I was having some problems in Whiterun with the guard because I needed to pay a fine of over 3000 gold (a considerable quantity for someone that just started the game), so I decided to kill all the guards. The problem came when Commander Caius (an essential NPC) started to attack me, so I attacked him too.

As essential NPCs cannot die, I decided to used the console to set him to be mortal. After that I killed him.

Some of my friends told me that this Caius is an important character in the game, so I want to resurrect him. I still have his corpse, if it's needed.

Is there any console command that can be used to resurrect someone?


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    You might like to look at this list of console commands to get an idea of what's possible beyond the simple resurrect mentioned in the answers. I'd advise making the character essential again, to prevent accidental deaths. Most immortal characters are immortal because they have some important role in the quests.
    – Samthere
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 12:56
  • @SadlyNot I'm a mage.
    – Zignd
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 22:05
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    If you are going to cheat your way around, why you just didn't add the gold to your character in the first place?
    – T. Sar
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 11:49

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Just open up the console. Click on his corpse (you should see his ref id show up as a text string) and enter the command resurrect

  • I know this is 4 years too late, but what do resurrect 1 or resurrect 4 do? I mean the numbers after the command. Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 14:14
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    @Lore Friendly AFAIK the optional resurrect parameter will also restore all the default items the NPC is supposed to be carrying. People often use this option to farm high-value items from NPCs. I've usually seen this value set to 1. If other values are allowed I'm not sure what they do, but it's a common programming trick to interpret any nonzero value as meaning 'true' i.e. 'this optional value is hereby specified'.
    – killthrush
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 0:21

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