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For other uses, see The Rift.

The Rift is one of the nine Holds of Skyrim, located in the southeast of the province and is one of the four Old Holds in The Elder Scrolls Online. Major settlements include Riften, Nimalten and Shor's Stone, among many other settlements dotted throughout the hold such as Ivarstead.


"Skyrim's southernmost hold has a relatively temperate climate, thanks to northern mountains that block the frigid gales of the Sea of Ghosts, and warming volcanoes in the Velothi Mountains to the east. Its capital is Riften, on the shores of broad Lake Honrich."
―The Rift Loading Screen[src]

The Rift is a relatively temperate, autumnal region, protected from the frigid gales of the Sea of Ghosts by the northern mountains and is warmed by the Velothi Mountains to the east. Its capital is Riften, on the eastern shore of broad Lake Honrich. Many crafters and traders frequently visit the city due to its compactness and the fact that most trading facilities are in close proximity to each other.[1][2]

The Rift is located in the southeastern corner of Skyrim and borders Stonefalls in Morrowind to the east, Cyrodiil to the south, Eastmarch and Whiterun to the north and northwest, and Falkreath to the west.[1]

Two sabre cats blend in to their environment, waiting for unwary prey to ambush.

Most of the Rift is composed of lush, autumnal valleys and river basins, surrounded by mountains to the south, east, west and northeast. The hold itself is located atop a large vertical ridge that separates it from Eastmarch, and the western mountain range south of Throat of the World goes along its border with Falkreath, making it one of the most isolated holds in Skyrim. In fact, there are only two known roads that lead into other zones: the one at Fort Virak in Stonefalls and the one in Eastmarch.[1]

The Rift is teeming with wildlife, both docile and hostile. It serves as an excellent hunting ground due to the presence of so much wildlife. Bears, sabre cats and wolves are common in the wilderness, and mammoths and giants also appear regularly.[1][3]


Main article: Locations (Online)

The following are locations accessible in the Rift and, with the exception of unmarked locations, are discoverable on the map. Points of Interest serve as locations with unique side quests, while cities serve as the centralised areas with multiple sublocations and act as a hub for services and merchants. Explanations of the types of locations are provided in the main locations page.


Dark Anchors[]



Mundus Stones[]

Points of Interest[]

Set Stations[]

Striking Locales[]

Unmarked locations[]


World bosses[]

Traveling merchants[]

Main article: Traveling Merchant

Traveling merchants are characters who walk specific routes in the zone who offer merchant services. The Vestige can buy general merchant items, sell any sellable item, and repair damaged armor for a fee.


Main article: Quests (Online)

The Rift features a series of zone story quests and unrelated side quests. The zone story quests tie into the Ebonheart Pact's overarching storyline and carries on from Eastmarch. It is not necessary to complete the story quests for zones prior to those in the Rift. Side quests are non-sequential and can be completed in any order, except where one carries on from another.

Show: The Rift Story Quests
# Name Location Quest giver Reward
1 Beneath the Stone Shor's Stone
Shor's Stone Mine
Captain Attiring
Sage Tirora
Vigrod Wraithbane
2 Unearthed Shor's Stone
Shor's Stone Mine
Foreman Gandis
Companion's Chausses
3 Storming the Hall Fallowstone Hall Vigrod Wraithbane Vigrod's Cuirboilli Vest
4 To Vernim Woods Fallowstone Hall
Vernim Woods
Pact Soldier N/A
4 Dangerous Union Vernim Woods Bermund N/A
5 Gift of the Worm Vernim Woods Dajaheel Pact Signet
6 Through the Shroud Vernim Woods Lieutenant Belron Wormcrusher's Axe
Skill point
7 To Nimalten Nimalten Centurion Gjakil N/A
7 Concealed Weapons Nimalten
Nimalten Barrow
Thane Fjora
Thane-Guard's Helm
8 Pinepeak Caverns Nimalten
Pinepeak Cavern
Hekvid N/A
9 Calling Hakra Honrich Tower
Pinepeak Cavern
Holgunn N/A
9 To Pinepeak Caverns Pinepeak Cavern
Valdur N/A
9 Tomb Beneath the Mountain Pinepeak Cavern Netapatuu Hakra's Cuirass
10 To Taarengrav Pinepeak Cavern Netapatuu N/A
10 A Grave Situation Honrich Tower
Holgunn N/A
10 Honrich Tower Honrich Tower Netapatuu N/A
10 The Shackled Guardian Taarengrav Narir
Raynor Vanos
Valdur's Shield
11 The Shards of Wuuthrad Honrich Tower
Lodiss N/A
11 Shattered Hopes Arcwind Point
Honrich Tower
Jorunn Skald-King
Scout Fenrir
Scout Jaga
Wormwood Staff
Skill point
12 A Giant in Smokefrost Peaks Honrich Tower
Jorunn Skald-King N/A
13 In His Wake Riften Captain Viveka
Corporal Bredrek
14 Pulled Under Riften Captain Viveka Staff of Rime
15 To the King Riften
Captain Vari Warhammer N/A
15 Securing the Pass Trolhetta Jorunn the Skald-King Jorunn's Commendation
16 Worm Cult Summoner Trolhetta Plays-With-Fire N/A
17 Stomping Sinmur Trolhetta Summit Vigrod Wraithbane Mace of the Companions
Skill point

