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  • In the bug of Kaliah walking off instead of opening the gate, this is happening on the PS3. How do we fix it? I tried reloading to a previous time and turning off the system and starting it back up again. Nothing is working.

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    • Ok, I think I fixed it. Stand behind Karliah and Brynolf and she will turn that way to open the gate.

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    • Wind your save is now gone though?

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    • Same thing happens on the PC. If I stand behind her, she sidesteps around me. I tried typing that 'PRID' thing above, it said "script not found"

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    • plz help i cant do this mission and its making me angry

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    • Loading earlier saves did not fix this for me on PC. I was able to complete it with no problem after shutting game down and coming here to look for a fix. So if you guys have the game alt-tabbed as you look for a solution, try shutting the game down, then restarting and loading the autosave from when you entered Nightengale Hall.

      That's what I did since I was going to resort to trying the console commands but I didn't need to. She just walked right up with no problems and opened the gate. I didn't have to block her, bump her, fus-ro-dah her or anything. Went exactly as it should have. gl

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    • She pulls the chain but nothing happens, how do I force the gate open? or transport to the glyph?

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    • I tried this PRID thing, didnt work, after 10 tries, I found out that you just need to stick to Karliah ass, literally. Then she will go up the stairs and pull the chain. Damn this feels good after 2 hours !

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    • I was having the same problem. Try fast-waiting for a certain amount of time (I set mine for 12 hours) when I was done waiting she appeared and opened the gate. Finally!

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    • My last three runs have had this same bug. this is what I've found to fix it : 

      If Karliah has walked away and you cannot find her there is a somewhat simple fix for this. This was mentioned above but let me make it a little more clear. Also, I'm playing on the PC so I don't know about the console versions.

      First off, go to the gate that is shut and open the console (press ~). Click the gate and type "disable" and hit enter. Open the console again and type, 

      "setstage tg08a 52" and Brynjolff will head to his designated spot. Now to spawn Karliah you will open the console and type "prid 00058f1a", then push enter (you should notice that this "targets" her in the console) and now you can enter the console command "moveto player" and hit enter. This will move Karliah to your location and she should automatically start to move toward the center platform and you are free to continue with the Nightingale initiation. Just go stand on your designated spot and Karliah should start to speak with Nocturnal.

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    • I managed to fix this bug by restoring to a save before entering Nightingale Hall and asking my follower to wait outside. I think followers can sometimes interfere with the scripting of other NPCs.

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    • Does anyone know where karliah walked off to I'm on console and if I can find her I can use the lover stone from standing stones of skyrim mod to teleport her back to the hall

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    • 174.25.72.207 wrote:
      My last three runs have had this same bug. this is what I've found to fix it : 

      If Karliah has walked away and you cannot find her there is a somewhat simple fix for this. This was mentioned above but let me make it a little more clear. Also, I'm playing on the PC so I don't know about the console versions.

      First off, go to the gate that is shut and open the console (press ~). Click the gate and type "disable" and hit enter. Open the console again and type, 

      "setstage tg08a 52" and Brynjolff will head to his designated spot. Now to spawn Karliah you will open the console and type "prid 00058f1a", then push enter (you should notice that this "targets" her in the console) and now you can enter the console command "moveto player" and hit enter. This will move Karliah to your location and she should automatically start to move toward the center platform and you are free to continue with the Nightingale initiation. Just go stand on your designated spot and Karliah should start to speak with Nocturnal.

      Many Thanks for this, sent a couple of hours before I thought to look on this page. Then as I worked down and still nothing I was getting "a little upset". Yours worked first time. Many Thanks again. 

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    • If you are on xbox one you can download a mod here: https://bethesda.net/en/mods/skyrim/mod-detail/4054804 . Karliah will be found at snow veil sanctum if she walks off. you can use this mod to teleport her to the chain and she will just go ahead and pull it when you do so 

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    • I wonder if a simple recycleactor command (used to resurrect npcs) will work need to test it though

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    • An easy way to counter this bug is:

      1. Accept the terms, than immediately speak with Karliah, block her path, do everything to delay her. This will let Brynjolf to reach the gate before her.

      2. Once Brynjolf is at the gate, let her go. She will walk to the chain and pull it toopen the gate.

      3. After she opens the gate, talk to her again to prevent Karliah from pulling the chain a second time. Otherwise she will close the gate immediately after she opens it. Also, make sure Brynjolf cross the gate.

