Also, is it possible to level them up? Or do they level up just like me by fighting and increasing their skills?

  • There is also a mod which fixes all the follower problems. It makes the followers level up with you. POWER OF MODS!
    – user65859
    Jan 4, 2014 at 18:28
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    Duplicate of this question.
    – JonnyJD
    Jul 31, 2015 at 7:23
  • 3
    Possible duplicate of How can I find my followers skills and stats? Sep 26, 2019 at 14:29
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas I don't think that this is a dupe of How can I find my followers skills and stats? This one's asking about the level, while the other one is asking about skills and stats. While answers with mod solutions may be the same for the two questions, answers recommending non-mod solutions won't be. (They have different console commands, for example.) Sep 26, 2019 at 16:05
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    This is quite a different question, even if the answers have the potential to overlap. The additional questions differentiate it even more.
    – Joachim
    Sep 26, 2019 at 18:53

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They are locked at the level on which you hired them, and will not continue to level up as you do.

To set them on your current level(should be higher) you can:

  • use console commands on the PC ("disable" then "enable" the character while they are not in your party.

  • use Wabbajack to turn them into a mudcrab/goat/etc, then rehire them when they change back.

This resets their stats to the current player level, and also does not appear to reset their inventory or quest scripting (although you will need to take an item from their inventory and put it back to get them to re-equip any non-default equipment you've given them). However, it has no effect if they are currently in your party. Essential characters can not be transformed, therefore essential followers can not reset their stats unless using console commands.

There are a couple very specific occasions in which certain Followers will level up due to scripted events in quests.

Note that most of followers can reach max lvl 30 so updating them past this level would be useless.

For those on PC check out getlevel and setlevel console commands.

  • I have a PS3, not a PC. What then??
    – David G
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:23
  • @David The Wabbajack should still work on the PS3.
    – Niro
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:38
  • How do I get it?
    – David G
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:43
  • Investigate a man called Dervenin. He can be found walking around the streets near the Bards College.He will than lead you to quest chain to get the wabbajack.
    – Mentales
    Apr 24, 2012 at 0:52
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    Follower levels are not locked anymore after Patch 1.6. They level with you up to their maximum level.
    – JonnyJD
    Jul 31, 2015 at 7:22

The UFO - Ultimate Follower Overhaul mod allows you to view your follower's level, specific skill levels and other stats (through a conversation option):

UFO Character Sheet


There is a mod named Ask Follower Skills (Nexus/Steam) to check out the current level and the skills of your follower.

When you enable this mod, save a game and load it again. You can then ask the follower: What can you do? and this will give the stats like this (Faendal as an example): Skills/Levels for Faendal

Since Skyrim patch 1.6 the level of followers scales with your level even after you met them the first time (although most followers have a maximum). You can find the professions and maximum levels of every follower at the UESP and The Elder Scrolls wikis.

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