† Some quests are designed to direct the Vestige to the beginning of the zone's story or the next phase of the story chronologically. Once the quest they direct to has been completed, they will no longer be available to start.

Show: The Rift Side Quests
Name Location Quest giver Reward
A Business Proposition Grethel's Vigil
Enthis Hlan Silk Velvet Sash
A Diamond in the Root Broken Helm Hollow
Campfire N/A
A Ritual in Smokefrost Peaks Skald's Retreat Theofa N/A
A Ritual in the Ragged Hills Ragged Hills Wayshrine Amitra N/A
A Walk Above the Clouds Forelhost Radrase Alen
Cloudkeeper's Cap
Aiding Sigunn Shor's Stone Sigunn Fascinating Ring
All's Fair Riften Sarisa Rothalen Contraband Trousers
Approaching Thunder Fullhelm Fort Sergeant Sjarakki N/A
Beneath the Surface Faldar's Tooth
Israk Ice-Storm N/A
Blood Upon the Soil Frostmoon Farmstead Sergeant Jorald Lamellar War Belt
Breaking the Coven Northwind Mine Tovisa Tovisa's Dagger
Drink, Drink, and Be Merry Fort Greenwall
Suspicious Keg N/A
Fierce Beasts of Ivarstead Ivarstead Nilwen Cracktooth's Club
Finding Winter's Hammer Fallowstone Hall
Fort Greenwall
Sage Svari N/A
Geirmund's Guardian Geirmund's Hall Logod
Skald Jakaral
Geirmund's Oath Geirmund's Hall Eirfa Oath-Speaker's Boots
Guard the Knowledge Skald's Retreat Loremaster Bragur Skald's Ring
Into the Outside Avanchnzel
Solvar Aetherian
Kalodar's Farewell Vernim Woods Helfhild N/A
Lost Companions Smokefrost Peaks Snorrvild Battle-Scared Epaulets
Move out Miners Shor's Stone Mine Adana
Names of the Fallen Trolhetta Pact Amulet Pact Shoulder Guards
Problems Into Profit Ivarstead Odunn Gray-Sky N/A
Raise the Colors Boulderfall Pass Melril Signaler's Gloves
Redguard on the Run Ivarstead
Gorgath Deadeye Deadeye's Blade
Research Subject Pinepeak Cavern Nila Belavel N/A
Returning Winter's Bite Faldar's Tooth
Fallowstone Hall
Sage Svari N/A
Ritual at the Dragonshrine Smokefrost Vigil Mareki N/A
River of Names Lost Prospect
Svein Helm of Riften
Save Your Voice Geirmund's Hall
Honeystrand Hill
Runehild Bardic Surcoat
Scouting the Mine Northwind Mine Tovisa Bloodstone Ring
Shroud Hearth Barrow Shroud Hearth Barrow Brendar
Smoke on the Horizon Boulderfall Pass
Three Tribes Camp
Centurion Gjakil
Scout Claurth
Defender's Breastplate
Soldier Down Honrich Tower Walks-in-Ash Honrich War Boots
Song of Awakening Skald's Retreat Engling Gloves of the Lutepicker
Soul Harvest Treva's Farm Glowing Bag
Treva's Bow
The Farmer's Champion Mammoth Ridge
Treva's Farm
Gjakil's Shoulder Cops
The Rise of Sage Svari Fallowstone Hall Vigrod Wraithbane Svari's Staff of Ysgramor
The Thunder Breaks Fullhelm Fort Hallfrida Bonebane of Ysgramor
The Troubleshooter Linele Skullcarver's Camp
Shor's Stone
Aera Earth-Turner Aera's Tracking Slippers
Those She Devours Lost Prospect Yngvar Viveka's Belt
Trial of the Body Geirmund's Hall Daljari Half-Troll N/A
Trial of the Mind Geirmund's Hall Iroda N/A
Trial of the Spirit Geirmund's Hall Widulf N/A
Where the Frostheart Grows Ivarstead Mizrali Odvild's Pendant
Worm Cult Summoner Trolhetta Plays-with-Fire N/A
Yngrel the Bloody Northwind Mine Medveig Yngrel's Mitts
Show: The Rift Dungeon Quests
Name Location Quest giver Reward
A Valuable Distraction Lion's Den Brea Snowrider Justal's Falcon
Fires of Battle Blessed Crucible Talres Voren Brimstone Cowl of the Noble Duelist
Skill point
Prisoner Dilemma Lion's Den Thragof N/A

