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ON-qico-Group Dungeon.png Break the curse of Blackheart Haven.
Zone: Bangkorai
Quest Giver: Shifty Tom
Location(s): Blackheart Haven
Concurrent Quest: Pledge: Blackheart Haven
Reward: Pillaging Garb
1 Skill Point
Very High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Very High Experience
ID: 4589
Dungeon Group Size: 4
"I think it's time you died for good."
Shifty Tom, one of Captain Blackheart's underlings, wants to give up the pirate's life. He plans to leave Blackheart Haven, the Captain's island fortress, but wants me to help him steal two magical artifacts from the Captain, first.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak to Shifty Tom.
  2. Kill Atarus and give his skull to Shifty Tom.
  3. Kill Captain Blackheart and give his skull to Shifty Tom.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

While exploring Blackheart Haven, you come across Shifty Tom, a pirate in Captain Blackheart's crew who wants help leaving the crew. Tom requests that you enter Blackheart's sanctum and retrieve two relics from captain's treasure stash.

Your first task is to defeat Iron-Heel, who is the first obstacle between you and the inner sanctum of Blackheart Haven. To reach Iron-Heel you can either use a disguise from the sack next to Tom or fight your way to him. If you choose to use the disguise, be aware that the dogs that patrol the area can see through your disguise. If you are spotted, once you are out of combat more disguises can be found throughout the camp.

"This is no way for a man to live."

With Iron-Heel dead, you need to defeat Atarus, Blackheart's pet ogrim, and take the skull in his possession. Give the skull to Shifty Tom, who proceeds to smash it, turning him and the crew mates who have come to investigate into skeletons. Shifty reveals that Captain Blackheart found a talking skull during a campaign in Skyrim that claimed to be the Daedric Prince, Molag Bal. The crew didn't believe it, and the skull uttered some cursed word that put the entire crew in this sorry state. The crew is under the control of Molag Bal, and Shifty alludes to how Bal has killed many people with his hands.

The second and last skull is in the possession of Captain Blackheart himself, but you'll need to pass through a grotto full of hags and harpies to get to him. Kill First Mate Wavecutter, the Roost Mother, and Hollow Heart. Once you make it to the end of the dungeon it is time to face off against the captain. Kill him and claim his skull. Give the skull to Shifty Tom, who thanks you for giving him the means to free himself and end Captain Blackheart once and for all. After the quest, Shifty destroys the skull and disappears.


  • Captain Blackheart's Log, which lies in the middle of the beach where you fight the pirate captain, can give you a little more insight into the horrific state of Blackheart and his crew.

Quest Stages[edit]

Jumping Ship
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I must speak with Shifty Tom about obtaining a disguise.
Objective: Speak with Shifty Tom About Obtaining a Disguise
I must reach the inner caves of Blackheart Haven.
Objective: Reach the Interior of Blackheart Haven
Sea Hounds will be able to smell the difference between me and the real pirates.
Objective Hint: Avoid Detection by Sea Hounds
I can find a disguise in one of the many clothing baskets lying around the outer Haven.
Objective Hint: Obtain Pirate Disguise from Clothing Baskets
Now that I've entered the inner caves of Blackheart Haven, I should find Shifty Tom.
Objective: Speak with Shifty Tom
I should find Atarus within the caves of Blackheart Haven and defeat him for his skull-shaped relic.
Objective: Collect Atarus's Skull
Now that I have Atarus's skull, I should give it to Shifty Tom.
Objective: Give Atarus' skull to Shifty Tom
Objective Hint: Wait for Shifty Tom
Undead pirates have appeared now that Shifty Tom has destroyed Atarus's skull. I should defeat them.
Objective: Kill the Undead Pirates
I defeated the undead pirates that appeared after Shifty Tom destroyed Atarus's Skull. I should speak with Tom now.
Objective: Speak with Shifty Tom
I must best Captain Blackheart in combat and take his skull, the source of his undead power.
Objective: Collect Blackheart's Silver Skull
Finishes quest☑ I defeated Blackheart in battle, but with his skull still intact, he is not defeated. I should speak with Shifty Tom.
Objective: Speak with Shifty Tom
* Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the game and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.