1.4 update now on Steam, Xbox LIVE (Updated)

Update 2/9: 1.4 update is now live on Xbox LIVE. PS3 update is looking good for today as well. If we get an update from Sony, we’ll let you know.

Today we’ve taken Skyrim’s 1.4 update out of beta and made it available for everyone on Steam. In addition to bug and quest fixes, 1.4 adds launcher support for the Skyrim Workshop. Currently we’re putting the final touches on the Creation Kit and Skyrim Workshop and will let everyone know as soon as they’re up.

As an update to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users, we’re submitting 1.4 to the console manufacturers this week. When these updates are available, we’ll let everyone know.

After the break, check out the final release notes for 1.4. The changes impact all platforms unless noted.


  • Skyrim launcher support for Skyrim Workshop (PC)


  • General optimizations for memory and performance
  • Fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequins in player’s house (PS3)
  • Long term play optimizations for memory and performance (PS3)
  • Improved compiler optimization settings (PC)
  • Memory optimizations related to scripting
  • Fixed issue with dangling scripts not properly clearing from memory
  • Fixed crashes related to pathing and AI
  • Fixed crash in “Haemar’s Shame” if player had already completed “A Daedra’s Best Friend”
  • Fixed rare crash with loading saved games
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
  • Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
  • Fixed issue where quests would incorrectly progress after reloading a save
  • Fixed issues with placing and removing books from bookshelves in the player’s home
  • Optimized bookshelf script in player-owned houses that would occasionally block other scripts from properly firing off
  • Fixed issue where weapon racks and plaques would not work correctly in player’s house if player immediately visits their house before purchasing any upgrades
  • Fixed issue where the player house in Windhelm would not clean up properly
  • Fixed crash related to giant attacks and absorb spells
  • Fixed issue with ash piles not cleaning up properly
  • Fixed occasional issue where overwriting an existing save would fail
  • Fixed memory crash with container menu
  • Fixed infinite loop with bookshelves
  • Fixed issue where transforming back to human from werewolf would occasionally fail
  • Bows and daggers will display properly when placed on weapon racks
  • Fixed occasional audio issue that would play sound effects louder than intended
  • Fixed bug related to hitching between cell boundaries
  • Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Fixed issue where traps in Shalidor’s Maze would not work properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian versions


  • The Unusual Gem that was inside the Thalmor Embassy is now accessible after finishing “Diplomatic Immunity”
  • In “Breaching Security”, the quest token is no longer required to receive a fortune reading from Olava the Feeble
  • Fixed issue where Galmar would not complete Joining the Stormcloaks properly if “Season Unending” was an active quest
  • Fixed issue where starting “Season Unending” after finishing “Joining the Stormcloaks” would prevent “The Jagged Crown” from starting properly
  • Fixed issue where progressing through “Message to Whiterun” while “Season Unending” was still open would block progression for both quests
  • In “Arniel’s Endeavor”, fixed issue where a quest journal would trigger multiple times
  • In “Forbidden Legend”, the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it
  • Fixed rare issue in “Forbidden Legend” where killing Mikrul Gauldurson while sneaking would make his corpse unaccessible
  • In “The White Phial”, the phial can no longer disappear if player leaves dungeon without taking it
  • “The White Phial” will now start properly if player already has a briar heart in their inventory
  • Player can no longer get stuck in Misty Grove after completing “A Night to Remember”
  • Fixed issue where leaving Riften during “A Chance Arrangement” would prevent quest from progressing
  • In “Darkness Returns”, a door in Twilight Sepulcher will properly open if the player leaves the dungeon for an extended period of time before completing the quest
  • In “Revealing the Unseen”, if the player leaves the Oculory for an extended period of time after placing the focusing crystal and returns, the quest will proceed correctly
  • “Onmund’s Request” will now start properly if player has already found Enthir’s staff before receiving this quest
  • Fixed instance where Tonilia would stop buying stolen items and also would not give Guild Leader Armor
  • “Repairing the Phial” will start properly if player already has unmelting snow or mammoth tusk in their inventory
  • Finding Pantea’s Flute before speaking with Pantea no longer prevents her quest from updating
  • In “The Break of Dawn”, fixed rare instance where a quest object would spawn incorrectly on the Katariah during Hail Sithis
  • Fixed rare issue in “The Mind of Madness” where player is unable to equip the Wabbajack
  • Fixed issue in “Pieces of the Past” where Mehrunes Dagon’s Razor will not trigger properly if player leaves the cell for extended period of time before activating it
  • “Blood’s Honor” will start properly if you visited and completed Driftshade and an extended period of time passes before starting the quest.
  • Fixed rare issue where “Dampened Spirits” would not start properly
  • Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
  • Fixed issue where killing guards in Cidhna Mine would block progression for “No One Escapes Cidhna Mine”
  • Fixed numerous issues with “Blood on the Ice” not triggering properly
  • In “Blood on the Ice”, Calixto can now be killed if player owns a house in Windhelm
  • In “The Cure for Madness”, killing Cicero then resurrecting him no longer impedes quest progress
  • Fixed rare issue in “To Kill an Empire” where an NPC would fail to die properly
  • Clearing Knifepoint Ridge before starting “Boethiah’s Champion” no longer prevents quest from starting.

