Here’s How to Marry Ysolda in Skyrim

How to marry Ysolda in Skyrim

Skyrim allows you to settle down, and while your options are limited, there are plenty of interesting NPCs to choose from. And Ysolda is one of them. Ysolda is a part of several side-quests, and she is easy to locate. A lot of players choose Ysolda as their potential marriage partner in the hopes that their spouse will inherit Belethor’s General Goods Store in case something happens to him, but that hardly ever happens. Due to that, let’s see how to marry Ysolda in Skyrim. 

To marry Ysolda in Skyrim, you’re going to have to complete at least one quest relevant to her, ‘Rare Gifts’ or ‘Sleeping Tree Cave.’ Upon completion of these quests, your relationship with Ysolda should be high enough that you are able to propose to her. You need to have Amulet of Mara equipped, and once Ysolda agrees to marry you, you need to travel to Riften and speak to Maramal to organize your wedding. 

Now that we’ve given you a brief guide on how to marry Ysolda, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading! 

Ysolda is one of the merchants in Whiterun, and it’s hard to miss her 

Whiterun is considered a hub for most activities in Skyrim, and it’s most likely that you’re going to spend most of your time there. If you spend a lot of time in Bannered Mare, the most important (and only) inn Whiterun, it’s impossible to miss the Whiterun Market and Ysolda. 

Ysolda spends a lot of time in the marketplace, and upon striking up a conversation with her, you will learn that she aspires to be a merchant one day, as she promised her ‘ma & pa’ that she will one day become the best merchant in all of Skyrim. Her schedule is simple enough; if she is not at the marketplace looking for good bargains, she can be found in her house behind Arcadia’s Cauldron.

Ysolda in Whiterun Skyrim

Ysolda is a potential marriage candidate, but like most other NPCs in Skyrim, you need to do something nice for her to become her friend and, in turn, her partner. 


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To marry Ysolda, you need to complete at least one quest relevant to her 

Ysolda is part of 3 quests in total (4 if you count the marriage one), but only two will give you enough reputation with her to be able to marry her. The quests that count toward her disposition are ‘Rare Gift’ and ‘Sleeping Tree Sap.’ 

1. Rare Gift

The first time you talk to Ysolda, she will mention how she aspires to become a merchant. She will eventually mention a Khajiit trader named Ma’dran that promised to help her get started if she can bring him a mammoth tusk, quite the valuable item and one difficult to obtain at that, except if you’re Dragonborn, that is. 

Ysolda will not care where the mammoth tusk came from. You can steal one, add one with commands or loot one of the mammoths and giants. Lucky for you, Whiterun Hold is filled with giant camps, so coming across a mammoth or a giant shouldn’t be too difficult. 

Mammoth tusk

Once you’ve acquired the mammoth tusk, you can return to Ysolda, and she will reward you with a lesson in trading, which will translate into a slight speech skill boost. If you’re level 100 in speech, there is no reward. 

Upon completion of ‘Rare Gift,’ Ysolda should likewise be friendly enough toward you to agree to marry you, so the speech skill reward isn’t that important. 

2. Sleeping Tree Cave

This quest is not started by talking to Ysolda. Instead, you need to travel to the Sleeping Tree Camp near Whiterun. The location is hard to miss due to a unique pinkish tree in the middle of a small lake that can’t easily be missed while you’re wandering Whiterun Hold.

Sleeping tree camp Skyrim

Once you’ve made your way to Sleeping Tree Camp, enter the cave, and you should come across the corpse of Ulag, Orc bandit that was in some sort of business partnership with Ysolda. 

Sleeping tree sap skyrim

There should be a note on his body, and you should investigate it. Return to Whiterun and confront Ysolda with everything that you found out about the tree and her side deal. She will spill the beans and offer you the same deal she had with Ulag, 150 gold per every sample of Sleeping Tree Sap that you can bring her. It’s a nice source of income, especially at low levels, even if you don’t plan on marrying her. 

Just like with ‘Rare Gifts,’ Sleeping Tree Cave is enough to raise her disposition to friendly.  


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Marrying Ysolda

Ysolda is eligible for marriage after she considers you a friend. Now that we’ve covered the quests needed to raise her relationship with you, it’s time to proceed with the actual act of marrying her. To marry Ysolda in Skyrim, follow these steps:

  1. Complete either ‘Rare Gift’ or ‘Sleeping Tree Cave.’
  2. If you haven’t done it already, travel to Riften, discuss marriage with Maramal, and purchase the ‘Amulet of Mara’ if you need one.
  3. Equip ‘Amulet of Mara’ and initiate a conversation with Ysolda. She should notice that you are wearing the amulet and will comment on it. 
  4. Ask Ysolda to marry her (this is only possible if you’ve previously discussed marriage with Maramal in Riften.) 
  5. Make your way to Maramal in Riften to organize a wedding. 
  6. Wait 24 hours, and once the waiting period is over, you should see both your guest and Ysolda in the chappel of Mara in Riften. 
  7. Marry Ysolda in the ceremony. 
  8. Move Ysolda to your own preferred house or move in into her house in Whiterun. 

And that’s about it. Marrying Ysolda is even easier if you’re already friends with her. In that case, you can ignore the first step completely and proceed straight to the wedding. 

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

investor perk skyrim


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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

master trader perk skyrim

Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.