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Skyrim followers guide - How to get followers and where to find them

Become a Skyrim influencer

Skyrim followers are a lifesaver, often literally, but they take a fair bit of effort to recruit.

It’s more than worth the trouble, though. Followers aid you in battle, carry extra equipment, fill soul gems, and even marry you, in some cases. Others have unique quests associated with them that warrant the detour even without the extra benefits followers offer.

Skyrim followers - How to get followers in Skyrim

Skyrim divides followers into two types, NPC humanoid or creature followers, though each category has subsets of its own. Some humanoid followers join you after completing a quest, while others are mercenaries and only tag along if you shell out enough coin.

In general, you can only have on humanoid follower and one creature follower. It’s not clear just yet whether Skyrim Anniversary Edition

Skyrim followers - Faction followers

These belong to Skyrim’s various dominant groups, including The Circle and the Dark Brotherhood. Each has a quest you need to complete first, and, obviously, if you want to recruit them, you need to spare the follower in question should the option to kill them or side against them ever arise.

Name Max Level Class Location Recruitment Marriage
Brelyna Maryon 30 Mage Hall of Attainment Complete Brelyna's Practice quest Yes
Onmund 30 Sorcerer Hall of Attainment Complete Onmund's Request quest Yes
J'Zargo N/A Sorcerer Hall of Attainment Complete J'Zargo's Experiment quest No
Athis 25 One-handed Warrior Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Aela the Huntress 50 Ranger Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Ria 25 One-handed Warrior Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Farkas 50 Blacksmith Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Njada Stonearm 25 Warrior Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Torvar 25 One-handed Warrior Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Vilkas 50 Two-handed Warrior Jorrvaskr Complete Glory of the Dead Yes
Cicero 50 Assassin Dawnstar Sanctuary Complete all Dark Brotherhood quests No
Ingjard N/A Two-handed Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order No
Agmaer 25 Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order No
Celann N/A One-handed Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order No
Beleval 25 Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order No
Durak N/A Ranger Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order No

Skyrim followers - Housecarls

You’ll earn these followers after becoming thane in their respective region. Almost all of them are Nord Warriors, but the benefit is they have no moral qualms about committing crimes.

Name Max Level Class Location Recruitment Marriage
Jordis the Sword-Maiden N/A Nord Proudspire Manor Become Thane of Haafingar Yes
Argis the Bullwark N/A Nord Vindrel Hall Become Thane of Markarth Yes
Calder N/A Nord Hjerim, Windhelm Become Thane of Eastmarch Yes
Iona N/A Nord Honeyside, Riften Become Thane of the Rift Yes
Lydia N/A Nord Breezeholm Become Thane of Whiterun Yes
Valdimar N/A Nord Highmoon Hall Become Thane of Hjaalmarch Yes
Rayya N/A Redguard Jarl's Longhouse Become Thane of Falkwreath Yes

Skyrim followers - Quest followers

Completing the quests associated with each of these characters unlocks the option to recruit them as followers, assuming they're still alive.

Name Max Level Class Location Recruitment Marriage
Adelaisa Vendicci 25 Citizen East Empire Company Complete Rise in the East No
Annekke Crag-Jumper 30 Ranger Darkwater Crossing Complete Kill the Bandit Leader in Radiant No
Aranea Ienith 30 Mage Shrine of Azura Complete the Black Star quest and side with Aranea No
Eola 30 Nightblade Hall of the Dead in Markarth Aid Eola in The Taste of Death No
Faendal 30 Thief Riverwood Help Faendal in the Lovely Letter quest No
Golldir 30 One-handed Warrior Hillgrund's Tomb Help Golldir in Ancestral Worship No
Illia 40 Mage Darklight Tower Help Illia in Repentance No
Kharjo 30 Warrior Ahkari's Khajiit Caravan Find his amulet No
Lob 30 One-handed Warrior Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Daedric quest No
Ogol 30 One-handed Warrior Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Daedric quest No
Ralis Sedarys 60 One-handed Rogue Kolbjorn Barrow Complete Unearthed, and let him live No
Roggi Knot-Beard 20 Miner Kynesgrove Find his ancestral shield Yes
Sven 20 Bard Riverwood Aid Sven in Lovely Letter No
Ugor 30 Ranger Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Daedric quest No
Talvas Fathryon 25 Conjurer Tel Mithryn Complete From the Ashes No
Ahtar 30 Two-handed Warrior Castle Dour Complete the Kill the Bandit Leader quest No
Frea N/A One-handed Warrior Skaal Village Complete Fate of the Skaal No
Mjoll the Lioness 40 Two-handed Warrior Riften Retrieve Grimsever for her Yes
Serana 50 Vampire Fort Dawnguard, Castle Volkihar Complete Kindred Judgment No
Erandur 50 Priest Windpeak Inn Let him live in Waking Nightmare No

Skyrim followers - Mercenary followers

Each mercenary follower charges 500 gold to recruit, but they stay with you until they die. Some are even marriage candidates.

Name Max Level Class Location Recruitment Marriage
Belrand 40 Spellsword The Winking Skeever (Solitude) Hire Yes
Erik the Slayer 40 Barbarian Frostfruit Inn (Rorikstead) Hire No
Jenassa 40 Ranger The Drunken Hunstman (Whiterun) Hire Yes
Marcurio 40 Mage Bee and Barb (Riften) Hire Yes
Stenvar 40 Two-handed Warrior Candlehearth Hall (Windhelm) Hire Yes
Teldryn Sero 40 Spellsword The Retching Netch (Raven Rock) Hire No
Vorstag 40 One-handed Warrior Silver Blood Inn (Markarth) Hire Yes

Skyrim followers - Other followers

Recruiting this next batch is a bit more difficult, since they each have a unique requirement.

Name Max Level Class Location Recruitment Marriage
Benor 30 Two-handed Warrior Morthal Defeat Benor in a brawl Yes
Borgakh the Steel Heart 30 One-handed Warrior Mor Khazgur Pay her dowry Yes
Cosnach 30 One-handed Warrior Silver Blood Inn Give him a drink or win in a brawl Yes
Derkeethus 30 Ranger Darkwater Pass Rescue him Yes
Ghorbash the Iron Hand 30 Ranger Dushnikh Yal Ask him to travel with you Yes
Uthgerd the Unbroken 30 One-handed Warrior The Bannered Mare (Whiterun) Win in a Brawl Yes

Skyrim followers - Creature followers

These friendly critters follow you into battle, but they can’t carry equipment.

Name Type Location Recruitment
Armored Troll Troll Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order and pay 500 gold
Bran Armored Dog Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order
CuSith Death Hound Castle Volkihar Complete The Bloodstone Chalice
Garmr Death Hound Castle Volkihar Complete The Bloodstone Chalice
Meeko Dog Meeko's Shack (south of Solitude Sawmill) N/A
Riekling Riekling Thirsk Mead Hall Complete The Chief of Thirsk Mead Hall
Sceolang Armored War Dog Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order
Steadfast Dwarven Sphere Dwarven Sphere Kagrumez During The Kagrumez Gauntlet
Steadfast Dwarven Spider Dwarven Spider Kagrumez During The Kagrumez Gauntlet
Stray Dog Dog Often found with hunters N/A
Vigilance Dog Markarth Stables Acquire for 500 Gold

A trusty companion is the perfect addition to one of the best Skyrim builds.

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