The White Stag is a unique elk in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Daedric Prince Hircine takes the form of the stag during the quest "Ill Met by Moonlight." The Dragonborn must slay it in order to speak with Hircine. The Prince then instructs the Dragonborn to go to Bloated Man's Grotto and kill the werewolf Sinding. The White Stag drops venison and large antlers upon death.


Ill Met by MoonlightEdit

There are stories in Falkreath of a strange vagrant who savagely killed a little girl.


"Well met, hunter."

Are you Hircine? "I am the spirit of the hunt, just one glimpse of the glorious stalker that your kind calls Hircine."
What would you ask of me? "Your fealty is precious to me. I will make good use of it. You bear my ring."
Will you remove the curse from this ring? "I may consider it. But you must first do a service for my glory."
"The one who stole it has fled to what he thinks is his sanctuary. Just as a bear climbs a tree to escape the hunt, but only ends up trapping himself. Seek out this rogue shifter. Tear the skin from his body, and make it an offering to me."
It shall be done as you ask. "Fly, my hunter. There are others who vie for my favor. A bit of competition. Don't dally while the prey flees."
He's done me no wrong. I won't kill him. "There is no retribution in the hunt. It is not vengeance I seek, but the blood course of a living hunt. There are others who would gladly accept my favor. They will hunt him while you delay. Your choice."
Didn't I just kill you? "And skillfully, too. I've been watching you for ages, it seems. You have the makings of a fine hunter. You may even be my champion. Perhaps."


  • Despite being the incarnate form of Hircine, the White Stag can be soul-trapped.
  • Unlike regular Elk, the White Stag regenerates health very quickly, which can lead to some difficulty in killing it.


This section contains bugs related to White Stag. 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.
  •  PC   Occasionally, the Stag may run past the map boundaries when being chased, and therefore is unobtainable as the Dragonborn will constantly get the message "You cannot go that way." This problem can be fixed using console commands to move the Stag to a different location.
  •  360   If the Dragonborn owns Lakeview Manor, the dead corpse of the Stag may appear in front of the entrance.


Start a Discussion Discussions about White Stag

  • white stag outside of players reach on xbox 360

    6 messages
    • It walks like a normal passive animal, so it's random.
    • if you keep the quest active and do other things, you can see him move, then kill him
  • The White Stag

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    • I am playing the PS4 Special Edition of Skyrim, and am currently doing the Ill Met By Moonlight quest in Falkreath. After talking to Sinding...
    • Damn. I would suggest trying to reload an earlier save to before you started to quest, and hope that the Stag spawns in a proper place next t...
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