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I feel like I've barely started the game, yet am already level 34. Some companions are capped at level 40, and others still at 30. Is there a way to unlevel myself, or cap my own levels, so that my followers don't become irrelevant due to me skyrocketing to level 60?

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Hopefully in the future there'll be a mod that slows this down, so we don't go from 2 hitting dear to 1 hitting frost trolls in a day :( – Domocus Dec 15 '11 at 15:04
An RPG with irrelevant levels? Heresy! – au revoir Dec 15 '11 at 15:08
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The Elys Uncapper mod (requires SKSE) allows you to set multipliers to your rate of skill gain in each skill, in addition to its core functionality of allowing you to raise skills above 100. I've also seen some other leveling slowdown mods on skyrimnexus, but, IMO, Elys Uncapper makes all the others obsolete.

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If you use the console to set (not raise, not mod) your skill levels to 100, you will no longer accrue skill levels and no longer make progress for character levels.

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That somewhat defeats the point though, since you've basically made yourself max level (without the perks and health/stamina/magic increases) while keeping the monsters at the same level, which will tend to make your followers even more irrelevant. – bwarner Dec 15 '11 at 15:19
If you want your skills to be low too: set them to 100 and mod them back to original values. – David B Dec 17 '11 at 12:42

If you're playing on the PC, the UFO - Ultimate Follower Overhaul mod has a feature that removes level caps for followers, making followers be able to match your level.

It also has a feature that will easily set follower levels to match yours, if they're not currently matched.

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