I "accidently" killed Heimskr, but now I miss him. I spawned him in with the console command, but he just walks to the shrine of Talos and stands there without preaching. His preaching is an important part of Skryim, even though some people might not like Heimskr. Does anybody know how to make him preach again?

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    Have you considered showing the gospel of Talos to jog his memory again? However, it's entirely possible his near permadeath experience may have made him lose faith in his god.
    – Waterseas
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 18:38
  • What console commands did you use to resurrect him? Commented May 2, 2014 at 1:35
  • His corpse disappeared, I had to use player.placeatme
    – Xetalim
    Commented May 2, 2014 at 7:25
  • @Xetalim Load a save before you used the player.placeatme command, then try the prid <RefID>, moveto player and resurrect 1 console commands instead. Commented May 8, 2014 at 5:40

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Due to game mechanics it is entirely plausible that many interesting NPCs die.

If this upsets you and you would like to resurrect without reloading to a previous save then, naturally you can resort to console commands, as you have attempted.

There is one fool proof guide to which I have found to restore and revert, and I have paraphrased it here:

  1. Go to UESP, search for the NPC in question and record it's RefID
  2. Launch the game, open console and type Prid #RefID, where #RefID is the number you wrote down This will make your console select the NPC as a target for future commands
  3. Now type moveto player, making the NPC's dead body appear at your feet. This isn't strictly necessary but it'll allow you to immediately check whether the NPC has been revived and is functioning.
  4. Now enter the recycleactor command. This will revive the NPC to its default status including inventory and area specific behavior
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    Thank you for your answer, Whiterun was never the same without Heimskr. He is back, annoying me as always.
    – Xetalim
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 7:21

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