Not to be confused with Vilgis.
"Come to me with questions. I know our history almost as well as Vignar by now. Except I can remember it."

Vilkas is a Nord werewolf resident of Whiterun. He is the Master at Arms of the Companions[1] and a member of the Circle, the most formidable and experienced of their warriors. Like the rest of the Companions, he lives in Jorrvaskr in the Wind District of Whiterun. He is a Master-level trainer in two-handed weaponry and serves as the Dragonborn's shield-brother in several of the Companions' quests. He is also one of the Companions who can assign radiant quests to the Dragonborn.

Upon completion of the Companions' main plotline, Vilkas can be recruited as a follower and becomes a potential marriage candidate. He can be recruited into the Blades if the Dragonborn talks to Delphine while having him as a follower, or as a steward if the Hearthfire DLC has been installed.


Vilkas and his twin brother, Farkas, were both raised in Jorrvaskr by Jergen, who rescued them from a cult of necromancers.[1] It is unknown if he was their biological father. According to Vilkas, Jergen left to fight in the Great War but never returned.

Eventually, Vilkas and Farkas both officially joined the Companions and rose to the ranks of the Circle. They were said to be the youngest members to ever join, though this may be a play on words by Vignar Gray-Mane, referring to the twins' young age during their residence at Jorrvaskr rather than the age at which their membership became official.[2]

As Master at Arms, Vilkas is in charge of training the younger members in weapon combat. He has a reputation of being hard on his students but is an excellent teacher.[1]


At first, Vilkas seems to think the Dragonborn is not worthy of being a Companion. He does eventually warm up to the idea after the completion of "Glory of the Dead."

Vilkas is well-spoken, and considered to be an intelligent man by the other Companions, the counterpart to his brother's physical prowess. He, along with his brother and Kodlak, resists the call of the beast-blood, choosing instead to refrain from transformations. However, he struggles with the side-effects more harshly than the others.[3]

He resents Jergen leaving them, and looks down on his brother's rosy description of their childhood. He at first claims that it is the promise of coin that feeds his blade, but later admits his respect for what the Companions represent and upholding the legacy of Ysgramor. He has great respect for Kodlak and trusts his judgement, even when it disagrees with his own.

Vilkas is also thought of as a hot-tempered man.[4] For example, during "Purity of Revenge," he does not hesitate to avenge Kodlak's death. However, he does later show remorse for his rash actions, as seen in "Glory of the Dead," during which he refuses to enter the rest of Ysgramor's Tomb, feeling himself unworthy.

After the Companions' main questline is completed, Vilkas will eventually give the quest "Purity." In this quest, he will ask the Dragonborn to cure him of beast blood.

He wears a set of Wolf Armor minus the helmet, and carries a unique Skyforge steel sword and banded iron shield. After the quest Take Up Arms, he carries a Skyforge steel greatsword.


Before Take Up Arms and after Glory of the Dead, Vilkas can be randomly encountered in the wilds of Skyrim traveling with fellow Companion Ria.

Take Up Arms

When the Dragonborn first approaches Kodlak Whitemane to join the Companions, he and Vilkas are having a private conversation. Kodlak assigns Vilkas the task of testing the Dragonborn's skill. Vilkas escorts the Dragonborn to the training yard and endures a few swings, then tells the Dragonborn to deliver his sword to the Skyforge for sharpening.

Escaped Criminal

In this radiant quest, Vilkas requires the Dragonborn to track down and kill an escaped prisoner in a specific hold.

Family Heirloom

This radiant quest requires the Dragonborn to retrieve a random weapon or item from a radiant dungeon and deliver it back to Vilkas for payment.

Rescue Mission

In this radiant quest, Vilkas requires the Dragonborn to rescue a kidnapped citizen and escort the citizen home safely.

Purity of Revenge

After Vilkas informs the Dragonborn of Kodlak's death, he demands they accompany him to Driftshade Refuge to retrieve the Fragments of Wuuthrad and wipe out the Silver Hand once and for all. Once the mission is complete and the two have returned to Whiterun, he informs the Dragonborn that all the Companions are meeting at the Skyforge for Kodlak's funeral.

Glory of the Dead

After Kodlak's funeral, Vilkas accompanies the remaining members of the Circle to The Underforge. When the Dragonborn enters, he and Aela are arguing about granting Kodlak's final wish. The decision is made for the Circle to travel to Ysgramor's Tomb and cure Kodlak's spirit of lycanthropy so he may ascend to Sovngarde.

Once the Circle arrives and the tomb is opened, Vilkas chooses not to proceed, due to his grief clouding his judgement and making him unworthy. He cautions the others on what to expect and waits next to the statue of Ysgramor outside the burial chamber. Once the quest is complete, Vilkas decides to stay at the tomb with the other Circle members for a while.


