I've been trying to give her some new armour and the like and she doesn't seem to want to wear it over her default armour.

Is there a trick to getting her to equip items? Armour specifically? If I can't upgrade her gear I'll go back to using Mjoll.

  • Are you giving her armor she's proficient in? Is it more expensive than her current armor?
    – kotekzot
    Commented Aug 6, 2012 at 23:00
  • I'm giving her Royal Vampire Armour which I picked up on my travels through the castle. I will do some more experimentation with her when she's back from her quest.
    – Neon1024
    Commented Aug 7, 2012 at 12:20

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Serana is capable of wearing both light and heavy armor, but the armor must be an upgrade over her default gear for her to equip it. From her appearance, I'd guess that she is already equipped with the female version of the Royal Vampire Armor. She will also equip enchanted rings, amulets, circlets, and some weapons.


I've found that can equip Serana with about any armor that you want (including custom armor in the Steam workshop). Usually it has to be a higher rating, but from the console you can removeallitems 0 to drop the vampire armor. Once that is done you could openactorcontainer 1 and put into the inventory whatever armor you want the follower to wear. I found a good example of Serana with custom armor (along with some other followers):

(source: virtualsecrets.com)


She'll only wear snow elf armor that you can get during the quest for Auriel's Bow from the evil brother hiding the bow. As far as any other apparel she'll wear anything you give her. It's interesting because the snow elf armor is only about an 81 rating after improving, whereas other armors can be improved much higher. This is true only without mods/console, of course...

  • I don't get it, are you saying she can wear anything or that she can only wear snow elf armor?
    – kotekzot
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 20:21
  • I too had trouble getting her to wear anything other than the snow elf armor (or 'ancient falmer cuirass', to be more precise).
    – bbarker
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 20:53
  • In Skyrim SE she happily wears dragonscale (enchanted and smithed), and happily takes a dragonbone sword (and uses it).
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Jan 5 at 20:28

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