Clavicus Vile
Clavicus Vile Statue



Type of deity

Trickery and wishes


Daedric Princes


Masque of Clavicus Vile

Voiced by

Stephen Russel

Clavicus Vile is one of the seventeen most powerful Daedra known as Daedric Princes. He is best known for granting wishes, often in ways that turn out poorly for the recipient. He is the Daedric Prince of Power, Trickery, Wishes, and Bargains.


Fourth EraEdit


From the "Manifesto Cyrodiil Vampyrum," it is noted that Clavicus Vile altered the Vampire blood of Cyrodilic Vampires, made them be able to walk during daylight and most importantly able to deal among the common folks as another commoner - if they were well fed. This was actually a great gift for the Vampires, and quite possibly a turn against somebody wishing to fight them. Who Clavicus Vile tricked with this great service towards vampires is unknown. He may have just wished to make vampires equal to werewolves, the servants of his rival, Hircine.

In SkyrimEdit

In Falkreath, the player may take the quest A Daedra's Best Friend. This leads the player to Barbas who then will lead the player to Clavicus Vile's temple in Haemar's Shame, a cave near Helgen. Before the statue of Clavicus can be reached, the player must kill all of the vampires and their thralls in the cave. Clavicus then thanks the player for killing the last of his remaining worshipers, as they had begged him to end their vampirism and he sees this as an acceptable solution. Clavicus then reveals that he is only at half power (and depending on dialogue choosing will admit that him being at half power makes the Dragonborn his equal), without Barbas, rendering him trapped in his shrine. He then asks the player to find a special axe in Rimerock Burrow. When the player returns, Clavicus offers the axe to the player in exchange for killing Barbas. If the player does not, Clavicus will give his mask to the player, if the player does so Clavicus claims Barbas should have "picked a better friend." Barbas will become part of the statue no matter which option the player chooses.


Clavicus Vile's sphere is of wishes and eldritch deals. His dealing with Mundus (the mortal realm) are usually with individuals who wish to have something and, by summoning him, Clavicus Vile gives it to them. However, he is known to take back his deals at inopportune times (for the summoner, not Vile). Why he does this is unknown. Clavicus Vile is likely based on Mephistophiles from the German play Faust, since they both grant wishes, but twist them so they aren't what the wishers desired "per-se" and tend to be dangerous.


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