Skyrim 1.5 Available on Steam (Updated)

Update 3/26: Today we’ve released a new Skyrim beta update, version 1.5.26, that introduces the following fixes:


  • Fixed issue with frequency of first person kill cameras
  • Underwater effects now display properly
  • Fixed crash when loading certain plugins
  • Fixed issue where sun would not appear properly after fast travel

Original Post: Released last week as a Beta, Skyrim’s 1.5 update is now available to all users on Steam. Those playing on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 can expect the update soon, as we’re submitting the update to console manufacturers this week.

UPDATE 1.5 (all platforms unless noted)


  • New cinematic kill cameras for projectile weapons and spells
  • New kill moves and animations for melee weapons
  • Shadows on grass available (PC)
  • Smithing skill increases now factor in the created item’s value
  • Improved visual transition when going underwater
  • Improved distance LOD transition for snowy landscapes


  • General crash fixes and memory optimizations
  • Fixed issue with Deflect Arrows perk not calculating properly
  • In “A Cornered Rat,” the death of certain NPCs no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Farkas would not give Companion’s quests properly
  • Fixed crash when loading saves that rely on data that is no longer being loaded
  • Followers sneak properly when player is sneaking
  • Fixed issue with weapon racks not working properly in Proudspire Manor
  • Arrows and other projectiles that were stuck in objects in the world now clean up properly
  • Fixed issue where “Rescue Mission” was preventing “Taking Care of Business” from starting properly
  • Fixed issue where certain NPCs would fail to become Thieves Guild fences
  • Fixed issue in “Diplomatic Immunity” where killing all the guards in the Thalmor Embassy before starting the quest would break progress
  • In “Hard Answers,” picking up the dwarven museum key after completing the quest, no longer restarts the quest
  • Killing Viola before or after “Blood on the Ice” no longer blocks progression
  • Fixed issue where Calixto would fail to die properly in “Blood on the Ice”
  • In “Waking Nightmare” fixed occasional issue where Erandur would stop pathing properly
  • Fixed issue where letters and notes with random encounters would appear blank
  • Fixed rare issue where dialogue and shouts would improperly play
  • Lydia will now offer marriage option after player purchases Breezehome in Whiterun
  • Fixed issue where if player manually mined ore in Cidhna Mine, jail time would not be served
  • Fixed rare issue with skills not increasing properly
  • Fixed issue where the Headsman’s Axe did not gain proper buff from Barbarian perk
  • In “A Night to Remember” it is no longer possible to kill Ysolda, Ennis or Senna before starting the quest
  • Fixed issue with the ebony dagger having a weapon speed that was too slow
  • Fixed issue with “The Wolf Queen Awakened” where backing out of a conversation with Styrr too soon would block progress
  • The third level of the Limbsplitter perk now properly improves all battle axes
  • Fixed a rare issue where Sanguine Rose would not work properly
  • In “Tending the Flames” King Olaf’s Verse will no longer disappear from explosions


Reader Comments

  1. On PS3: Skyrim updated 1.5

    – Nice new kill cam
    – Bug fixed but there is a new bug created … dunno if it’s only me but whenever I enter into water the game just crash … Please help


  2. Oh great… my game freezes when I step into water as well. I play mine on PS3. I have to restart my PS3 just to get out the freeze. And my next mission was to go out to an island. 🙁 What am I to do~~!? Please please fix ASAP!!!

  3. After the damn update, every time I hit deep water the game freezes.
    Please let me know when you’re planning to fix this.

  4. As soon as I enter water the system crashes. I’ve tried this 4 times now, game runs fine until O enter water. Didn’t do this until I installed the patch (on my ps3).

    One other thing, I fast travelled to the thieves guild and arrived surrounded by bears, forewarn and wolves all have a huge scrap in the City. Later when I fast travelled to the twilight seplecur the instant I arrived there was a sabre cat and a bear. Seems odd.

  5. Thanks Bethesda for such an amazing game! 500 hours and counting! I am on PS3 and deleting game data and reinstalling fixed my water freezing problem! The water is truly awesome now and the kill cams for the bow is amazing! After this update I have decided to start a new game! I’m so sorry that so many people complain. You guys have bent over backwards to try and please the masses! I for one am very thankful for such an amazing game an the updates you provide! I get lost for hours in this game and that is on purpose! Can’t wait for the DLC! I am 51 years old and this is the best RPG I have ever played! And I have been playing since pong! Good job Bethesda!

