Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a year and a half away from its tenth anniversary, and it still has an enormous amount of people playing the game, and things are still being discovered. After remasters and new consoles releases, the modding community has had a blast making community additions to this game. Some of those contributions make the game exponentially better, having some players refusing to play the game without them.

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With followers being such a significant aspect of the game, many players have offered their various talents in order to extend the game and give it more RPG elements, such as letting people develop relationships with the people lugging around all their stuff. There are a lot of follower mods that accomplish this wonderfully. Here are the best follower mods in Skyrim.

Disclaimer: These are all from the Nexus Mods website for Skyrim Special Edition, with the exception of the newest entries: Arissa, Hoth, and Eryniel, who may be added to the vanilla version of the game. Download links are under each entry.

Updated November 17, 2021 by Kim Dailey: The Skyrim modding community is nothing short of passionate. Hundreds of thousands of mods exist for Skyrim on the Nexus website alone. Finding the best mods, especially for followers, can be pretty tricky. We have updated each entry with a direct download link to the mod in question so you can try them out for yourself. Most recently, we have done away with the less desirable entries on this list to shed the spotlight on a few new followers who may serve as better companions along your adventures.

10 Kaidan - Fully Voiced Follower By LivTempleton

Skyrim Kaidan character follower mod

If for his voice alone, Kai should be on the "try-out" list for anyone wanting follower mods. If you stay in the prison in the Live Another Life mod, you'll meet him right out of the door. His voice lines can get repetitive after a while, so it is understandable if you leave him at the house after you complete his storyline. His storyline is fun and entertaining. He does have some glitches on the console version (constantly crouching, getting stuck in a dungeon), but even with that, this mod is still fun to use for a while. Kai's a heavy-lifter follower, which is perfect for a rogue or mage who needs someone to go in and take the brunt of the damage.

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Download Link: Kaidan - Fully Voiced Follower (by livtempleton)

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9 Caesia - Borne Of Magic Witty Mage Fully Voiced Follower by Miroslav Yegorov

Follower mods Caessia
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With over 730 lines of original dialogue, this boisterous chatterbox is full of witty comments, yet she remains shrouded in mystery until you manage to develop a deeper relationship with her. Caesia has a particular disposition which results in her regarding you more or less highly for specific dialogue options you make when conversing with her. This can make your relationship with her a bit rocky until you get a better sense of her personality, which provides an additional fun challenge for some. Despite her particularities in disposition, Caesia is wholly accepting when it comes to romance, entertaining relationships with players no matter their race or gender. The closer of a relationship you are able to form, the more you will unravel about this mysterious follower's background.

Download Link: Caesia - Borne of Magic Witty Mage Follower by Miroslav Yegorov

8 Recorder - Standalone Fully Voiced Follower By Potasticpanda

Skyrim Recorder follower mod water

The fan theories surrounding this character alone are proof enough that this mod needs to be downloaded. She doesn't reveal much about her past or why she's there other than the fact that she's recording the Dragonborn's adventures for "The Academy." She states that she's been to other fantasy worlds, such as Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda games. She changes her voice in different scenarios. She's just a fascinating person to have along. She looks really cool, sounds really cool, and just has an exciting presence. Also, her Blue Palace story in Solitude is TERRIFYING; look it up.

Download Link: Recorder - Standalone Fully Voiced Follower (by potasticpanda)

7 Arissa - The Wandering Rogue Standalone Fully Voiced Follower By Chesko And Nikitta

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With the original storyline, this rogue was written to accompany the Dragon Reborn for the long haul, from the start of the game to the journey's end. An interesting makeup of imperial-born rebel thief Arissa comes with over 600 bits of dialogue, all beautifully voiced by Nikitta. She is a masterful thief and combatant. Her skills include dual-wielding and one-handed weapons, archery, lock-picking, and the adaptability to move comfortably in any armor type. Not to mention she introduces a whole new area to explore. Her character questline is short but full of heart, during which you'll come to know this lovely if a bit mischievous character.

