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How do I find my follower if and when they leave me?

When I was asked to get a knife from some crazy witch to save a tree I lost my follower. There was no body, she didn’t die, and my friend said the same thing happened to her. So, is this a glitch? Is anyone else having this problem? Is there a way to fix it?

  • Have you tried fast-travelling back to your house, and checking there?
    – Gauzy
    Nov 27, 2011 at 3:09

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Just fast-travel to any place and, if your follower didn't respawn near you there are three possible Issues:

  1. Your follower died (sorry it's bad news)
  2. It's a bug (nice one)
  3. You told him/her to wait and forgot where or can't return to where you told them to wait (bad loop-hole)
  • Well I've fast traveled and gone back and looked for a body, so I think I found a bug. thanks Nov 27, 2011 at 23:50
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    Note: if you tell your follower to wait and don't get back to them, they will eventually (after a few days) return to their "home" (what that is depends on the follower). Nov 28, 2011 at 8:25
  • ...and you will get a message about how they got tired of waiting. Dec 5, 2011 at 0:11
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    @JoachimSauer are you sure about that? I told Lydia to wait in Markarth, forgot about that, did some quests without her and returned after about 6 or 7 days when I noticed she's gone, and she was still there. Dec 28, 2011 at 9:54

This actually happened to me. I was sure she was dead, then I bought a house and a day after decorating it I walked in and she was sitting at the table in my bedroom. So, she may turn up!

  • until you haven't any house, your follower can be fount in first place you meet him/her. (specially Lydia can be found in The Jarl's palace, Dragonsreach)
    – Rev
    Nov 28, 2011 at 12:25
  • Lydia is the one I lost, and she didn't go home. I got her with the house and I had her from then on. Now she is gone, so I think it is a bug. My friend had the same thing happen 2 days before it happened to me. Nov 29, 2011 at 1:31

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