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(RefID: 0001C1A3)
Home City Winterhold
Location College of Winterhold
Hall of Attainment
Race Khajiit Gender Male
Level PC×1 (min=6) Class Sorcerer
RefID 0001C1A3 BaseID 0001C195
Other Information
Health 50+(PC-1)×8.3
Magicka 50+(PC-1)×5
Stamina 50+(PC-1)×1.7
Primary Skills Destruction, Illusion, Heavy Armor, One-handed
Perks None
Class Details CombatSorcerer
Morality Any Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Protected Yes, once Under Saarthal has been started
Follower Yes
Voice Type MaleKhajiit
Faction(s) College of Winterhold 0(Student); CrimeFactionWinterhold; PotentialFollowerFaction
J'zargo without his hood

J'zargo is a Khajiit sorcerer and an apprentice at the College of Winterhold. He is one of several apprentices encountered soon after joining the College and plays a minor role in some quests in the main College questline. He can initially be found attending Tolfdir's lecture during First Lessons, then at Saarthal during its excavation. J'zargo at first comes across as very conceited or even arrogant, but he is not completely above asking for your help. Once you aid him, he is willing to follow you, and can also be recruited into the Blades.

He knows a variety of spells from each school of magic, though as a follower he only uses some of them. As one of his primary skills is Destruction, he prefers to use shock damage spells when fighting. He can also summon a Ward to defend himself. If he has not been given any weapons by you, he will equip a bow and arrow when not in combat but will still use only spells in combat. Unlike his fellow students Brelyna Maryon and Onmund, J'zargo's level does not cap at 30; he will continue to level up with you beyond this.

After the excavation at Saarthal, J'zargo will assume his normal schedule: he sleeps from 10pm to 8am, then wakes up and wanders around his room at the Hall of Attainment. At 10am he heads to the Hall of the Elements to practice spells, firing various Destruction spells at the targets. After four hours of spellcasting practice, he returns to the Hall of Attainment and stays in his room for the rest of the day.

J'zargo wears a set of novice robes of conjuration, a novice hood, and a pair of boots.

He is smug and ambitious, asking often about learning and artifacts that will make him a more powerful mage. He will boast about his skill in magic at nearly every chance he gets. Given his philosophy on competition, a less charitable interpretation of the quest J'zargo's Experiment is that he is actually attempting to eliminate a rival, i.e. you, using customary Khajiiti cleverness. Having survived the ordeal and become powerful in your own right, you earn his respect. You may even confront him about this supposed plot, which he of course fervently denies.

Related QuestsEdit


After the lecture concludes, you may now engage in conversation with him. He'll first ask you:

"You are new, yes? Have you mastered the Expert level destruction spells yet?"
Yes, I have. (only available if you have the Expert Destruction perk)
"You... you have? Already? Well, J'zargo is surprised. And pleased! There is real competition here. This is good."
Not yet, but I will. (only available if you do not have the Expert Destruction perk)
"Ah, this is good. But J'zargo will know them first. It is good to finally be around mages who may be able to keep up with J'zargo."
That's far beyond my level of skill. (Only available if you do not have the Expert Destruction perk)
"Is it? This is disappointing. J'zargo hoped there might be one who could keep pace with his accomplishments."

When you approach him:

"Khajiit are not known as mages, so J'zargo has much to prove."
"Skyrim couldn't be more different from Elsweyr. But magic... Magic's the same no matter where you go."
"J'zargo will go wherever he can to learn more. Oblivion itself, if need be."
"J'zargo can learn magic from these men and elves, but they cannot learn to be as dashing as he. J'zargo comes out on top."

After you have become the new Arch-Mage of the College:

"J'zargo is pleased, and more than a little jealous, to greet the new Arch-Mage."
"J'zargo had expected to be named Arch-Mage. But there is still time."
"Are the Arch-Mage's robes as comfortable as J'zargo believes them to be?"

When spoken to:

Why did you become a student at the College?
"Mages in Cyrodiil are all about politics. The Synod and the College of Whispers are too busy guarding secrets to bother to teach. Skyrim was not J'zargo's first choice, but Winterhold is removed from politics, dedicated to study. This is the place for J'zargo to become great."
You seem very sure of yourself.
"There is much for J'zargo to be sure of. There is skill in magic, there is charm, and there is a strong will. J'zargo will be successful, of this there is no doubt."
Not everything is a competition, you know.
"Oh, but you are wrong. The only reason you could disagree is because you are losing so badly you cannot see it."


J'zargo knows the following spells:

Alteration Conjuration Destruction Illusion Restoration
Magelight Soul Trap Firebolt* Fury Heal Other*
Paralyze* Flames* Steadfast Ward*
Frostbite* Turn Undead*
Ice Spike*
Lightning Bolt*

As a follower however, he will only use the spells marked with an asterisk(*).

