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Skyrim:Animal Extermination (B)

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Para the alternate version, veja Animal Extermination (A).

SR-qico-Companions.png Fulfill a contract given to the Companions to clear out a beast den.
Quest Giver: Aela the Huntress
Location(s): Whiterun, Jorrvaskr
Prerequisite Quest: Take Up Arms
Reward: Leveled gold
ID: CR02

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Request work from Companion leader Aela the Huntress.
  2. Kill the boss beast in the random animal den.
  3. Return to Aela.

Detailed Walkthrough

Life as a Companion

Once you have completed the Take Up Arms quest, you can begin work as a Companion. The Companions tradition of service dates back to the mercenary aid given to Ysgramor by the Five Hundred Companions. Since then the Companions have served as a group of impartial and independent contractors, helping out commoner and jarl alike in matters of might, but taking no sides nor making any alliances themselves.

The Extermination Job

Locate Aela in Jorrvaskr. She has received a request from one of the Jarls that an animal den in their Hold be cleared of nuisance beasts.

When you speak to Aela to ask for work she will reply, "The Jarl of <Hold > has asked for our help. It seems that predators have taken up residence and have been attacking farmers and travelers. Someone's got to head out there and take care of the beasts."

When you reply that you can take care of it, Aela will respond with either words of encouragement or caution:

"I knew we could count on you. Get it taken care of right away. Nobody wants an animal left roaming around in their place." Or, "Be cautious. Beasts are not nearly as predictable as men. Give the thing a quick death."

As she sends you on your way your journal will reflect your new quest and your map will update with the beast den location. As this is a radiant quest, the boss-type beast will be in any of these 17 locations:

Eastmarch Falkreath Hold Haafingar Hjaalmarch The Pale The Rift Whiterun Hold Winterhold
Cronvangr Cave
Refugees' Rest
Bonechill Passage
Greywater Grotto
Steepfall Burrow Brood Cavern Bronze Water Cave Clearspring Tarn
Crystaldrift Cave
Fallowstone Cave
Honeystrand Grove
Pinepeak Cavern
Cold Rock Pass
Graywinter Watch
Greenspring Hollow
Bleakcoast Cave


Once you have killed the beast, return to Jorrvaskr and speak with Aela again. Let her know you have completed the task, to which she will reply: "Good work. The mindless cretins didn't stand a chance." Your reward of leveled gold will then be added.

Levels Reward
1-9 100
10-19 150
20+ 300


  • Although there may be multiple beasts at the targeted destination, only the boss beast (the one highlighted by the quest marker) actually needs to be killed to complete the quest.


  • If the cave that it randomly chooses for you has already been cleared, you may run into a situation where the beast you need to exterminate has already been killed, and the quest marker will point at the corpse, making it impossible to complete the quest. This removes the ability to complete further tasks for the Companions, as they will remark that you have not finished your current contract. Even reanimating the corpse of the beast and killing it again will not fix the issue.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.2.6 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • Pc22.png This can be fixed with the console command setstage cr02 20.

Quest Stages

Animal Extermination (CR02)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I've been asked to take care of a <Alias=BeastBoss> lair in <Alias=DenHold>.
Objective 10: Clear out <Alias=AnimalDen>
20 I cleared a <Alias=BeastBoss> lair in <Alias=DenHold>.
Objective 20: Return to Aela
100 Finishes quest
200 Finishes quest
250 Fails quest
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 1.
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