Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Redoran's Retreat is a cave located slightly northwest of Whiterun and is populated by three bandits and a dog. It is also a possible location for the miscellaneous quest to retrieve Amren's Sword, amongst other radiant quests.


After first entering the cave, the dog may notice the Dragonborn and alert their presence to its master, a bow-wielding bandit to the right. The dog can be killed in one hit, so using a bow is advised. The archer is a low-level bandit, so he is relatively simple to defeat. Killing this bandit will not alert the other bandits in the cave. The bandit protects a chest, as well as some potions.

To the left of the bandit is a passageway that leads down to the main chamber of the Retreat, where a bandit is patrolling while the bandit chief works at the far side of the room. The easiest way to deal with the bandit is by an arrow, and this will alert the chief.

Alternatively, if the Dragonborn is at a low level and unable to handle the bandit chief, they can attempt to sneak past the patrolling bandit and go for the chest with the quest item. Wait for the bandit to move far to the left, where they will walk into some bones on a string (making a noise). Start sneaking to the right and hide in the shadowed nook against the wall. Wait again for the bandit to come back and move away again. Now, sneak forward to the chest and grab the loot. From this point, it is probably not necessary to sneak any more: just run for the exit, avoiding the bandit chief. They will not follow the Dragonborn out of the cave.

If the chief searches for the Dragonborn, they will hold position where they lose the trail (when the Dragonborn is hidden again); if this is a chokepoint on the map, getting to the treasure unhindered may become impossible.

Outside of the cave, on top of the rock formation that the door is fitted into, is an iron ore vein.

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  • Despite the similarity of name, it is unlikely that the cave bears any relation to House Redoran.
  • This cave is used in many radiant quests.


This section contains bugs related to Redoran's Retreat. 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.
  • Sometimes, the Dragonborn will be unable to move after exiting Redoran's Retreat. Reloading to an old save or fast traveling will not fix this.
  • The retreat may be marked as cleared, even if the Dragonborn may have never entered it.