Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If I give an enchanted weapon to my follower, will I need to periodically refill it using a soul gem?

If so, is there any indication of when it has been drained, and is there any easy way of refilling it other than taking it, equipping it, refilling and then returning?

share|improve this question
You can give your follower a weapon with the Soul Trap enchant, so they fill up gems in their inventory. – Krazer Dec 4 '11 at 23:13
Will they then use the soul gems to refill their weapon? – jwaddell Dec 5 '11 at 0:11
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Yes followers weapons lose charge when they use them. (source) However some say they they lose charge at a slower rate than normal. (source)

However, I don't believe there is an easier way to recharge the weapon that your follower is using. Looks like you'll have to periodically check it and then take it from them and recharge it and then give it back.

share|improve this answer

Equip them with items that reduce the cost of the appropriate school (the school governing the enchant) 100% and the weapon will not lose charge. You can do this on a single item with the alchemy/enchanting loop or spread it over 4 items reducing it by 25% each (head, ring, amulet and armor).

share|improve this answer
Reduced casting cost enchants will reduce charge use on staves or weapons. I used to use soul siphon, etc but now I just use fortify enchants and save myself some perks and level up bonuses (no need to take magicka at all). Even without the exploit you can get two schools of magic for free (absorb health is destruction) or all schools for free by carrying extra gear. – Mictlantecuhtli Sep 14 '13 at 17:09

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.