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Redwater Den is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard. It lies west of Boulderfall Cave, between the Atronach Stone and Faldar's Tooth. From above the surface it appears to be just a ruined cottage, but it has a trapdoor which leads to an underground area. It appears to be some sort of drug den; the place is littered with empty skooma bottles. There are people coughing, and tendrils of red smoke swirl in the air. Further into the depths, skooma is being made. It is a great area for acquiring rare potions, such as Redwater skooma, skooma and Sleeping Tree sap, as well as moon sugar. They respawn every eleven days.


Redwater Spring[]

"An ancient font, full of power. As much as it looks like blood, sadly it is not. Can you imagine if it were? We'd never need to hunt again. Still, its liquid is powerful, full of magic. Others have noticed, though they have never fully realized its potential."
Garan Marethi[src]

Redwater Spring consists of three large caves, one of them being where the Dragonborn has to collect the bloody waters in The Bloodstone Chalice, if they have joined the Volkihar Clan. The second seems to be where Venarus Vulpin did his research and the third is a prison with a floor trap hiding a spike pit, and a large cage with two Death Hounds locked in it.

Between them is a sleeping area for vampires with several coffins reached through a crypt, and it is also the location of Venarus Vulpin.




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  • Drinking the Redwater Skooma inside the den will make the Dragonborn faint and will wake up inside a cell. However, this only works when no one is hostile to them yet, otherwise drinking the Redwater Skooma will have no effect.
    • The Dragonborn will need to pick the lock or get a key to get out. There is a lockpick in the inventory of a dead Bosmer near the cell and pickpocketing the Vampire guarding the cell produces the key. There is also a key on a table just outside the cell and can only be obtained using Telekinesis. Its Spell Tome is inside the cell.
  • The vampires in Redwater Den, as well as the name itself, are possibly a homage to Redwater Slough in Oblivion.
  • The knife and fork on a table next to a bottle of Black-Briar Mead can be equipped and used as weapons.
  • Unprovoked assaults on the inhabitants do not incur a bounty.
  • Unless the Dragonborn is immune, various diseases will be contracted when activating the Bloodspring.
  • After dealing with Redwater Den's inhabitants, the patriarch of Redwater Den may send Vampire Assassins after the Dragonborn, even if no survivors were left to bear witness to the attack. Regardless, they will have an Assassin's Writ with the Dragonborn mentioned by name.
  • It is possible to be sent back to Redwater Den to retrieve a body part of an ancient vampire in the quest "Ancient Power."
  • The Dealer can be asked for a free sample over and over, allowing for multiple free vials of Redwater Skooma and increases to Speechcraft. When she finally refuses she says, "How 'bout you pay for your habit like everybody else. We're not running a charity here." She can, however, be asked again.
  • When entering the Redwater Spring, the conversation between the vampire and her thrall may not happen. The thrall will say his line but the vampire may not say anything because she may have a different voice actor. This all depends on what level the Dragonborn is.
  • Once the Dragonborn has escaped, characters such as the Doorman will be labelled "Vampire's Thrall."
  • If visiting Redwater Den for the first time after siding with the Dawnguard and completing the main quest, the outside cabin will be destroyed. However, the interior is still accessible and unaffected.
  • A dead Altmer can be found in the spike pit, which can be useful for the "Discerning the Transmundane" quest.
  • The Imperial Deserter may be dead upon returning to the den.


This section contains bugs related to Redwater Den. 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.
  •  360   If accessed during or after the Dawnguard quest line, when siding with the Dawnguard, most of the den may not have been rendered, making it inaccessible.
    • This can be fixed by saving the game before entering and disabling the quicksave, then enter the den and use Whirlwind Sprint to cross the missing stairs and proceed through the den until reaching Redwater Spring by lockpicking the bar door at the end of the booths or by buying and consuming Redwater Skooma. Then when entering Redwater Spring have the Dragonborn killed and make sure to spawn with the save from outside prior to entering, then enter again without saving and the den should render completely.
    • Leaving the Den and re-entering will work too in some cases.
  • If Sanguinare Vampiris has been contracted prior to drinking from the Bloodspring, Sanguinare Vampiris will be contracted a second time upon drinking from the Bloodspring.



  1. If the Dawnguard add-on is not installed, Redwater Den will be an unmarked bandit camp with ID POIFallForest05.