"You know, I saw something near Shimmermist Cave, to the Northeast. Some kind of creature... small and wicked. Never seen its like before."
―Whiterun Guard[src]

Shimmermist Cave is a cave located in Whiterun Hold, in Skyrim.


Shimmermist Cave is a simple linear cave system consisting of three main rooms. It is part of a larger cave system, like many other Falmer caves. In parts of the cave, the ceiling is covered with blue and white glowing deposits.


The first area has a rock bridge over a pool of water with a small waterfall. A ramp leads down into the water, but there is nothing of interest there. A leveled creature prowls the area, such as a skeever or frostbite spider. Further down the tunnel is a larger chamber with a sole Falmer as a lookout on the second level. There is a trip wire to a claw trap at the entrance to deal with.

Below is a small alcove with dead bandits. To the left is a chest and tent on the way up to the upper level where the Falmer is. There is a rock with Falmer weapons, helmets and chaurus eggs on the northern edge of the upper level. The final chamber is a Dwarven room, and has another Falmer and, depending on level, one Dwarven centurion in stasis. There is a chest just to the left of the tunnel to Shimmermist Grotto.



  • Most of this cave system can be bypassed by using Whirlwind Sprint in the first chamber with the waterfall to go directly to the last room in Shimmermist Grotto.
  • There are large amounts of alchemical ingredients to be collected here, mostly glowing mushrooms.
  • In Whiterun, a guard may say to the Dragonborn: "I saw a wicked little creature headed North East to Shimmermist Cave." It can be assumed that the "creature" was a Falmer.


This section contains bugs related to Shimmermist Cave. 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.
  • The Falmer and Dwarven Centurion in the Shimmermist Grotto and all the Falmer, Chaurus and loot will respawn, but the mushrooms may not.


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