i used magic against Vilkas when trying to enter 'the companions'. Now he won't acknowledge my melee attacks. I can't go into any shop menus, complete quests or talk properly. I used up all my autosaves trying to fix it. Now I have to start all over again, I was level 27 and very far through the main quest!

I've tried getting a bounty and paying it off, but conversations never trigger anything. I tried sleeping, going to jail (no trigger), hitting Vilkas with both shield and sword then sheathing etc. and he is indestructible so I can't kill him.

I might just put the game down until Bethesda patch this, which may mean I will never pick it back up. Shame.

If anyone can think of any other way to fix this I would be indebted. I refuse to start again.

Maybe if there is an alternate way to complete the quest? I heard there are a few ways of getting in to the companions.

  • Hm weird,I also used magic but i believe i hit him once or twice with sword that could make the difference.
    – Mentales
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 7:21
  • Same thing happened to me, I loaded the autosave from when I was following him out to the training grounds and that fixed mine, but if you used all your autosaves after it glitched then I guess your screwed
    – user14727
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 17:41
  • happened to me as well and i couldn't load a savegame. so i finished the whole "take up arms" quest (deliver the sword, deliver the shield and follow to the quarters) being followed by the hostile vilkas and after finishing the quest vilkas wasn't hostile anymore. phew... and i thought i had to start a whole new game...
    – user14988
    Commented Nov 21, 2011 at 23:08
  • Same thing here, but I am using it to my advance at the moment. Keep leveling up my skills byt hitting on him round after round. Nice to know, I will never trade this game for anything new on GameStop, so I dont care, I will join the Companions on a later playtrough. -Soap-
    – user15050
    Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 17:08
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    You need to attack Vilkas with a sword or mace that is not enchanted. Commented Nov 23, 2011 at 0:19

1 Answer 1


requirements for completion:

  • Only a melee weapon used (no ranged or spells)
  • Weapon not enchanted

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