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Iona is a Nord housecarl in The Rift. She is appointed Housecarl of the Dragonborn when they become Thane of the Rift. She waits for the Dragonborn at Honeyside. She does not exist in-game until this happens.



If the Dragonborn wears the Amulet of Mara, they can marry Iona. Like most spouses, she can be moved to another owned house. She is also a possible Blades Recruit.


In Hearthfire, Iona is eligible to be a steward for one of the Dragonborn's homes if she is approached near the property.


With Dawnguard installed, one can receive a quest from Florentius Baenius saying that she has been kidnapped. The Dragonborn can be asked to rescue her and kill the group of vampires who took her as a prisoner.


She is skilled in One-Handed, Heavy Armor and Block. It is also wise to give her a bow, as she is almost as skilled in Archery as in One-Handed.

Health 671
Magicka 50
Stamina 214
Light Armor 20
Heavy Armor 100
Sneak 15
One-Handed 100
Two-Handed 72
Archery 98
Block 100
Alteration 15
Conjuration 15
Destruction 15
Restoration 15
Illusion 15
Enchanting 15
Speech 20
Lockpicking 15
Alchemy 15
Smithing 20
Pickpocket 15


  • As with some other Followers, like Marcurio, she will use weapons that best deal with the enemy the Dragonborn encounters; for example, she will use the Staff of Repulsion or the Grand Staff of Repulsion against undead.
  • She seems to prefer using daggers above other One-Handed weapons given to her, even if they have a higher damage rating (e.g. Dragonbone Dagger w/ 109 dmg. > Dragonbone War Axe w/ 194 dmg.), however that is not always the case.


  • While her dialogue as a spouse is identical to the others, Iona's delivery is rather stark, almost forced.
  • If one kills a chicken in the garden at Honeyside, she may attack upon entering Honeyside because she is appointed to protect the property. If she is a follower, she may leave the Dragonborn's service immediately and become hostile towards them.
  • If Iona dies, a courier will soon appear and give a letter of inheritance and some gold (minus the Jarl's tax) to the Dragonborn.
  • Unlike other Housecarls, who greet the Dragonborn with reverence, Iona almost shouts her greetings to them.


This section contains bugs related to Iona. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  • It is possible that, upon completion of the full Meridia quest "The Break of Dawn" with Iona, she will disappear. She does not return to Honeyside, even after many days. As the Dragonborn cannot release a follower who is not present, she cannot be replaced with another follower and a reload is necessary.
    •  PC (Fix)   It is possible to use the console to move her back to the Dragonborn, first using the commands prid 000A2C93 then moveto player (confirmation needed).
  •  PC   360   PS3   After the Dragonborn becomes a Thane of Riften, Iona may simply never appear. On the PC, this bug occurs when the Jarl's speech stops before she names Iona the Dragonborn's housecarl.
    •  PC (Fix)   Use the console command player.placeatme <BaseID> <#> to create an Iona in front of the Dragonborn. She will act as if spawned by the game as normal.
  •  360   Within the Hearthfire DLC, if the Dragonborn appoints Iona as steward, she may disappear entirely from the game.