Vilkas wishes to rid himself of his beast blood. To cure him, the Dragonborn must take him to Ysgramor's Tomb, throw a Glenmoril Witch Head into the fire, and then kill Vilkas's beast spirit.

Dragon Seekers

After Vilkas's beast blood is removed, the Dragonborn can speak to him again for more radiant quests. Eventually, he will have the quest Dragon Seekers for the Dragonborn, indicated by the speech option "Is there any work to be done?"

Vilkas will tell the Dragonborn of people coming to Whiterun with rumors of dragons, and how he would like to see one for himself. He will then give the Dragonborn the location of one of the Word Walls to travel to and kill the dragon located there. Once complete, he will elect to remain behind for a while so he can pay the proper respects to the fallen dragon.

The Bonds of Matrimony

Vilkas is eligible for marriage after completion of the Companions' questline, if an Amulet of Mara is worn when talking to him:

"An Amulet of Mara? You're not married? [surprised chuckle] Surprising."

Interested in me, are you? "I am. I'd be glad to stand by your side until the Divines take us, i..if you'll have me."

I will. Together, then. "Together."
I'm sorry. I'm not interested. "[dejected sigh] I see."


Two-Handed Training

Vilkas can train up to level 90 in Two-Handed.

If recruited as a follower, his services as a trainer are still available. Any money paid can be taken out of his inventory afterwards, effectively making the training free.


As a follower, Vilkas has no tolerance for crime. If the Dragonborn has a bounty in any hold, Vilkas will draw his sword and advance on the Dragonborn, but will not attack unless provoked.

Combat skills


Comparing weapons

Ria: "It just feels so slow."
Vilkas: "It will feel that way for a while. But eventually you'll get used to it, and then you'll get faster with it. After that, the shortsword will feel like a knitting needle when you pick it up again."
Ria: "I've never held a knitting needle."
Vilkas: "Of course not. My mistake."

Fencing lesson

Ria: "Should I be holding the blade further away than a smaller one?"
Vilkas: "If you keep it in close, you'll have more control, but it can be harder to balance a strike."
Ria: "I guess that comes down to footwork, then."
Vilkas: "Exactly. When you have a big, heavy weight swinging around your upper body, your lower body has to compensate, or you'll fall right over."

Training partners

Ria: "Why can't I train with Aela?"
Vilkas: "Because, you wanted to learn the longer blades. Aela's never used anything bigger than a dagger."
Ria: "It's just...I think our fighting styles are similar."
Vilkas: "Well, you can either get better with a bow or try to learn from me."


Quote Topic Audio
"Come to me with questions. I know our history almost as well as Vignar by now. Except I can remember it." General
"What brings you to me? Find some strange creature in your travels?" General
"I think by now I've killed one of every living thing in Skyrim. May be time for a trip to Morrowind." General
"I wouldn't have expected someone like you to be the Harbinger, but Kodlak trusted your judgment. And so will I." General
"Great, another ambitious visitor. You think you can just wander in here and join us?" General
"Did you just wander in out of the white?" General
"I suppose you have another question?" General
"You're a talkative one, aren't you." General
"This is a fine wedding. And to think, it's for us." Marriage
"Then I'll see you at home!" Marriage
"You have quite a house. I'm thinking of setting up a small store here. Sell odds and ends." Marriage
"We've made a bit of gold. Here, love, this is your share." Marriage
"Here. Wouldn't want you going into a fight on an empty stomach. I'll have another meal ready tomorrow." Marriage
"Bye, love." Marriage
"It's good to see you again, dear." Marriage
"Do you need anything, my love?" Marriage
"I'll rip your heart out!" Combat
"I'll carve you into pieces!" Combat
"By Ysmir, you'll pay for that!" Combat
"Shor have mercy on you!" Combat
"Ysmir... curse you!" Combat
"Victory or Sovngarde!" Combat
"We've stopped. What is it?" Follower
"Got a feeling there's trouble ahead." Follower
"There's a cave. Animals or bandits inside, no doubt." Follower
"Suddenly I feel much better." Follower
"By Ysmir, I feel... invincible!" Follower
"Look at these stones. The ancestors knew how to build, no doubt." Follower
"Get nervous around dwarven stonework. Legends say these cities are haunted." Follower
"I'm heading home if you need me." Follower


