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Skyrim:Volkihar Courtyard

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Volkihar Courtyard
Added by Dawnguard
Respawn Time 10 days
Console Location Code(s)
East of Volkihar Keep
Volkihar Courtyard Passage (not repaired)

Volkihar Courtyard is the courtyard attached to Castle Volkihar and Volkihar Keep.

Volkihar Courtyard Passage (repaired)

It is first encountered during the quest Chasing Echoes. After fighting your way through Volkihar Undercroft, you come across the courtyard, which then leads to Volkihar Ruins. You first come out of the undercroft along the southernmost wall, with the moondial directly in front of you in the center of the courtyard. Off to the west lies the ruined passage leading from the courtyard to the main body of the keep (which can be repaired if allied with the vampires; see notes). There is a small pool of water to the northwest that contains the Half Moon Crest, with five tufts of spiky grass, four swamp fungal pods, and one patch of blisterwort fungus growing around the edge. To the east is Valerica's garden, containing the Full Moon Crest, as well as nine nightshade plants; after Valerica's return, the garden will also contain all colors of mountain flowers, deathbells, dragon's tongues, and a snowberry. Finally, there are two ruined towers containing minor loot and more skeletons, one to the north and one to the east (aptly named Volkihar North Tower and Volkihar East Tower). Up the stairs to the right of the entrance to the north tower is the Crescent Moon Crest.

Related QuestsEdit


  • If you complete the quest Kindred Judgment for the Volkihar, you can repair the passage from Volkihar Keep to the courtyard by speaking to Garan Marethi. The passage will be fixed the next time you enter the keep. If the quest was completed for the Dawnguard, you must continue to use the undercroft to access the courtyard.
  • If you return to the Soul Cairn after the Dawnguard questline is complete and inform Valerica of Harkon's death, she will return to Castle Volkihar and replant her garden.
  • The following ingredients are found in the courtyard:
Before Valerica moves back After Valerica moves back


  • The walls surrounding the courtyard may become invisible upon entry.
    • This can be fixed by setting the Object Fade slider in the game Display settings to roughly the middle.