I've been playing the Dawnguard dlc and I'm at the quest Toucking the Sky (Dawnguard side), and Serana is following me around in addition to my other follower (Cicero). If I complete the quest line, will she continue to follow me around or will I only have Cicero?

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From what it looks like from the USEP Wiki, she stops following you after the main questline. However it looks like you can enlist her to follow you again at a later point. From the wiki:

Her main location during gameplay depends on which faction you ally yourself with—if siding with the Dawnguard, she can be found at Fort Dawnguard; if siding with the Volkihar vampires, she can be found at Volkihar Keep. After completing the Dawnguard main questline, she can normally be found at these same two locations, although you will occasionally randomly encounter her in the wilds of Skyrim, where she can be recruited to follow you again.

  • So I won't be able to have Cicero as well?
    – Crubleigh
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 17:36
  • I don't know for sure, but I'd suppose you wouldn't be able to since you can only have one at a time.
    – Rob Rose
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 17:38
  • she will still follow you and get to keep Cicero if you won't dismiss her while in the questline this happened to me.
    – ken
    Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 5:09

She will become a normal follower. You can part ways and enlist her again.

  • So I will not be able to have her at the same time as Cicero.
    – Crubleigh
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 at 17:35

Serana is a little buggy as a follower. This can be used to your advantage, however, if you would like more than one NPC follower.

There are points during the Dawnguard quest line where she stops following you, and others where she starts following again. If you pick up another follower while she isn't following, you can keep them when she starts following again. You can have Serana continue to follow you once the quest line is over, and you will have 2 followers. You can even dismiss the second follower and pick up another instead while Serana continues to follow. Just never dismiss Serana and you can do this.

Probably the best point to do this is after you have defeated Arch Curate Vyrthur and before talking to Knight Paladin Gelebor so you can be given Auriel's Bow. During this brief window, Serana will stop following you. You can fast travel away and pick up someone else(Lydia and J'Zargo are just two examples) and take them with you back to the Forgotten Vale. After you talk to Gelebor, Serana will start following again but you'll retain the services of whoever you traveled away to get.

If you dismiss Serana after the Dawnguard quest line is over, you may run into a bug where you can never have her as a follower again in the same play through.

I have personally had Serana and another follower(mainly my wife Lydia) following me simultaneously for a while after the DG quest line on a few occasions, but Serana's penchant for necromancy and careless use of chain lightning have caused fights between the two(easily fixed with a dual cast of Pacify from a dragonborn with 100 illusion skill and most of the perks).

Serana can make for an interesting follower, but I find that the pros of such an arrangement are generally outweighed by the cons. Usually I don't need a follower because of highly perked weapon skills with well tempered(and enchanted) weapons and armor in addition to heaps of stamina, a combo of Extra Pockets and the Steed Stone, and a number of powerful custom fortify carry weight enchants I can switch to when I start running kind of heavy( mostly happens when going through a dwemer ruin or nordic ruin).

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