I always try to kill Jarl Balgruuf but he always comes back to beat me.

It's really annoying. It happens with most of the NPCs, not only those from Whiterun.


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You can't normally. NPCs that are essential for the plot are immortal.

If you're on PC you can use the console to turn off Jarl Balgruuf's immortality, but on Xbox or PS3 you're out of luck. Note that killing essential NPCs can break your savegame, so do this at your own risk. If you still want to remove his essential status on PC, open the command console with ` (US keyboard) or § (some international keyboards) and enter the command:

setessential 00013BBD 0

Balgruuf will now be killable.

To kill other NPCs who have the temerity to annoy you with their immortality, you can use the same command, but replace the hexadecimal number with their BaseID instead of Balgruuf's BaseID. You can find an NPC's BaseID on their individual Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages Wiki entries. Note that you need the BaseID, not the RefID, when reading those pages.

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    Note that you have to aim your cursor at the target (The Jarl in this case) when entering the command. Jun 27, 2013 at 7:39
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    @MarcoGeertsma Not when you're using the unique BaseID of the NPC, as in my answer. I don't believe setessential works with clicking anyway, as it's one of the few targeted commands that requires a BaseID instead of a RefID (what you get when you click). Jun 27, 2013 at 14:53

What I like to do is try the kill command first.

Open Console Commands, click target, type kill.

If that doesn't work, I'd try one of the other answers.

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