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The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire

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The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire
Publication Information
Developer(s) Bethesda Softworks
Publisher(s) Bethesda Softworks
Release date Xbox 360: Sep. 4th, 2012

Windows: Oct. 4th, 2012
PlayStation 3:

  • 19 Feb 2013 (USA)
  • 20 Feb 2013 (Europe)
Modes Single Player
Platform(s) PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Game Information
Setting Skyrim
Time Period 4E 201

The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire is the second official add-on for the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim.[1]

Released for the Xbox 360 on September 4th, 2012. Hearthfire focuses around purchasing land and designing, building and maintaining a homestead. The option to hire stewards, carriage drivers and a personal bard are also available. With five pre-built purchasable houses already present in Skyrim, it's now possible to own property in every hold, except Winterhold.

In addition, an adoption mechanic has been introduced that allows the Dragonborn to adopt children and raise them in the newly built home, provided there is room for them. In addition, previously bought homes can be altered to have a children's bedroom fitted into them.

Official summary

Create a living home
With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter's workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.

Building a homestead


The early stages of construction in the marshes of Hjaalmarch.

Main article: Homestead

The first step to building a homestead is to purchase one of three plots of land available and obtain a title deed from the local Jarl. Multiple plots can be purchased, and a house can be built on each.

Locations for building a homestead include:

After a plot has been purchased, the Drafting Table is used to plan any structures to be added, and the Carpenter's Workbench is then used for the actual building of the house.

The building itself is typically comprised of several housebuilding materials, including Quarried Stone, Clay and Sawn Logs, that when combined make up the structure of the house.



A trophy room with several taxidermied creatures.

Main article: Furnishings

Once the main building or a wing has been constructed, an interior workbench can be used to furnish each room.

Furnishings can be either bought directly from a steward or crafted using a wide variety of items. Furnishings vary for each type of building addition and include:


Several types of servant can be hired to perform different tasks around the house:[1]

  • A Steward can be hired to buy raw materials for building the home and equip it with furnishings. Followers can be turned into a steward. Any housecarl from the various holds can be hired as the Steward. Stewards can be used to purchase Bards, carriage drivers, cows, chickens, and horses.
  • A carriage driver to provide transportation.
  • A personal Bard.

Family life

Once the house is complete, the option to move in with a spouse or adopt a child is available. Additional options will be present for any adopted children, such as giving gifts, playing games or instructing them to do their chores. The option to allow them to keep pets is also included. Children will ask to keep a dog if you show him or her the dog, setting the dog's home to yours.

Occasionally the home may become subject to skeever infestations, giant attacks, marauding bandits, kidnappers, wolves, Draugr or armed bandits that must be dealt with.





Carriage drivers


Main article: Items (Hearthfire)

10 new crafting materials have been added, which are used in the construction of a homestead. Several new food items and consumables are also added, including updated models for all soups and stews, giving each a distinctive look.


Main article: Achievements (Hearthfire)

There are 5 possible achievements, totaling 50 gamerpoints.


  •  360   Upon downloading Hearthfire, there is a chance that none of the children in game will be wearing clothes. This includes children eligible for adoption. There is currently no known fix.
  •  360   If you buy the child bedroom in Hjerim, there will be two changes to the furniture. The items in the wardobe next to the entrance to the alchemy/enchanting lab will be replaced by a cupboard in the child's room. The cupboard next to the chest in the player's room will disappear with all the items in it. it is advisable to clear these containers or saving before buying the decoration.
  •  360   Sometimes when using the Carpenter's workbench in your home it may revert to a menu of items you've already built in the room, essentially wasting your supplies. To correct this exit the menu and re-enter it, it should correct the problem.
  •  360   Main Hall wing extensions with balconies will give you the option to build exterior objects i.e, Chairs, Tables and Benches. When building "Exterior" ornate style benches please note that the in-game image is incorrect. What the game will actually build is a standard flat bench. There is currently no fix to this bug.
  •  360   Caution when creating an enchanting table and you have the Black Star in your inventory, because the grand soul it requires could use the soul in the item and also remove the item from your inventory.



Start a Discussion Discussions about The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire

  • More than 2 children

    13 messages
    • Ah! Dead body! You'd be hearing that a lot but according to her page she will just follow you around until you go to the temple.
    • That is correct, she will follow even if the Dragonborn has two adopted children. However, the Dragonborn cannot give her gifts or play games w...
  • display cases in my home.

    5 messages
    • You'll also note that dropping things, placing them where you want them, and coming back later will make the object(s) you dropped return to wh...
    • Items returning to their drop place is not fixed and it's a recurring "bug", but there's a somehow easy solution. Drop on the ground all the it...

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