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Do guards respawn like they do in Oblivion? I'm guessing NPCs don't respawn but I want to check that too just in case. Guards are fairly easy to kill making them an easy way of getting Dark souls so long as they do respawn.

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Yes they do, if you look them up on UESP you can see if they respawn or not.


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Arg. Yeah i should have thought to use the wiki. ty for the help =) – I Phantasm I Nov 18 '11 at 8:21
No problem :-) It can be hard to find. – Allan Kimmer Jensen Nov 18 '11 at 8:28

Generic NPCs will respawn some time after they die. These include generic guard NPCs and the following NPCs:

  • Farmers
  • Fishermen
  • Hunters
  • Imperial Legion soldiers
  • Nobles
  • Peddlers
  • Stormcloak soldiers
  • Thalmor
  • Vigilants of Stendarr
  • Afflicted
  • Bandits
  • Dremora
  • Falmer Servants
  • Forsworn
  • Thugs
  • Vampires
  • Warlocks

List of all re-spawning NPCs

Most named NPCs, on the other hand, are either 'Essential' (unkillable) or will not respawn after they have died. (Some named NPCs are killable and respawn - see the list of all re-spawning NPCs.)

Source: UESP article on Skyrim NPCs

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