The courier who frequently delivers you letters to start quest chains got killed outside of Riften by the guards. Not wanting to let a perfectly good dead body go to waste I decided to loot it, including his clothing. Apparently the courier re-spawned and now is not wearing any clothing when he delivers.

It is a little awkward when I am walking through a city and a naked man walks up to you and says

I have special package for you, your eyes only!

Is there any console command to re-spawn him to make him come back with his normal clothing?

UPDATE: Proof that it happened.

Also another note, reverse pickpocketing clothing did not fix it. In fact he had clothing in his inventory already that he chose not to equip.

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    Pickpocket clothing onto him or something. No console necessary. Nov 21, 2011 at 16:52
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    haha =) i don't have an answer for you, but this is hilarious
    – Viper
    Nov 21, 2011 at 16:52
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    Kind of makes you wonder where he's holding that letter, huh?
    – Niro
    Nov 21, 2011 at 18:05
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    pics or it didn't happen.
    – JClaspill
    Nov 21, 2011 at 19:59
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    This is my new favorite thing. I'm going to go pickpocket the clothing off the courier in my game so that this will happen every time he visits me.
    – spugsley
    Nov 21, 2011 at 22:01

3 Answers 3


The v1.9 patch has fixed this:

Fixed rare instance of couriers who would appear only dressed in a hat.

As for why it took Bethesda more than a year to fix this, I have no idea.

Before the v1.9 official patch was released, the Unofficial Skyrim Patch had a fix for that:

The courier who delivers various letters should no longer show up naked occasionally.

Source: http://www.iguanadons.net/Unofficial%20Skyrim%20Patch%20Version%20History.html

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    These are the best patch notes I've ever seen.
    – Zibbobz
    Apr 17, 2015 at 20:01

If you're using the PC version you can use the console to make him wear the clothes you've pickpocketed onto him.

Open the console and click on the fellow with the mouse.


Find the items you want him to wear and look for the FormID.

1 - Item Name (FormID) (other stuff)

Then enter:

EquipItem FormID

Where FormID is the number you got from the inventory print out.

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    +1, I had the same naked courier run up to me and this fixed it
    – l I
    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:18

One thing you could try is to kill him again, then open the console, click on the body, and use the command resurrect or resurrect 0 to reset him to his initial state, which may replace his inventory.

If that doesn't work, you could also disable and then enable him to see whether that will reset him.

  • disable & enable worked for me. It even works on spouses - when you enable they may not re-appear exactly where they were but should still be in the house. Oct 8, 2014 at 15:01

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