Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For similar power in other games, see Beast Tongue.

Command Animal is a racial power of the Bosmer that forces an animal to become the Dragonborn's ally for 60 seconds. Like other race powers, Command Animal may only be used once a day.


  • Some of the best candidates for Command Animal are bears, mammoths, wolves, and sabre cats.
  • This can be particularly useful when fighting giants, as they are normally accompanied by mammoths, which can be turned to fight for the Dragonborn, making giants much easier to defeat.
  • Command Animal negates the risk of unexpected death from sabre cat or wolf ambushes, as using the power quickly repels the attacker; something valued for lower-leveled characters.


  • Despite being bestial, dragons cannot be commanded.
  • Command Animal is an area of effect power, requiring moderate vicinity to the target to activate.
  • The same effects can be gained from the Animal Allegiance Dragon Shout, barring that Animal Allegiance can be used multiple times a day, while Command Animal can only be used once, and only by Bosmer characters. The Command Animal power also shares the same on-screen animations as Animal Allegiance.


This section contains bugs related to Command Animal. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Occasionally while an animal is under the Dragonborn's command when they fast travel, the animal will remain at the point of arrival permanently, i.e.: Having a cave bear under command when fast traveling to Whiterun, the bear will remain at the city gates permanently and be non-hostile towards the Dragonborn or any other NPCs (will attack if hit)
  • Sometimes the animal simply won't follow/fight for the Dragonborn despite being commanded, most notable on mammoths