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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim followers guide

Companions



As you might expect, the companions make great company on your quest. All of these characters are warrior builds (except Aela,  an archer), so put a strong weapon in their hands and pile on the armor. If you’re a mage or an archer, these melee fighters can soak up enemy aggression while you focus on ranged tactics. All of the following characters can be found in or just outside Jorrvaskr (the Companion headquarters) in Whiterun. You’ll also need to be a member of the Companions before any of these warriors will join you. 

As pictured above, from left to right - 



Aela The huntress

Training: Archery, one-handed, sneak , light armor, speech.

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Yay!: Aela is first and foremost an archer, seeing as she can train you in the art. She’s best at medium/long range, but her one-handed skill means she can also fight up close if necessary. As such, she’s a good all around choice. 



Athis

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

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Nay!: Athis specializes in one-handed weapon fighting and light armor. This makes him a fairly poor choice, as he’ll get downed faster than other melee followers thanks to his combination of aggression and low defense. We don’t recommend him. 



Farkas

Training: One-handed, heavy armor, smithing, speech.

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Nay!: His one-handed skill allows him to dish out a fair amount of damage while his heavy armor skill allows him to take plenty in return. The only issue is that he does not specialize in block, meaning his shielding will be weak. Unless you plan on using his smithing skills, we suggest picking someone else. 



Vilkas

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

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Yay!: Vilkas is a pure damage dealer. We recommend him because he’s the best two-handed warrior the Companions have. 







Njada

Training: One-handed, block, speech.

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Nay!: Njada would be a decent follower if she specialized in any kind of armor whatsoever. As a melee warrior, she suffers greatly from the low defense. Stay away.



Ria 

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

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Yay!: Ria is essentially the same as Torvar, only female. 



Torvar

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

Requirement: Complete the Companion’s main questline.

Marriage: Yes, after the Companions’ main questline.

Location: Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun.

Yay!: Torvar is a fantastic choice. His skill set makes him perfect tank, soaking up all the enemy aggression while you fight from safety. He’s even got some archer skills for ranged combat. 





Members of the College of Winterhold



There are a few mages hanging around the college that are willing to follow you if you do them a favor. If you’re a warrior build, you should join the college just to have access to these followers. You must be a member of the college before any of these mages can join you. 



Brelyna Maryon

Training: Conjuration, illusion, alteration, sneak.

Requirement: Join college, complete the “Brelnya’s Practice.”

Marriage: Yes - join college, complete the “Brelnya’s Practice.”

Location: College of Winterhold

Yay!: It definitely comes in handy to have a support mage with you who can conjure antorachs. However, since Brelyna has no training in weapons, armor, or offensive magic, she’s better suited to accompany melee warrior builds. 



J’Zargo

Training: Destruction, One-handed, heavy armor, illusion.

Requirement: Join college, complete the “J’Zargo’s Experiment.”

Marriage: No

Location: College of Winterhold

Yay!: We’d recommend him based solely on his name, but his destruction skill makes him a great damage-dealer, and his melee and armor skills allow him to survive close encounters with no problems.



Onmund

Training: Destruction, One-handed, heavy armor, illusion.

Requirement: Join college, complete the “Onmund’s Request.”

Marriage: Yes - join college, complete the “Onmund’s Request.”

Location: College of Winterhold

Yay!: Onmund has the same skill set as J’Zargo. His fetch quest requirement is a bit more difficult than J’Zargo’s though, meaning lazy gamers may want to avoid him.    

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14 comments

  • anil-kumar - July 4, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    can anyone tell how to complete season unending mission(neogiating a truce)?game is getting stuck watever reply i give..
  • liam-oneal - January 31, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    i dont think j'zargo is a good compainion while you are fighting an enemy with j'zargo as a compainion he will run away while ur fighting
  • DragonKingofEarth - January 21, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    Also overall if your strong i can see only 1 reason to have followers to carry your stuff other than that theyre a waste
  • DragonKingofEarth - January 12, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    The stray dog can be found outside of helgen but u gotta be at least level ten and this is how i find the dog fast travel get across helgen and search the wild he will be fighting something random like wolves or a bear but if u want to keep em never tell him to go home and it makes sense that hes near helgen
  • RandomIdoit - December 24, 2011 11 p.m.

    having a follower could really help...now who would you reccommend for someone that will have (I'm not too far in the game, yet) good magic skills, good one-handed weapon skills, and good armor (really good light, and decent heavy) skills?
  • inkyspot - December 13, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    i think that patch messed up the xbox version of the game, some missions are totally non playable.
  • DrRock - December 12, 2011 10 a.m.

    I'm on my 3rd follower right now. First guy I can't remember his name was a very lived side kick. I got the housecarl Lydia next and she was decent for the amount of time I had her but she also fell victim to a dragon in Skyrim. The 3rd follower I have and still are with is Erandur. I accidently killed him but my magic mace but just did a reload and changed my tactics and I also have "Heal Other" magic spell so when his health gets low I just stand behind him and heal him and let him take the brunt of the damage along with my flame atronach. I think I'm going to go look for a dog to add to my party and see how that goes. As far as stealth goes I haven't had a single issue with any of my followers running into battle without me. As long as I stay crouched they do to. Now if I get seen and an enemy attacks me the followers go into battle. Even my summoned dead enemies don't run into battle unless I get seen.
  • D0CCON - December 10, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    By the way, for marriage to work, you must talk to Marammal first. Wearing the Amulet of Mara without talking about marriage with Marammal will not give you marriage prompts with characters.
  • majorsuave - December 10, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    You missed the quest related dog Barbas. You can acquire him by doing a quest for Lod in Falkreath. Once with the dog you have to accompany through a cave to complete the first part of the quest. After you are done, if you accept the 2nd part, the dog will tag along even if you don`t follow up on the quest right away. Good thing Barbas can never be killed, and I am not sure if he can be knocked out of combat either, I had to watch him take on 4 bandits (2 of them in plates) and he kept on fighting until I snapped out of stupor to help him. Bad thing with Barbas though: he keeps on glueing onto me, sometimes pushing me off, shifting target to the next object. Add a regular follower and one atronach with Barbas and you have a deadly party.
  • liam-oneal - January 31, 2012 5:25 p.m.

    barbas isnt a permenant follower
  • jackthemenace - December 10, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    Well, i'm a sneak build, so I've never really bothered having companions, since I thought they'd get me noticed super-easily, but if that's NOT the case (at least, with sneak-trained followers) I may well give it a go. Shame there aren't any decent khajiits for my gay cat-man to marry D:
  • Ravenbom - December 9, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    The dogs suck. They wouldn't be so bad if they weren't so barky. They need to take a cue from Dogmeat in Fallout 3.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - December 9, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    The Mage in the Tavern in Riften is Unreal
  • Xerxes667 - December 11, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    BEST SCREEN NAME EVER! has Mr. Antista commented on it?

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