Skyrim:Bounty Collector

Skyrim: People
Bounty Collector
Race Nord Gender Male
Level Radiant (6-28) Class Bandit
RefID N/A BaseID 000F812A
Other Information
Health Radiant (155-497)
Magicka Radiant (25-40)
Stamina Radiant (95-258)
Morality No Crime Aggression Very Aggressive
Faction(s) WEBountyHunter
Bounty Collector

A Bounty Collector can be randomly encountered in the wilderness if you have accumulated a bounty of more than 1000 gold in any hold. Unlike city guards, he will ignore the distinction between holds and will attempt to track you down regardless of which hold you are in. He will demand from you payment equal to 1.2× your current bounty. If you refuse, he will attack.

He wears a set of leveled heavy armor (up to steel plate in quality), including the boots, gauntlets, and helmet. He always carries at least one leveled heavy shield (up to ebony in quality), a dagger (up to elven in quality), and 50-250 gold, dependent on his level. He will also carry either a leveled one-handed weapon or a leveled two-handed weapon (up to ebony in quality).

When he sees you in the wilderness, he will approach you and will tell you not to move: "Stop right there." Asking him what he wants will have him reveal why he is seeking you out: "You have quite the bounty on your head in [hold]. You pay me, and I see that your name is cleared." You will then be able to pay him or say that you don't have the gold. Telling him that you don't have the money will cause him to yell: "Then you are worth more to me dead!" At this point, he becomes hostile and will attack you. If you instead choose to pay off your bounty, he will say: "I will make sure this gets back to the Jarl. Minus my cut, of course. Consider your name cleared, for now." If you speak to him after handing over the gold, he will tell you: "I have no more business with you." or "People think they can run away from their crimes, but I will always catch up with them and make them pay."


  • If you have the Dragonborn add-on installed, the bounty collector, like other high-level NPCs that use the same template, may be wearing Nordic carved armor.


  • Paying the bounty collector may fail to clear your bounty.
    • PCFind a guard for the hold you have the bounty in, open the console, click on the guard, and use the command paycrimegold 0 0 to pay off your bounty. Make sure you are close enough to the guard that his proper RefID appears when you click on him, or else the command won't work.
  • Rather than approach you and demand payment, the bounty collector may simply attack you instead.
    • PCOpen the console, click on the bounty collector (his RefID will appear, with 'ff' as the first two digits), then type scaonactor followed by <enter>. This will remove his aggression towards you and start his normal dialogue about clearing your bounty.