Reader Comments

  1. Here are more specifics: Lvl 45, 29mb save file, 061.48.13hrs on game, 37 Quests Complete, 41 Misc objectives complete, 7 Main Quests complete, 7 Side Quest complete, 11 College of Winterhold quests complete, 1 Thieves guilds quest, 9 Civil War quests, 1 Daedric Quest, and 1 Questline Completed. 168 Locations discovered, 34 Dungeons cleared and 498 chests cleared. Please tell me there is a way to fix this lag issue because the 1.4 patch did not.

  2. after the update that fixed the inventory problems i now really bad problems as its taken up to a minute to upload any inventory e.g burial urns, buying/selling objects. and also i dont understand why but after doing the mission for the thieves guild in which you have to burn some bee hives and if you want steal from a safe in a house i don’t seem to be able to continue with the thieves guild can anyone help me?

  3. Awesome update fixed alot of things and I can already see it but there is one thing that’s been annoying now everytime I search something(Body,Chest,Wardrobe etc.) it freezes for a couple seconds then when I try to take or store something it freezes again. Please correct this.

  4. I was hoping to see a fix for the Nightingale Hall issue after finishing the Thieve’s Guild questline. The female NPC that is supposed to go back to the Nightingale Hall and make it her home, still has not arrived back there after we parted ways. She even makes the comment to the player that he/she should make it their home as well. I would love to spend some coin to spruce up the Nightingale Hall, just as I have various other factions’ holds throughout the game.

  5. ever since the 1.4 update installed itself to skyrim, my game crashes to the desktop at every loading page after the loading of the save, i can walk around fine, but walk through a door and crash. i had the beta version of this patch i dont know if this makes any difference. has anyone else had this problem, and is it being fixed. im resorting now to completely uninstalling the game and then reinstalling, to see if it was something i did.

  6. I would really like a way to get rid of quest items. I play on the Xbox console, and right now I’m bugged with forever lugging around Finn’s Lute. I found the lute before I was given the quest and while I received the award for the quest line, I cannot get it out of my inventory. Same goes for Runed Lexicon and Attunement Sphere. Besides these few flaws, I love Skyrim to death.

    • Same problem here!

      I also have an Amulet of Talos that I can’t get rid of for the same reason.

      I was really hoping that this patch would fix it!

  7. My game doesn’t start up after I install this patch. It says its not compatible even though I’ve never had any mods installed, which seems to be the reason it doesn’t start. I tried installing the reversed daggers than uninstalling them but it still has no effect.

  8. Ive downloaded the new update and it seems to have made not a jot of difference.Styrr in The Wolf Queen awakened still wont give me the key to Potemas Catacombs!

  9. These people sound like they’ve never played a Bethesda game before.

    I have over 1000 saves for my 200+ hours of gameplay. NEVER overwrite saves. I have seen no game breaking bugs, haven’t had problems with quests, but with my save setup of I do it will be very easy to roll back to a few saves ago and try again. I’m on 360 btw. For all the PS3 fanboys out there it seems like EVERY game I’ve ever played on 360 had MAJOR issues on PS3. Maybe Ps3 just sucks?

  10. Of everything that was previously broken on 360, this patch appears to have addressed … some minor things. I was actually able to give Pantea her flute, and I got the reward for the mission, although it never marked the mission complete and it remains in my list of open Miscellaneous quests (along with about 12 other quests that are either done but still shown as active, or that are entirely broken and unable to be completed for various reasons).

    Blood On The Ice still will not trigger no matter who I talk to or what I do in Windhelm, including wandering around the house and trying to investigate the investigation points (which still do nothing). I likewise still cannot buy the Windhelm house from the Jarl’s man, who still tells me there’s some trouble with the house.

    On top of that, the patch appears to have introduced MORE bugs. For the first time ever, I had a weapon disappear when I tried to put it on a weapon rack. I believe it was the Pale Blade, which vanished when I put it on a rack in my Whiterun house. It was not recoverable without loading a previous save. The Bannered Mare in Whiterun completely disappeared, except for the two doors, which are standing there. Walking into the onscreen area where the building should be causes additional visual glitches beneath and around where the building should be. Oh, and I found a dragon that appeared alive, albeit twisted up in a corner oddly, which was searchable and lootable, but still registered as an enemy preventing me from fast traveling. Hadn’t seen that one before.

