The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition Followers guide

Daedric-related Followers

These followers all require you to complete a Daedric-related quest before they will join up. Because these quests could be considered desirable on their own, we aren’t going to consider the difficulty of each one in our yays and nays.

Aranea / Eola / Erandur

Aranea

Training: Destruction, restoration, conjuration, alteration.

Requirement: Complete her quest, “The Black Star”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Shrine of Azura in Winterhold.

Yay!: Aranea is a powerful offensive mage and a great companion for warrior builds. She’ll usually summon antorachs during battle, which gives enemies yet another target that isn’t you.

Eola

Training: One-handed, sneak, alteration, destruction.

Requirement: Complete her quest, “The Taste of Death”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Hall of the Dead in Markarth (first speak to guard outside).

Nay!: Eola is an odd build. Her combination of skills might work better if she weren’t governed by underwhelming AI, but such is the case, and therefore we can’t recommend her.

Erandur

Training: Alchemy, speech, conjuration, restoration.

Requirement: Complete his quest, “Waking Nightmare”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Windpeak Inn in Dawnstar.

Nay!: Two of Erandur’s skills are not combat-related. There are better mage followers to choose from.

Lob / Ogol / Ugor

Lob

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

Requirement: Speak to Atub and complete “The Cursed Tribe”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Largashbur in The Rift.

Yay!: Lob has five skills, and has a nice mixture of stealth and combat ability.

Ogol

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

Requirement: Speak to Atub and complete “The Cursed Tribe”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Largashbur in The Rift.

Nay!: Ogol can be recruited around the same time as Lob, but he has the archery and heavy armor combo that we don’t like.

Ugor

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

Requirement: Speak to Atub and complete “The Cursed Tribe”.

Marriage: No.

Location: Largashbur in The Rift.

Yay!: Ugor has the same skill set as Lob and becomes available at the same time. It’s a matter of preference.

Housecarls

These characters become your servants as soon as you become Thane of their area and purchase property there. Becoming Thane requires you to complete quests for the Jarl, then help a certain number (as determined by the Jarl) of local residents. All Housecarls have the exact same skill set (One-handed, block, heavy armor, and archery) and the same armor, making them virtually indistinguishable. They can all be married as well.

Argis the Bulwark / Iona / Jordis the Sword-Maiden / Lydia

Argis the Bulwark

Location: Housecarl of Markarth

Iona

Location: Housecarl of Riften

To become Thane without joining the Thieves Guild, speak to Wujeeta at the Riften Docks. After completing that questline, do favors for the citizens of Riften until an objective appears telling you to speak to the Jarl.

Jordis the Sword-Maiden

Location: Housecarl of Solitude

Lydia

Location: Housecarl of Whiterun

Calder

Location: Housecarl of Windhelm (not pictured due to game bug)

Dogs!

There are three dogs you can recruit throughout Skyrim. You can recruit them in addition to a human follower. They all look alike, so there shall be but one screenshot:

Vigilance

Speak to Banning, who is found at the stables in Markarth, and you can purchase Vigilance for 500 gold.

Meeko

This dog can be found in or around Meeko’s Shack in Hjaalmarch, east of Dragon Bridge.

Stray Dog

Finding a stray is random, though the odds are slim.

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