The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim followers guide


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

Requirement: Complete “Love Triangle” in his favor

Marriage: No

Location: Riverwood, near the lumber mill 

Nay!: You should side with Sven instead, because Sven has a fairly unique set of skills. Faendal is pretty ordinary. 

Mjoll the Lioness

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

Requirement: Retrieve her sword

Marriage: Yes, if you complete her quest

Location: Streets of Riften

Yay!: Mjoll is a standard tank build, but she does wield a unique sword (her quest requires you retrieve it). She clashes with the Thieves Guild, so you may want to avoid her if you are completing Thieves Guild quests.

Annekke Crag-Jumper

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

Requirement: Clear Uttering Hills Cave of bandits

Marriage: No

Location: Darkwater Crossing

Yay!: Annekke is a stealth build. Normally we would pass, but she can train you in light armor and has five skills. 


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

Requirement: Free him from Darkwater Pass

Marriage: Yes, if you free him

Location: Darkwater Pass, then Darkwater Crossing 

Nay!: You have to find his cell in Darkwater Pass, find the lever above his cage, and unlock it (requires Expert skill).  It’s a lot of hassle for a fisherman. He is the only Argonian follower, though, so there’s that... Note: We simply talked to him without unlocking his cage and he appeared, completely freed, next to us once we exited Darkwater Pass anyway. 

Roggi Knot-Beard

Training: Alchemy, smithing, enchanting, one-handed

Requirement: Fetch his shield from Ansilvund

Marriage: Yes, if you complete his quest

Location: Kynesgrove, just south of Windhelm 

Yay!: Roggi is one of those unique followers that isn’t particularly good at combat, but is great at other skills that you may not have. If that’s the case, he can be great to have around for a while. 


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

Requirement: Fetch his amulet

Marriage: No

Location:  In Ahkari’s caravan traveling between Riften, Whiterun, and Dawnstar

Nay!: We don’t recommend pursuing Kharjo because it can be extremely difficult to track down his caravan (we found him just outside Riften). If you are completing the Thieves Guild quests you will eventually run into him. 

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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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

Location: Housecarl of Markarth


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


Location: Housecarl of Whiterun


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


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:


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


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.  


  • 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 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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