Items Sets[]

Main article: Item Sets


Pieces from overland sets are acquired from bosses, Dark Anchor chests, locked chests and as quest rewards. Public dungeon bosses drop a shoulder or hand piece, or a weapon; delve bosses drop a waist or foot item; world bosses drop a head, chest or leg piece, or weapon; and Dark Anchor chests drop a jewelry piece. Locked chests can give any random set item.

Set Effects Type
Ysgramor's Birthright

2 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Spell Critical.
3 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Magicka.
4 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Spell Damage.
5 Items: Adds 9 (Base Value) Spell Damage to your Frost Damage abilities.

Light Armor
Witchman's Armor

2 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Stamina Recovery.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Weapon Damage.
4 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
5 Items: When you use an Ultimate ability, you heal for 1 (Base Value) Health and restore 1 (Base Value) Stamina and Magicka per point of the Ultimate's cost.

Medium Armor
Draugr's Heritage

2 Items: Adds 4% Healing Taken.
3 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
4 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
5 Items: When you take damage while you are under 35% Health, you knockdown all enemies within 4 meters of you for 2 seconds and heal for 2,631 Health. This effect can occur once every 7 seconds and the heal scales off the higher of your Max Magicka or Stamina.

Heavy Armor


Dungeon sets are acquired from loot drops in the zone's group dungeons. Head pieces of monster helm sets can only be acquired from completing the corresponding group dungeon on veteran difficulty. There is no guarantee that the piece will be of the preferred weight class (heavy, medium or light). Shoulder pieces of monster helm sets can only be acquired at Undaunted Enclaves in exchange for keys earned from pledges.

Set Effects Dungeon Type
Noble Duelist's Silks

2 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Stamina Recovery.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Spell Damage.
4 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Spell Damage.
5 Items: When you deal damage with a Light or Heavy Attack in melee range, you cause your Light and Heavy Attacks to deal an additional 42 (Base Value) damage for 5 seconds. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.

Blessed Crucible Light Armor
Sword Dancer

2 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
3 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Stamina.
4 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Weapon Damage.
5 Items: Adds 13 (Base Value) Weapon Damage to your Dual Wield abilities.

Blessed Crucible Medium Armor
Nikulas' Heavy Armor

2 Items: Adds 34 (Base Value) Armor.
3 Items: Adds 34 (Base Value) Armor.
4 Items: Adds 28 (Base Value) Maximum Health.
5 Items: Whenever you successfully block, you gain a stack of Nikulas' Resolve for 5 seconds, up to once every half second. After 8 stacks you consume Nikulas' Resolve and deflect the next direct damaging attack made against you within 5 seconds, avoiding it completely.