  6. Bethseda staff-
    I have been playing Skyrim for over a month now and I am officially addicted so I would like to say great game to the team for putting it all together! BUT…. I have one problem I need your help with. I lost my follower approximately 3 weeks ago and I have done everything I can think of to try and find him or correct the error. I have google’d for similar problems or glitches and no one seems to have an answer. I lost my follower around level 20 in the “Laid to rest” quest line when I had Thonnir follow me into the cave to kill the master vampire. I don’t know if a new patch that would just release all followers from the dragonborn would work or not. Or if I completed a specific quest line would help fix the glitch? I am now at level 50 and I have progressed to much to turn back now… please help.

  7. Everything seem work but one: Everytime I jump in or walk in water, it just freeze! I had to turn off and turn back on PS3 to play again. But, still cannot be able to go into water anymore. 🙁

    • help i still can’t play this game as nobody will sell expert or master destruction spells as Faralda is dead and no magic guild will sell me at the level i need and everything is killing me easy so i had to stop playing game like 7 weeks ago. Somebody for the love of god help me and don’t say go to this magic guild as it does not work – this is a glitch.

  8. I uploaded the 1.5 update and now I have no sound. I can walk around and a few places have exterior sound, but nothing while talking or in buildings. The update did nothing for my enjoyment of the game. Much the contrary.


  9. please fix the issue in Markarth where you can’t buy property or be pronounced as Thane. It happened to me after I selected another quest rather than opening up the dialogue where the Jarl wanted to pronounce me as Thane.

  10. Installed Update 1.5 for PS3.
    Freezes everytime I get into deep water.
    Freezes when I fast travel.
    Dialogue is messed up. When I select one response. I get a response to one of the other options.
    I will try what Gstaff has told others to do. I hope this fixes the issue.

  11. I’m currently playing on Steam with the update. I’m doing the College of Winterhold apprentice mission where I’m in the Saarthal Excavtion. I’m stuck trying to leave the lower area of the ruins to return to the College and speak to the Archmage… everytime I go to return to the first area of the ruins it completely crashes… is this a crash in the game or is this Steam’s fault? It’s really pissing me off that I can’t play right now.

  12. “Coming to consoles soon”! NICE! I love the kill cams. One of the things I really liked was the V.A.T.S., sort of like a kill cam, in Fallout 3. I was really hoping that you would have implemented that in Skyrim. You did, but it doesn’t happen always and not enough. Now, this is an update. Thanks AGAIN. BEST RPG

  13. It looks great but when ever I go in any body of water it freezes up on me. I checked with some of my friends and they’ve had the same issues. Is this a problem only on ps3?

  14. help i still can’t play this game as nobody will sell expert or master destruction spells as Faralda is dead and no magic guild will sell me at the level i need and everything is killing me easy so i had to stop playing game like 7 weeks ago. Somebody for the love of god help me and don’t say go to this magic guild as it does not work – this is a glitch.

  15. hello i got a question about the duel wield probs because i play allrdy a long time and i think its lame that still this prob aint fixed cant enchant my weps orso even i take exact the same enchants/weps it doesnt work

  16. Hey Bethesda, you need to fix the difficulty levels cuz its way to easy. I am on master difficulty and I have some challenging moments but other than that most of the game is easy. So easy I have to down grade my gear to get a challenge. Hurry and fix this problem cuz I am losing interest I need a challenge

  17. I think I figured out what is wrong with the difficulty lvl. It seems to think its on easy but when I switch it to the lowest difficulty lvl then back to master its back to being challenging. That needs to get fixed Bethesda. Cuz even though I have it on master the game all of a sudden gets easy after a while. I mean super easy.

  18. I have owned the breezehome before this last update and I’ve tried many things and Lydia still doesn’t offer marriage, what do you do to fix it or have Lydia Offer marriage?

  19. Everything is messed up with my game. Half the time I talk to someone their’re facing the wrong direction and they often disappear as well. And that’s not the only problem I face. I’am starting to think I’ve been con out of my money by this company.

