Where to find Daedra Hearts in Skyrim

Tyler Constable
A screenshot of the playable protagonist in Skyrim with a dragon overhead.

Daedra Hearts are an important ingredient in Skyrim but they’re not always easy to locate, so here’s where to find them in the game.

There are countless ingredients and crafting materials for players to collect and use on their adventures in the vast open world of Skyrim. Whether you’re using them to craft and upgrade weapons, or are cooking a meal, it’s always handy to have plenty of resources in your inventory.

One ingredient that can be particularly helpful is Daedra Hearts, which can be used in alchemy to make potions, or if you’re looking to craft Daedric armor and weapons, Daedra Hearts will be a key part of the recipe.

Whatever purpose you’re seeking Daedra Hearts for in Skyrim, there’s no doubt they’re a great ingredient to have, so here’s exactly where to find them in the game.

An image of a Daedra Heart in Skyrim.
There are various ways to find Daedra Hearts in Skyrim.

Where to find Daedra Hearts in Skyrim

There are a number of ways you can find and obtain Daedra Hearts in Skyrim, and we’ve outlined the most efficient methods and locations below.

Defeat Dremora at the Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon

  • The Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon – which is a famous Daedric Shrine is located just outside of the city of Dawnstar
  • Travel to the Shrine and undertake the ‘Pieces of the Past’ quest
  • Once you complete the quest, Dremora will respawn outside the shrine every few days.
  • Every Dremora you defeat will drop a Daedra Heart so simply return to the Shrine and defeat Dremora until you have as many Hearts as you need

Purchase Daedra Hearts from Enthir

  • The alchemist merchant, Enthir, can be found at the College of Winterhold
  • Daedra Hearts can be purchased directly from him
  • Stock will replenish every 2 days

Defeat Vampires and Death Hounds in The Hall of the Vigilant

  • The Hall of the Vigilant is located to the South of Dawnstar.
  • If the Dawnguard DLC is activated and you’ve reached Level 10, the Hall will be destroyed by vampires and death hounds which you will have to battle
  • Upon defeat, these foes will occasionally drop Daedra Hearts

Find Daedra Hearts at Nightcaller Temple

  • Once you accept the quest ‘Waking Nightmare’ you’ll have to travel to the Nightcaller Temple near Dawnstar.
  • You can find several Daedra Hearts in a side room during the quest.
  • These Hearts won’t respawn so make sure to grab them while you can!

Find Daedra Hearts in The Jorrvaskr

  • The Jorrvaskr, home of the Companions, has a Daedra Heart hidden away.
  • Look for Kodlak’s bedroom on the lower level of the building.
  • You can find the Heart on a plate, it won’t respawn so make sure to take it!

Finally, you can craft Daedra Hearts but only if you have the Dragonborn DLC installed. This can be done by using the Atronach Forge (which is located in The Midden underneath the College of Winterhold) by using a Sigil Stone, x1 Human Heart, and x1 Black Soul Gem filled with a soul.

There you have it, that’s everything you need to know about where to find Daedra Hearts in Skyrim! For more content on the game, check out our guides below:

How to join the Dark Brotherhood | How to become a werewolf in Skyrim | How to get married in Skyrim | How to build a house in Skyrim | How to cure vampirism in Skyrim

About The Author

Tyler is Dexerto's Gaming Evergreen Specialist. He loves many games but is particularly fond of JRPGs and The Last of Us. When he's not writing about or playing video games, he's probably watching Doctor Who or reading a book. You can contact him at tyler.constable@dexerto.com