If you have Waterbreathing, but your follower does not, will they follow you into deep water and stay down long enough to drown themselves?

I may play-test this myself in the next few days, but I was wondering if anyone else might already know the answer. In any case, I figured it would be good to have this question here for anyone else that might be interested.

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    Possible duplicate of Can NPCs drown? (I know that this question is older, but the other question is more general and also covers followers.) Dec 6, 2012 at 14:36
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    I don't like older questions getting closed as dupes of newer ones...
    – juan
    Dec 6, 2012 at 15:12
  • @galacticninja By your logic, the question you've linked would then be closed by a question like this one if it were to be asked about skyrim, and (more so for other topics than this) we could go on ad nauseum. Where a narrower question precedes a more general question, I consider them related - not duplicate - and would not close either.
    – Iszi
    Dec 6, 2012 at 15:20
  • @Iszi No. That question (of mine) is not about Skyrim. This question and Can NPCs drown? are about the same game. Dec 6, 2012 at 15:27
  • @galacticninja I didn't say it was about Skyrim. I was proposing a hypothetical scenario where someone did ask that question for Skyrim.
    – Iszi
    Dec 6, 2012 at 15:28

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They won't drown. I've down hours underwater with a mask that has waterbreathing enchantments, followers (companions and otherwise) will swim near/around you and will not drown.

  • Same logic applies when you jump down from a mountain in dangerous path - you might get hurt or die from falling but your follower will keep looking for safe way down. Jan 29, 2012 at 9:13
  • Do you remember specifically which followers you tried this with? Are you sure they weren't essentials?
    – Iszi
    Jan 29, 2012 at 20:52
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    Yep. I did this with both Lydia and Aela. Jan 29, 2012 at 22:18

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