I want to teach my companion to use a Shout, but when i select him, and write the console command, the shout goes to me. I want he become like the Greybeards. How do i add the shout/word of power to an NPC and not on me?

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    As far as I could see, this command is specific to the player and can't be applied to NPC. Mar 18, 2012 at 8:37
  • I am trying to figure that out too, kind of annoying. Bethesda should add it in the next patch, or someone should make a mod for it. Also, I wish you could do more than just walk around when you have used the console command "tc" (which switches your controls to that npc.
    – user22797
    Mar 30, 2012 at 22:14

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NPCs can be taught words of power by using the console command AddShout. TeachWord takes the player only, but AddShout is available for any selected entity.

One word of warning, tho':

NPCs will always use the maximum power level of any shout they know and are using, and if you teach e.g. Fire Breath to a follower, you are likely to get caught in the crossfire, if you'll pardon the pun.

While NPCs will recognize and use shouts given to them by use of AddShout, they will pay no heed to wether or not you are in the way, so if you give a shout to a follower, be prepared to die. A lot.

  • @kotekzot: Because they are a year apart and represent radically different answers. Jan 23, 2013 at 23:53
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    If you want to keep the old one around for old times' sake, just post it in a separate section below your original answer and specify it as 'original answer'. Jan 23, 2013 at 23:58
  • @kotekzot: Actually, one of them mostly speaks to lore, and is technically correct. Jan 24, 2013 at 0:17
  • @kotekzot: Well, the old answer is gone now, so that's that. Jan 24, 2013 at 0:36
  • But...now I'm curious as to what the old answer said <:(
    – Alex
    Jan 24, 2013 at 1:25

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