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Will followers drown?

Is it possible to drown a guard in a pool of water? Say, for instance, I am an Argonian and I just killed someone in Whiterun. I then lure the guard that is chasing me into the pool at Dragonsreach. I go underwater and he goes also. After a while, will this guard drown like the player can?

  • I don't think NPCs drown. I've had several Forsworn following me around underwater while I was wearing the Volsung mask and they floated around me forever. FYI, I was waiting underwater while I waited for a random dragon to take out as many Forsworn as it could before I came up to finish the job. I was too weak, you see. – oscilatingcretin Sep 5 '12 at 3:03
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    Not all NPCs are followers. However, all followers are NPCs. Why then, was this question closed as an 'exact duplicate' of "Will followers drown?" It should be the other way around. This question fully covers that question, but not the other way around. – galacticninja Dec 7 '12 at 0:46

No, NPCs never take drowning damage. They'll try to come up for air every now and again, but nothing will happen if they can't reach the surface.


NPC's wont drown. I had a dismissed follower stuck in the moat outside Dragonsreach for days and she was fine.

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    Any particular follower? Some are considered essential by the game, and cannot die. – Iszi Dec 6 '12 at 15:59
  • This was Jenassa. She can die, but she didn't drown. – Sid Dec 6 '12 at 23:19

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