Skyrim: How To Join The Companions

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Factions are where you want to be in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The providers of optional quest chains with great rewards and plenty of things to purchase, you’ll want to get in with the factions early. The Companions are fighters, and they value strength and skill on the battlefield. With them, you’ll take on some combat-oriented quests. They’re also one of the first factions you’ll be able to meet in Skyrim.

There are plenty of factions, and you’ll want to join them all. Check out our How-To pages for the; Thieves Guild, College of Winterhold, and Dark Brotherhood.

For more in-depth information on Skyrim, check out our text and video walkthrough. If you’re looking for extra pages like these, stop by the cheats page.

How To Join The Companions

  1. In Whiterun, there’s a building called Jorrvaskr. Look east of Dragonsreach.
  2. Inside the building, enter the basement to speak with Kodlak. He’ll offer the “Take Up Arms” quest.
  3. Complete his quest, and you’ll join the Companions where more quests await.

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23 Comments on Skyrim: How To Join The Companions


On November 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Where do you find Aelfo for the “Companions” quest?


On November 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Up ya bum!


On December 2, 2011 at 9:33 pm

voice acting was worth having it on in backgroud while I played.


On December 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hey, just thought i would mention that you might be able to bug this quest if you have the contract to kill the guy your supposed to intimidate. you pretty much have to kill him if you have both quests at same time.


On December 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Every time I go in place everyone starts attacking me and I’m not a vampire what should I do?


On December 29, 2011 at 1:57 am

lol suck my


On December 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Sheath your sword to not be attacked it’s square for the ps3


On January 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

im in the dark brother but also want to join the companions at the same time. I was told that in oblivion the two guild clash thus making you choose between them. I just want to know is this the same case in skyrim ?


On January 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

when i went to go to my room the guy showing me to it kept whipping his sword out on me and wouldnt do anything else?! what should i do?!


On January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Megg im in the same boat as you wtf haha


On January 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

i love how u talk to the game. my companions quest is mest up so i just got bitten by a werewolf instead


On January 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

@123, you can be in any and all factions. Except for Stormcloak or Imperial. You have to choose one or the other.

If you have a contract to kill the guy you have to intimidate, then you must first intimidate him. Then, wait until the contract is alone/ asleep, and kill him. If you are in the Theives Guild already, you can pay off the guards to ignore you. If you are not, make sure you have atleast 1000 gold if the guards catch you. Furthermore, before you do kill the contract, talk to Farkas after you have intimidated.


On January 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm

While on the proving yourself mission for the companions Lydia got replaced, how do I get her back?

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On January 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

do any of u know how you become the companions leader
if anyone could help i would be very pleased


On February 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Marvericksaint go to the jarl of whiteruns home/palace and turn to the long table at the right she will be sitting beside a small child which you might be able to play with!

Skyrim Gamer:/

On February 18, 2012 at 2:26 am

How do you get bitten by a Werewolf? Where’s the Hotspots for them?


On March 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

on xbox 360 If you kill the bandits in Valtheim Keep you can not finish the quest trouble in skyrim. If anyone has a solution. Please let me know. Thank You


On March 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

This huntris whore and Skjor keep whipping out heir crap on me and it wont let me do any of the companions starter stuff, help?


On December 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I was joined the companions.
but one day,the”silverhands”went to the “Jorrvaskr” and killed “Kodlak whitemane”.
after that,companions never gave me a main quest,and just gave me not main quests.
now I can’t continue their main quest.
what am I must to do?


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