Quest-Related EventsEdit

As you progress through the College quests, a Psijic monk named Quaranir will appear and ask for your audience. J'zargo can be heard remarking on the sudden visit by the monk: "J'zargo regrets that there was no chance to speak with the Psijic Monk." You may also ask him if he has ever heard of the Augur of Dunlain, though he will reply, "The what of what? No. No idea." He'll point you to Tolfdir instead: "If it's important, maybe Tolfdir knows. He seems to know a lot."

During Revealing the Unseen, you will discover where the Staff of Magnus is located. During the quest, J'zargo may have a request for you: "J'zargo has heard of the Staff of Magnus. Once you are done with it, perhaps you will allow J'zargo to... Borrow it?" Upon discovering that the Arch-Mage, Savos Aren is dead, J'zargo will immediately deny any involvement: "This is not J'zargo's fault!" Once you've retrieved the Staff of Magnus, he can be found glumly saying, "J'zargo is sure this is the end. And this was supposed to be a safe place..." but conversely he will express his faith in you: "J'zargo knows that you will save the College. You must." As you prepare to defeat Ancano, J'zargo can be heard telling you, "J'zargo is going to stay right here until this is all over." Note that these lines will not be spoken if he is your follower.

First LessonsEdit

"Then what are we waiting for? Let's get started!"

If you try to speak with him during the lecture, he will be dismissive of you:

"Leave me alone."

When you enter the Hall of the Elements after you've been accepted into the College, you will witness J'zargo, Brelyna, and Onmund arguing with the professor, Tolfdir:

Tolfdir: (to you) "Welcome, welcome! We were just beginning. Please, stay and listen."
Tolfdir: "So, as I was saying, the first thing to understand is that magic is, by its very nature, volatile and dangerous. Unless you can control it, it can and will destroy you."
Brelyna: "Sir, I think we all understand that fairly well. We wouldn't be here if we couldn't control magic!"
Tolfdir: "Of course, my dear. Of course. You all certainly possess some inherent natural ability. That much is not being questioned. What I'm talking about is true control, mastery of magic. It takes years, if not decades, of practice and study."
J'zargo: "Then what are we waiting for? Let's get started!"
Tolfdir: "Please, please! This is exactly what I'm talking about. Eagerness must be tempered with caution, or else disaster is inevitable."
Onmund: "But we've only just arrived here -- you've no idea what any of us are capable of. Why not give us a chance to show you what we can do?"

Tolfdir will then address you and ask, "You've been quiet so far. What do you think we should do?" You have three dialogue options to choose from. Stating that safety should be more important than anything will have him reply, amused, "Well, your classmates certainly seem to disagree with you." J'zargo will join in and tell him, "Oh, don't listen to him/her. We can do it, just give us a chance!"

Whichever dialogue option you choose, Tolfdir will give in and request that you assist in his demonstration by casting a Ward spell. He will then cast another spell at it. J'zargo will stand behind Tolfdir along with the other students, watching the demonstration.

Under SaarthalEdit

"Who knows what we might find in here."

During this quest, J'zargo and the other students can initially be found just outside Saarthal. He is eager about the excavation and this is seen in his conversations with the other students:

J'zargo: "What do you think we'll find in there?" J'zargo: "Are you excited to see what's in there? This is important to you Nords, isn't it?"
Brelyna: "It's thousands of years old. Who knows what we might find?" Onmund: "Not excited, no. Some very bad things happened here."
J'zargo: "I'm betting bodies. Lots and lots of bodies. And maybe some valuables..." J'zargo: "Oh, right. That whole thing with the elves. Well, it all worked out in the end, didn't it?"
Brelyna: "Don't get any ideas. We're here on official business, remember?" Onmund: "I think, given the state of Skyrim, some might disagree."

Should you approach him:

"Who knows what we might find in here."
"You know, there might be gold somewhere in here."

When spoken to:

You seem excited to be here.
"Oh, yes. J'zargo hopes to find things that will make him a more powerful mage here. Hopefully small things that fit inside pockets, and will not be noticed if they are missing."
Why do you think we're here?
"Because Tolfdir says so. He says there are things to learn here."

As the group ventures farther into the ruins, J'zargo may mention:

"J'zargo finds nothing but dust in these ruins."
"Do you think there's treasure here? Something to make J'zargo a powerful wizard?"

He will express his disappointment when talking with Brelyna:

Brelyna: "I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this isn't it."
J'zargo: "There's no gold, nothing shiny at all."
Brelyna: "Don't sound so disappointed. You wouldn't be allowed to take it even if there was."
J'zargo: "Like anyone would even notice, in all this mess."

After the excavation at Saarthal, J'zargo may question you on your findings while exploring the ruins with Tolfdir, asking:

"I hear you found some... thing in Saarthal. You think it could help make me a powerful mage?"
"This thing from Saarthal. What does it do? J'zargo cannot say."

