Skyrim: Creatures: Animals
Vigilance (RefID: 0009A7AB)
Home City Markarth
House Markarth Stables
Species Dog Soul Leveled
Level PC×1 (range=6-50) Type Animals
RefID 0009A7AB BaseID 0009A7AA
Other Information
Health 10+(PC-1)×10 Magicka 0
Stamina 20+(PC-1)×5
Primary Skills Block, Sneak, Archery, One-handed
Faction(s) MarkarthStablesFaction; PlayerPotentialAnimalFaction

Vigilance is a war dog that you can purchase for 500 gold. He is found next to the stables outside Markarth with his owner, Banning, who hints that Vigilance's ferocity was brought about by feeding him human flesh. Once purchased, he will fight beside you until killed or dismissed.

If dismissed or made to wait for more than two days, Vigilance will return to the Markarth stables and you will need to pay the 500 gold price in order to recruit him again.

Vigilance accompanies you like a regular follower would, but he only understands "wait/follow" and "go back home" commands. Other commands and access to his inventory are not available.

Vigilance is not adept at stealth. When you are sneaking up on an enemy, Vigilance will often race forward to attack, which can break your stealth at lower levels.

Vigilance is one of the animal followers that can be adopted as a pet with the Hearthfire add-on.


  • You will be unable to hire Vigilance if Banning is dead.
  • There is a bug that may affect any adopted dog. See the Dog article for details.


  • He may become lost if you move off a set path. Current NPC followers will catch up after a certain amount of time has passed or you fast travel. ?
  • Even when dismissed, he may still be registered as an animal follower, preventing you from recruiting another. ?
    • PCUse the console command Set PlayerAnimalCount to 0 to fix this.