      There you go. The normal quest resume.

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    • For PS4 users: Download the mod destructible Doors and furniture. And just destroy the gate before you put on your armour. Good luck Nightingales!

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    • Immediately after accepting the terms hit Karliah with Unrelenting Force to knock her down. When she gets up, then she'll go pull the chain.

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    • For XBOX ONE, I hit ehr with flames until she attacked me, and my followers killed me. I resurrected her, and everything was back to normal. Believe me, I know the pain you people went through.

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    • disable the gate via console, hit Karliah with Unrelenting Force, then setstage tg08a 52, and voila

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    • ive tried evrey thing she just walks off and does not come back

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    • to fix it all you have to do is make sure that brynjolf makes it to the door before her by standing in front of her

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    • After multiple attempts, I found the fix. Immediately cancel the conversation with Karliah after responding with "Yes, I am ready". Then just wait for her to pull the chain.

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    • So I have waited for like 2 full days for her to pull the chain, and never did.... i also do not have my save of when we went into the cave, so now what should I do?? 

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    • Thank you all so much in Talos Name.

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    • 174.25.72.207 wrote:
      My last three runs have had this same bug. this is what I've found to fix it : 

      If Karliah has walked away and you cannot find her there is a somewhat simple fix for this. This was mentioned above but let me make it a little more clear. Also, I'm playing on the PC so I don't know about the console versions.

      First off, go to the gate that is shut and open the console (press ~). Click the gate and type "disable" and hit enter. Open the console again and type, 

      "setstage tg08a 52" and Brynjolff will head to his designated spot. Now to spawn Karliah you will open the console and type "prid 00058f1a", then push enter (you should notice that this "targets" her in the console) and now you can enter the console command "moveto player" and hit enter. This will move Karliah to your location and she should automatically start to move toward the center platform and you are free to continue with the Nightingale initiation. Just go stand on your designated spot and Karliah should start to speak with Nocturnal.

      This worked for me, thank god. Thank you for letting me know about this before I wasted two hours trying to push Karliah towards the lever.

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    • I tried every one of those "just do this ..." fixes, including the this last one. Karliah walked to the center and just kept on going, right out of the Cave into Skyrim. Luckily, I still had the Autosave from when I walked out of Riften. When I met Brynjolf and Karliah and went into the cave this time, I made sure to just follow close and keep dialogue simple (no wandering around) and everything went as it was supposed to. Sometimes it comes down to the oldest remedy of all... try loading a previous save. I got lucky, hope you do too.

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    • For some reason my saves aren’t there so I don’t have a save before it all happened and I lost Karliah 😡😤

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    • I would check the Raggen Flaggen - Cistern, the basement of the Frozen Hearth, and Snow Veil Sanctum; they're the typical places that Karliah will randomly walk off to.

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    • I ran into this bug yesterday. What fixed it in my case was to tell my 2 followers to wait outside . When I did that, Karliah walked straight to the chain and pulled it. 

      What didn't work:

      - Reloading a previous save. Karliah either disappeared or insisted on leaving the indoor cell. 

      - Shouting / pushing Karlia towards the chain. 

      - Following close behind Karliah to try to prevent her from turning around and leaving.  This reminds me of the New Order bug that can happen if you have a companion with you when you meet Serana. It's probable that the same developer worked on both quests :). 



      Admins, you can delete the above post , I forgot to logon before posting.

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    • I think this bug has more fixes than any other bug in the game. I had this problem too. I told my followers to wait outside, I tried waiting, I tried to keep pushing her back, I tried different dialogue options and tricks and moving to different spots so she wouldn't collide with Brynjolf and so he would get there quickly. My character is not Dragonborn yet so I had no shouts and I'm on console so no commands. I was about at the point of trying to attack when I noticed something about this playthrough. Karliah would walk to me for the dialogue. 

      Every time I spoke to her, she would walk to the chain, hesitate on the first step and turn around. It didn't matter whether Brynjolf was near her when she climbed the stairs. So I guessed it was the stair that was the location she needed to get past (in my game).  As most of the fixes (commands, pushing and shouts) listed on this site involve manually getting Karliah to the chain I wondered if she would climb the stairs to speak to me. She would only speak to me if I was at the edge of the top of the stairs but it worked. She had to climb past the stairs to talk to me. 