  • "Vilkas" means "wolf" in Lithuanian. His brother's name, "Farkas," also means wolf in Hungarian.
  • He claims to have killed every type of creature in Skyrim.
  • Vilkas usually says that he likes and prefers two-handed weapons, and he always uses them when he is the Dragonborn's follower or when he is in a quest. However, Vilkas uses a one-handed sword and a shield if encountered before completion of the quest "Take Up Arms."
  • Vilkas may be randomly encountered out in the wilderness killing a giant or sabre cat along with Ria or other Companions.
  • If the Dragonborn marries Farkas, Vilkas may appear in the Temple of Mara as a wedding guest; if addressed, he warmly expresses his happiness for the couple.
  • Vilkas was voiced by Michael Gough. He and the voice actor for Farkas (Michael "Popeye" Vogelsang) also voice Majni and Akar, another set of brothers and Nord werewolves from the Frostmoon Pack.
  • After the Companions' questline, if the Dragonborn does not wear Wolf Armor, Vilkas will be the only member of the Circle to wear the armor.
  • Although Vilkas claims to "know the Companions' history as well as Vignar," and to come to him with any questions about their history, there is actually no dialogue option to ask about the Companions' history; the only "history" options are to ask about how he and his brother became Companions.
  • Vilkas is not tagged as essential after completing "Glory of the Dead," unlike his brother, who is always essential.
  • If a title is earned before joining the Companions, such as being Thane of Whiterun or Arch-Mage of College of Winterhold, Vilkas still says to Kodlak that "I've never even heard of this person." when Kodlak approves the Dragonborn to join the Companions.
  • Vilkas is the only member of the Circle not to carry a key to Whiterun's gate.
  • During Take Up Arms, before he agrees to measure the player character's strength, Vilkas protests Kodlak's decision, "But Master...", to which Kodlak shouts "I am no one's master!"
  • Kodlak writes in his journal that Vilkas is "as fierce as a sabre cat" in battle.
  • Vilkas states in his dialogue that Jergen "left to fight in the Great War and never came back." However, per The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Prima Official Game Guide, Jergen was killed in a battle with brigands near Dawnstar several years ago.


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  • When asking Vilkas for some extra work, he may ask that a kidnapped citizen from the Reach is rescued. If this citizen is Eltrys, and he has already died in the quest "The Forsworn Conspiracy", one may just find his body in the cave. This will not allow the Dragonborn to continue the Companions questline.
    • This can be fixed by asking him to become a follower, so long as the Dragonborn has one already. He will say that he cannot, and then go back to his normal routine, or by going to the city where the bounty is and paying it.
    • Another option is sneaking and invisibility; with a high enough Sneak skill and/or potions/enchanted items one can remain beneath his detection threshold thereby avoiding triggering his conversation script.
    • One more option for the above is to attack him until he is in submission, go to jail, then return.
    •  PC   Another possible way to get out of this bug is to keep doing Farkas' Radiant Quests after he is cured of lycanthropy. Helping Farkas in Dragon Hunting may also trigger his "Purity" quest.
  •  360   If encountered as part of a random encounter, he may remain at the scene of the battle and never return to Jorrvaskr.
  •  360   After starting "Purity", Vilkas will tell the Dragonborn to meet him at Ysgramor's Tomb, making any current companion leave. Vilkas may then remain in Whiterun and ignore the quest he gave, resulting in the Dragonborn being unable to have a companion.
    •  PC(Fix)   Using the console command setstage cr13 100 to end the quest will help.
  •  360   When Vilkas is a follower in "Purity of Revenge", if the Dragonborn sneaks, he may be stuck in sneaking.
    • Possible solution: transforming into a werewolf.
  •  360   If married, rarely he may walk around in his underwear. The only fix known so far is by activating him as a follower and taking away apparel from his inventory. This should re-activate any other armor he is wearing.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes, upon seeing the Dragonborn, he may walk up to them with his weapon drawn, and act like he was talked to. This happens when the Dragonborn has a bounty, because Vilkas, Aela, and Farkas have guard AI packages. As such, it can be fixed by paying the Dragonborn's bounty.
  •  PC   If Vilkas is a follower and the Dragonborn commits a crime which accrues a bounty in his presence, Vilkas may attack the Dragonborn and leave their service when doing so - this is due to having a guard AI package.
  • Vilkas may not give the "Purity" quest.
  •  360   When employed as a steward, he may remain at Jorrvaskr and not at the chosen homestead. If two manors are built by the Dragonborn, he may head to the other manor at night and sleep there instead.
  • Vilkas may attack the Dragonborn if they transform into a werewolf in front of him.
  •  360   Both Farkas and Vilkas suffer from a bug that will sometimes prevent them from entering combat. They will still shout combat dialogue, but will not enter the fight until they are made to yield, after which they will stand back up and enter the fight. Letting hostiles attack the Dragonborn first will sometimes break the bug, but not always.
  •  PS3   When paying for training in Two-Handed Weapons, it will be paid twice for level 29, i.e. the Dragonborn will give him 330 Gold and use up one of the five times they can train at that level; they cannot advance to level 29 until they pay a second time.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Prima Official Game Guide
  2. Dialogue with Farkas
  3. Dialogue with Kodlak Whitemane
  4. Kodlak's Journal
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