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Skyrim:The Jagged Crown (Imperial)

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This article is about the Imperial version of this mission. For the Stormcloak version, see The Jagged Crown (Stormcloaks).

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Find the Jagged Crown for the Imperials.
Quest Giver: Legate Rikke
Location(s): Solitude, Korvanjund
Prerequisite Quest: Joining the Legion
Next Quest: Message to Whiterun
Reward: None
Suggested Level: 12
King Borgas wearing the Jagged Crown

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. After you join the Imperial Legion, talk to Legate Rikke.
  2. Journey to Korvanjund.
  3. Meet up with Rikke and enter the ruins.
  4. Find your way into the tomb.
  5. Retrieve the Jagged Crown.
  6. Return to General Tullius.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Stormcloak PresenceEdit

Legate Rikke is waiting for you

After taking the oath to join the Imperial Legion, General Tullius will offer you another mission. After talking to Legate Rikke, she will ask you to meet her just west of the ruins of Korvanjund. When you arrive, she will be discussing the upcoming battle with a small group of soldiers. As you approach, Hadvar will talk to you, explaining he is glad to be fighting with you, but that the Stormcloaks are not his biggest concern, hinting that the ruins don't want them to be there. The conversation ends and Legate Rikke will prompt the start of the quest.

Move with the other soldiers up the hill and down into Korvanjund. Fight your way through several Stormcloaks and proceed up the stairs for another brief conversation with Legate Rikke, then open the doors to the Korvanjund Ruins.

Inside the RuinsEdit

Once inside the Ruins, wait for Legate Rikke's signal to charge the Stormcloak guards standing at the top of the stairs. There are only four and they go down relatively easily. Continue down the stairs through a hall and into another room where you will find two more Stormcloaks up the stairs to the right. Follow Legate Rikke back to the entrance to a tunnel to the left of the entrance to the room. She will instruct you to find another way to proceed in order to avoid an ambush. Go back up the stairs and follow the catwalk counterclockwise around the room. Find a doorway that leads to a sky bridge above a room containing two Stormcloaks. Once you start fighting them, the Imperial soldiers will come running in to aid you. On the eastern end of this room there are more stairs, at the top of which is a chest and the Light Armor skill book Jornibret's Last Dance.

The Imperial soldiers will push through to a tunnel on the left side of the room on the backside of the landing. Make your way down the tunnel and fight a few more Stormcloaks in a small room filled with burial urns. Legate Rikke and the Imperial soldiers will stop over a draugr and converse before moving on through the tunnels.

Open the doors to Korvanjund Hall, where you will find another dead draugr along with a dead Stormcloak on the stairs. Take the stairs up and dispose of the one living Stormcloak before proceeding along the walkway and into another tunnel to the left. Find another lone Stormcloak to kill before reaching a fork in the tunnel. The tunnel to the left contains a swinging blades trap. Follow Legate Rikke straight down the tunnel into the Hall of Stories, which shows the history of the ancients who built Korvanjund. At the end of the hall you will find several dead Stormcloaks in front of a door. Pick up the Ebony Claw from the floor directly in front of the door. Like all claws, examining the symbols in your inventory will reveal the combination necessary to open the door (top to bottom: Fox—Moth—Dragon). Insert the claw into the door and proceed.

Pass through a small gold door into a large room. To open the metal gate blocking your path, find the hall on the right side of the room and take the stairs leading to a walkway around the upper level of the room. Take the bridge across the room to an alcove with a chest in it; the handle that opens the gate is on the left side of the wall near the end of the bridge. Activating the lever will also trigger several draugr to emerge. Kill them to proceed through the now open gate. Note that If you take the dagger off the pedestal on the level above the gate, a secret passage will open, revealing a tunnel to a room containing an adept-trapped large chest.

The CrownEdit

Finding the crown

Open the door to Korvanjund Crypt and take the tunnel into a large room. As the Imperial soldiers spread out, approach the leveled draugr sitting hunched over on the throne. Hadvar will note the crown on his head and two leveled draugr will emerge from either side of the throne. Complete the quest by killing all of them and retrieving the Crown from the draugr's body. Legate Rikke will then send you to deliver the Crown to General Tullius.

