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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Complete either ‘Rare Gift’ or ‘Sleeping Tree Cave.’
- If you haven’t done it already, travel to Riften, discuss marriage with Maramal, and purchase the ‘Amulet of Mara’ if you need one.
- Equip ‘Amulet of Mara’ and initiate a conversation with Ysolda. She should notice that you are wearing the amulet and will comment on it.
- Ask Ysolda to marry her (this is only possible if you’ve previously discussed marriage with Maramal in Riften.)
- Make your way to Maramal in Riften to organize a wedding.
- 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.
- Marry Ysolda in the ceremony.
- 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.