I gave Lydia several items to carry, including a simple mage robe that had zero armor rating. She carried it around for a long time in her inventory, and then suddenly out of the blue she was wearing it! And now she won't give it back. When I try to take the robe is says it was her original armor. Why did she equip a robe with no armor rating when she was wearing the heavy steel armor before that? Is there any way I can get her to let it go?

  • They need to patch in a shout that kills bugs. As in, developer bugs. I'm so sick if seeing skyrim questions that involve the game bugging.
    – Ender
    Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 12:57
  • Does she continue to wear it in your home? Dismiss her and see?
    – Rory
    Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 16:32

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Give her an ordinary piece of fancy clothes she should un-equip the robe if not if you marry her you can buy them from her

Or you could just buy some other robes if you don't want to do that then get the thief skill were you can pickpocket equipped items and pickpocket it.


Try having her stop being a follower as followers usually equip their default armor when leaving your service. If she unequips it, you can always pickpocket the robes off of her.

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