One aspect of Skyrim that never gets old is the NPCs, whether it’s the iconic arrow-to-the-knee-esque lines or just a general sense of attachment from spending hours with them. One of the first follower NPCs you meet on the main questline is Skyrim’s Lydia, part of Dragonsreach in Whiterun and a pretty fast friend.
Still, Skyrim is nothing without bugs. Has Lydia disappeared? We can help reset her position. But where does she go after that reset? We can help you find Lydia too. Oh, and for all your romantics out there, we can tell you all about marrying Lydia in Skyrim, too. For more Elder Scrolls magic, check out our Skyrim maps, Skyrim Serana, and Skyrim cure vampirism guides.
Now, here’s everything you need to know about Skyrim’s Lydia.
Who is Skyrim’s Lydia?
Lydia is an easygoing and easy-to-meet follower in Skyrim. You can find her in Dragonsreach, where following through Jarl Balgruf’s requests will eventually end in Lydia becoming a companion. Just follow the main questline and you’ve got her.
Skyrim’s Lydia disappeared fix
Sometimes, followers in Skyrim can disappear. To find Lydia again, try these steps:
- Find a new follower, ask them to join you, then go back to Dragonsreach, Breezehome, or the Hall of the Dead to ask her to follow you again
- Fast travel to your last destination
- Sleep in a bed
- Restart the game
In general, the first of these options has always worked for me in my more-than-a-decade of playing this game on a way-too-regular basis, but there are other solutions.
How do I find Lydia in Skyrim?
To find exactly where Lydia is in Skyrim depends on how far through the game you are.
- If you do not own Breezehome in Whiterun, you can find Lydia in Dragonsreach
- If you do own Breezehome in Whiterun, you can find Lydia there
Some people online say Lydia can sometimes be found in the Hall of the Dead, though I’ve never experienced this and can’t find much to corroborate this forum rumour.
How do I marry Lydia in Skyrim?
To marry Lydia in Skyrim you need to own Breezehome in Whiterun and wear an Amulet of Mara. Assuming those conditions are met, follow the dialogue tree when Lydia says, “Is that an amulet of Mara? I’m surprised someone like you isn’t spoken for”, by replying, “Interested in me, are you?”
She says she is, and then asks if you are interested in her. This is where things get nice and simple. Either reply with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ (if you want to marry her, say yes).