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Redguard box art
Setting Stros M'Kai, Hammerfell
Time Period 2E 864
Developer Bethesda Softworks
Release Date
14 Nov 1998 (NA)[1][2]
26 Mar 1999 (EU)[3]
Release Date
26 Aug 2015
Release Date
26 Apr 2022
Microsoft Store
Release Date
18 Aug 2022
Redguard box art (Europe)
GOG release box art

The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard is the second spin-off game in The Elder Scrolls franchise, set on the island of Stros M'Kai in the Redguard homeland of Hammerfell. In the last days of the Second Era, in the wake of Prince A'tor's defeat and the Imperial occupation of Hammerfell, the mercenary Cyrus returns to his homeland in search of his missing sister Iszara who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

Unlike the games of the main Elder Scrolls series, Redguard is a third-person action-adventure with a predefined hero, a singular story focus, and gameplay involving platform and puzzle elements. Taking place on a single island and with a small number of characters, there was an emphasis on detail, such as in the 3D graphics and fully-voiced dialogue.

Redguard was released to the North American market in November 1998 and to the European market in March 1999. Both a software-only and 3dfx-accelerated version of the game can be installed from the disc, the latter for those with applicable Voodoo graphics cards and enabling various visual improvements (see Glide Differences).

Today, the standard version of Redguard is available digitally from Steam and the Microsoft Store (also being included with some Game Pass subscriptions), while the 3dfx version (using a Glide wrapper) is available from Downloaded versions of the game come packaged with the DOSBox emulator pre-configured.

Quest Information

  • Quests — A complete walkthrough for the main quest, including strategies and spoilers
  • Log — Possible entries in Cyrus' journal, where he notes important events and observations

Gameplay Information

  • Controls — A table of the various controls used to interact with the game
  • First Time Players — A concise guide for the Redguard newbie and veteran alike
  • Hints — A variety of gaming hints and tips regarding all aspects of the game
  • Ingredients — These can be combined with different items to create potions
  • Items — A catalog of all items in the game

World Information

  • Creatures — A list of creatures you may face in the game, along with statistics and combat strategies
  • Factions — Factions that play a major role in the story, some of which you might end up joining or fighting
  • Maps — Officially released and in-game maps
  • NPCs — Listing of all non-player characters in the game
  • Places — A detailed map of the island of Stros M'Kai, displaying all points of interest

Technical Information

  • Glide Differences — Graphical differences between regular software renderer and Glide 3D acceleration versions
  • Installation Guide — A step-by-step guide how to get the game running on a modern day Windows XP system in Glide mode
  • Running Under DOSBox — A detailed guide to playing Redguard on DOSBox under a modern operating system, including Windows, macOS, and Linux
  • Technical Tips — Reference material concerning undocumented features and the like

Mods and Modding

Previews and Reviews

  • Concept Art — Archive of concept art released for the game
  • Features — A list of the in-game features, as promised and published
  • Official FAQ — The official FAQ from Bethesda Softworks, answering many of the most commonly asked questions
  • Screenshots — Stunning in-game images captured for your viewing pleasure

Miscellaneous Information

Redguard Websites

See Also


  1. ^ "What's in Stores Next Week". Game Center. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Old Updates". Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Games Gone Gold". Gone Gold. Retrieved 16 November 2023.