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Take Up Arms is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It is the first quest within the Companions quest line. 


Train with VilkasEdit

The Dragonborn must follow Vilkas out to the courtyard. If he/she happens to lose sight of him, they can find him outside practicing with one of the target dummies until the Dragonborn arrives. He/She must then speak with him and he will tell him/her that the "old man" told him to have a look at him/her. He will then instruct the Dragonborn to take a few swings at him so he can gauge his/her skill. Vilkas will draw his sword and shield but refrains from attacking the Dragonborn, so swing away. After about three swings, and a few humbling remarks, this part of the quest ends with Vilkas handing the Dragonborn his sword to bring to Eorlund Gray-Mane. The Dragonborn can't use magic against Vilkas, unless they are able to use Bound weapons. Vilkas will remark on you using magic, if you use an enchanted weapon, so only non-enchanted weapons can be used. 

Note: If you are wearing Ebony Mail, Vilkas will not fight because of the poison effect of the Ebony Mail, which counts as magic.

If the Dragonborn is a high level, and has grown too powerful, the Dragonborn can kill Vilkas in 1 hit, which will result in the latter trying to kill the former even after he/she completes the quest. Killing him in 2 hits results in him calling the Dragonborn mightier than he/she looks, rather than the usual dialog. 

Give Vilkas's Sword to EorlundEdit

Eorlund Gray-Mane is found right next to the courtyard, up some stairs and next to the Skyforge. A gruff and straightforward man, he asks the Dragonborn what brings them to the skyforge. Once the Dragonborn explains that Vilkas sent the Dragonborn with his sword, he rightly assumes the Dragonborn to be the newcomer and softens a bit. As the Dragonborn is about to take the their leave, he asks a favor of the Dragonborn; to take Aela's Shield shield back to her. Once the Dragonborn accepts, he hands over the shield to the Dragonborn, ending this part of the quest.

Note: If the Dragonborn ventures off before delivering the shield and pick up more Steel Shields, they will all stack-up in the inventory, and none can be dropped until the quest is completed.

Bring Aela Her ShieldEdit

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Bring Aela the Huntress her shield.

Leave the Skyforge and head back to Jorrvaskr. Head down to Jorrvaskr Living Quarters, where the Dragonborn will find Aela the Huntress in her room conversing with Skjor. Approach her, and once the Dragonborn hands over her shield she explains that she's been waiting a while for its completion. It takes a moment but she recognizes the Dragonborn from the giant fight at the farm. Skjor makes mention that he saw the Dragonborn training in the courtyard with Vilkas, where Aela heard the Dragonborn gave him a "good thrashing." Now Aela wonders if the Dragonborn could take Vilkas in a real fight. If the Dragonborn answer with the second choice, she explains that shield-brothers do not kill each other over a dispute. She seems impressed with the passion that burns in the Dragonborn, noting that the Dragonborn would make a fierce Companion. They call out for Farkas to show the Dragonborn where they will be staying and completes this part of the quest.

Follow FarkasEdit

Follow Farkas as he shows the Dragonborn to the their room. After some small talk, he tells the Dragonborn to pick a bed and "fall in it." He expresses that he is pleased to see a new face and if the Dragonborn is looking for work, come see Aela or himself. Once the Dragonborn start making a name for themselves, he tells the Dragonborn to see Skjor or Vilkas for additional work. This completes the quest and the Dragonborn will unlock the 'Take Up Arms' achievement.

Before the Dragonborn parts ways, Farkas will tell the Dragonborn about some trouble they're having in Whiterun Hold. If the Dragonborn accepts the job, this will start the quest "Trouble in Skyrim."


  • If the player assisted the Companions outside the Pelagia Farm, both Farkas and Aela will recognize the player character when they are spoken to. However, if they were not assisted (or the player managed to evade Aela before she could speak to them), only Aela will recognize the player, not Farkas, and Farkas will introduce himself when Skjor calls him over.


This section contains bugs related to Take Up Arms. 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  , 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.


Take Up Arms (Achievement)
Take Up Arms
Join the Companions
Points 10 Gamer points
Bronze trophy

Start a Discussion Discussions about Take Up Arms

  • Take Up Arms bug

    • I started the quest Take Up Arms but when i give the shield to Aela and she tells Farkas to show me my quarters he doesn't appear, any adv...
  • We don't use magic here, new blood

    6 messages
    • unofficial skyrim patch worked for me
    • I found that it was the locational damage mod for me. Just went into the options and freezed the mod, worked first time

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