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Bounty

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There are two main kinds of "bounty" in Skyrim: bounties on the Dragonborn which accrue as they are witnessed committing crimes, and bounties issued for other NPCs or required services.

Bounties on the Dragonborn[edit | edit source]

A bounty can be put on the Dragonborn's head for committing crimes in one of the holds. These bounties accumulate until the Dragonborn either pays them or is caught and jailed.

It is possible to avoid these bounties by killing all the witnesses.

The potential crimes include:

  • Stealing items, if noticed
  • Stealing horses, if noticed
  • Pickpocketing, if noticed
  • Lockpicking, if noticed
  • Killing farm animals (like chickens, cows and goats)
  • Trespassing
  • Starting a fight (brawls which are solicited do not count)
  • Killing non-aggressive NPCs (this can happen by accident, so be careful)
  • Dropping a weapon outdoors in a major city can result in a warning from a guard, refusing to pick it up will result in a bounty.
  • Transforming into werewolf form in public will give a 1000 Gold.png bounty.
  • Eating a corpse by using the Ring of Namira.
  • Shouting in a town may result in a warning from a guard.

Other bounties[edit | edit source]

Bounty
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00095129 (Bandit bounties)
000bd780 (Forsworn bounties)
000bd791 (Giant bounties)
000cba9b (Dragon bounties)
000bc0a2 (Bounties on the Dragonborn)

A bounty can also be issued on other NPCs or for certain services: There are a number of bounties issued in the various Holds of Skyrim. These fall into four main categories: killing bandit chiefs or leaders, killing dragons, killing forsworn leaders or killing giants. These are issued by Jarls or their stewards and can be obtained from them or from innkeepers.

Bandit Chief bounties[edit | edit source]

By order of Balgruuf theGreater: To all able bodied men and women of Whiterun. The bandits located in Silent Moons Camp have been harassing, robbing, and attacking citizens and visitors. A reward will be offered to anyone who kills their leader. --Proventus Avenicci
Silent Moons Bounty
By order of Balgruuf the Greater: To all able bodied men and women of Whiterun. The bandits located in Redoran's Retreat have been harassing, robbing, and attacking citizens and visitors. A reward will be offered to anyone who kills their leader. --Proventus Avenicci
Redoran's Retreat Bounty
By order of Laila Law-Giver: To all able bodied men and women of the Rift. The bandits located in Lost Tongue Overlook have been harassing, robbing, and attacking citizens and visitors. A reward will be offered to anyone who kills their leader. --Anuriel
Lost Tongue Overlook Bounty
By order of Korir: To all able bodied men and women of Winterhold. The bandits located in Winter War have been harassing, robbing, and attacking citizens and visitors. A reward will be offered to anyone who kills their leader. --Malur Seloth
Winter War Bounty

Dragon bounties[edit | edit source]

By order of Igmund: To all able bodied and fearless men and women of the Reach. The dragon located in Dragontooth Crater has been carrying off livestock, and terrorizing citizens and visitors. A handsome reward will be offered to anyone who kills it. --Raerek
Dragontooth Crater Bounty

Forsworn bounties[edit | edit source]

Giant bounties[edit | edit source]

By order of Ulfric Stormcloak: To all able bodied men and women of Eastmarch. The giant located in Steamcrag Camp have been harassing and attacking citizens and visitors. A reward will be offered to anyone who kills it. anyone who kills it. --Jorleif
Steamcrag Camp Bounty