Hagraven - Ancient Curse Picture

Hagraven is an accursed mutant, a hybrid monster born of evil magic and dark intentions. A forbidden fusion of a depraved old crone and a carnivorous bird.

Hagraven's Stare

Fans of mythology will know that Medusa's Stare could turn a man into frozen stone.

But even lore fanatics may not tell you that a Hagraven's Stare can melt you into putrifying ashes.

"This Hagraven was horrifying, almost human but more an abomination of woman and creature fused together, nothing more than a husk of humanity surrendered in exchange for possession of the powers of dark magic."
― Herbane


Few creatures match the cunning, depravity and the repulsiveness of the Hagravens. They will take through savagery what they cannot win through guile. And they have a particular hatred for anything natural, with spriggans being their favorite sacrifice.

Hagravens are extremely hostile. They have clawed feet and hands and feathers growing out of their forearms. They will attack from afar with destruction spells (fireballs or ice spells), and up close with their long, misshapen, talon-like claws.

Hagravens can often be found in the company of the Forsworn, or dwelling in secret groves and lairs in the wilderness with other witches and hags. They will sometimes be found summoning Forsworn Briarhearts. The Forsworn revere hagravens as their Matriarchs and leaders.

According to Herbane the Herbalist's Guide to Skyrim, Hagravens were once young witches, but these creatures have traded in their humanity for access to powerful, arcane magic, and the transformations they undergo have infused and disfigured their entire beings with some element of that raw, evil power. It is evident in the personalities and attitudes of Hagravens that they are not entirely content with their fateful, and irreversible, choice.

It's a choice that bodes ill for any hapless adventurer that chances upon their lair.

Make no mistake, this is no old crone that asks your help to cross the street.
She is pure evil, her croaking whisper is like a rusted saw grating on fresh flesh,
and her hard, unblinking stare will surely turn your insides to jelly.

Unless of course, you think you are made of metal and stone.
In which case, she shall turn you into burning ashes.

Beware the Matriarch Crone!
Beware the Hagraven!

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Brain Rot

Brain Rot is a contractible disease that can be caught from fighting creatures, rats in particular. In Skyrim, it is possible to contract this disease from Hagravens, traps, Afflicted, and Skeevers.

The Afflicted

The Afflicted are will spit vile vapor, a green toxic acid, which will infect the Dragonborn with brain rot. The afflicted can be found in Bthardamz. They are part of the quest called "The Only Cure", a Daedric quest assigned by the Daedric Prince Peryite.


Witches in Skyrim are female mages training to become Hagravens, and often serve under them. They are essentially female magic-users that worship a Daedric Prince with or without a coven. They wear Black Mage Robes, and use spells such as Lightning Bolt, Ice Spike, and Steadfast Ward, depending on their Destruction magic specialization. They also carry a random leveled dagger which they will use if their Magicka pool is depleted, forcing them to use melee.

Legend has it that Witches who have earned the praise of Hagravens and have studied for many years will have the opportunity to become Hagravens.

Witches are commonly found in the company of Hagravens and/or Forsworn.

Glenmoril Witch

The Glenmoril Witches are residents of Glenmoril Coven. There are 5 of them in total and their coven is responsible for giving The Companions the Beast Blood. They are eventually wiped out by the Dragonborn who takes their heads as a cure for Lycanthropy.

The Ceremony

To become a hagraven, witches must get a living sacrifice. This can be seen by doing the Repentance quest set out by Illia once you enter a hagraven cult's hideout. During the quest you get a special staff.

SOURCE: Screenshot from the PC game The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim, © Bethesda Softworks.