J'zargo's ExperimentEdit

"J'zargo is working hard, but cannot do it alone."

Once everyone returns to the College, it turns out that J'zargo has been experimenting on some spells, but does not have time to test them. Now he needs your help, and will ask you:

"Can you... can you possibly help J'zargo?"
"It is difficult to admit, but J'zargo could still use some help." (If you have refused to help before)
What did you need help with?
"J'zargo has seen that Tolfdir likes you. You must be very skilled with magic, yes? J'zargo is working hard, but cannot do it alone. Can you help with this?"
Exactly what kind of help do you need?
"J'zargo has worked hard on learning new spells, trying new things. This will make J'zargo stand out as a mage. But J'zargo works so hard, there is no time to test these new spells. If you help with the testing, this will make learning easier. J'zargo will give you scrolls, you will use them and report the results. This is a good plan, no? You tell J'zargo when you are ready."
Maybe you should do your own work.
"J'zargo sees what you are up to. Very well."
All right, I'll help you. Give me the scrolls.
"Ha! You can't resist, can you? Let's see... this one, I think. J'zargo has designed it to be an excellent flame cloak, with a twist. It is especially potent against the undead, and should burn them to a crisp in no time. J'zargo gives you plenty of these scrolls, so you try them and return when you can say whether they work."

He will hand you ten of his Flame Cloak scrolls, which you need to test on at least three undead creatures. What J'zargo may or may not know is that his spell on the scrolls also will cause damage to the player and everyone else in the area, to the point of even turning your follower against you (make sure to read the more expansive quest page for this quest for more information).

If you've agreed to test the scrolls, his goodbye will be:

"J'zargo awaits word of how well his scrolls work."

Talking with him again will similarly have him tell you,

"J'zargo is eager to hear how the scrolls are working."
I've tested your scrolls.
"And? Were they magnificent?"
If I didn't know better, I'd say you were trying to kill me.
"Oh. J'zargo takes this to mean it did not go... well. This was not the intention, to be sure. It is true that J'zargo was slightly concerned there may have been... problems. But you were not placed in harm's way on purpose. Still, you are a good friend to J'zargo now, for taking this risk. J'zargo thanks you."
Were they supposed to explode? Because they exploded.
"Ah. No, that was not supposed to happen. But... J'zargo is pleased to see that you are here, and not in pieces! You are a good friend to have done this. J'zargo will not forget it."
It did not go well.
"No? It is true, J'zargo suspected there might be problems. But this is most disappointing. It is good that you were willing to help J'zargo. This will not be forgotten, friend."

Whichever option you choose, the quest will be successfully completed and J'zargo will be available as a follower. However, you can fail the quest by running out of scrolls before you have used them against three undead. Upon telling him this, he will be incredulous:

I ran out of scrolls.
"You what? How could you run out? J'zargo gave you more than enough. Bah, just forget J'zargo ever asked for your help."

Follower DialogueEdit

J'zargo in combat
Trigger Line
When spoken to "If anyone sneaks up on us, I'll smell them coming. Or I might not. We'll see."
"Khajiit guards your back."
"You're taking us somewhere warm, I trust?"
Enemies are nearby "Something smells foul."
When nearing an object/room of significance "By the Twin Moons..."
When approaching a cave "We've found a cave. I don't think there are warm fires and friendly faces inside."
When approaching a Nordic ruin "The old Nords sure did love their stonework."
When approaching a Dwarven ruin "By the Mane, look! A Dwarven city. Still sitting here after thousands of years."
When healed "Ah! I feel like I just woke from a nap."
A Courage spell has been cast on him "Even my claws feel sharper."
When asked to trade items "J'zargo only has so much room to carry things."
When told to wait "Here? Right here? Very well, J'zargo shall wait."
When told to follow "J'zargo is ready for more adventure."
When being told what to do "J'zargo is listening."
If told to do a command "It will be done."
Activating him while selecting a command "Did you require something of J'zargo?"
If told to do an impossible command "Not possible."
If told to sleep on a owned bed "Even Khajiit have their limits. No."
When dismissed "Really? J'zargo was having such fun. Ah, well. Back to the College then."


  • J'zargo is one of only two Khajiit followers available in the game, the other being Kharjo.
  • J'zargo is one of the few followers who has no maximum level. He will continue to level up with you.
  • J'zargo was supposed to converse with Onmund, but does not due to a bug.
J'zargo: "J'zargo continues to struggle with wards. You have time to practice?"
Onmund: "Maybe later. I'm sort of busy now."
J'zargo: "J'zargo understands. You hesitate because you know J'zargo will be better than you. Very well."


  • J'zargo can never converse with other College members, as all the scenes were set in the Hall of Countenance, where none of them will ever meet.
  • J'zargo will join you as a follower even if you already have one.