The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim followers guide

Check out our catalog of every Skyrim follower

Members of the Dark Brotherhood



Assassins are good to take around if you’re a stealth build yourself, as they are the less likely to blow your cover than other followers. Under that condition, we’ve listed them both as yay. However, if you aren’t using a sneak build, you should probably avoid these two.

Cicero

Training: One-handed, archery, light armor, sneak

Requirement: Join Brotherhood, spare his life during main questline

Marriage: No

Location: Dawnstar Sanctuary

Yay!: Cicero has similar skills to the Dark Brotherhood Initiate, but he makes more entertaining comments as he follows you.

Dark Brotherhood Initiate

Training: One-handed, archery, light armor, sneak

Requirement: Join Brotherhood, complete “Hail Sithis” quest.

Marriage: No

Location: Dawnstar Sanctuary

Yay!: Initiate’s have the same skill set as Cicero, which comes in handy if you’ve killed Cicero. You can choose between a male and female initiate.

Followers for hire



Each of these followers offers their services for a mere 500 gold. In most cases, dismissing these followers means you’ll have to pay another 500 to recruit them again.

Belrand

Training: Destruction, restoration, one-handed, light armor

Requirement: 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire him

Location: The Winking Skeever in Solitude

Yay!: Belrand is a mixture of warrior and mage, with an ability to heal. This makes him an extremely useful ally for nearly any build.

Erik 

Training: Two-handed, block, archery, light armor

Requirement: Convince his father, pay 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire him

Location: The farm in Rorikstead

Nay!: If a follower specializes in two-handed weapons, we prefer they also dabble in heavy armor. This is not the case with Erik, so we would avoid him.

Jenassa

Training: Archery, sneak, one-handed, block, light armor

Requirement: 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire her

Location: The Drunken Huntsman in Whiterun

Yay!: Janassa is one of the few followers with five skill specialties. She is primarily an archer, with enough back up skills to make for a good melee warrior. Specializing in sneak makes her a valuable ally for players that like to use bow-centric sneak attacks.



Marcurio

Training: Destruction, restoration, conjuration, alteration, sneak

Requirement: 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire him

Location: The Bee and Barb in Riften

Yay!: Marcurio is a good choice for players seeking a mage but who aren’t a member of the College of Winterhold.

Stenvar

Training: Two-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire him

Location: Candlehearth Hall in Windhelm

Yay!: Stenvar is a great tank due to his heavy armor, block, and two-handed skills. He can also deal damage at a distance thanks to his archery skill.

Vorstag

Training: One-handed, heavy armor, block, archery

Requirement: 500 gold

Marriage: Yes, if you first hire him

Location: Silver-Blood Inn in Markarth

Yay!: Vorstag is quite similar to Stenvar, only he specializes in one-handed weaponry. A solid warrior. Plus, he can be found drunkenly dancing, so there’s that...

Quest/Task-locked followers



These characters will follow you only after you’ve completed a quest/task/favor for or relating to them. The size and difficulty of the task varies, so we’ve factored that into our yays and nays.

Ahtar the Jailor

Training: Two-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: Agree to kill the leader at Broken Oar Grotto

Marriage: No

Location: Many places in Solitude. We found him in Jala’s house.

Nay!: Ahtar is a good tank build, and his default weapon is his executioner axe. However, he can be quite difficult to track down, and because he’s nothing too special, we would avoid him.

Benor

Training: Two-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: Beat him in a brawl

Marriage: Yes, if you first beat him in a brawl

Location: Wandering the streets of Morthal

Yay!: Benor is a great tank, and his task is simple. As such, we recommend him.

Borgakh the Steel Heart

Training: One-handed, heavy armor, archery, sneak

Requirement: Use speech skill, pay her dowry, or complete a small quest

Marriage: Yes, after she becomes a follower

Location: Training in the orc stronghold of Mor Khazgur

Nay!: Unless you are an orc yourself, you’ll have to complete a quest before you can converse effectively with the residents of Mor Khazgur. Considering that in addition to the work you need to do for Borgakh in particular, we suggest passing on the orc. That, and her skills of heavy armor and sneak seem contradictory.

Cosnach

Training: One-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: Beat him in a brawl or buy him a drink

Marriage: Yes, if you first do the above

Location: Silver-Blood Inn in Markarth

Yay!: Cosnach is a tank build that prefers shields, so we definitely like him. Plus, drunkards are always entertaining.



Ghorbash the Iron Hand

Training: One-handed, block, archery, sneak, light armor

Requirement: Complete a short quest for him

Marriage: Yes, if he has become a follower

Location: Training in the orc stronghold of Dushnikh Yal

Yay!: Ghorbash’s light armor, sneak, and archery skills make him a good follower for stealth builds who haven’t joined the Brotherhood.

Sven

Training: Enchanting, Alchemy, Smithing, Archery

Requirement: Complete “Love Triangle” in his favor

Marriage: No

Location: Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood

Yay!: Sven is one of the few non-combat followers. Of course he can fight, but his real purpose is to round out players who don’t share his unique skill set.

Uthgerd the Unbroken

Training: One-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: Beat her in a brawl

Marriage: Yes, beat her in a brawl

Location: The Bannered Mare in Whiterun

Yay!: Because Whiterun is one of the first locations you’ll find in the game, and beating Uthgerd in a brawl is easy, we recommend her as a follower.



Golldir

Training: One-handed, block, heavy armor, archery

Requirement: Clear his dungeon

Marriage: No

Location: Hillgrund’s Tomb in Whiterun Hold

Nay!: Warrior followers are common, and most don’t require you clear an entire dungeon first before joining you. As such, we recommend you leave Golldir and his problems alone.

Illia

Training: Destruction, Restoration, Conjuration, Alteration

Requirement: Clear her dungeon

Marriage: No

Location: Darklight Tower in The Rift

Yay!: Illia is a powerful mage and a great choice for those who don’t have access to the followers in the College of Winterhold. Just make sure she doesn’t get too close to the enemy, for she has no armor skills.

Adelaisa Vendicci

Training: Speech, Smithing, Enchanting, Alchemy

Requirement: Complete the side quest “Rise in the East” given by Orthus Endario.

Marriage: No

Location: East Empire Company at the Windhelm docks

Nay!: Adelaisa has a rare skill set for a follower, and is recommended if you are already completing her associated side quest. However, there are a couple other followers with similar skill sets that are easier to obtain (such as Sven).

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