So following on from this question How can I find my followers skills and stats I've found that Sven is good at some craft skills, namely Alchemy, Smithing and Enchanting.

How do you get them to craft, or control it? I know you can talk to them and ask "I'd like you to do something." to get into command mode and point them at a workbench for example, but how can you control what they make?

I've pointed Sven at the forge and he's come back with nothing. Perhaps I need to load him up with materials?

  • yes try giving him materials to use first.
    – GmNoob
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 11:40
  • But if I give him Iron Ingots and Leather Strips x3, will he make 3 daggers or 1 iron guantlets and 1 iron dagger?
    – Neon1024
    Commented Nov 18, 2011 at 15:49
  • I was suggesting that you test it.
    – GmNoob
    Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 15:42

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I loaded Lydia up with some Iron Ingots and Leather Strips, enough to make several different types of item. Then I commanded her to use the forge. I didn't get a crafting menu or any means of commanding her to craft a specific item.

She used the forge for a while (carried out all the various crafting animations), I left her at it for five minutes realtime and checked her inventory. She still had all the ingots and leather strips I gave her, and she hadn't crafted any items, despite having appeared to have been crafting for a long time.

So at least for Lydia it seems that it's not possible to craft items.


IT is not possible to have them craft items for you, their skills are simply to build their 'character' that they have skills.

I also tried giving Lydia some ingredients, they are mostly useful for carrying them, they won't craft with them.

On a different topic tho, they will use-up charges on magic items, so keep that in mind if you stick stuff in their inventory you don't want used ;)


There's a mod called Followers can craft and here's how it's done:

-With this mod your followers can craft like the player character and will level there skills like he does. This means they will create/temper weapons and armor, enchant/disenchant items, make potions and even cook for you.

-They will also taste ingredients for you and grant you Green Thump and Soul Squeezer if they reach the required skill level.


-Ask your follower to do you a favor (the "I need you to do something" dialog line) and point him/her to a workplace (i.e. Workbench, Forge, Enchanter). He/she will then start to craft you what ever you want using the vanilla crafting menu. Your followers will level there skills like the player character does and take all perks that improve there work (i.e. the 5 enchanter perks) when they reach the required skill level.

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