- This quest may be impossible to start as Aela will constantly give the player "Animal Extermination" quests. This is possibly caused by marrying her (living at her house helps with this). This may also be caused by being cured of Lycanthropy. This quest will not start if the Dawnguard DLC questline has been played through up to the point where Serana becomes your follower (she cannot be dismissed until the end of the questline); this makes it impossible to get the totem quests from Aela, because the quest automatically turns Aela into your follower, so if you already have a follower with you, she simply will give "Animal Extermination" quests, until your follower is dismissed. Again Serana is not dismissable until the end of the Dawnguard questline. Possible solutions are below.
- Have all the remaining witches' heads in your inventory and not stored in one of your houses (Tested on 360). For PC - You might also have to drop all the remaining heads and then pick them back up to register obtaining them, you will then be able to initiate the quest.
- If having married Aela, ask her to return to live in her house, Jorrvaskr. Gather all leftover witch's heads and then talk to her in Jorrvaskr.
- Console command:
Setstage cr12 10 will kick start the quest, however there will be no quest marker indicating where the totem is when entering Southfringe Sanctum, unknown with other radiant locations.
- Console command:
resetquest Cr12 then complete a hunting job. Before she leaves the area, ask her for work and the dialog option may come up for the totem quest.
- Finish or do not start the Dawnguard quests until you complete the totem quests. The fact that the werewolf perks and talent tree are new with the Dawnguard DLC, makes it easy to start the Dawnguard questline but then seek out the totems and find that it is impossible. This makes almost half of the werewolf perks useless until the Dawnguard questline is complete.
- After resetting the quest (like mentioned above) the second totem might still be unavailable. Doing "Dragon Seekers" quests for Vilkas might help unblocking it. Possible causes for the Totem 1 marked completed glitch: storing the Glenmoril Witch heads, taking Aela as a follower and marrying her. Best to avoid all three.
- Using Aela as a follower may stop her from giving this quest. This may be because the quest auto-assigns her to be a "temporary follower" and it gets confused (you'll notice you can't trade equipment with her during this time). Dismissing her as a follower, leaving the area, then waiting for three in-game days may be enough to clear up this problem. Don't ask her to follow you until you've acquired all the totems.
- If married to Aela, while traveling to Harmugstahl to get the werewolf totem, she may disappear and you will not be able to complete this quest. It is possible to fix this bug by waiting in Dragonsreach for 24 hours, but it does not always work.
- If you've completed "A Daedra's Best Friend," and a Totems of Hircine quest sends you to Haemar's Shame, the game may crash.
- PC Solution: this can be resolved by manually advancing the quest with the console command
setstage cr12 20.
- 360 (Fix) Solution: One possible way would be to stop following the "Totems of Hiricine" quest and follow a quest that leads the Dragonborn to an area that Aela cannot follow you into, thereby forcing her to leave your side and put the quest on hold. Afterward, find her and (SAVE FIRST) start the quest again and see if the totem will be at a different location, or get her to follow into Haemar's Shame, then start the quest again.
- When visiting the Underforge to place a totem in the correct place, Aela will be running on the spot or into objects. This will continue when you leave causing Aela to slowly slide down the side of Jorrvaskar and into Whiterun. It seems to stop when you leave Whiterun and repeats every time you bring a totem back. A way to prevent this, is to go into Sneak mode before entering the Underforge, making sure Aela is also in Sneak mode. When inside the Underforge, you can leave Sneak mode, and Aela should resume walking normally.
- PC 360 If you have completed "A Night to Remember" and Morvunskar is the location of the totem, then Sanguine may be there fighting mages. When you defeat the mages, Sanguine will wander about saying random dialogue such as, "I don't owe you money, do I?" However, if you attack him he cannot be killed, meaning that eventually you will die in a fight with him.
- Solution: If this happens reload the save and be careful not to hit him next time.
- Solution: Leave area and return, if Aela is still attacking him paralyzing her will stop her attacks, letting you continue.
- PS3 If you have completed "A Night to Remember," the game may crash when you try to enter Morvunskar.
- The game may crash after you have received the quest to find a totem and attempt to zone out of Jorrvaskr. In this event, you will be stuck within the building unless you reload another save. This can be fixed on PC by
player.moveto [any character outside of Jorrvaskr].
- 360 If the player cures themselves of Lycanthropy after beginning a "Totems of Hircine" mission, while Aela is following them, the door to the Underforge will become inoperable, and the quest will be impossible to finish. In addition, Aela will not leave your side. (Confirmed on PS3, too.)
- 360 One may be able to accept an additional radiant quest from one other Companion at some point, and it may glitch this quest, causing Aela to constantly talk to the player when they have the totem, but only giving the default dialogue options such as training or asking her for work.
- Completing the extra quest seems to fix the issue.
- 360 If any of the Companions died (apart from Kodlak) before this quest, Aela will constantly talk to you when she gets close enough. This also makes her follow you everywhere and counts her as a pursuing enemy.
- Solution: Pay all bounties in all nine holds, but do not go to jail.
- Having any other Companions quests may also be the culprit, as both are considered Radiant Quests, and normally only one of any faction may be accepted at a time.
- Solution: You will have to complete the extra quest and wait 24 hours near Jorrvaskr; Aela will then appear and talk to you to continue the quest.
- PC The game may crash at Cragwallow Slope while entering into the cave for the third totem.
- PC 360 Aela may disappear in one of the totem quests. If she does then continue through the 'dungeon' then just go to the Underforge, wait 24 hours, enter the bottom floor of Jorrvaskr, and she should then reappear.
- PC 360 PS3 When going to Brood Cavern, you may lose vision.
- Solution: Try and exit the cave and re-enter.
- After picking up the totem from a chest, if you do not speak to Aela and tell her that you have found the werewolf totem before leaving the cave or dungeon, she will disappear and you will not be able to place the Totem in the Underforge.
- Go back to Jorrvaskr and stay outside. Wait 24 hours, then enter Jorrvaskr. She will either be inside, or outside in the back patio area. Approach her and she should initiate a conversation prompting you about the totem.
- If you choose Aela the Huntress to be a member of the Blades, it may make it impossible to start this quest.
- For those who cannot start the quest. Use console
coc qasmoke, get the Totems from the misc chest, then
coc riverwood out of there. Once you have the totems you need, use console
setstage cr12 10 to start the quest, then go into the Underforge and type
setstage cr12 20 in console. After that code you should be able to place the totem you are carrying down on the stone.