Treasure Maps (I) | Side quests

This page of our guide to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim includes a Treasure Map of Fort Neugrad and a detailed description of the first treasure map. You will learn how to read maps and where they lead. These are optional activities that allow you to reach hidden chests with valuable loot, rather than fully-fledged side quests.

  • Introduction
  • Fort Neugrad Treasure Map
  • Treasure map I


As you travel through Skyrim, you will come across one of eleven treasure maps spread throughout the land. Each map can lead you to a treasure full of valuable items. The corresponding chests only appear after you find the proper map, making it impossible to simply go out and find them.

As finding all the maps can be quite challenging, we have provided locations for each map, as well as the treasures themselves. This activity doesn’t appear in the journal and is not a quest, but it’s still interesting to pursue.

Fort Neugrad Treasure Map

South-east of Helgen, at the bottom of the mountains, lies Fort Neugrad. The bandits who inhabit it are typical of those found throughout Skyrim, with standard weapons and skills. However, they possess a treasure map. The map can be found on the roof of the main building, which can be accessed by defeating the enemies inside. To reach the top, enter the building and climb the ladder. The map is located in the chest (see below).

The sketch on the map clearly indicates that the treasure is near the fort, behind the lake. Note that the top of the map is not north but east, which should make your search easier.

Exit the fort, follow the path around the lake, and climb the mountain. You should find the treasure chest between three rocks on one of the slopes (see below).

Treasure map I

The first map can be found at the very beginning of the adventure. It’s in the inventory of one of the bandits at the camp south of the first Guardian Stones that you come across (location indicated by the cursor on the screen below).

Kill the bandits and take the map from one of them. The drawing on the map points to the location beside Riverwood, northwest of a small island in the middle of the river (see below).

The chest is located at the bottom of the mountains inside a tree trunk (see above).


1. What are treasure maps in side quests?

Treasure maps are special items that players can obtain during side quests in various video games. They are usually hidden in hard-to-reach places, and players need to explore the game world thoroughly to find them. Once a player obtains a treasure map, they can use it to locate hidden treasures scattered throughout the game world. These treasures often contain valuable items, such as rare weapons, armor, or currency.

2. How do players use treasure maps in side quests?

To use a treasure map, players need to first find the location depicted on the map. This usually involves deciphering clues or riddles that provide hints about the treasure’s location. Once players locate the treasure, they can claim it and add its contents to their inventory.

3. Are treasure maps important in side quests?

Yes, treasure maps are an important part of many side quests in video games. They provide players with an additional challenge and reward for exploring the game world. Additionally, they often contain valuable items that can help players progress through the main storyline or enhance their character’s abilities.

4. What are some examples of games that feature treasure maps in side quests?

Many popular video games feature treasure maps as part of their side quests. Examples include the Assassin’s Creed series, the Legend of Zelda series, and the Elder Scrolls series. In each of these games, players can obtain treasure maps by completing side quests or exploring the game world.

5. Can players obtain multiple treasure maps in side quests?

Yes, players can obtain multiple treasure maps in side quests. In fact, many games feature a large number of treasure maps that are scattered throughout the game world. This encourages players to explore and discover new areas, and provides them with a continuous stream of rewards for doing so.

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