The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Complete 10 side quests

What is a side-quest? Well, that’s a trickier question that it sounds… a side quest in Skyrim is a quest that is big enough that it’s not classed as a “Miscellaneous Objective,” a quest that isn’t a questline quest (i.e. main quest, guild quest and the civil war quests) or one of the many Daedric quests. It’s tougher than it sounds in all honesty and tricky to work out. Out of 86 quests (at last check), only 12 of those were side missions. As long as it doesn’t fall under the three points above though and is fairly substantial (they’re not short missions!), then it should register as a side-mission. The following are the side quests that you can find and where you can initiate the quest:

  • Ancestral Worship - Golldir outside of Hillgrund's Tomb.
  • Coral Dragon Claw - Birna at Birna's Oddments in Winterhold.
  • Delayed Burial - Cicero or Vantus Loreius at Loreius Farm.
  • Forbidden Legend - Read "Lost Legends", find the Gauldur Amulet fragment in Saarthal during "First Lesson", finding a "Writ of Sealing", or Daynas Valen's journal.
  • In My Time of Need - Alik'r warriors in or near Whiterun.
  • J'Zargo's Experiment - J'Zargo in the College of Winterhold.
  • Laid to Rest - Jarl of Morthal.
  • Lights Out! - Jaree-Ra in Solitude.
  • Missing in Action - Avulstein Gray-Mane in Whiterun.
  • No One Escapes Cidhna Mine - Part two of The Forsworn Conspiracy.
  • No Stone Unturned - Find a Stone of Barenziah (Called an unusual gem when you first find one. Kodlak at Jorrvaskr in Whiterun has one in his room.) and bring it to Vex in the The Ragged Flagon in Riften.
  • Onmund's Request - Onmund in the College of Winterhold.
  • Promises to Keep - Louis Letrush at the Bee and Barb in Riften.
  • Rise in the East - Orthas Endario at the East Empire Company.
  • Rising at Dawn - Valga Vincia at the Dead Man's Drink in Falkreath.
  • Shalidor's Insight - Ura gro-Shub at the College of Winterhold.
  • Tending the Flames - Viarmo at the Bard's College in Solitude.
  • The Blessing of Nature - Danica Pure-Spring in Whiterun.
  • The Forsworn Conspiracy - Witness a murder in Markarth.
  • The Golden Claw - Lucan Valerius at the Riverwood Trader in Riverwood.
  • The Legend of Red Eagle - Reading The Legend of Red Eagle book. Easiest location to find is near Farengar Secret-Fire in Dragonsreach.
  • The Man Who Cried Wolf - Falk Firebeard at the Blue Palace in Solitude.
  • The Pale Lady - Travel to Frostmere Crypt.
  • The White Phial - Nurelion at The White Phial in Windhelm.
  • The Wolf Queen Awakened - Part two of The Man Who Cried Wolf.
  • Unfathomable Depths - From-Deepest-Fathoms at the Riften Docks.
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User Comments
 Comment #1 by StrawberryMacaw
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 05:21:41 AM

I think this trophy has glitched on my current game. I've completed a lot of side quests, way more than 10, and I don't have this trophy. I know "Misc. Objectives" don't count towards this and have been keeping track of what I've finished.

Really irritating and disappointing if it is glitched, as it could stop people doing platinum on one play-through. Anyone else confirm this?

 Comment #2 by Rorin
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 03:24:24 PM

I had the exact same thought as you. I completed a whole number of quests which had nothing to do with the main quests nor the "guild" quests.
And when I looked into my statistics screen where you can also see how many misc objectives you have completed I noticed one of the lines said "Sidequests.
I think only a few specific quests are viewed as side quests.
Maybe anyone else can confirm this?

 Comment #3 by Dreyan
Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 10:08:16 PM

Hey, basically all of the quests are grouped into subcategories. If you look where the title of the quest is in your quest log, you can see it has a little embellished border - the dragon's head means it is a story quest, the wolf's head means it is a companions quest, the eye a quest for the mage's guild at Winterhold etc. The icon for side quests looks like a flattened leaf, The Golden Claw, The Man Who Cried Wolf, No One Escapes From Cidhna Mine; these are all examples of side quests, complete ten of these and the trophy pops. Hope my first post on this website provided some help!

 Comment #4 by XxDecieverxX
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 @ 06:18:35 PM

Some of the daedric quests also count towards your sidequests, im not 100% sure what ones to contribute from this but I know a few daedric do

 Comment #5 by Rorin
Friday, November 25, 2011 @ 01:40:54 PM

From what I can see Dreyan is right.

 Comment #6 by Random095
Sunday, December 04, 2011 @ 12:34:55 AM

any easy way to keep track of your side quests is by going into your options menu (start) and look at general stats then , quest and it will be there :)

 Comment #7 by ruythalacker
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 @ 06:04:22 AM

The trophy is not bugged, there are side quests and miscelaneous. This is for the sidequests. If you finish a miscelaneous quest it won't count towards this trophy.

 Comment #8 by BjarneBiceps
Thursday, December 08, 2011 @ 04:21:28 AM

thanks for this Deyan.

i didn't know that about the icons.. that was cool :)

 Comment #9 by younghastings
Monday, January 02, 2012 @ 12:23:51 AM

A lot of the quests listed here dont even count toward the trophy

 Comment #10 by tjforever
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 02:10:34 AM

side note.... guild missions (i.e. companions, dark brotherhood, theves guild, college of winterhold) dont count toward this trophy

 Comment #11 by Skyprisoner
Thursday, January 19, 2012 @ 11:05:33 AM

Which quests count as side quests? This is one of the trophies I'm still missing, but I'm halfway through the side quests.

I have seen in my log the following quest categories.
-Main Quest
-Dark Brotherhood Quests
-College of Mages Quests
-Thieves Guild Quess
-Daedric Quests

Are there any more categories? I'm guessing there is a category for the civil war questline and the companions quests.

 Comment #12 by Dargo
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 03:08:53 PM

These are the side quests

Ancestral Worship
A Return To Your Roots
A Scroll for Anska
Blood on the Ice
Evil In Waiting
Fit for a Jarl
Forbidden Legend
In My Time of Need
Kyne's Sacred Trials
Laid to Rest
Lights Out!
Missing in Action
No One Escapes Cidhna Mine
Promises to Keep
Repairing the Phial
Rise in the East
Rising At Dawn
Siege on the Dragon Cult
Silenced Tongues
Tending the Flames
The Blessings of Nature
The Book of Love
The Forsworn Conspiracy
The Golden Claw
The Heart of Dibella
The Lost Expedition
The Man Who Cried Wolf
The Pale Lady
The White Phial
The Wolf Queen Awakened
Unfathomable Depths

 Comment #13 by H1DD3N
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 12:54:20 PM

the list on this trophy is in accurate. Some of these quest arn't side quest.

 Comment #14 by Nekron2789
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 05:29:49 PM

 Comment #15 by Strategix424
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 02:54:07 PM

Thank you Dargo, Very helpful.

 Comment #16 by Strategix424
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 03:00:44 PM

For one of the easiest missions this is one of my last ones to do and it is a huge pain in my.

 Comment #17 by POD
Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 12:23:38 AM

Each catagory of quest has a sign that is particular to that catagory, if you check out and search under quests there is a full list of what sign is next to each different catagory.

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US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

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