Behind the throne there is a chest, and at the back of the room there is a Word Wall for a word of the shout Slow Time. Once you have the word, turn around to find a staircase to a tunnel that leads to Korvanjund Temple. Lift the bar off the door and open it, then turn right and head for the exit.

Head back to Solitude and give the Jagged Crown to Tullius. He will immediately give you the next quest, Message to Whiterun.


No reward is given on this quest only a, "Good work, soldier" from General Tullius.


  • You can still switch sides by taking the crown to Ulfric Stormcloak and joining them. Even if the crown is given to Ulfric, the journal will still say you gave it to Tullius.
  • Even if you do not kill the Stormcloaks outside Korvanjund, they will be dead once you have cleared the ruins.


  • It is possible that Legate Rikke does not spawn outside the ruins.
    • This is fixed by advancing on your own and clearing the first area of Stormcloaks. The quest will update and Legate Rikke will appear at the second spawn point.
    • Also fixed by simply using console commands to move her to the meeting point and the quest will proceed as normal.
  • If the dragon claw door does not work, check here for possible fixes.
    • In such a case, load a previous save file and let all dialogue take place before proceeding.
  • Hadvar and the other Imperial soldiers will address you as Dragonborn even if you have not yet progressed the Main questline past the point at which the Greybeards announce it.
  • Sometimes the Jagged Crown will not appear on the draugr's body. This can be caused by attacking and killing the draugr before Legate Rikke speaks of the crown.
    • Load an earlier save, such as the autosave made on entering the crypt.
  • The draugr will often appear to be wearing the Jagged Crown on top of another helmet.
  • It is possible that you won't be able to enter the ruins as it will be caved in.
  • Sometimes your group of soldiers may not enter the ruins, and instead stand outside with their weapons drawn. ?
    • In such a case, simply enter yourself, and they should follow.
  • It is possible that after picking up the dagger the gate will not open, and the draugr won't come out. ?
  • If Hadvar is not present during this quest (which happens if you choose to side with Ralof in Helgen), the draugr that is wearing the Jagged Crown might not become hostile, preventing you from fighting him and retrieving the Crown from his corpse. ?
  • Sometimes the Imperial soldiers and Legate Rikke will freeze in place and jitter slightly (or not at all). You will not be able to talk to whomever is frozen, even though they are alive.
    • To reset them, attack them until their crouching recovery animation breaks them out of this state. Using a lower level weapon that is not your specialty if you are higher level is preferable, as some soldiers are non-essential and will die if attacked. Attacking them will not make them hostile.

Quest StagesEdit

The Jagged Crown (CW02A)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I've decided to join the Imperial Legion in its fight to preserve the Empire. I should talk to Legate Rikke to get my first assignment.
Objective 10: Talk to Legate Rikke
30 I've decided to join the Imperial Legion in its fight to preserve the Empire. My first assignment is to help Legate Rikke recover the Jagged Crown from the ruins of Korvanjund.
Objective 20: Meet Legate Rikke outside Korvanjund
Objective 40: Retrieve the Jagged Crown
Objective 80: Deliver the crown to General Tullius
200 Finishes quest 
Objective 90: Get new orders
Objective 45: Follow Legate Rikke
Objective 50: Find a way past the ambush
Objective 55: Follow Legate Rikke
Objective 60: Open the Hall of Stories door
Objective 65: Follow Legate Rikke
Objective 70: Find a way to open the gate
Objective 72: Defeat the Draugr (<Global=MQ103DraugrDeadCount>/6)
Objective 99: Defeat the enemy soldiers. (<Global=MQ103DefenderDeadCount>/5)
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 1, 7, 20, 40, 42, 43, 45, 54, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 70, 78, 80, 81, 100, 102, 103, 105, 110, 120, 130, 135, 140, 150, 160, 162, 170, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 178, 190.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage CW02A stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest CW02A.