      No need for weapons or spells. Whatever causes the issue lies with the stairs and opening the dialogue options past that point seems to fix the bug. Well, it doesn't seem to fix the bug as much as not trigger the bug at all so that there is no bug to fix. 

      This is similar to the recommendations of standing with your back to the chain or behind Karliah and Brynjolf. 

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    • I had the same problem (on pc), was just about to try the console command way then just as karliah was finished speaking i sprinted at her and she went up to the gate :)

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    • My follower messed her up, simply reloaded dismissed continued just fine, any one else having this issue on xbox one try that, then theres a debug quest mod that worked for me on seranas main questline, if interested I can post a link

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    • I used unrelenting force and pushed her up the stairs and it worked.

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    • Hey guys, I was having the same issue but I got It right! (PS4) I waited Karliah on top of the stairs like someone said previously, then as soon as I accepted the nightingale contract I used Ice Form on her, so Brynjolf could get to the gate before her, then I just hit her to break off the ice and bingo, she opened that damned gate!

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    • I tried all of the above (except the things where I need to be Dragonborn) but nothing worked. As I tried to push her beyond the stairs before she would talk to me, (I failed because I couldn’t get her past that point before she did) this time though I didn’t answer “I’m ready” but I chose the other option and after that... by the eighth! She finally walked to the lever... and pulled it!

      For 30 very long minutes Karliah was the worst character instead of the best... But I have forgiven her and we’re friends again.

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    • I have a problem guys kharliah and brynolf just automatically teleported into the other side of the doir bars and left me out, how do I fix this

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    • 174.25.72.207 wrote: My last three runs have had this same bug. this is what I've found to fix it : 

      If Karliah has walked away and you cannot find her there is a somewhat simple fix for this. This was mentioned above but let me make it a little more clear. Also, I'm playing on the PC so I don't know about the console versions.

      First off, go to the gate that is shut and open the console (press ~). Click the gate and type "disable" and hit enter. Open the console again and type, 

      "setstage tg08a 52" and Brynjolff will head to his designated spot. Now to spawn Karliah you will open the console and type "prid 00058f1a", then push enter (you should notice that this "targets" her in the console) and now you can enter the console command "moveto player" and hit enter. This will move Karliah to your location and she should automatically start to move toward the center platform and you are free to continue with the Nightingale initiation. Just go stand on your designated spot and Karliah should start to speak with Nocturnal.

      Thank you very much this solved my problem 🙏

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    • 174.25.72.207 wrote:
      My last three runs have had this same bug. this is what I've found to fix it : 

      If Karliah has walked away and you cannot find her there is a somewhat simple fix for this. This was mentioned above but let me make it a little more clear. Also, I'm playing on the PC so I don't know about the console versions.

      First off, go to the gate that is shut and open the console (press ~). Click the gate and type "disable" and hit enter. Open the console again and type, 

      "setstage tg08a 52" and Brynjolff will head to his designated spot. Now to spawn Karliah you will open the console and type "prid 00058f1a", then push enter (you should notice that this "targets" her in the console) and now you can enter the console command "moveto player" and hit enter. This will move Karliah to your location and she should automatically start to move toward the center platform and you are free to continue with the Nightingale initiation. Just go stand on your designated spot and Karliah should start to speak with Nocturnal.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH

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    • Xbox user here. I got passed it by coaxing her to as far to the top of the stairs as I could then exiting out of dialogue right after accepting. Good luck everyone

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    • its rediculous that this bug exists when its part of core game. Even when I voice push her to the vry gate, she still will not open it 

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    • I just shouted at her really loud, it pushed her down and she opened the gate

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    • 184.59.84.77 wrote:
      Ok, I think I fixed it. Stand behind Karliah and Brynolf and she will turn that way to open the gate.

      Yes. I figured out it was bug with the stairs. You have to stand behind karliah before accepting the oath and she will follow you up the stairs towards the gate. Then accept the oath and she will open the gate and walk to the circles no problem. GL!

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    • Standing behind Karliah, or trying to stop her, or dismissing followers, all didn't work for me.

      But the observation that Brynolf has to be first to the stairs gave me finally the idea that worked: I simply stood on the other side, as far away from the stairs as possible, when I accepted the oath. This gave Brynolf the head start that he needed and Karliah went and opened the gate. My followers were meanwhile waiting in the cave.

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    • IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU ACCEPT, WAIT, and she’ll open the gate

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