  20. i have been experiencing for only the past few days constant freezing (Xbox360)for skyrim. i first noticed that it would freeze up when trying to enter mines or caves, even some doors, not home or shop doors, but doors where missions can take place. i have completed the main quest along with a number of the side quests (ie. thieves & companions, etc.), and have really thought this game rocked, but now even if i am just walking down a road BAM, it locks up. i only have a couple of “save games” used, and have tried the cache cleaning possibility but no luck. the disc has no scratches and i have to problems with any other xbox 360 games. every week or so i hook up the xbox 360 to the internet for updates, so i am up to date with those. does anybody else have this issue and does anyone have any idea if its a known problem if betheseda could have a patch in the works? i hope i am in the right area asking this question, its my first time here, and i’m just a little bummed that i’m having to go thru skyrim dt’s. thanks for your time.

  21. So just like everyone else on PS3 I touch the water abd crash the game. Also, love the new kill cams as they add the variety I wanted XD just gotta smooth out texture and visual effects bugs with water. Also noticed that Storm Call will.automatically attack guards even if they’re my allies taking on a dragon. Weird

  22. I’m still having trouble with “Blood on the ice”, the quest never started and there is no people in windhelm at all is there anyway to fix this without restarting?

    • Sure you can, you just need to put some of your “level up’s” to smithing, and if you go far enough you can make daedric and dragon stuff

  23. does anyone know if there is an update to fix the bug where dampened spirits doesn’t start properly and brygroff or whatever his name is says “can’t talk now i have business to attend to” or something of that nature, i love the game but need to fix this bug (xbox 360)

    • i really want the nightingale quest and armor, no one in the guild will say anything to me especially mercer frey says the same thing as bryngroff

  24. i need help everytime i play skyrim and then turn off my ps3 and turn it back on my ps3 freezes then i turn it off the back on again it tells me my ps3 hard disk is corrupted plz how can i fix this?

  25. First of all, I want to THANK YOU ALL @ Bethesda for this state of the art game: Skyrim (special mention to the graphics-art team). Now the technology opens new possibilities…

    Stereoscopic display greatly enhance the immersive feel of this game and once you’ve experienced it with Skyrim, it’s a real painly loss to switch back to traditionnal 2D flat display. (I personnaly bought the latest CG hardware stuff and bought a DLP “3D-able” projector just because of SKYRIM!!)

    I was dreaming of such an immersive game experience since my Commodore Amiga years 😉 Here we are. Thank you for making a child’s dream a reality!

    Now, as you continue effort on fixes and upgrades for this wonderfull game, I would like to let you know about some of the latest patch v1.5 annoying issues.

    Patch v1.5 have a problem with the shadows that do not render correctly when displaying on a stereoscopic 3D equipment (Nvidia 3Dplay diplayig on monitor or DLP projector with “3D” glasses). It seems shadows do not actualy have the right Z-depth informations so it results in a very ennoying and ugly stereoscopic 3D display. I’ve also noticed that some shadows are very different when you compare them in the two stereoscopic images (i.e: the right eye sees a shadowed rock while the left eye sees no shadow at all on it)… just blink one eye then the other one to notice that (very noticable in exterior daylight scenes)… hope this helps…

    What a good news to see you, Bethesda partner with Nvidia to officialy support the “3D vision / 3D Tv play” feature… The game is now rated exellent in in Nvidia support list! GREAT!! 🙂 BUT, This bug with the 1.5 patch actualy ruins the all 3D stereoscopic experience. :'(

    Now while we’re at it, here’s a little wish list to make things near perfect:

    Please set correct depth information for moon and sky (stars). They need to be sended to infinite plane. (they appear too close actually , in front of clouds!)

    I play Skyrim since patch v1.1 and continuing to explore with same wonder…
    and waiting this issues to be fixed. Please.

    Best regards!

  26. im playing on xbox 360 and im stuck on speaking with silence. I sit at the nord door and mercer never opens it? is their any way around it without starting over cause i’ll get rid of the game before i play it this far again.

  27. Thank you so much for making it to wear we can marry Lydia! Now please make it to wear you can get a divorce so I can get rid of my current wife and marry Lydia. My 2nd character got married two days before I read this article. That sucks.

  28. In(Revealing The Unseen)the Oculory will not focus! Will there be a fix for this soon? And in some of the (miscellaneous quests)were I’ve found quest items before receiving the quests,The quest givers will not reconize the items in my inventory. Please Help!!

  29. Bethesda staff can you please put an update that makes Dovahkiins shadow appear while the player is in first person as well his legs kinda like in Halo it would be awesome

  30. skyrim has to be one of the best games ive ever played oblivion as well even morrowind but for the night mothers sake will someone tell me something about dlc its getting stale for me and it physically hurts to say it so please spare my body and spill the beansssss pwease ill give a hug to whoever helps :]