Skyrim:Daedric Quests

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The Daedric Quests are quests that are completed at the request of one of the Daedric Princes, for some kind of reward, usually a Daedric artifact. Sixteen Daedric Artifacts are available in total (note that the Skeleton Key is not considered to be a Daedric Artifact in Skyrim). Daedric Quests are not considered Side Quests.

Most of the Daedric quests also have an associated "Pointer Quest", which is a miscellaneous quest objective you may be given that leads you to the actual Daedric quest. It is not always necessary to obtain the Pointer Quest before starting the main quest, but it is the most likely way that you will find out about the Daedric quest. In some cases, you can start the actual Daedric quest by simply visiting the shrine or other location where a Daedric worshipper can be found.

Most of the quests can only be removed from your 'to do' journal upon completion. However, a few of the quests can be failed. This is usually achieved by killing the mortal quest giver. For example, upon entering Silus Vesuius' home, you can kill him, resulting in the failure of Pieces of the Past.

Daedric Quest Prince Level Req. Reward Pointer Quest and/or Shrine Location
The Black Star Azura 1 SR-icon-misc-Azura'sStar.pngSR-icon-misc-TheBlackStar.png Azura's Star or The Black Star
Boethiah's Calling Boethiah 30 SR-icon-armor-EbonyMail.png Ebony Mail
A Daedra's Best Friend Clavicus Vile 10 SR-icon-weapon-The Rueful Axe.pngSR-icon-armor-MasqueOfClavicusVile.png The Rueful Axe[1] and/or Masque of Clavicus Vile[2]
Discerning the Transmundane Hermaeus Mora 15 SR-icon-book-OghmaInfinium.png Oghma Infinium
Ill Met By Moonlight Hircine 1 SR-icon-armor-Savior'sHide.pngSR-icon-jewelry-RingOfHircine.png Savior's Hide and/or Ring of Hircine There is no pointer quest or shrine; speak to Mathies in Falkreath about the death of his daughter or to Sinding in Falkreath Jail to start this quest
The Cursed Tribe Malacath 9 SR-icon-weapon-Volendrung.png Volendrung Largashbur, an Orc stronghold located west-southwest of Riften
Pieces of the Past Mehrunes Dagon 20 SR-icon-weapon-Mehrunes'Razor.png Mehrunes' Razor[2] or gold
The Whispering Door Mephala 20 SR-icon-weapon-EbonyBlade.png Ebony Blade Ask about Balgruuf's strange children
The Break of Dawn Meridia 12 SR-icon-weapon-Dawnbreaker.png Dawnbreaker Statue to Meridia, west of Solitude
The House of Horrors Molag Bal 1 SR-icon-weapon-MaceOfMolagBal.png Mace of Molag Bal
The Taste of Death Namira 1 SR-icon-jewelry-RingOfNamira.png Ring of Namira[2] Investigate the Hall of the Dead
Trinity Restored
Darkness Returns
(part of Thieves Guild)
Nocturnal 1 SR-icon-misc-SkeletonKey.png Skeleton Key[1] during Darkness Returns,
which is exchanged for Nightingale blessings[1] at the end
Twilight Sepulcher
The Only Cure Peryite 12 SR-icon-armor-Spellbreaker.png Spellbreaker
A Night To Remember Sanguine 14 SR-icon-weapon-SanguineRose.png Sanguine Rose
The Mind of Madness Sheogorath 1 SR-icon-weapon-Wabbajack.png Wabbajack
Waking Nightmare Vaermina 1 SR-icon-weapon-SkullOfCorruption.png Skull of Corruption[2] or a Follower[1] Dawnstar
^1This reward does not count towards the Daedric Influence or Oblivion Walker achievements.
^2This artifact can be missed and is required for the Oblivion Walker achievement.


Achievements related to daedric quests are:

  • SR-achievement-Daedric Influence.png Daedric Influence (10 points/Bronze) — Acquire a Daedric Artifact
  • SR-achievement-Oblivion Walker.png Oblivion Walker (30 points/Silver) — Collect 15 Daedric Artifacts
    • It is possible to miss this achievement. To receive it, you must not simply complete 15 Daedric Quests, but must also choose the quest ending that gives you the Daedric Artifact.
    • Quests which do not simply result in you receiving one artifact are:
    • You do not need to "possess" the artifacts, just choose the ending that results in the quest adding to your artifacts total. However, all but one of the quests have the incremental scripted to taking possession of an artifact. The odd-one-out is The Cursed Tribe, where the quest ends but the artifact is placed in front of you (rather than in your inventory). You do not need to keep the artifacts once you have them, though they can be used to verify which quests have been completed "correctly".
    • The game tracks the number of Daedric Artifacts and the number of completed Daedric Quests separately. The only statistic visible to the player in-game is the number of "Daedric Quests Completed" (under General Stats). Since the quest statistic is incremented even if you complete a quest without receiving the artifact, it may not reliably indicate your progress towards this achievement.
    • Auriel's BowDG also counts towards this achievement, despite the fact that it is an Aedric, not Daedric, artifact, and is therefore tied to the plane of Aetherius, rather than the planes of Oblivion.
    • Although Black BooksDB are artifacts associated with Hermaeus Mora, they do not count towards this achievement.
    • Daedric Artifacts added through the Creation Club do not count towards this achievement. These include the BittercupCC, the Bow of ShadowsCC, the Gray Cowl of NocturnalCC, GoldbrandCC, NerveshatterCC, the Ring of KhajiitCC, ScourgeCC, ShadowrendCC, the Staff of SheogorathCC, the Sword of JyggalagCC, and UmbraCC.