  11. Well, The Mind of Madness quest keeps freezing my system dead after walking into the hallway with the red carpet. Most of the advices I’ve seen on the net were about switching to 3rd person and unequpping stuff – didn’t work at all.
    (PS3 version, patched to 1.4)

  12. So the Crime Scene in your house in windhelm is still there… which is a pain since it obstructs the alchemy/enchantment room (PS3)… guess it WAS NOT fixed, although it was listed as such.

  13. I’ve almost completed all the game, but cannot advance on the quest “Reunification of Skyrim”,the bug in legate Rikke dialogue options no was fixed.

  14. During the “Siege on the Dragon Cult” quest, the glass claw will not open the door, even though I have the correct combination. Saving and reloading did not help, nor did leaving the area and returning

  15. Well im am pleased to announce that so far after around 3 hours….. No freeze. It is really nice actually being able to play this game now. But like I said its only after 3 hours. Ill keep my fingers crossed.

  16. ‎137hrs into it and then I get my first (& very major) problem”A cornered rat” is not starting apon completion of “diplomatic immunity”. It just doesnt start, no writing saying “started: A Cornered Rat” …. No anything… the game acts as if there isnt any more quests to be done on this questline. I try just going to find esbren but he wont talk to me neither will brynjoff, not about the quest Im trying to do anyway…. The worst part is, after writing Bethesda several emails asking for possible solutions & trying everything they suggested with nothing working, they told me I should try starting a new game…. A NEW GAME? after spending 137 hrs on my current one?!! ….. What total crap. JUST FIX YOUR DAMN GAME!!! WHY RELEASE IT IF IT CLEARLY WASNT READY?!?!

    I really hope they fix this in patch 1.5 whenever it comes out! =(

    • Mike its crap.Start the game again!Ive done 250+ hrs now.I feel i cant access large parts of it,i cant get Styrr to give me the key to Potemas catacombs.Its if youve gone exploring and stupidly picked up an item before you were supposed to find it,the game locks it to you,so you cant access the quest then.Very shabby,a shame.Ive gone back to Oblivion,given up on Skyrim.

  17. The patch doesn’t fix the glitch with the Glory of Dead quest not initiating after Purity of Revenge. Now I can’t complete the companion quest line.

  18. What I want to know is why you have NOT posted my comment after 7 days!!! I did not write anything rude – I just stated the facts, you are putting on lots of other comments after mine some of which are not exactly positive in regards to your game and to Bethesda in general. I think if you feel I have “too many” bugs in my game and others might actually relate to these that is just unprofessional. Please post my comment immediately!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. The new 1.4 for xbox has in fact seemed to have made the game worse.If i put weapons on the rack in Breezehome,they float in mid-air nearby!Also all the blades from Skyhaven have begun following me around.I get dead dragons falling out of the sky everywhere!If you havent yet bought this tripe get Oblivion instead!Sort it out Bethesda.Do another patch that F’n works,and activates Potemas catacombs please.A very dissapointing game..

  20. I sunk a lot of time on Skyrimjob !!! & did a lot of the side missions & completed them & as soon as that new patch came out 1.4 grab your ankles & take it like a real man came out !!! the hole game is broken!!!, I am done with Skyrimjob I will not play that game any more & wast any more time on it !!! what a shame the game play is top notch & what a beautiful game to play, all gone to wast!!! I deleted the game from my hard drive & get rid of this half Ass made game!!! you just lost a customer & a Fan of your work!!!

  21. (PS3) I’ve noticed improvements since the 1.4 patch. I don’t have 100s of hours in the game yet, but I was previously seeing problems and now I don’t. No crashes now, bookshelf seems to work, stuff like that. I too have done a little extra-curricular exploring and hopefully I won’t run into any issues there – that WOULD be a problem. I’ve become scared to venture off and do anything not specifically story- or quest-related, which is sad because that’s what I find so fun about the game. ‘Looking for Area X… Oh, there’s a cool looking cave, time to put on the butt-kickin boots!’ Yeah, I’ve just learned not to do that anymore.

  22. Glad to know you guys are hard at work fixing problems! Thanks!
    Good luck with the other ones and such. With a game as huge as Skyrim, it’s worth it if we have to survive a few more little glitches here and there.

