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Rieklings are small goblin-like creatures that can be found inhabiting the assorted ruins and caves throughout Solstheim. These creatures live in tribes led by a chief (exemplified by the Riekling Chief at Thirsk Mead Hall) and are usually hostile. Rieklings speak a language native to them, while some individuals have also learned to speak a crude version of the common tongue of men. In combat, Rieklings attack in swarms, sometimes mounted on bristlebacks, and may also pop out of barrels. They carry Riekling spears, which they throw at you from a distance and use as melee weapons. These spears can be equipped by you as arrows.

It is possible for you to become a Riekling clan's chief and in doing so, have access to a Riekling, Riekling scout, Riekling hunter, or Riekling warrior follower. The Riekling scout will equip a bow if it is placed in its inventory, while the Riekling warrior will do the same with a two-handed sword. If you have a follower, you may need to dismiss them before being able to recruit a Riekling. Quickly dismissing your follower, then adding the Riekling, and finally rehiring your follower is an effective workaround.

Once the Dragonborn becomes the new chief for the Thirsk Mead Hall Rieklings, up to three Rieklings will randomly show up at any time anywhere, Solstheim or Skyrim, to aid the Dragonborn in combat. They don't do much damage, but can hold ground reasonably well even against most powerful foes such as the ghost of Karstaag. If downed in combat by enemies or other NPCs, they will get up shortly, seemingly in full health, and continue to fight. The frequency of their appearance is not high enough to affect gameplay in general, but is high enough to feel their existence. Whenever they show up, the Dragonborn essentially gets up to three protected followers for free, which is invaluable for surviving tough battles on Master/Legendary difficulty. While not in combat, the Dragonborn usually can ask one of them to be a follower right away by talking to them.


Riekling Warrior
Creature (ID) Lvl Health Magicka Sta. Attacks Abilities Perks Faction Soul Size
Melee: (xx017F47)
Missile: (xx01B650)
6 130 0 120 (?) Resist Frost, 25 pts DLC2RieklingFaction Lesser
Riekling Scout
Melee: (xx01B64E)
Missile: (xx01B651)
11 200 140 Lesser
Riekling Hunter
Melee: (xx01B64F)
Missile: (xx01B652)
16 250 160 Common
Riekling Warrior
Melee: (xx03CBA3)
Missile: (xx03CBA4)
23 352 188 Common


Riekling Charger
Creature (ID) Lvl Health Magicka Sta. Attacks Abilities Perks Faction Soul Size
Mounted Riekling
20 550 0 226 (?) DLC2RieklingFaction Common
Riekling Rider
25 605 246 Common
Riekling Courser
32 755 274 Greater
Riekling Charger
40 1055 306 Grand

Unique Rieklings[edit]

Related Quests[edit]


Riekling Scout
  • "Agaroo?"
  • "Ah baa faroo!"
  • "Alakasee."
  • "Araaaaaa!"
  • "Araloo! Araloo!"
  • "Awafalagahuka."
  • "Baaaa roooka!"
  • "Bagaru!"
  • "Bek."
  • "Belifakathoooookawa."
  • "Boo cha."
  • "Boo tha!"
  • "Booneetay! Koowah!"
  • "Boool eekasa!"
  • "Brelfik?"
  • "Buruuuwah!"
  • "Buuh!"
  • "Buuuuraaaa!"
  • "Daaah!"
  • "Dool."
  • "Eeeeloo."
  • "Eerelaya."
  • "Faa thoo."
  • "Faaa rawala."
  • "Falaraga!"
  • "Feeerako."
  • "Fffffarrrrgah!"
  • "Foo may wa!"
  • "Foora paka."
  • "Fuuughuuuu..."
  • "Gaaaaah!"
  • "Gaaah!"
  • "Guh!"
  • "Guuh!"
  • "Habichaaalakawaramalek."
  • "Hagajawala!"
  • "Hoola wakasee."
  • "Hoooh!"
  • "Hooojarakwafala!"
  • "Hrawwaaaa!"
  • "Huf!"
  • "Hufwah!"
  • "Huu... kuuu..."
  • "Huuuuwaaaa!"
  • "Huuuuwargh!"
  • "Huuuwa."
  • "Joooo fah!"
  • "Jyyyyyyyoooooor!"
  • "Kaaarooo."
  • "Kalafoo!"
  • "Kalaree?"
  • "Keeel faa."
  • "Koolawasa!"
  • "Kooova mook."
  • "Kuuh!"
  • "Kuuuuuuuuuwaaaaa!"
  • "Maa....."
  • "Meeelaaak."
  • "Mella kalee."
  • "Moooong cha!"
  • "Muuuu fa."
  • "Muwafathoo."
  • "Nuh!"
  • "Nyuuu... waaa..."
  • "Peeeee fa!"
  • "Poo ma. Pooooo ma."
  • "Pugh!"
  • "Raaa fay."
  • "Takafala gajoo?"
  • "Uuruuu..."
  • "Waaaaaaaah!"
  • "Waaaaaaah!"
  • "Waaaaaah!"
  • "Waaah!"
  • "Waayaruu?"
  • "Wooocha!"
  • "Wuuuu..."
  • "Wuuuuuupaaaaa!"

Chant at Beast Stone[edit]

During the quest Cleansing the Stones, you may come across a group of Rieklings under Miraak's influence building around the Beast Stone. This is the chant that the Rieklings recite, similar in cadence to the chants recited by other races while building around the other All-Maker Stones.

"Wafoo athaaaal."
"Bertiflik a goroowala."
"Hra woong aba."
"Tika twafaara filik."
"Wilberk tikflaaar."
"Yuchaaa tungar cha tiweki."
"Bura warag faaanig."
"Tiri fuklik taaar aburak."

Riekling Loot[edit]


  • 50% chance for 1 miscellaneous junk/clutter item
  • 50% chance for 1 of either boar meat or boar tusk
  • 25% chance for 1-9 gold
  • 15% chance for 1 leveled potion or poison
  • 10% chance for 1 leveled gem
  •  5% chance for 1 unenchanted circlet, necklace, or ring, or 1 religious amulet (4x more likely for it to be an unenchanted item)
  • Guaranteed 2-10 additional gold if you have the Golden Touch perk
  • Guaranteed 2-10 additional gold if you have the Imperial Luck ability
  • (8x) 50% chance for 1 Riekling spear (from Missile variants only)



  • Mounted Rieklings have no Spell Reflect, and can be safely attacked with spells or enchanted weapons.
  • The Riekling spear is treated as an arrow, therefore if a Riekling is struck with an arrow that is more powerful than its spear, it can equip that arrow as his weapon, and "throw" the arrows at you at much higher speeds, which cause more damage than the Riekling spear.
  • Rieklings are based on the goblins created during the Game Jam.
  • Riekling warriors using a two handed sword can be disarmed by draugr, which may result in the loss of the weapon if it is not noticed by the player.
  • If you hire a Riekling and bring them to Skyrim, they may randomly appear even though they are supposed to return to Solstheim.