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 Quick Walkthrough
- (Optional) Read Boethiah's Proving.
- Travel to Sacellum of Boethiah and speak to the Priestess of Boethiah.
- Sacrifice a follower on the Altar of Sacrifice.
- Kill all the cult members.
- Go to Knifepoint Ridge and kill Boethiah's current champion.
 Detailed Walkthrough
 Starting the Quest
Soon after you reach level 30, you will be attacked by Boethiah cultists. Kill them and take the book Boethiah's Proving from their corpse. Reading the book will start the quest. Alternatively, once you reach level 30, you can travel to the Sacellum of Boethiah to start the quest (you can either talk to the Priestess of Boethiah or kill every one of the cultists).
- Note: See Boethiah's Proving for other locations of the book. The various copies of the book appear once you reach level 30.
 The Shrine of Boethiah
First, you will have to make your way to the Sacellum of Boethiah. Follow the road east from the Windhelm Stables up to Traitor's Post. Nearby is a road that leads into the mountains, up to the Sacellum. When you arrive at the Sacellum you will find two cultists fighting in a small arena. There are some more cultists and a Priestess of Boethiah watching them. Speak to the priestess. She will tell you that you need to prove that "your tongue can wield a lie". If you kill the followers of Boethiah, the Daedric Prince will appear and give the quest instructions herself.
 The Sacrifice
The priestess will tell you that you need to gain someone's trust and then sacrifice them before Boethiah. She will give you the Blade of Sacrifice to make the sacrifice with. Lead any non-essential follower to the shrine and activate command mode (holding 'use' or via the "I need you to do something" conversation option). Highlight the pillar and you should see "Use the Pillar of Sacrifice". Tell them to do this and they will move towards it and be pulled in and stuck to it. If the follower is essential, the pillar will not be triggered.
Kill the follower using any means (despite what the Priestess says, you do not have to use the Blade of Sacrifice) and Boethiah will use his or her body as a conduit to tell you and all of the cultists that she has a task for whomever is left standing after a battle to the death. This results in all the cultists attacking one another (and you). Be prepared for a tough fight, as they can be formidable opponents.
If you have already killed all the followers of Boethiah, she will then possess the corpse of the last follower you slew and the quest proceeds as normal. See Notes.
 The New Champion
After making the sacrifice and killing all the cultists, Boethiah will again use a body as a conduit (it may not be the same one) and tell you she needs a new champion. To become the new champion you must kill the old champion and his bandits at Knifepoint Ridge, northwest of Falkreath.
Despite Boethiah's order to kill them stealthily, being detected does not result in quest failure or any other penalty. Nonetheless, most of the bandits inside the mine are busy with their backs to you and can be assassinated, and a few are standing in pools of flammable liquid that can be ignited with fire spells. Once you defeat Boethiah's Champion, you must equip his Ebony Mail. Boethiah will then speak to you one last time, telling you that you are her new champion and giving you the old champion's Ebony Mail as your reward.
- Making the sacrifice counts as a murder.
- Boethiah would have given you a second Daedric Quest in which you would have killed Solitude's Jarl Elisif the Fair. The quest was not included in the game but the data was left in the game files.
- It is possible to get the Blade of Sacrifice without having to start the quest by looting the dead body from the fight pit. You can also get more than one this way.
- The Daedric inscription coiled around the base of the Pillar of Sacrifice is written backwards. It reads: "I am alive because that one is dead. I exist because I have the will to do so."
- One or more of the bandits in Knifepoint Ridge might start a fight with the old Champion if they get close enough to him to be hurt by the poison damage done by the Ebony Mail when they are searching for you.
- It is possible to kill the Boethiah Cultists before you offer a sacrifice. If you kill all of the cultists at the Shrine of Boethiah, Boethiah's Conduit (her spirit in the form of the last cultist you killed) will appear to you with a different dialogue. She will be slightly bitter that you killed all of her followers, but suggests you make a sacrifice in order to prove your worth to her.
- Sometimes you will not be attacked by a cultist and must find the book or go to the Sacellum to trigger the quest.
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- If you refuse the quest and kill the cultists or something happens to cause Boethiah's current body to enter combat mode (such as a dragon attack), she will be stuck in the same conversational loop repeating the line "You've gotten my attention mortal, that is most unwise" when approached.
- To get around this, kill all the cultists and priests.
- If you sacrifice a Companion leader at the Pillar, the game may not register them as killed, breaking the radiant quests from the Companions. Though the follower dies and the quest for Boethiah proceeds as normal, the other Companion leaders don't acknowledge the death, and they still respond with "Aren't you already running a job for (name)?" when asked about work.
- If you kill the priestess before talking to Boethiah, one or two of the current fighters may become unkillable.
- If this happens, open the console and use code
killall. The fighters will be killed and the quest for Boethiah proceeds as normal.
- If this happens, open the console and use code
- On entering Knifepoint Ridge, possibly due to having been there before beginning the quest, you may be presented with a wall of Iron Ore blocking your path to the remaining bandits and the Boethiah Cultist, making the quest impossible to complete.
- A known workaround is to look at the bottom right corner of the wall of Iron Ore, where the option to mine a Corundum Vein will be presented. Mining this vein will pull you through the wall, allowing you to continue with the quest as intended. However this will only work once, so make sure you have completed everything before heading back up this path - as soon as you have walked through the location of the wall it will reappear, making the rest of the mine unreachable. You can use the mining workaround several times, so long as you cancel the mining action as soon as you pass through.
- The Miscellaneous Quest objective "Investigate the Boethiah cultist" may not ever be marked as completed, even after completing the main Boethiah's Calling mission.
- Reading the book after looting it from the body prevents this.
- The Champion of Boethiah will re-equip his armor if he is killed and revived with Dead Thrall, which can be exploited for infinite gold and powerful armor for your followers.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.5 of the Official Skyrim Patch.
- Upon looting the Champion's body, armor rating may be changed for existing armor.
- Upon talking with Boethiah your vision field may be stuck in the distorted oval it creates when talking to the daedric prince.
- Completeing the quest might fix this.
- Opening the console and typing
rimod 00106a73might also fix it.
- Your follower's inventory will be reset upon being used by Boethiah, and any items you gave them will be removed.
- The Champion of Boethiah may disappear after being killed. His body passes through the ground beyond the wall, making it impossible reach it and retrieve the Ebony Mail.
- By using the console commands
prid 000834FFfollowed by
resurrectthe champion will be resurrected but still be stuck in the ground. He will eventually free himself and can then be killed again (e.g. with the console command
- By using the console commands
 Quest Stages
- The following empty quest stages were omitted from the first table: 0, 10, 255
- The following empty quest stages were omitted from the second table: 0, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 17, 21, 41, 60, 70, 80, 81, 200
- Stage 50 can be found in the game's file information, but does not appear during gameplay.