With Dawnguard installed, one can receive a quest from Gunmar saying that she has been kidnapped. The Dragonborn can be asked to rescue her and kill the group of bandits who took her as a prisoner.
She is skilled in One-Handed, Heavy Armor and Block.
- As with some other Followers, like Marcurio, she will use weapons that best deal with the enemy the Dragonborn encounters; for example, she will use the Staff of Repulsion or the Grand Staff of Repulsion against undead.
- She seems to prefer using daggers above other One-Handed weapons given to her, even if they have a higher damage rating (e.g. Dragonbone Dagger w/ 109 dmg. > Dragonbone War Axe w/ 194 dmg.), however that is not always the case.
- While her dialogue as a spouse is identical to the others, Iona's delivery is rather stark, almost forced.
- If one kills a chicken in the garden at Honeyside, she may attack upon entering Honeyside because she is appointed to protect the property. If she is a follower, she may leave the Dragonborn's service immediately and become hostile towards them.
- If Iona dies, a courier will soon appear and give a letter of inheritance and some gold (minus the Jarl's tax) to the Dragonborn.
- Unlike other Housecarls, who greet the Dragonborn with reverence, Iona almost shouts her greetings to them.
This section contains bugs related to Iona. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- It is possible that, upon completion of the full Meridia quest The Break of Dawn with Iona, she will disappear. She does not return to Honeyside, even after many days. As the Dragonborn cannot release a follower who is not present, she cannot be replaced with another follower and a reload is necessary.
moveto player(confirmation needed). It is possible to use the console to move her back to the Dragonborn, first using the commands
- It is possible to use the console to move her back to the Dragonborn, first using the commands
- Thane of Riften, Iona may simply never appear. On the PC, this bug occurs when the Jarl's speech stops before she names Iona the Dragonborn's housecarl.
After the Dragonborn becomes a
player.placeatme <BaseID> <#>to create an Iona in front of the Dragonborn. She will act as if spawned by the game as normal. Use the console command
- Use the console command
- Within the Hearthfire DLC, if the Dragonborn appoints Iona as steward, she may disappear entirely from the game.