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Skyrim:Cronvangr Cave

Skyrim: Places: Caves
Cronvangr Cave
(view on map)
# of Zones 2
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Level Min: 6
Vampires, Frostbite Spiders
Important Treasure
The Locked Room
Console Location Code(s)
CronvangrHall01, CronvangrHall02
Southwest of Kynesgrove
East of Mixwater Mill
Special Features
# of Alchemy Labs 1
# of Arcane Enchanters 1
Ore Veins
# of Iron 1
# of Moonstone 1
Cronvangr Cave

Cronvangr Cave is a medium-sized cave southwest of Kynesgrove, inhabited by frostbite spiders and vampires. It has two zones: Cronvangr Cave and Cronvangr Broodlair. It is located in the northwestern part of the sulfur pools characteristic of central Eastmarch Hold. It is found almost due east of Mixwater Mill.

Related Quests

  • Note: This location is one of many potential targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.



The exterior hints at what can be found inside: it is covered in webs and one egg sac is in front of the entrance. A dead mammoth is to the left. There are also several plant that can be harvested for ingredients in the surrounding area.

Cronvangr Cave

The first chamber in the caverns
A Dunmer in a circle of candles, found in the vampire lair

The first room contains six frostbite spiders and an iron ore vein in the southeast corner. A small button on the northwest wall will open a rock door to a cavern, which contains a wooden building and several vampires on a raised area at the back of the cavern. Be careful of a flame spout trap in the passage on the way to the vampires. The vampires are generally all found sleeping in the building, however some of them may be awake, so be careful if you don't see them. On the lower level there a circle of candles around a dead body, two long tables with benches and two ramps up to the raised area and building both are against the cave wall.

The inside of the building is a mess it is strewn with viscera and gore. There are three single beds normally all occupied by three sleeping vampires, a central table, a second table with an iron war axe on top, several chairs, barrels, sacks and an unlocked chest, on the floor next to this is a random poison. There are several corpses nearby and in the cavern itself, which the vampires may raise to help them fight. A copy of the Lockpicking skill book The Locked Room can be found on the central table next to a random filled soul gem. Several poisons are on two sets of shelves, amongst ruined books and other clutter, with more poisons and potions found in boxes and amongst the gore. A second chest, this one adept locked can be found behind the building near an alchemy lab and arcane enchanter. A sapphire can be found on top of a barrel next to the second chest. There is also a long wooden table and bench behind the building with two loose coins on it.

The rest of the zone can be reached from another tunnel in the first room. It consists of a sparsely lit pathway winding down into a cavern with a pool of water at the bottom. There are several small frostbite spiders along this path, and it is possible for one or more of the spiders to fall off the ledges and into the water below. The spiders will often become trapped in the water because the pathway out is fairly narrow and the spiders don't navigate it properly. This also makes killing any that fall much more difficult without the use of archery or long range spells. An unlocked chest and skeleton floating on the surface can be found in the water. A small pathway to the east leads to the second zone, Cronvangr Broodlair.

Cronvangr Broodlair

Broodlair with a giant frostbite spider

The broodlair starts out as a twisting path with several webs you need to break through and several small frostbite spiders along it, one of which will spot and attack you shortly after entering the narrow tunnel unless you are sneaking. A small chest can be found in front of you where the tunnel turns to the right, it is hidden by two layers of spider webbing and can be easily overlooked. It is just before the large cavern, behind an unlootable desiccated corpse. When the path opens up into the broodlair proper, a giant frostbite spider will drop from the ceiling to join many other, smaller spiders. One boss-level chest can be found in the back of this room. There is also a large egg sac next to it that may have enchanted items or quest items in it, there is a moonstone ore vein to the left of the chest.

There's a shortcut back to the first zone up the slope to the north, shortly before you re-enter the first zone there is an egg sac on your left; you'll end up on a ledge above the passageway just before the first room of Cronvangr Cave.


  • A pair of leveled necromancers have taken to practicing their craft on a large, stone altar due east of the entrance to Cronvangr Cave, and will attempt to use you for their next ritual. On the altar is a leveled poison and potion of magicka. Scattered about the pools of hot water that surround the altar can be found a pair of burial urns, the partial skeleton of a novice conjurer, and a few lootable draugr corpses.
  • A chest can be found in the hot water west of the entrance to Cronvangr Cave.
  • Two ore veins are outside:
    • Silver: 150 ft northeast of the entrance, on the ridge near the trees. (map)
    • Corundum: 60 ft west-southwest. When exiting the cave, it's straight ahead. (map)