Skyrim sex change fixes stuck arrow glitch

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim looks incredible. But if you like storming across Skyrim in the third-person, you may have noticed a small graphical glitch plaguing both PC and console players. When you get hit by an enemy archer, the arrow sometimes gets stuck in your head, chest, back, leg, or bottom. Even after killing the enemy, healing, or sleeping, the arrow remains, making your serious Dragonborn look like a clown.

You could just wait till the next patch. There’s also the chance that the next arrow that hits you will replace the current one, landing in a less embarrassing spot. But if looking good is important to you (and it should be), there’s a quick fix you can do on the PC version of the game to get rid of the stuck arrow problem.

Just hit the “`” (tilde) key to open the console menu and type in “sexchange.” Your character will switch gender, resetting your character model and eliminating the rogue arrow stuck on your body. Then, you can either type in “sexchange” again to revert back to your former self, or continue adventuring with a brand new gender. Some 360 users have also reported success by playing the game off the disc without installing it to avoid the arrow glitch.

On a related note, the “sexchange” command also lets you abuse the speech perk that gives you better deals when bartering with members of the opposite sex.


  • evilpanda665 - February 22, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    how do i fix it on xbox 360, Without having to play it without the disc? i have an arrow in my nee(yes yes i know haha and all that) , But im NOT KIDDING....Help???
  • Manguy17 - November 16, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    Stuff like this happening to me ( in my case, it was perma-cripple in fallout 3) are what cause me to save every 15-30 mins. obviously if you dont spot it and then save over, you have a problem.
  • ViciousCombover - November 16, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Arrows sticking out of my noggin are the least of my problems. The game often crashes for no apparent reason and its always after something important happens. I hope they get some fixes out quick.
  • monk_on_the_run - November 16, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    on the ps3 my character has two shards of ice sticking out of him and they wont go's been like this for hours, can anyone suggest anything? i've already unequipped everything saved and reloaded but it still hasn't worked :@
  • Zeedar - November 16, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    I just kept on playing. It disappeared after a while. (it was a few hours) I don't know why or how, but I was not willing to go back 3 hours of play, and eventually I didn't have to. Just be patient.
  • soulholders - November 15, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    I wish this article had come out on Friday--the arrow thing happened to me (diagonally through the head) and I went back to the savepoint before it happened, causing me to lose almost the entire day's worth of playing. (I hadn't looked at myself in 3rd person that whole time.) Oh well, it all worked out in the end.
  • Person5 - November 15, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    I'm still playing off my disc on my 360 to avoid graphical problems, has anyone installed on their 360 and if so are the problems bad? I want my loading times to be shorter
  • Manguy17 - November 16, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    they are noticably worse and does tend to take away from the game a bit. I would leave it alone until the patch.
  • Stabby_Joe - November 15, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    Getting hit with more arrows (that would normal vanish) seems to get rid of the old ones.
  • Spybreak8 - November 15, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    Maybe you're that guy from Avatar, you know the one that has the scar on his face, while even though it's the future and they remove it, he'd rather keep it for the intimidating looks. lol
  • jackthemenace - November 16, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    I'd totaly do it, just so my Skyrim- grandchildren could get their in-game parents to "make grandpa tell them the story about how he got the arrow in his head".
  • PicopicoEMD - November 15, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    Lol, now I get what is in the back of my Greatsword. An arrow actually hit the very back of it, so now it's like a double light-saber, half sword half arrow. LOL WTF did i just say?!
  • D0CCON - November 15, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    I thought you fixed it by not being hit with arrows.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - November 15, 2011 6:02 p.m.

  • rballa2 - November 15, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    I became a werewolf and once i transformed back the arrows were gone (PS3) Taken out of context it would be hard to believe that statement was made in earnest.
  • panamakira - November 17, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Ok I am so glad I had my character be a werewolf because I had like 3 arrows stuck to her back but I transformed and it they went away~
  • Corsair89 - November 15, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Not just arrows, but any projectile. Right now, my character has an enormous icicle stuck in his side from fighting an ice mage a few (in game) days ago.
  • samiamJack - November 15, 2011 2:23 p.m.

    Happened to me on 360 but it actually went away after a few days in game
  • Cwf2008 - November 15, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    Dammit so looks like I need to wait then or put up with my 360 sounding like a 747

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