Blessed Crucible Heavy Armor


Crafted sets are obtained by crafting them at the appropriate location. Crafted sets require a minimum number of traits researched into an item to craft it as a part of the set.

Set Effects Traits needed Location
Hunding's Rage

2 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
3 Items: Adds 25 (Base Value) Maximum Stamina.
4 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
5 Items: Adds 6 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.

6 Trollslayer's Gully
Night Mother's Gaze

2 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Weapon Damage.
4 Items: Adds 15 (Base Value) Weapon Critical.
5 Items: When you deal Critical Damage, you apply Major Breach to thr enemy, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5,948 for 4 seconds.

6 Eldbjorg's Hideaway
Willow's Path

2 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Magicka Recovery.
3 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Stamina Recovery.
4 Items: Adds 3 (Base Value) Health Recovery.
5 Items: Increases your Health, Magicka, and Stamina Recovery by 18%.

6 Smokefrost Vigil


Main article: Skyshards (Online)

Sixteen Skyshards can be found in the Rift totalling in five skill points with one left over. The zone guide provides clues as to the location of each Skyshard, but many can be found simply by exploring and watching for the distinctive pillar of light they emit.

# Description Location
1 Braced against wind near the mine. By the exit of Northwind Mine.
2 Be Shor to search all over the stone. Above Shor's Stone Mine.
3 Nearly discovered by a mauled stablehand. North of Trevor's Farm.
4 Cultists' prize near Ragged Hills. Between Ragged Hills Wayshrine and Angarvunde Mound, east past the ritual site.
5 Scour the crags near Avanchnzel. Northeast of the entrance to Avanchnzel.
6 South where worms swarm the barrow. Southwest of Taarengrav.
7 A prospect found. North of the entrance to Lost Prospect Sanctum.
8 Walk above the clouds. South to the clif's edge at Forelhost after exiting the Dragon Cult Temple during the relevant quest.
9 Stay alert between Riften and Greenwall. Between Riften and Fort Greenwall.
10 Clank of gears and hiss of steam. Westmost section of Avanchnzel.
11 Guarded by bears in the hollow. Eastmost alove in Broken Helm Hollow
12 Deep in the roots of the tooth. Down the left-side hall after entering Faldar's Tooth.
13 Where green grows in the fort's wall. Down a hole leading to the lower floor in the center of Fort Greenwall.
14 Take a shrouded approach. Eastmost chamber of Shroud Hearth Barrow.
15 Tread carefully; don't break a leg. Eastmost area at the top of an elevated section of Snapleg Cave.
16 Protected by wraiths in a beast's den. By the southmost entrance to Giant's Crush in the Lion's Den.


Main article: Achievements (Online)

Achievements can be earned by completing specific tasks include quests and finding locations. Achievements are separated into categories and their progress is viewable from the journal. Earning achievement provides the Vestige some amount of points. Points earned only apply to the character that earned the achievement. Some achievements unlock unique rewards such as trophies or dyes.

Show: Delves
Achievement Description Points Reward
Avanchnzel Explorer Explore and clear Avanchnzel. 10 N/A
Broken Helm Hollow Explorer Explore and clear Broken Helm Hollow. 10 N/A
Faldar's Tooth Explorer Explore and clear Faldar's Tooth. 10 N/A
Fort Greenwall Explorer Explore and clear Fort Greenwall. 10 N/A
Shroud Hearth Barrow Explorer Explore and clear Shroud Hearth Barrow. 10 N/A
Snapleg Cave Explorer Explore and clear Snapleg Cave. 10 N/A
The Rift Cave Delver Discover and clear all dix caves in the Rift. 10 N/A
Show: General
Achievement Description Points Reward
Rift Angler Catch all 12 rare fish in the Rift. 5 N/A
The Rift Master Explorer Discover and clear all six caves and striking locales in the Rift. 50 Mammoth Fur Brown
The Rift Pathfinder Discover all of the strikiiing locales in the Rift. 5 N/A
The Rift Skyshard Hunter Find all 16 Skyshards in the Rift. 15 N/A
Group Dungeons
Achievement Description Points Reward
Blessed Crucible Assassin Defeat every boss in Veteran Blessed Crucible within twenty minutes of starting the dungeon. Timer starts when any group member crosses the first bridge over lava. 50 N/A
Blessed Crucible Conqueror Complete Veteran Blessed Crucible by defeating Grunt the Clever, the Pack, Teranya the Faceless, the Troll King, Captain Thoran, and the Lava Queen. 15 Bust: The Troll King
Blessed Crucible Survivor Defeat Grunt the Clever, the Pack, Teranya the Faceless, the Troll King, Captain Thoran, and the Lava Queen in Veteran Blessed Crucible, without suffering a group member death. 50 N/A
Blessed Crucible Vanquisher Defeat the Pack, the Beast Master, and the Lava Queen at the Blessed Crucible. 10 Trophy: The Troll King
Coronation by Fire Defeat the Lava Queen in Vetern Blessed Crucible, after invoking the Scroll of Glorious Battle. 50 N/A
Veteran Durzog Slayer Defeat 150 Durzogs in Veteran Blessed Crucible. 10 N/A
Veteran Gladiator Slayer Defeat 500 Gladiators† in Veteran Blessed Crucible. 10 N/A

