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Not to be confused with Striking at the Heart.
"We've heard rumours of a Silver Hand lieutenant. With them dead, their forces should weaken."
Aela the Huntress[src]

Striking the Heart 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 kill a Silver Hand lieutenant at a random Silver Hand base.


  1. Assassinate the Silver hand leader
  2. Retun to Aela


The Dragonborn must travel to a Silver Hand Stronghold, assassinate a Silver Hand lieutenant in a radiant location then return to Aela for the reward.

Possible locations[]


Striking the Heart – CR09
ID Journal Entry
10 We've heard rumors of a Silver Hand lieutenant camped at <Alias=Camp>. With <Alias.PronounObj=CompBoss> dead, their forces should weaken.
  • Objective 10: Assassinate the Silver Hand leader
20 I have killed the Silver Hand leader at <Alias=Camp>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Aela
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Striking the Heart. 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.
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  •  PC   360   PS3   Upon completing this quest Aela may not give a follow up quest. Also, when trying to talk to any of the other Companions they will say that the Dragonborn is already doing a job for Aela and that it should be completed. There is no known solution to this bug.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the quest is started after starting "Blood's Honor" (by talking to Kodlak Whitemane), the quest can not be completed after completing "Blood's Honor."
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes the Radiant A.I. will choose a dungeon that has already cleared. In this case, it is possible the quest arrow leads to nothing and the quest cannot be completed without the use of PC console commands.
    •  PC   The console command setstage CR09 20 will advance the quest.
    •  PS3   This bug may be fixed by deleting the Skyrim Game Utility data, once done start the game and let the Version 1.5 patch redownload. Once done, continue the game and wait 30 game days. If done right the Silver Hand leader should be alive and killable now and the quest can be completed without further problems. Or, reload a save from before the Underforge ritual, and re-complete the quest "The Silver Hand." After completing that, Aela gives the "Striking the Heart" quest again and the location to assassinate the Silver Hand leader may be different.
    •  PS3   Another possible fix for this glitch is that if Heimskr and Fralia Gray-Mane are killed, the quest to talk to a Companions leader for work will activate. This leaves the quest "Striking the Heart" in the journal, unable to be completed.
    •  PS3   Another possible fix is to wait long enough that the game reloads the enemies in the dungeon the quest marker is in and it will reload with the Silver Hand leader among them. Worked in Valtheim Towers, unconfirmed in other locations. The Silver Hand leader should spawn in with several of the new bandits and upon killing them, the quest line should continue.
    •  360   The respawned enemies will appear but, for an unknown reason, killing them will not advance the quest.