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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

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."


  • 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  , 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

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    • 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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