Skyrim Hirelings Guide – Mercenaries For Hire

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Hirelings are basically mercenaries or friendly allies that will help you fight your battles at different locations for some gold. You can dismiss them anytime you want but if you want to rehire them again, you’ll need to pay 500 gold again.

Each hireling has its unique style of combat that will level up automatically side by side as you level up. You can choose the hireling that compliments your game style.

For more help, you can read our Character Archetypes, Unique Armor, and Unique Weapons.

Location. You can find this follower in Solitude.
Belrand is a Spellsword class character with following skills and abilities: One-Handed, Light Armor, Destruction, Restoration.

Erik the Slayer
Location. He can be recruited in Whiterun.
Erik the Slayer is a Barbarian and if you want to recruit him, you need to complete ‘Erik The Slayer’ quest. His Skills and abilities are: Two-Handed, Archery, Light Armor, Block.

Location. Vorstage can be recruited in Markarth.
Vorstage is a Warrior with following skills and abilities: One-Handed, Heavy Armor, Archery, Block.

Location. Marcurio can be recruited in Riften.
Mercurio is a Mage with following skills and abilities: Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Conjuration, Sneak.

Location. Stenvar can be recruited in Windhelm.
Stenvar is Knight with following skills and abilities: Two-Handed, Heavy Armor, Archery, Block.

Location. Jenassa can be recruited in Whiterun.
Jenassa is an Archer with following skills and abilities: Archery, Light Armor, One-Handed, Block, Sneak.

If you find more mercenaries for hire in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, let us know in the comments below!

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  • Cuppycake

    One hired hand not on this list is Teldryn Sero in Raven Rock, abilities: One-handed, conjuration, destruction, light armor.

  • UnToucHableNuts

    Whiterun-Bannered Mare- Uthgerd the Unbroken- win a brawl vs. her and she can be hired to do Boethiah’s Calling mission strand.

  • Draconian

    Quote- “Anon says:
    January 12, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Doing some missions for the Jarl in whiterun will allow you to have a thane called Lydia”

    lydia is not a thane. you must have not understood the games storyline, your character achives the title of thane meaning you are renowned in that city as a hero and can get away with prtty much anything there, lydia is a servant ordered by the jarl to serve the thane (you)

  • brandon

    i became a thane at whiterun and was assigned a housecarl named Lydia, she is a real a badass… didnt notice anyone mention her, but she is worth keeping around

  • mike

    No after they die you can’t get them again at least i haven’t found the one i had that died after 3 days.

  • Jl

    Where abouts in riften do u find marcurio. Also if they die when fighting can you go back to the same place and get them back again ?

  • zac

    Benor in Morthal will follow you after you beat him in a fist fight.

  • Timmits17

    Uthgerd the Unbroken is in the banned Mare in Whiterun. have a fist fight with her and win, then you will have the option to make her follow you… not sure about marriage seen as i havent been married yet haha.

  • David

    Once they die do the hirelings regenerate?
    I have used them all once and can not find them agaon in there posted areas…

  • Annalisa

    Azura’s pristess offers to follow you after completing Azura’s quest.

  • Jaenol

    Every one forgets about poor illia at darklight tower to the south west of riften : she is boss

  • Riley

    Erik in Rorikstead you only have to pay once.

  • KC

    After you get the amulet for Onmund you can get him to follow you as well.

  • Anon

    Doing some missions for the Jarl in whiterun will allow you to have a thane called Lydia

  • Cory

    After you complete the Dark Brotherhood questline, if you enter the Dawnstar Sanctuary, you can order the new recruits to follow you around.

  • Vince

    What about Mjoll the Lionesse in Riften, upon retreaving her lost sword from a dwemer ruin she offers to follow you?

  • Elle

    “You can dismiss them anytime you want but if you want to rehire them again, you’ll need to pay 500 gold again.”

    The exception to this rule is if you marry them, as I found out with Vorstag. All the ones on your list are marriageable, though you have to hire them initially for the marriage dialogue to pop up.