Skyrim:Experimental Subject (A)

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For the alternate version, see Experimental Subject (B).

Help Neloth by being a test subject in his experiment.
Quest Giver: Neloth
Location(s): None
Reward: 250 gold
Prerequisites: Any time after speaking to Neloth during Reluctant Steward except when finding him a new steward
"You won't feel a thing. But if you do, try not to scream too loudly. My ears are sensitive."

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak to Neloth.
  2. Allow him to cast an experimental spell on you.
  3. Enter the water at any point in gameplay.
  4. Return to Neloth to report the side effects of his spell.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Neloth will request you help him with an experiment. Agree and he will cast an experimental spell on you, requesting that you report to him any side effects. After this, leave and at some point go into the water (swimming or being in the rain counts). This will cause a 25 point decrease to your maximum health until you return to Neloth and he removes the spell. He will also give you 250 gold for your trouble, regardless of your level.

Note that if you refuse to assist him with this task, you will immediately fail the quest.



  • When Neloth asks if you are willing to be an experimental subject, the dialogue may end without presenting the option "What kind of experiment". This means the quest cannot be started.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 2.0.4 of the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.
    • It may also break the Research quest chain. Completing another quest for Neloth may restore the proper dialogue functions.

Quest Stages[edit]

Experimental Subject (DLC2TTR4a)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
100 I let Neloth cast an experimental spell on me. If I discover any side effects, I should tell him right away.
Objective 100: Watch for side effects
200 I let Neloth cast an experimental spell on me. I've discovered a potentially dangerous side effect. Normally it boosts my health, but if I am in the rain or swim, it reduces my health.
Objective 200: Talk to Neloth
300 ☑Finishes quest
400 ☒Fails quest Neloth asked me to be a test subject for one of his experiments. I refused.
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