Rebuilding the Blades is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This will not appear by this name in the journal. Instead, there will be a miscellaneous quest to "Bring a follower to Delphine."


Delphine has requested the Dragonborn to bring her three followers who will then take an oath and be inducted into the Blades.


The Dragonborn needs to speak to a follower and ask if they wish to become a Blade. Followers who can be asked to join the Blades are listed in the table below.

Once a follower becomes a Blade, they will move to Sky Haven Temple and are no longer found at their original location when dismissed. Once three followers become Blades, the "Dragon Hunting" quest becomes available which involves slaying a dragon at a random dragon lair with the new recruits. Should a recruit die, they cannot be replaced by inducting another follower.


Name Location Prerequisite Race
Argis the Bulwark Vlindrel Hall, Markarth Become Thane of Markarth Nord
Calder Hjerim, Windhelm Become Thane of Eastmarch Nord
Gregor HF The White Hall, Dawnstar Become Thane of The Pale Nord
Iona Honeyside, Riften Become Thane of The Rift Nord
Jordis the Sword-Maiden Proudspire Manor, Solitude Become Thane of Haafingar Nord
Lydia Breezehome, Whiterun Become Thane of Whiterun Nord
Rayya HF Jarl's Longhouse, Falkreath Become Thane of Falkreath Redguard
Valdimar HF Highmoon Hall, Morthal Become Thane of Hjaalmarch Nord

College of WinterholdEdit

Name Class Location Quest Race
Brelyna Maryon Mystic Hall of Attainment Brelyna's Practice Dunmer
J'zargo Sorcerer Hall of Attainment J'zargo's Experiment Khajiit
Onmund Sorcerer Hall of Attainment Onmund's Request Nord

The CompanionsEdit

Name Class Location Quest Race
Aela the Huntress Thief Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Athis Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Dunmer
Farkas Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Njada Stonearm Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Ria Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Imperial
Torvar Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord
Vilkas Warrior Jorrvaskr Glory of the Dead Nord


Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Ingjard Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Nord
Durak Ranger Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Orc
Agmaer Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Nord
Beleval Bandit Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Bosmer
Celann Warrior Fort Dawnguard Complete A New Order Breton


Name Class Location Race
Belrand Spellsword The Winking Skeever, Solitude Nord
Jenassa Ranger The Drunken Huntsman, Whiterun Dunmer
Marcurio Mage Bee and Barb, Riften Imperial
Stenvar Warrior Candlehearth Hall, Windhelm Nord
Teldryn Sero DR Spellsword The Retching Netch, Raven Rock Dunmer
Vorstag Warrior Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth Nord

Quest reward followersEdit

These followers typically have a quest attached to them and it must be completed in order to gain them as a follower.

Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Adelaisa Vendicci Citizen East Empire Company Rise in the East Imperial
Ahtar Warrior Castle Dour Complete Kill the Bandit Leader. Redguard
Annekke Crag-Jumper Ranger Darkwater Crossing Complete Kill the Bandit Leader. Nord
Aranea Ienith Mage Shrine of Azura Side with her during The Black Star. Dunmer
Eola Nightblade Hall of the Dead, Markarth Help her in The Taste of Death Breton
Erandur Priest Windpeak Inn, Dawnstar Help him in Waking Nightmare Dunmer
Erik the Slayer Barbarian Frostfruit Inn, Rorikstead Complete his favor Nord
Faendal Thief Riverwood Help him in Love Triangle Bosmer
Frea DR Warrior Skaal Village Complete The Fate of the Skaal Nord
Golldir Warrior Hillgrund's Tomb Help him in Ancestral Worship Nord
Illia Mage Darklight Tower Help her in Repentance Imperial
Kharjo Warrior Ahkari's Khajiit Caravan Retrieve his Moon Amulet Khajiit
Lob Ranger Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc
Mjoll the Lioness Warrior Riften Complete Retrieve Grimsever Nord
Ogol Warrior Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc
Ralis Sedarys DR Rogue Kolbjorn Barrow Spare him at the end of Unearthed Dunmer
Roggi Knot-Beard Miner Kynesgrove Find his family's ancestral shield Nord
Sven Lumberjack Riverwood Help him in Love Triangle Nord
Talvas Fathryon DR Conjurer Tel Mithryn Complete From the Ashes Dunmer
Ugor Ranger Largashbur Complete The Cursed Tribe Orc

Miscellaneous followersEdit

These followers have no specific quest attached to them. Gaining them as a follower may sometimes be a trivial affair, such as brawling against them and winning the match.

Name Class Location Prerequisite Race
Benor Warrior Morthal Beat him in a brawl Nord
Borgakh the Steel Heart Warrior Mor Khazgur Pay her dowry or persuade her Orc
Cosnach Warrior Silver-Blood Inn, Markarth Beat him in a brawl or give him a drink Breton
Derkeethus Ranger Darkwater Pass Free him from captivity Argonian
Ghorbash the Iron Hand Ranger Dushnikh Yal Convince him to travel with the Dragonborn Orc
Uthgerd the Unbroken Warrior The Bannered Mare, Whiterun Beat her in a brawl Nord


  • Cicero and Serana are the only followers that can't become Blades.
  • It is possible to begin this quest without killing Paarthurnax by talking to Delphine after the completion of Alduin's Wall.


This section contains bugs related to Rebuilding the Blades. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Occasionally, when told to meet with Esbern during the "Dragon Hunting" quests, Esbern will be met in a remote location with no task. When spoken to, he will only have neutral dialogue.confirmation needed

Start a Discussion Discussions about Rebuilding the Blades

  • Best Blades

    59 messages
    • I used illia or whatever her name is front darklight tower bel random from solitude and derkeethus from dark water crossing
    • Well Lydia,J'zargo and Farkas..
  • Hey, which three you inducted into the Blades!

    8 messages
    • I did kharjo because i wanted to get him easily and hes my favorite follower and hes a warrior and benifits the most for what the blades give ...
    • Spartan Jack 17 wrote: I have never joined the blades, and I never will.  Killing Paarthnux is too unthinkable. You can save him