Introduction | Civil War quests

The following section provides information on the Skyrim Civil War and includes the complete walkthrough for both Imperial Legion and Stormcloak Rebellion quests. The main objectives and rules for participating in the Civil War are also covered. The contents of this section are:

  • Objectives and rules for Civil War participation;
  • How to join the Imperial Legion;
  • Step-by-step guide for all Imperial Legion quests;
  • How to defeat the Stormcloak Rebellion while playing for the Imperial Legion;
  • How to join the Stormcloak Rebellion;
  • Step-by-step guide for all Stormcloak Rebellion quests;
  • How to defeat the Imperial Legion while playing for the Stormcloak Rebellion.

The quest guides provide information on completing main and optional tasks, as well as instructions for complex battles. The battles are divided into maintaining control over a location or taking over strategically important locations from the enemy. The guides are accompanied by high quality pictures and battle maps that show important buildings and routes to destination points.

You will first hear about the Civil War in Skyrim during the Before the Storm quest. At the end of this quest, you will receive an invitation from Hadvar or Ralof to join the Imperial Legion or Stormcloak Rebellion. You don’t have to worry about your initial choice affecting your future relations with the factions. Your involvement is crucial to the Civil War, and without it, the fighting sides will occupy the same strongholds and strategic locations. You can still change sides after completing a few initial quests. The final decision on which faction to join is made at the end of The Jagged Crown quest, which is mutual to both factions.

The Imperial Legion’s headquarters is located in Castle Dour in Solitude, with General Tullius in charge. The most important locations under its control are Markarth, Whiterun, Morthal, Falkret, and Riverwood. If you want to join the Legion, go to the Imperial Legion Quests section.

The Stormcloak Rebellion’s headquarters is located in the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm, with Ulfrik Stormcloak in charge. The most important locations under its control are Winterhold, Riften, Dawnstar, and Ivarstead. If you want to join the Stormcloaks, go to the Stormcloak Rebellion Quests section.

As previously mentioned, nothing significant will occur in relation to the Civil War until you decide to join one of the factions. The exception to this is the game’s main quest, The Fallen, which is given in the advanced stage of the campaign. One of the steps of this quest involves seeking help from the Jarl of Whiterun to imprison a dragon, and if he refuses, negotiations will be broken (as seen in the above screenshot), which is a part of another main quest called Season Unending. If you have not yet pursued the Civil War quests at this point, the game will require you to take steps that favor one side and harm the other for the first time. For more information on this matter, refer to the guide that describes the main storyline of the game.

In summary, it is recommended that you begin the Civil War quests before embarking on The Fallen, so that you do not miss any exciting events. If you have already completed this quest, be aware that the course of the Civil War may be slightly altered. However, it is not advisable to get involved in the Civil War too early, as it is better to have a character with some experience and battle skills. It is suggested that you become interested in the Civil War after completing the Dragon Rising or The Way of the Voice main quests (for better exploration and a wider range of available Dragon Shouts).


1. What was the Civil War?

The Civil War was a major conflict in the United States that took place from 1861 to 1865. It was fought between the northern states, known as the Union, and the southern states, known as the Confederacy. The main issue at stake was slavery, with the Confederacy fighting to preserve it while the Union sought to abolish it. The war resulted in the emancipation of slaves and the reunification of the country, but it also caused a great deal of destruction and loss of life.

2. What were some of the major battles of the Civil War?

Some of the most significant battles of the Civil War include the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Shiloh. These battles were all major turning points in the war and had a significant impact on its outcome. They were fought with a combination of infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and often involved large numbers of troops on both sides. The battles were characterized by intense fighting, with soldiers often engaging in hand-to-hand combat.

3. Who were some of the key figures in the Civil War?

There were many important figures on both sides of the Civil War. Some of the most notable include Abraham Lincoln, who was president of the United States during the war and played a crucial role in leading the Union to victory. Robert E. Lee was the commanding general of the Confederate army and is widely regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in American history. Ulysses S. Grant was the Union general who eventually led the North to victory, and William T. Sherman was another Union general who played a key role in the war’s outcome.

4. How did the Civil War impact the United States?

The Civil War had a profound impact on the United States, both during and after the conflict. It led to the abolition of slavery and the eventual granting of citizenship and voting rights to African Americans. It also had a significant impact on the economy, with the country undergoing a period of rapid industrialization and growth in the decades following the war. The trauma of the conflict also left a lasting impact on the national psyche, with many Americans struggling to come to terms with the staggering loss of life and destruction that had occurred.

5. What lessons can we learn from the Civil War?

There are many lessons that can be drawn from the Civil War, including the importance of compromise and the danger of allowing ideological differences to spiral out of control. The war also demonstrated the power of leadership and the importance of having a clear vision and strategy for achieving one’s goals. Additionally, the Civil War serves as a reminder of the terrible cost of war and the importance of avoiding conflict whenever possible.

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