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"The Silver Hand has been scouring the world for more pieces of Wuuthrad."
Aela the Huntress[src]

Retrieval is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a radiant quest given by Aela the Huntress in which the Dragonborn must retrieve a fragment of Wuuthrad from the Silver Hand.


Aela has heard that the Silver Hand are holding a fragment of Wuuthrad. I'm going to retrieve it.


  1. Retrieve the fragment of Wuuthrad
  2. Return to Aela


The Dragonborn is tasked by Aela the Huntress to retrieve a fragment of Ysgramor's battle axe Wuuthrad from a Silver Hand camp. She will indicate to clear the Silver Hand in the area and return with the fragment from one of ten locations.

Possible locations[]


Retrieval – CR11
ID Journal Entry
10 Aela has heard that the Silver Hand are holding a fragment of Wuuthrad at <Alias=Camp>. I'm going to retrieve it.
  • Objective 10: Retrieve the fragment of Wuuthrad
20 I have retrieved a fragment of Wuuthrad from <Alias=Camp>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Aela
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Retrieval (Skyrim). 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.
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  •  PC   The game doesn't crash and you can complete the quest if you need to retrieve the fragment from the Swindler's Den after you complete the quest "In My Time of Need." Kematu and other warriors are still in the last cave of the den.
    • If Beast Form is used to clear Swindler's Den of the Silver Hand, Kematu and the other warriors may not attack the Dragonborn and Kematu may comment "You might have wanted to put on clothes before leaving the house." However, the Dragonborn will be attacked immediately upon transforming back from Beast Form.
  • When you enter Treva's Watch, though you can also enter from the escape tunnel the game will still crash when you enter.
  •  360   When asked to find the Wuuthrad Fragment in Fort Fellhammer after slaying all the Silver Hand inside the fort and opening the chest, it is possible that the fragment will not be within the chests contents.
  •  PC   It is possible for the job to be reassigned during "Glory of the Dead," even though it has been completed before. Returning to Aela is impossible, even after becoming Harbinger, preventing any further assignments. There is no known fix.
  •  PC   The Fragment of Wuuthrad might not spawn in the chest.
  •  PC   After recovering the fragment of Wuuthrad, the dialogue to complete the quest might not appear, thus making it impossible to complete the quest, and breaking the questline.
    •  PC (Fix)   The quest can be completed and the reward given by using setstage cr11 200. However, while quest markers will now appear over various companions for the Talk to companion leaders side quests, none of them will have the dialog to start their quests. The bug will then fix itself after completion of "Glory of the Dead."