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(RefID: 00019DFD)
Location The Ratway, then Sky Haven Temple
Race Elder Gender Male
Level PC×0.75 (range=10-30) Class Conjurer
RefID 00019DFD BaseID 00013358
Other Information
Health 50+(PC-1.3)×6.2
Magicka 150+(PC-1.3)×5
Stamina 50
Primary Skills Conjuration, Restoration, Alteration, Destruction
Class Details CombatMageConjurer
Moral. No Crime Aggress. Unaggressive
Essential Yes
Faction(s) CrimeFactionRift; FavorExcludedFaction; TownRiftenFaction; WIAdditem03ExclusionFaction; all friends in here

Esbern, an elderly Nord conjurer, is a chronicler and agent of the Blades who has survived the investigations of the Thalmor by hiding in Riften's Ratway. Long obsessed with the foretold return of the dragon Alduin, the World-Eater, Esbern serves as your mentor, guide, and advisor. Despite this, once he learns of Paarthurnax's existence, he will demand that you slay him and will refuse you any aid until you have done so.

Esbern wears miner's clothes initially, but changes into mourner's clothes once you reach Sky Haven Temple with a pair of boots, and carries an ebony dagger and a selection of lower-class items and gold. In combat, he relies on mainly Destruction spells, and occasionally summons leveled atronachs.

[edit] Spells

Esbern knows the following spells:

Conjure Flame Atronach, Conjure Frost Atronach, Conjure Storm Atronach
Fireball, Firebolt, Flame Cloak
Fast Healing, Steadfast Ward

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] Notes

  • If you have not started any quests involving him, he will simply open the porthole and tell you to go away, promptly closing it afterwards.
  • After arriving at Sky Haven Temple, Esbern can grant the Dragonslayer's Blessing which gives a 10% increased Critical Hit Chance vs. dragons for five days.
  • Esbern is voiced by Max von Sydow.
  • He can be a very useful follower. After you free him from his cell during A Cornered Rat, he will be an invincible follower, and will remain so as long as you avoid Delphine (and therefore Riverwood).
  • Alternatively, you can take him to Delphine and have them both follow you for two invincible followers. You may also have a regular follower with you.
  • There is also a male Nord in Oblivion with the name Esbern. As Skyrim takes place 200 years after Oblivion, and the Thalmor's dossier on Esbern states he is in his late 70s, the two cannot possibly be the same person.

[edit] Bugs

  • When you first meet Esbern during A Cornered Rat as part of the main quest, sometimes his voice will be missing and/or he doesn't answer the door. Visit this page for details and possible solutions.
  • After arriving in Sky Haven Temple, Esbern may not engage in the correct dialogue to activate or complete any of his quests.
  • If you tell Esbern to wait somewhere, he may disappear when you return for him.
    • He can sometimes be found in Riverwood (waiting to engage in conversation with Delphine), in Riften, or traveling the road.
  • After being escorted to Sky Haven Temple, Esbern might appear wherever you fast travel. ?
    • To fix this, you must unpatch your Skyrim game. It only appears on patch 1.5 and after the Alduin's Wall quest.

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