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

After encountering Aela the Huntress, Ria, and Farkas at Pelagia Farm in combat with a Giant, Aela will tell the Dragonborn to speak with Kodlak Whitemane if they are interested in joining the Companions in Whiterun. Go to Jorrvaskr and speak to Kodlak. He will tell Vilkas to take the Dragonborn out to the courtyard to prove their worth in strength. If one happens to lose sight of him, he can be found outside practicing with one of the target dummies until the Dragonborn arrives. He will then instruct them to take a few swings at him so he can gauge their skill. Vilkas will draw his sword and shield, but will refrain from attacking the Dragonborn. After about three swings, he will yield and give a few humbling remarks. This part of the quest ends with Vilkas handing the Dragonborn his sword to bring to Eorlund Gray-Mane.

Note: The Dragonborn cannot use magic against Vilkas, unless they are able to use Bound weapons. If the Dragonborn is wearing Ebony Mail, Vilkas will not fight because of the poison effect of the Ebony Mail, which counts as magic. Any enchanted weapons also count as magic, and cannot be used.

If the Dragonborn is a high level and has grown powerful, Vilkas can yield after only one hit. This will result in him to become hostile and attack. If the Dragonborn can make him yield in two hits, Vilkas will tell them that they are stronger than they look.

Give Vilkas's Sword to EorlundEdit

Eorlund Gray-Mane is found right next to the courtyard, up a set of stairs and next to the Skyforge. Once the Dragonborn explains that Vilkas sent them with his sword, he rightly assumes the Dragonborn to be the newcomer. He will then ask them to do a favor for him by taking Aela's Shield back to her.

Bring Aela Her ShieldEdit

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Bring Aela the Huntress her shield.

Leave the Skyforge and go to Jorrvaskr's Living Quarters. Aela the Huntress can be found in her room speaking with Skjor. Once she is given back her shield, she will recognize the Dragonborn from their first encounter after fighting a Giant. Aela will then tell Farkas to show the Dragonborn their sleeping quarters, completing the quest.

Follow FarkasEdit

After being shown the sleeping quarters, Farkas will express that he is pleased to see a new face, and suggests for them to talk to him or Aela if they are looking for work. This completes the quest and the Dragonborn will unlock the 'Take Up Arms' achievement. Farkas will offer the Dragonborn to help with some trouble in Whiterun Hold. Accepting his offer will start the quest "Trouble in Skyrim."


Introduction – CompanionsMiscObjective
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 10: Speak with the leader of the Companions
  • Quest complete
Take Up Arms – C00
10 If I want to become a member of the Companions, I have to speak to their leader, Kodlak Whitemane, in Whiterun.
  • Objective 10: Speak with Kodlak Whitemane
20 The legendary warrior band of Whiterun, the Companions have agreed to let me join them, if I can handle some preliminary tasks for them.
  • Objective 20: Train with Vilkas
  • Objective 30: Give Vilkas's [sic] [Do not change this to Vilkas'. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] sword to Eorlund
  • Objective 40: Bring Aela her shield
  • Objective 50: Follow Farkas to your quarters
100 I have joined the Companions, the legendary warrior band of Whiterun.
  • Quest complete


  • If the Dragonborn assisted the Companions outside Pelagia Farm, both Farkas and Aela will recognize the Dragonborn when they are spoken to. However, if they were not assisted or spoken to, only Aela will recognize the Dragonborn. Farkas will instead 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  ,  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.
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  •  360   When trying give Aela's Shield back, Aela will not talk to the Dragonborn. This happens when the Dragonborn tries to talk to her while she is talking to Skjor.
    •  360(Fix)   Exit Jorrvaskr then come back, the shield can be delivered to Aela again.
    •  PC   360   PS3   There are some instances where the quest indicator marks Aela at the Giant Camp west of Whiterun, but she is not there. To get to her, one must use the plate through wall glitch in Whiterun, and head to her location, however when choosing the option to give her the shield, nothing will happen and you will be locked out of speech with her, making the rest of the Companion's questline impossible or, she may still be in one of the farms, where the Dragonborn spot the Companions killing a Giant after escaping execution.
    •  PC(Fix)   If the Dragonborn cannot find her, open the console and type setstage c00 50. This causes Farkas to walk downstairs and show the Dragonborn to their lodgings, opening the next quest stage.
    •  PC(Fix)   Type in the console prid 0001a697. This will select Aela wherever she is. Then type recycleactor. Now Aela will be in her room in Jorrvaskr waiting for the player. For this to work, also do Skjor, prid 0001a691 then recycleactor. Now the Dragonborn can proceed with the quest as normal.
    • Optionally, type player.placeatme 1A696 to place Aela near the Dragonborn so the Dragonborn can give her the shield. This does not complete the quest, nor will it trigger the conversation between her, the Dragonborn, and Skjor.
    •  360   PS3   Solution: Using the 'plate through the wall' glitch, go out to her location then hit her while unarmed to get her to turn hostile. While she is hostile slowly make your way back toward the main gate to Whiterun. Once there, wait until she is relatively close by and then use the gate to travel to Skyrim. Being hostile she should follow you within a few seconds, be sure to sheath your weapon so that when she comes through the gate she stops being hostile. From there her ability to navigate the world is restored to normal and you can either give her shield to her there or wait for her to return to Jorrvaskr.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Occasionally during the quest point 'Bring Aela her shield' the Dragonborn will return the shield, removing it from their inventory, but Aela will not receive it, and the player character will not be able to progress further in the Companions questline. If you attack Aela after she "takes" the shield, the quest will show as completed, though now you have to run out and find a guard to punish you for your crime, otherwise the Companions will continue attacking you. Sometimes you won't get a bounty though, and the guards will attack the Companions. If this happens then kill all the guards and the Companions will become peaceful. Afterwards you can go back and continue down the questline.
  • Easiest solution is to open the console commands and type setstage c00 50 after the shield has been given and after that she asks about Vilkas.
  • Another solution is to simply go to another floor in Jorrvaskr, then immediately return to Aela. If she begins talking as soon as you get to her, the quest will continue.
  •  PS3   Attacking Aela can cause another bug in which you can't talk to the guards about the crime. If you enter Dragonsreach the whole city will turn hostile. If you leave Whiterun instead and re-enter the city, all Companions will be peaceful again and you can continue the quest.
  • Also, a random glitch may occur where Vilkas will become aggressive as soon as the Dragonborn goes outside for their training. This is probably caused by having a follower attack him without him/her noticing. As such, it is suggested not to bring a follower with the Dragonborn on this particular quest.
  •  360   If the player uses enchanted weapons against Vilkas, he will enter conversation and tell you not to use them, as well as fighting back until the end of the training.
  • At sufficiently high difficulty levels, Vilkas may play a killmove and instantly kill the Dragonborn even though this is supposed to be a peaceful sparring match.


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

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  • Skjor gone missing

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    • prid 000a1691. moveto player. it is kind of a cheat but in this case, we need it. it worked on me. i summoned him between aela. you can try it
    • The same glitch happened to me on 360 does Skjor ever magically reappear?
  • 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...