, he's watching us!"


This section contains bugs related to Reaper (Dawnguard). 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   360   Using the spell Detect Dead or the shout Aura Whisper will reveal all of the Reaper's minions inside the floor. By standing above one of these minions and attacking, the Reaper and his minions will rise and attack the Dragonborn, at which point they can be fought and killed without placing or gathering any of the Reaper gem fragments. Another way, not requiring the Detect Dead spell, is by walking to the far side of the room from the door. The ghostly smoke effect of the Reaper can be seen through the pile of bones he is standing in. If the Dragonborn goes up to him and tries to select him, as if to initiate dialog, he will step forward and his minions will rise.
  •  360   It is possible for the creature to attack without using the required items to summon it.
  •  360   PS3   It is possible to force the Reaper and his minions to attack by using area of effect attacks on the bone piles. A simple Unrelenting Force shout or a fire rune will work.
  •  PC   360   XB1   It is possible that the Reaper's remains cannot be looted.
  •  PC   The Reaper's hood can be obtained via console command as "Reaperr Hood" (typo exists by default). However, it will only appear if worn by a male Dragonborn, and will be replaced by a shrouded hood if worn by a female Dragonborn. The same thing happens with Reaper's Robes.