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Commanding Followers in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Elder Scrolls V Skyrim allows you to gather followers that can help you on your quests. Followers can help you fight against enemies that you encounter, but they can also be used for other useful purposes. You can only have one follower at a time in Elder Scrolls Skyrim. If you attempt to get another follower when you already have one, they will decline saying you already have someone with you. You must first tell your current follower to leave before another follower will join you.
In general, the followers in Elder Scrolls Skyrim are much better in combat than they were in Oblivion. In Elder Scrolls Oblivion, they were very weak and died easily. In Skyrim, however, they are much more tougher, unless you take on extremely tough enemies. I recently had a bad experience where I went to some camp where a bunch of giants lived. I was on a horse and my follower was behind me. The giant killed my horse and I fell off! I then saw my follower Lydia get crushed by a giant! I reloaded my game. I do not recommend taking on giants if you have a follower with you. Actually, I do not recommend fighting a giant at all if your a low level. They can kill you in one hit! They just slam you into the ground like your jello!
Commanding followers in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim
You can issue a number of commands to your followers in Skyrim. Some followers in Skyrim, however, can not be issued commands.
- Followers can wait at a certain position. This may be useful if you do not want to put them in danger from tougher enemies ahead.
- Followers can use switches, levers, and other various objects in the world if you command them to do so.
- Followers can pick up objects that are scattered in the world. This is a good idea if you can not carry any more equipment.
- Followers in Skyrim can be ordered to attack enemies.
- Followers can open locked doors, treasure chests etc.
Some followers in Elder Scrolls Skyrim will not steal for you, however. This is because some of the followers in Skyrim do not believe in stealing. Also note that you will be held responsible for any crimes that your followers commit in Elder Scrolls Skyrim.
Followers are able to carry equipment. If you find treasure, weapons etc. and can not carry any more, you can have your follower hold some of your equipment. This is very important if you are trying to make money in Skyrim because you can sell equipment you gave to your follower later.
Remember if you go over the amount of weight you can carry, you will not be able to run in Skyrim. You will still be able to move, but it will be extremely slow.
Killing Followers in Elder Scrolls Skyrim
Be careful not to hit your followers in Skyrim. There is friendly fire and you can potentially kill them if you damage them enough. In my opinion, I think there should be no friendly fire in Skyrim because it can be difficult to attack an enemy without accidentally hitting your follower with magic or swords etc. whilist in battle.
Where did my follower go in Skyrim?
Note that followers will not be able to keep up with you when your using a horse or are climbing obstacles that they can not climb. If you do not know where your follower is, simply wait an hour, and they should appear next to you.
If you can not find your follower anywhere, they may have died. Make sure to save fairly often and use auto saves if you do not want them to die.
In some cases, it may be best to dismiss them if they keep dying in certain areas of the game. Most of the time, they will just take a knee when they lose their health, but for some reason, they will sometimes die completely. I think this depends on what type of enemies you are facing.