I seem to be accumulating claw-keys. I had to return the Golden Claw, but I was able to keep the Ruby Claw and I've just been given a Coral Claw.

The Ruby Claw is a moderately high-value item (400g); does it have any use after clearing the Dustmans's Crypt? Do any of the claws have subsequent uses?

On the flip-side, will anyone buy them from me, or are they marked as quest items?

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Most of the Claws lose their quest item status (if they ever have it at all) when you complete their respective dungeon's quest.

If you choose to re-steal the Golden Claw, for instance, it will be a normal (albeit stolen) item that can be pawned off to a fence for quick cash.

Collectors might be inclined to display them in their house - there's at least 3 more claws out there in Skyrim, but at the end of the day, they're just loot. And what you do with your loot is your prerogative!

  • Items are marked as stolen when you steal them? What does this affect? Its price?
    – juan
    Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 21:05
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    I believe it just affects who you can sell it to. Most merchants won't buy stolen goods. Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 22:01
  • @JuanManuel - chron is correct. Commented Nov 24, 2011 at 22:12
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    @JuanManuel In addition, if you are ever apprehended by the guards, whether you pay the fine or serve in prison, any stolen items you are carrying will be confiscated. Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 0:05
  • There are a couple of claws that cannot be dropped/stashed even after you complete the mission (PS3). I believe it is a bug. Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 12:04

Bear in mind there is at least one claw (coral, I believe), that still has a use in a dungeon after the quest status has been cleared. I am far from clearing all the dungeons in the game, so there may be others. Personally, I just throw them all in a box with my other "might need them again" artifacts, along with my extra keys, so if for some reason I end up needing them later, I know where to find them.

The slight amount of gold you can get for them isn't worth the possibility of being forever locked out of a dungeon to me.

  • I definitely needed the Coral claw twice. IIRC for one radiant quest and one normal quest involving Yngol Barrow.
    – Alan B
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 10:07

I recently did a quest that came with 1 claw but required another to unlock the door as well. It was through the quest of "Pieces of the past". The "Mehrunes' Razor" quest-line I believe.

It involved the ivory and emerald claws I believe. Thing is I had one on display in my house in Riften so I had to run back to get it.

So yes I can verify a 2nd use for a previously used quest claw.


The claws can be used again in different dungeons, for instance: in a dungeon accessed by the emerald claw, the ivory claw opens some doors as well.

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