  23. Yay, this update has made my PS3 version of Skyrim WAY better… except for one problem. The “Speaking with Silence” in the thieves guild, Mercer Fery wont the open the dang dragon claw door in Snow Veil Sanctom!!! I’ve tried ever single option to make him open it… but nothing works at all. Now i cant finish the games main quests because Mercer is not supposed to be following with me through the whole game…… just sooooo annoying. I hope a patch for that comes out reeeealy quick. =/

  24. I cleared Geirmund’s Hall before starting the Forbidden Legend quest–or even knowing it had an associated quest, to tell the truth. As I now realize, this means that Sigdis’ amulet fragment is unobtainable. I had hoped that the PS3 1.4 update would fix the problem. I was really enjoying this series; is it something that will be addressed in the 1.5 update?


  26. It says the patch fixes the issue with the “Blood on Ice” quest but i am still unable to get the quest. I’ve entered the windhelm house(Hjerim, talked to Jorleif about buying the house but he just says “i would sell it to you but there have been a few problems”, i have found 3 copies of “the butchers journal” and even entered the murderer’s house(trying not to spoil). I brought it over to PC version and tried using console commands to add the quest but nothing happens. Any help or maybe a link to help the problem would be make me very greatful.

  27. Doors, boots, and statues don’t render detail. They only show as blue/purple blobs. Game then freezes after a few minutes of play. This happens regardless of save file used. Played other 360 games and those render fine.

  28. Thanks for the heaps of fixes!

    Here’re two more for your list.

    Playing on the XBox I can’t return Amulet of Talos to Greta and the King Olaf’s Verse does not appear with the ghost of Svaknir.


  29. I would appreciate it if Bethesda would please address the following issues:

    -I’ve noticed other mention things like this here: I experience lag when going to menus such as: items, search, pickpocket, barter, trading with followers, and when equipping/selling/dropping items there. I play on 360, and this appeared as soon as I got the 1.4 patch.

    -Others have also mentioned this: In The Mind of Madness, the game (and my 360) completely freeze in a spot in that hallway with red carpet in the Pelagius Wing, so I can’t do that quest.

    -After exiting Skuldafn I can now never get the Dragon Priest mask Nahkriin (I think that’s how you spell it) or a word for Storm Call. Please either move these like the Gem that used to be in the Thalmor Embassy or allow us to fast travel back to Skuldafn. Not necessarily Sovngarde, but at least Skuldafn.

    Thank you for taking these into consideration. I eagerly await their fixes, hopefully in the 1.5 patch.

  30. Is anyone else having trouble with the wolfqueen awakened quest?I was told to go see Styrr about getting the key,but he never refers to it,and he doesnt carry it on him,to even pickpocket.What can be done?

  31. Ok, here’s a noob question….can I just download patches and expansions directly to my XBOX360/S, or am I going to have to buy a whole other game each time one comes out?

  32. I have always been a huge fan of Bethesda, but I really hope they learn something from this. If your game isn’t ready don’t release it and fix it later. If they had done this with Oblivion and Fallout 3 Skyrim wouldn’t be a big deal because people wouldn’t be playing it. We would have all gladly waited another 6 months or a year for a polished complete game. If they don’t learn that from Skyrim they will probably never get another chance, and that would be a tragedy.

  33. I have a really bad glitch. When you act on an item (trying to loot, talk to somebody), it has no reaction, making some quest impossible. I have tried loading an earlier save. It’s past annoying, it’s game-breaking! HELP!

  34. In Waking Nightmares, I entered the temple earlier than Erandur and he is no where to be found, I cant load an auto save since I have left and entered the building multiples times. Pretty annoying since I cannot finish the quest. Any ideas

  35. Any word on fixes for the following bugged quests?:

    -Speak to Greta about going to the Temple of the Divines.
    -Assist the people of Haafingar
    -Assist the people of Winterhold

    I’d really like to clear my Misc. quest log.

  36. Actually, any word on when this game will be completely finished? I think I’d better just shelf it until then. The accumulation of bugs in my game is enough of a constant reminder to make me never, ever play another Bethesda game again, and that would be a shame.

  37. No fix for the door that won’t open to enter Sovngarde with the diamond claw in the World Eaters Eyrie quest. Even after rolling back to a previous save and starting again!! Before you ask yes I’ve the correct sequence to open the door…
    This is ruining a great game!! Come on Bethesda when’s patch 1.5 going to available to fix this bug?

  38. I can not finish the staff of mangus quests, I can’t report to rolaff, and every single time I visit winterhold there is a new dragon to fight and the bones just pile up and won’t go away.

  39. Sorry for my question. How can I get the patch for my xbox360? On addons, there are only avatar items. I’ve just the feeling to be stupid. Pls help

    • If you’re connected to Xbox LIVE, you should automatically be prompted to receive the update as soon as you start the game. Chances are you, probably have it.