I'm a completist. I like to finish EVERYTHING. Skyrim creates a problem for me; it never ends.

Is there a way to disable radiant quests, perhaps in the console?

Is there a downside to disabling radiant quests? Do certain "real" quests require the completion of a radiant quest?

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    Many real quests use radiant or 'miscellaneous' quests as breadcrumbs and/or prerequisites. For example, a number of Thieves Guild quests only unlock after a certain number of the random Radiant jobs have been done. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 3:14
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    On a more serious note, I think you'd be better served by picking up a copy of the official strategy guide or otherwise assembling a list of 'real' quests, than by trying to hack around this aspect of gameplay. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 3:31
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    In some cases, the Radiant quests are painfully obvious (I'm looking at you, Dark Brotherhood) and easy to avoid. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 4:59
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    As a recovering TES completionist, let me tell you: You are doing it wrong. TES games used to become almost a job for me to slog through each misc. task for random dudes... but no more. I have so much more enjoyment by simply allowing myself to do whatever I feel like and ignore things that seem more dull, menial, or simply unsuited for my character. Try playing the game more organically and let Skyrim come to you. You really will enjoy it more. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 14:50
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    Also, to help facilitate your itch to experience the whole game, try playing multiple characters in a more organic fashion, instead of a single deity-like character through everything. Play a heavily armored, melee-centric barbarian to completion (ignoring the college and thieves guild, but doing Companion quests), then do a full mage build, or a stealthy assassin. That way you can carve off chunks of the content into logical pieces that fit thematically, without it becoming a chore. Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 14:53

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There is no current way to do this. As well, many of the actual quests use aspects from the Radiant quest system. For instance, the quest Laid to Rest determines the race of the boss based on the Radiant system. This can also determine race and gender of many other NPCs.

There are two places where radiant quests will end up in your journal. They will either end up in the Miscellaneous tab, or in one of the Faction specific quest sections of your journal. Therefore, you know that you are done with the game's completion as soon as you have finished the capstone quest for each faction, and have no other quests outside the Miscellaneous section.

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    do all radiant quests go in misc? for example missions from the night mother are Radiant but get put in normal part of the log. i think they are called "The Dark Brotherhood Forever"
    – TrewTzu
    Commented Dec 17, 2011 at 11:46
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    Thanks for the reminder, and fixed. Radiant Quests will go to either the Miscellaneous section, or the appropriate Faction section.
    – Brisbe42
    Commented Dec 18, 2011 at 12:59

Plain and simple, I don't believe it's possible. So, no.

Also, as some of the comments pointed out, even if you could, there would be strong drawbacks and consequences for doing so.



  1. Press ~, and then enter:
  2. Showquesttargets
  3. [Find the radiants quest id or name]
  4. Completequest (quest id or name)
  5. Setpqv (quest id or name) 200 0


  1. Press ~, and then enter:
  2. Showquesttargets
  3. Sqs (quest id or name)
  4. [Find the highest stage value then,]
  5. Setstage (quest id or name) (highest value)
  6. Setpqv (quest id or name) (highest stage value already set) 0

I used this to stop the "Approach the Night Mother" quests.

  • You're suggesting that finishing all (active and future) radiant quests is a way to disable them. You're not wrong, but I'm not sure this is what the OP intended.
    – Joachim
    Commented Apr 27 at 12:20
  • I've never seen setpqv used in this fashion before. It looks like it is attempting to "unset" the last stage on the quest, but I am extremely skeptical that that is a thing you can do with setpqv (it is short for SetPapyrusQuestVariable, and the quest stage data does not live in Papyrus). For that matter, marking the quest as complete is not necessarily effective, since all radiant quests are designed to be marked complete each time they are completed. Depending on how the quest works, it might trigger again at the next opportunity (or it might not, it depends on the quest's implementation).
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 28 at 3:21

You are both wrong, it is possible to remove radiant quests from journal.

You use the console, it isn't difficult.

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    Could you elaborate on how? Just saying they're wrong and not backing it up with how to do so isn't real helpful. Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 19:12
  • @john You can use the "edit" link to expand your answer if you choose to do so.
    – Adam Lear
    Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 19:16

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