Download Link: Arissa - The Wandering Rogue Standalone Fully Voiced Follower by Chesko and Nikitta

6 Eryniel Elf Reborn - Standalone Custom-Class Follower By Urshi And Donnyducky

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Eryniel is of the custom Epic Elf race and has mastered nothing short of 35 spells under the teachings of the spriggans. She is as distinctly beautiful, with flowers lightly tattooed across her nose and cheekbones, as she is effective. Her custom perk set makes her a formidable supportive companion, capable of flanking enemies and unleashing some devastating power with her unique spriggan magic and archery skills.

Download Link: Eryniel Elf Reborn - Standalone Custom-class Elf Archer Follower with Spriggan Magic

5 Sofia - The Funny Fully Voiced Follower By John Jarvis And Christine Slagman

Skyrim Sofia follower mod

As in the title, Sofia is pretty dang funny. She doesn't have a whole lot of story to her. To make up for that, she's got an outstanding voice actor. Sofia's jokes, while sometimes quite lewd, are fitting for a companion known for their humor. She's one of the highest-rated mods in Skyrim, period. People love her for her banter and interactions. No spoilers, of course, but her romance is fun. Most people who have follower mods will take along Sofia because she just feels like a friend, which is what people want from an RPG. Why would you take along a follower that angers or annoys you?

Download Link: Sofia - The Funny Fully Voiced Follower (by John Jarvis and Christine Slagman)

4 Lucien - Immersive Fully Voiced Male Follower By Joseph Russell

Skyrim Lucien character follower mod

Lucien has some of the best random voice lines of any follower mod out there. He quotes Batman while sneaking, before apologizing for speaking while you're trying to be quiet. Unlike many follower mods, Lucien's creator is pretty dang active with updating him. He reacts to other popular mods, including followers, even vanilla ones. He comments on quests and new places and has helpful insight into some of the more academic quests like the College of Winterhold things and the Elder Scrolls portions of the main quest. His personal questline is so fun and entertaining. Not going to spoil much too much to leave an air of mystery, but there is a horse named Clyde included in the download.

Download Link: Lucien - Immersive Fully Voiced Male Follower (by Joseph Russell)

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3 Hoth - Fully Voiced Standalone Questgiver Follower by Hothtrooper44

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Hoth is a bristly bounty hunter that will bring a truly unique and exciting experience to your gameplay. This Nord started as nothing more than his armor when his namesake wanted to create a unique armor set — and special it is, as Hoth wears his greatest kills as his latest fashion. After attracting immediate attention from many wanting him for their own playthroughs, Hoth soon developed into a full-fledged character, fully voiced with backstory and the tattoos and scars to match. He wields his own custom weapon and fights in the two-handed style. Hoth is an imposing force, but the coolest thing about him is his profession. As a bounty hunter, Hoth is regularly presented with contracts which, of course, you'll be able to take part in while traveling with this brute.

Download Link: Hoth - Fully Voiced Questgiver Follower (by Hothtrooper44)

2 Luna - Deadly Necromage With A Changeable Personality By God Of Vengeance

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Luna is an exceedingly powerful mage who specializes in Necromancy. She is born of an ancient elven race and has developed an ever-changing personality that can be bubbly and child-like or escalate into a psychotic rage. Her backstory unfolds a mesmerizing account of the terrifying power she wields today, one that may even be equal to the Dragon Reborn. This power seems to be tied to the magical tattoos that branch all over her body and dramatically affect her sanity. This mod ports over Luna from the vanilla Skyrim so you can try to harness her waves of chaos and get her to help you along your adventures through the Skyrim Special Edition. Taking Luna along will never prove a dull adventure, to say the very least.

Download Link: Luna - Deadly Necromage With a Changeable Personality by God of Vengeance

1 Inigo By Smartbluecat

Skyrim Inigo character follower mod

If you didn't know this would be #1, you must not have been playing Skyrim for very long. Inigo is the funniest guy to have around. His banter is insanely entertaining, and he has so many stories, and interactive options within his character story are just so well crafted. It's kind of insane the amount of work put into something for no money. His story is lacking a little after a while, but he makes up for that with improvised songs and Mr. Firefly. He reacts to quests, and modders have their mods respond to him. Inigo can have full conversations with other followers. He is truly amazing.

Download Link: INIGO (by Smartbluecat)

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