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Bloodmoon:The Ristaag

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Perform this Skaal ceremony by hunting the great Spirit Bear.
Quest Giver: Korst Wind-Eye in the Skaal Village
Location(s): Lake Fjalding
Prerequisite Quest: The Totem of Claw and Fang
Next Quest: The Castle Karstaag
Reward: Call Bear spell
ID: BM_BearHunt1
Suggested Level: 30
Difficulty: Medium
The three hunters ready to start The Ristaag

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Speak with Korst Wind-Eye in the Skaal Village and agree to perform the Ristaag.
  2. After nightfall (around 10 pm) find Rolf Long-Tooth a little ways west from the northern tip of Lake Fjalding. Speak to him to learn the details of the hunt.
  3. Follow Rolf for a bit and investigate the disappearance of Sattir. Find his body behind some rocks just to the west.
  4. Follow Rolf for a bit and investigate the disappearance of Grerid when he asks. Find her body behind some rocks to the east.
  5. Follow Rolf some more and you will shortly be attacked by three werewolves. Kill them and speak with Rolf.
  6. Wander around until the Spirit Bear appears and kill it.
  7. Return with the heart of the Spirit Bear to Korst in the Skaal Village.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Note: It's a good idea to save before beginning this quest, as there are at least a couple of different ways to fail it. See the notes section for more.

Return to Skaal VillageEdit

After returning the totem, the Shaman Korst Wind-Eye will ask you to perform the Ristaag, a ritual hunt that is meant to bring favor from the All-Maker on the Skaal. You are to meet Rolf Long-Tooth at night-fall, on the western shore of Lake Fjalding. The directions, again, are slightly deceiving, as Rolf is far west from the western shore at the very northern end of the lake (coordinates -172145, 196843, 1112; if you see a second river, you've already passed him). Around 8pm is the earliest time you are able to talk to Long-Tooth and go on with the quest. Long-Tooth and his two companions are standing in a line in a slightly elevated snowy forest area, with Long-Tooth in the middle. If the weather is clear, they will probably be carrying torches; if the weather is snow or a blizzard, they may not have torches equipped.

The RistaagEdit

Rolf explains the ceremony which involves hunting the Spirit Bear summoned by the Totem of Claw and Fang you recovered. The bear must be slain and its heart returned to Korst before daybreak or the ceremony will not succeed. You are to follow and protect Rolf during the hunt. After this you will follow Rolf for a short period before you hear a bone-rattling roar. Rolf will tell you that it came from Sattir the Bold's path and asks you to investigate it. Explore just to the southwest of Rolf and you'll find Sattir dead behind some rocks (coordinates -173998, 194749, 677). Return to tell Rolf of the matter.

The HuntEdit

Rolf will now take off towards the south, so follow him. After a short jaunt you'll hear another scream and Rolf will ask you to check on Grerid Axe-Wife. Turn to the east and check behind some rocks (look for her torch light) to find Grerid's corpse (coordinates -167780, 193467, 233). Return to Rolf with the bad news. He will lament the loss but continue on with the hunt. Seeing as you and Rolf are the last two on the hunt, you should be on your toes. After a short time you will be suddenly attacked by three werewolves, so have your weapon and healing potions ready. It is important that you keep Rolf alive during the attack, or else you will not be able to finish the quest. Speak with Rolf after the attack and he'll be so impressed that he asks you to lead the hunt for the Spirit Bear.

The Spirit BearEdit

Since Rolf has now asked you to lead the hunt, its up to you to find the Bear, although you have been given no real hints on where to find it. The Spirit Bear (which is white) spawns nearby after the werewolf attack. Kill it and take the heart from its corpse. Speak with Rolf again who will tell you to return the heart to Korst alone.

Return to Korst Wind-EyeEdit

Return with the heart of the Spirit Bear to Korst in the Skaal Village. Korst will congratulate you on the hunt and reward you with another spell to summon a bear to your side (Call Bear).


  • If you don't speak with Rolf Long-Tooth before you return the heart to Korst Wind-Eye, he never stops following you (until he dies).
  • After completing this quest, you'll start seeing Horkers dying on all the northern shores of Solstheim. This is related to the next quest. Technically, they should be already dead, but the mechanics of the game do not allow for that. So instead, you'll be treated to the sound of dozens of Horkers' dying moans every time you walk near the shores. This will continue to happen every time you enter these areas from now on.
  • It is actually possible to start this quest at the same time as The Totem of Claw and Fang, however completing this quest first prevents you from getting the Summon Wolf spell.
  • This quest can fail if you do not start in time to finish it (encounter the Spirit Bear) by sunrise. If this happens, you will receive only the Summon Wolf spell. There is no opportunity to repeat this quest.
  • This quest can also fail if Rolf is killed when the werewolves attack. You will not be able to speak to him, so you will not be able to lead the hunt for the Spirit Bear.


  • The Ristaag quest can be broken if you say goodbye to Rolf before doing the "ensure our success" topic, causing him to say "Shhh… we must hunt..." with no further options.
  • After failing The Ristaag close to finishing, you may encounter the Spirit Bear, slay it, and get its journal updates even though the quest is already complete. ?
  • Korst might disappear entirely during this quest, meaning you won't be able to speak to him upon collecting the heart and returning to the village. You will have to re-load an earlier save and hope it doesn't happen again. ?

Quest StagesEdit

The following Quest_ID and Index codes can be used with the Journal Console command to manually update the quest to a certain point.

The Ristaag (BM_BearHunt1)
Index Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Having returned the Totem of Claw and Fang to Korst Wind-Eye, he explained to me that soon the Skaal will perform the Ristaag, a ritual hunt that is meant to bring favor from the All-Maker on the Skaal.
15 Because of my service to the Skaal, Wind-Eye believes it would be good for me to take part in the Ristaag. I am to meet with Rolf Long-Tooth, one of the Skaal hunters, by the western shores of Lake Fjalding after nightfall. He will then explain how the hunt will take place, and what my part in it will be.
20 Long-Tooth tells me that during the Ristaag, we will seek out the Spirit Bear that Wind-Eye has conjured using the Totem of Claw and Fang. We are to slay it and bring its heart back to the shaman. If the hunt fails, or is not completed by daybreak, it is said that bad fortunes will fall on the Skaal people.
25 I am to stay with Long-Tooth during the hunt, and to follow his instructions exactly.
30 As I followed Long-Tooth, we heard screams and unearthly howls off to our right. Long-Tooth has told me to investigate them and return to him.
40 I have found the corpse of Sattir the Bold, one of the other hunters involved with the Ristaag. I should return to Long-Tooth and let him know what has happened.
45 Long-Tooth fears that there are werewolves in the woods, and that they will try to disrupt the Ristaag. I should continue following him.
50 Again we heard screams, this time from our left side. Long-Tooth again would like me to investigate the disturbance, and return to him with my findings.
55 Grerid Axe-Wife is dead as well. I must report this to Long-Tooth.
60 Long-Tooth has decided we must continue the Ristaag. It will be up to us to find the Spirit Bear and return with its heart.
70 Long-Tooth and I were attacked by werewolves, but were able to kill them. We must now find the Spirit Bear and return its heart to Wind-Eye.
75 The Spirit Bear has been killed. I should now retrieve its heart to return to Wind-Eye.
80 I have retrieved the heart of the Spirit Bear. It must be returned to Wind-Eye.
100 Finishes quest  Wind-Eye was pleased that the Ristaag was successful. He has taught me more of the Skaal magic in return for my efforts. I am now able to call a bear to aid me in times of need.
105 Finishes quest  The Ristaag has failed.

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