I'm playing with stealthy type character and I wonder if I take companion ,will hostile NPC attack us if they see my companion?

  • I was wondering this too, I can see that the companion doesn't indeed "sneak", but what about their sneak ability? Do they have the same lvl as you and maybe the same "abilities" (ie. less noise from armor).
    – Holger
    Nov 14, 2011 at 15:34

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Your companion will auto-sneak too when he sees you sneaking, but it might be best to instruct him to stay and wait around a corner while you clear the area. If an enemy sees him, they indeed will attack him, and possibly discover you too afterwards.

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    Your companion will not be as good as you at sneaking, will attract all kinds of attention, and then start shooting people you're trying to sneak up to. "You stay here. You'll know i need you if i come sprinting back, screaming, with a mob in close pursuit."
    – Ian Boyd
    Nov 14, 2011 at 16:08
  • do you know if you have to then go back to let them know to follow you again or else they'll stay there forever? or can you just fast travel and have them appear next to you again?
    – Pithlit
    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:39
  • @Pithlit After so long they will "become tired of waiting and return home", I received this as a notification after fast-traveling around a bit. Not sure how long it takes but it was well timed as I had just realized I forgot where I left them. Nov 17, 2011 at 5:02
  • @Pithlit: You do have to go back to have them follow you again, except if you're attacked while still close, in which case they automatically join the fight to help you.
    – Joren
    Nov 26, 2011 at 23:55

I am playing a sneaking characters as well, and just as Konerak stated, they will auto sneak with you.

However, it's worthwhile to note that their sneak is as good as yours is, and they do not add any noise, just another body, so if you can stay hidden, the two of you won't be heard.

Also, even if your companions gets attacked, if you're still hidden, they won't find you (they'll look for you, but you'll be able to stay hidden) so you're not directly linked.

As far as friendly NPCs are concerned, they don't notice nor care about your companion, so if you're pickpocketing or something, your companion is essentially invisible.

  • Does equipping them with light armour / specific +sneak modifiers and weapon types effect this?
    – theorise
    Nov 23, 2011 at 16:48

I have found that if you do the dark brotherhood quests and at (the end or almost end) you have the choice to kill Cicero or not to kill him. If you don't kill him, you have the option to have him as a companion. His specialty is sneak.


Most every NPC will screw you over other than Cicero and whatever NPC's you can find that have changeable armor because then you could of course just outfit them with some sneak enchanted armor. But I wouldn't take any of the companions from Whiterun, they will always get you caught. The Companion with the best chance is the Huntress.

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    I agree. That's why I married Aela the Huntress. Apr 11, 2012 at 9:34
  • As did I. Best choice I made in Skyrim. 1600 gold every now and again, I can buy almost everything I need from her at a very low price as well. Apr 11, 2012 at 9:39

One of the best "stealth" companions are both the Dark Brotherhood Initiates, and Serena from the Dawnguard installment. The only problem I've encountered while sneaking is having to deal with when your character comes in close contact with your follower which will cause them to step back and occasionally compromise your location. With some practice, you'll be able to ghost multiple enemies before your follower even reaches you. More importantly, the Dark Brotherhood Initiates will more often than not use whatever you give them and they can reach level 100.

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