† For the purposes of this achievement, a Gladiator is any non-boss humanoid opponent in the Blessed Crucible.

Show: Public Dungeons
Achievement Description Points Reward
Lion's Den Conqueror Defeat all of the champions in the Lion's Den. 50 N/A
Lion's Den Group Event Defeat the Lonely Giant and his angry mammoths in the Lion's Den. 50 N/A
Lion's Den Vanquisher Defeat three of the champions in the Lion's Den. 10 N/A
Show: Quests
Achievement Description Points Reward
Ysgramor's Prodigy Return Sinmur to his grave. 5 Ancient Cultist Totem
Reach Crusher Crush the Reach's presence in the Rift. 5 Totem of the Reach
Shattered Remnants You defeated the Worm Cult in the Rift. 15 Riften Copper
Torn Worm Cult Banner
The Rift Adventurer Complete 61 quests in the Rift. 50 Ysgramor Statue
Wormsquasher Defeat Thallik Wormfather and scatter the Worm Cult. 5 Statue of the Wolf
Show: World Bosses
Achievement Description Points Reward
Frost Atronach Destroyer Defeat the Frost Atronach, Nomeg Rine, at the Frozen Ruins. 5 N/A
Ghost Banisher Put Ghoragham to rest at Angarvunde Mound. 5 N/A
Giant Slayer Defeat Longstride the Giant and his Mammoth at the Giant Camp. 5 N/A
Khajiiti Hunters' Bane Defeat Indur-sa and the Khajiiti Hunters at the Hunter Camp. 5 N/A
Troll Killer Defeat the trolls, Frostdrool and Sleetclaw, at the Troll Cave. 5 N/A
Wispmother Vanquisher Banish Aereus the Wispmother from Wisplight Glen. 5 N/A

Shalidor's Library[]

Main article: Shalidor's Library

Twenty-nine books that are a part of Shalidor's Library can be found in the Rift and added to the collection. Books that have already been found in other zones will already be marked as completed in the zone tracker.


Main article: Fishing (Online)

Fish can be caught from fishing hotspots, ideally with the correct bait. Common fish will be caught most often while rare fish and alternative bait are rare catches. Each zone has unique rare fish than can be caught from hotspots. Slaughterfish and trodh can be caught from foul hotspots, dhufish and longfin can be caught from saltwater hotspots, silverside perch and spadetail can be caught from lake hotspots, and salmon and river betty can be caught from river hotspots. Chub, minnow, shad and fish roe can be caught and used as bait from foul, saltwater, lake and river hotspots, respectively.

Fish Source Quality
Bream Foul water Fine
Grouper Rivers Fine
Ice Koi Lakes Fine
Ilinalta Trout Lakes Superior
Jarl Salmon Lakes Fine
Muskellunge Rivers Superior
Skate Foul water Fine
Skorrn Foul water Fine
Sockeye Salmon Rivers Fine
Sulfursucker Foul water Superior
White Roughy Rivers Superior
Zebra Oto Lakes Fine