Skyrim Companions: How to Get All Followers

If you're looking for a companion, then check out this guide on how to get all followers in Skyrim.

Companions aren't necessary in Skyrim, but it's more than helpful to have a follower around to take a few hits in your stead when on your travels.

You'll come across some mandatory followers over your time with the main quest, but they are temporary companions and leave once you've fulfilled their related tasks. There are some followers that you can recruit and keep around, and we will go over how you can get them in this guide.

How to Get All Followers in Skyrim

Become Thane of Holds

Players can become the thane of the holds in Skyrim for a number of benefits, including obtaining some of the best followers in the game.

In order to become a thane, players need to complete a series of quests given by Jarl. Each hold has its own Jarl and follower. Here is a list of all the available followers in the holds of Skyrim, including requirements for gaining their companionship:

Follower
Location Requirement
Argis the Bulwark Vlindrel Hall, Markarth Become the thane of Markarth
Calder Hjerim, Windhelm Become the thane of Eastmarch
Gregor The White Hall, Dawnstar Become the thane of Pale
Iona Honeyside, Riften Become the thane of Rift
Jordis the Sword-Maiden Proudspire Manor, Solitude Become the thane of Haafingar
Lydia Breezehome, Whiterun Become the thane of Whiterun
Rayya Jarl's Longhouse, Falkreath Become the thane of Falkreath
Valdimar Highmoon Hall, Morthal Become the thane of Hjaalmarch

 

Complete Glory of the Dead Quest

"Glory of the Dead" is a quest given by Vilkas, a warrior who can be found at Jorrvaskr, Wind District, Whiterun. If you complete this quest, you will have the chance to recruit seven followers, including:

  • Aela the Huntress (Ranger)
  • Athis (Warrior)
  • Farkas (Blacksmith)
  • Njada Stonearm (Warrior)
  • Ria (Warrior)
  • Torvar (Warrior)
  • Vilkas (Warrior)

Complete A New Order Quest

"A New Order" is a quest given by Isran, the leader of the Dawnguard faction. The quest takes place at Fort Dawnguard, which can be entered through Dayspring Canyon in the Rift hold.

Once the quest is completed, you will have the chance to recruit five followers:

  • Ingjard (Warrior)
  • Durak (Ranger)
  • Agmaer (Bandit)
  • Beleval (Bandit)
  • Celann (Warrior)

Complete Various Quests

You can recruit many more followers by completing several other quests in Skyrim. Here they are:

Follower
Location Quest Quest Giver
Brelyna Maryon
Hall of Attainment, College of Winterhold Brelyna's Practice Brelyna Maryon
J'zargo Hall of Attainment, College of Winterhold J'zargo's Experiment J'zargo
Onmund Hall of Attainment, College of Winterhold Onmund's Request Onmund
Cicero Dawnstar Sanctuary, The Pale Hail Sithis! Night Mother
Dark Brotherhood Initiate Dawnstar Sanctuary, The Pale Hail Sithis! Night Mother
Adelaisa Vendicci East Empire Company, Imperial City Rise in the East Orthus Endario
Ahtar Castle Dour, Solitude Kill the Bandit Leader Innkeepers Stewards
Annekke Crag-Jumper Darkwater Crossing, Eastmarch Kill the Bandit Leader Innkeepers Stewards
Aranea Ienith Shrine of Azura, Winterhold The Black Star Aranea Ienith
Eola Hall of the Dead, Markarth The Taste of Death Eola
Erandur Windpeak Inn, Dawnstar Waking Nightmare Erandur
Faendal Riverwood, Whiterun A Lovely Letter Sven, Faendal
Frea Skaal Village, Solstheim The Fate of the Skaal Frea
Golldir Hillgrund's Tomb, Whiterun Ancestral Worship Golldir
Illia Darklight Tower, The Rift Repentance Illia
Kharjo Ahkari's Khajiit Caravans Moon Amulet Kharjo
Lob Largashbur, The Rift The Cursed Tribe Atub
Mjoll the Lioness Riften, The Rift Grimsever's Return Mjoll the Lioness
Ogol Largashbur, The Rift The Cursed Tribe Atub
Ralis Sedarys Kolbjorn Barrow, Solstheim Unearthed Ralis Sedarys
Roggi Knot-Beard Kynesgrove, Eastmarch Ancestral Shield Roggi Knot-Beard
Serana Fort Dawnguard / Castle Volkihar Kindred Judgment Dawnguard Main Quest
Sven Riverwood, Whiterun A Lovely Letter Sven, Faendal
Talvas Fathryon Tel Mithryn, Solstheim From the Ashes Talvas Fathryon
Ugor Largashbur, The Rift The Cursed Tribe Atub

 

Pay for Mercenaries

If you don't have time to do quests to get a follower, then you can simply buy the services of mercenaries for 500 gold coins. These types of followers can be found inside local taverns:

  • Belrand (Spellsword) at The Winking Skeever, Solitude
  • Erik the Slayer (Barbarian) at Rorikstead, Whiterun
  • Jenassa (Ranger) at The Drunken Huntsman, Whiterun
  • Marcurio (Mage) at Bee and Barb, Riften
  • Stenvar (Warrior) at Candlehearth Hall, Windhelm
  • Teldryn Sero (Spellsword) at The Retching Netch, Raven Rock
  • Vorstag (Warrior) at Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth

Meet the Strangers

Sometimes you can meet strangers on the road that will join you after completing some really simple tasks.

Follower
Location Requirement
Benor Morthal, Hjaalmarch Defeat Benor in a brawl
Borgakh the Steel Heart Mor Khazgur, Haafingar Pay the dowry / Persuade Borgkah
Cosnach Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth Defeat Cosnach in a brawl / Buy Cosnach a drink
Derkeethus Darkwater Pass, The Rift Help Derkeethus escape from captivity
Ghorbash the Iron Hand Dushnikh Yal, The Reach Persuade Ghorbash
Uthgerd the Unbroken The Bannered Mare, Whiterun Defeat Uthgerd in a brawl

 

Recruit Non-Humans

Players can have only one human follower at a time, but you can always recruit an additional non-human character to accompany you.

Follower
Location Requirement
Armored Troll Fort Dawnguard, The Rift Complete "A New Order" quest and pay 500 coins
Barbas Dog Falkreath Start "Speak to Lod" quest, given by Falkreath Guards
Bran Dog Fort Dawnguard, The Rift Complete "A New Order" quest
CuSith Hound Castle Volkihar, Haafingar Complete "The Bloodstone Chalice" main quest
Garmr Hound Castle Volkihar, Haafingar Complete "The Bloodstone Chalice" main quest
Meeko Dog Meeko's Shack, Hjaalmarch None
Riekling Thirsk Mead Hall, Solstheim Complete "The Chief of Thirsk Hall" quest, given by Riekling Chief
Sceolang Dog Fort Dawnguard, The Rift Complete "A New Order" quest
Steadfast Dwarven Sphere Kagrumez, Solstheim Complete "The Kagrumez Gauntlet" misc. quest
Steadfast Dwarven Spider Kagrumez, Solstheim Complete "The Kagrumez Gauntlet" misc. quest
Stray Dog Random None
Vigilance Dog Markarth Stables, The Reach Pay 500 coins

 

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Now you know how to get all followers in Skyrim. Also, be sure to check out our other Skyrim tips and tricks articles on the dedicated hub page.

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Dec. 3rd 2021

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