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Home City Riften
Race Nord Gender Male
Level PC×1 (range=10-50) Class Thief
RefID BaseID
Other Information
Health 125+(PC-1)×8.3
Magicka 50
Stamina 100+(PC-1)×6.7
Primary Skills Light Armor, Sneak, Archery, One-handed
Perks Bladesman (rank 1); Dual Flurry (rank 1); Fighting Stance; Hack and Slash (rank 1); Savage Strike; Stealth (rank 5)
Class Details CombatThief
Moral. No Crime Aggress. Unaggressive
Essential Yes
Faction(s) CrimeFactionThievesGuild; FavorExcludedFaction; Riften Ragged Flagon Faction; Riften Thieves Guild Headquarters Faction; ThievesGuildFaction

Brynjolf is a Nord thief, and a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften. He is initially found at a market stall in the center of Riften selling mysterious red elixirs, although he will usually approach you and inform you that he knows you didn't make all of your money legally (or if you don't have much gold on you, will offer you a way to make some). He has a rivalry with fellow merchant Madesi, who doubts Brynjolf's potions are real. Brynjolf will task you with stealing Madesi's ring as an initiation for joining the Thieves Guild. Once you join the Guild, he will move to the guild hall in Riften's Ratway.

Brynjolf will later become a temporary follower, along with Karliah, when hunting for Mercer Frey during the Thieves Guild quest Blindsighted.

Brynjolf wears fine boots, fine clothes, and an Amulet of Articulation, and he carries two daggers and some gold.

Related Quests

Combat Dialogue

Condition Dialogue
Detecting an enemy "Come out and face me, you coward!" "I can smell your fear."
Spotting an enemy "Finally! Let's end this." "There you are!"
Taunting an enemy "My blade thirsts for your blood!" "Come on. Show me you've got what it takes!"
"You just made the last mistake of your life!"
Losing sight of an enemy "Oh come now, resorting to petty tricks are we?"
Defeating an enemy "I think they got the message." "Damn, just as I was getting warmed up."
"I hardly felt a thing." "And that's why I'm the best."
"That's what happens when you cross the Guild."

Quest-related Events

The Pursuit

During the quest The Pursuit, you and Karliah need to prove Karliah’s innocence and Mercer Frey’s guilt to Brynjolf, Delvin and Vex. After the extent of Mercer's betrayal is known, Brynjolf will want to speak with you privately about Karliah:

"Look, before I have you help track Mercer down I need to know what you learned from Karliah. I mean everything."
"Mercer killed Gallus, not Karliah.""
"Aye. I feared that was the case. From that last entry in Gallus's diary, it looks like he was getting close to exposing Mercer to the Guild. Anything else?"
"Gallus, Karliah and Mercer were Nightingales"
"What? Nightingales? But, I always assumed they were just a tale...a way to keep the young footpads in line. Was there anything else she told you?"
"Karliah was behind Goldenglow and Honningbrew"
"Trying to make Mercer look bad in front of Maven, eh? Clever lass. Was there anything else?"

When you have finished filling Brynjolf in, he will inform you of your next task:

"Then I have an important task for you. I need you to break into Mercer's home and search for anything that could tell us where he's gone."
"He has a house in Riften?"
"Aye. A gift from the Black-Briars after they kicked the previous family out...place called Riftweald Manor. He never stays there, just pays for the upkeep on it. Hired some lout by the name of Vald to guard the place."
"I'll take care of it."
"Be careful, lad/lass. This is the last place in Skyrim I'd ever want to send you. Just find a way in, get the information and leave. And you have permission to kill anyone that stands in your way."

From here you have a number of dialogue options to gain more information on Mercer and his house:

Your Dialogue Brynjolf's Dialogue
"What's the best way to get into Riftweald Manor?" "Good question. I've only set foot inside a few times myself and that was in Mercer's company. If you can get past his trained watchdog, I think your best bet might be the ramp to the second floor balcony in his backyard. "
"I don't suppose the ramp is easy to access." "No. It's some sort of crazy contraption Mercer commissioned for quick escapes. I'd wager a well-placed shot at the ramp's mechanism would lower it in a hurry."
"What's missing from the vault?" "Better question would be "what did he leave." Mercer took everything. Even all of our plans are gone."
"Plans for what?" "Before Mercer took over, Gallus started collecting every bit of material he could on locations the Guild could heist. Museums, keeps, estates...you name it. By the time Mercer took over the Guild we must have had a few dozen."
"How could he have opened the vault door alone?" "I don't have a clue. That door is impenetrable. Without two keys, it's impossible to open. I have a key, Delvin has a key, and Mercer has a key. That's it. There are no other copies."
"You mentioned a watchdog?" "That'd be Vald. A real piece of work, that one. Mercer's holding something over his head, keeping him loyal. Talk to Vex. She used to know him very well... if you catch my meaning."

After infiltrating Mercer's house and finding his plans, bring them back to the Guild and Brynjolf:

"We've scoured the town and I've spoken to every contact we have left. No sign of Mercer. Any luck on your end?"
"He wasn't there, but I found these plans."
"Shor's beard! He's going after the Eyes of the Falmer? That was Gallus's pet project. If he gets his hands on them, you can be certain he'll be gone for good and set up for life."
"Then we have to stop him."
"Agreed. He's taken everything the Guild has left, and to go after one of the last greatest heists is just an insult. I've spoken to Karliah, and made amends for how the Guild's treated her. Now she wishes to speak with both of us. Quickly, we have no time to lose."

From here, the Trinity Restored quest will begin.


  • If you have reached stage 25 of Promises to Keep, you can talk to Brynjolf to have additional option for his opinion. However, it doesn't influence the quest.
  • Prior to beginning any Thieves Guild missions, Brynjolf is totally invincible when outside in Riften. In fact, the game treats him as a ghost. He takes no damage, regardless of the source, and cannot be staggered or knocked back. Nevertheless, attacking him will cause him to become hostile.
  • He is voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.
  • There is a rumor that he is having an affair with Tonilia.


  • Upon completing the Thieves Guild questline, Brynjolf will constantly repeat the same line of dialogue, and will no longer be open for interaction.
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