The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Followers not following?

Asked about The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nov. 16, 2011, 10:34 p.m. by ThievingLizard

Ive lost Lydia and Torva as followers. And they're holding some stuff of mine... I cannot find them, any ideas?

7 answers to this The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim question

  • Answer by NeddAaronR.Dickens

    Go back to where you got them from. Or their "home" area. Whenever I lost Lydia, she was always just waiting for me back at Dragonsreach in Whiterun where I first got her after a day or so.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by willthepoet

    I also ran into this problem but then i found lydia at my place in white run. check both bed rooms of the house. she is usually there

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by 0vl8GNYlRuF9amons1ZVaSFY6+M=

    They do tend to get hung up on steps and such like. I found my follower buried in some steps! If you think you're not being followed, check behind you. Backtracking works well. I just wandered around my follower until he moved and then all was good.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by TheLawsons

    There have been a few times that even when backtracking, we could not locate our followers. The most simple solution discovered so far is to fast travel to a new location, at which time they will rejoin you. I am not sure if that will still be effective if you have told them to "wait", and forgotten to ask them to "follow" again though. I've tried to avoid asking them to "wait" all-together, remembering the nightmares of attempting to locate Boone and Rex in New Vegas when I would forget about them.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by ThievingLizard

    Sorry, it was Faendal who I lost, not Torva- but here's what happened: I had lost him, went to his home, waited - journeyed on, and eventually his battered lifeless corpse showed up out side Whiterun by the carriage guy- all our (combined) gear still on him- including his house key- so Ive been squatting in his house, no need to buy one now! (I did see a guy getting up from his body once as I approached, but he got up and walked away with no results)

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by Romanuata

    Don't worry much as there are more than forty followers not counting the Animals and Dungeon/Quest specific followers.

    A couple easy ways to relocate or find your lost follower are:

    Zone into a dungeon or building if you think they are just hung-up or engaged with mobs. I've found they disengage and respawn next to me in these cases.

    If they die while engaged their body and items will be where they died. Not easy to find them in this case. I've lost a follower or two this way.

    Often it just takes some time for them to catch up with you. They move rather slowly.

    Hirelings are found where you hired them.

    Housecarls are found at your home or the Jarl's place if you don't have a home in his region.

    Guild mates are found at the Guild Sanctuary.

    Quest or Dungeon Followers are often weak and need a great deal of babysitting. Save often or risk their deaths. Don't worry over much as they just add to the events and are not critical to the story advancement.

    Favor Followers are found in their homes or in the areas they roam (try remembering where you first found them and search that local area).

    Animal Companions once lost are difficult to replace. I'm not certain how many of these their are. Minus unnamed horse which you can just buy another later.

    Abandoned Horses will show up eventually at a Stable near you or the Stable you originally purchased them. Unless they died then just buy another.

    Or you can find them where you hired/snagged them. I often leave mine behind and they catch up later most times.

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
  • Answer by manuelang54

    There's a few possibilities:

    1. you follower was KIA'd
    2. You may have let them go - go back to their home
    3. you may have told them to wiat somewhere and forgot about them when you fast travelled - you will need to go back an fetch them
    4. if you bought a house they may be in there (ex. Lydia in the breezehome house)

    -Good luck!

    Oct. 22, 2013, 10:31 a.m.