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. Could you guys adress the larceny targets quest in the next update? I still can’t give mallory the falmer’s eye

  2. Congratulations Bethesda on the release of another YAHOO! JUMP IN THE AIR! AWESOME and AMAZING like ice cream during a heatwave patch update!

    The new kill cams are really great. Just saw my first kill cam with bow and arrows last night and was thrilled at its cinematic dramatic effect. Thanks for all the hard work.

    Hail Bethesda! Makers of happy emotions in humongouse games in small boxes.

    • Just tried out the patch and its working great. Got a wonderful kill cam melee view with a sword right through bandits head 😀 Delicious indeed!


    • Can anyone tell me if you ca remarry. Because in the game my wife was killed.

      PLEASE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Is the Creation Kit going to be updated soon as well? People on the forums said it wasn’t compatible with 1.5 while it was in Beta.

  4. Bethesda, when are you going to spend some time on the console patches that need addressing

    – atomic ninroot issue
    – letrush spawning issue
    – ** and the fact ya’ll keep lowering the graphics detail on the 360 (wtf – patch 1.3 was amazing / patch 1.4 was aweful with what you did to the 360 graphics

    People are pissed bethesda
    Check your hardware forum GStaff – ( no feedback from anyone at bethesda – we have had 1 post from a bethesda employee in the past month and a half and that was about a week and a half ago about 1.5 coming soon
    Why have a forum if you never check or respond on it?

    And please quit concentrating on pc fixes

    Ya’ll made the majority of your money from this game off consoles and now we are getting left behind on issues

    What a joke?
    This might be the last Bethesda product I buy considering what they have done to the xbox version and the lack of communication in the hardware forum

  5. It is awesome that you guys are putting out actual content/feature patches in addition to bugfixes. Long live Bethesda Game Studios.

  6. Is this patch going to fix “The Book of Love” and “The Glory of the Dead” glitches? It’s very frustrating that it’s been 4 months since the game came out, and such significant bugs that prevent quests from being completed still exist.

      • And I’m bringing attention to big holes that still haven’t been fixed 4 months after the release date of the game. Maybe instead of patching a couple things at a time, next time they should wait until they have a finished game to release it. It doesn’t give me a lot of incentive to buy on day one, if the tools needed to finish quest lines (some quite major) aren’t even available until 6 months later, when the game is likely at the point where it’s starting to be marked down anyway?

    • Official updates typically get submitted to Sony and Microsoft once they’re released on Steam. The process takes 1-2 weeks for the console manufacturers to get them out to users. This isn’t new – why do people keep asking this?

        • Are they going to make another elder scrolls ?
          I used to only play fallout 3 but now this is the only game i have played for a long time. And for my last question can you remarry ?

      • Because new people like me show up, who are just finding this site (or others like it).
        …a little testy, are we?

    • I’d like to second that.
      It’s really nice to have an update to the CK; a thorough changelog would be even nicer. 🙂

  7. Well, Why isnt the bug fixed when you’re getting the staff of magnus it still doesnt move the oculator.. I need some serious help here! 🙁

  8. A heads up for modders reading:

    Mods saved with CK 1.5.24 will not be compatible with earlier versions of the game. Make sure you’re aware of this, and make sure your users are aware too. Corrupt saves are not fun.

  9. I really hope the next update is more concentrated on quest bugs and the various simple fixes that should’ve been addressed already. Setting the GMST ‘ideathdropweaponchance’ to ‘0’ would optimise memory usage and cleanup without any side effects. The nirnroots still need fixing, as do the plethora of quests that stick in the misc log upon completion. The worst being Esberns Potion, as it does not have the intended effect – I hope this will be fixed retroactively or at least allow us to re-make the potion. Missing out on that perk is a real downer 🙁

  10. Hope Blood on the Ice actually triggers now with this patch. Pretty sure it’s the only quest left in the game and I can’t do it.

    • For me, I’m supposed to get help from Jorleif so I talked to him but the quest didn’t progress and now there’s no quest-related conversation option for him.

      Maybe raising the dead body as a zombie was a bad idea?

  11. I’ve just gone over the changelog and listened to the latest podcast. Sadly, the moderator completely FAILED to ask some of the key questions the modding community would like to know. Number one on that list for me is:

    Are there any plans to fix the LOD system / make it possible to create new World Spaces without the use of hacked 3rd party tools? 🙁

  12. I kinda found a bug.. when firing a bow, the paralysis-effect(if it happens) will now trigger via hitscan.. so the enemy will be paralyzed instantly, before the arrow even reaches him.

    • The one time I downloaded Script Dragon it was already out of date by the time I tried using it. So I’m holding off for now 😛

    • The Script Dragon error comes from Script Dragon being outdated, not from these updates. Go pester the author of Script Dragon. SKSE gets updated during the beta so this doesn’t happen, but Script Dragon typically does not.

  13. I get a very annoying bug that makes shadows follow the character and move uncontrollably as i move, for instance when i move there is this shadow square that is cast form nothingness and stays on the screen even if i turn around. Please fix this.

  14. On the PS3 version I’ve been experiencing some lag issues with my level 28 character (primary). It’s gotten to the point where if I move the character or the camera it begins to lag, even more so in areas like Solitude or High Hrothgar. Is there/going to be a fix for this? My save file size just hit 6012 KB

  15. Probably this should be the version 1.0 , the first stable… the game is great but guys… the first release was a beta…

  16. Does this mean a saner way to level smithing than just grinding iron daggers? Diminishing returns for cheap stuff, increasing ones for fancy gear?

    I hope so, as that’d help a lot with immersion, having to actually work your way up the tree and craft the best items you can make, in order to advance your skill. Especially if you only had to make a relatively small number at each step in order to advance.

  17. Sounds fantastic! The one idea I had was slow-mo arrow kills and magic, plus more executions. I’d still like to see a Zombie Dragon or two. Perhaps, some new weapon forms like spears, dragon weapons were a big disappointing minus.

    They say this week for Xbox 360 and PS3. When this week?

  18. I REALLY wish these update announcements would come prior to the actual updates themselves, so that we cautious types could do a precautionary save at present patchlevel… My beta test of this patch was not promising, and to then have it rather abruptly foisted on me with no notice…

    (Well, I guess that thanks to beta-testing I am prepared, but…)

  19. Still no fix for the dual-wielding problems encountered by anyone wanting to hotkey separate items?
    Thanks for teh action-bits, but I’d like to not have to fumble around every time I go from bow or spell back to my swords…

  20. w00t damm i cant wait to see that patch on ps3 it gonna kill me, the best game 4 ever im so addict good work bethesda the best dev team of the world.

  21. My first killcam with a spell was a one-shot kill of a wolf… while the rest of his pack came closer to maul at my face.

    Isn’t it supposed to happen only with the last one of a group?

  22. i wish i hadnt killed him. but i wanted to know if there was an extra uber quest or something. how unfortunate. lol

  23. Question: I have a glitch with the “Revealing the Unseen” quest- the quest finishes, but the next quest, “Containment” will not start. Savos Aren is dead outside the College after the explosion, but none of the people at the College notice he is dead (and even walk over him), do not display the correct dialogue, and thus I can’t continue on the next College quest. I’ve tried reloading from a number of save points with no luck, waiting, etc., but no luck. Thoughts?

  24. Are the new killcams supposed to kick in on every ranged kill or only occasioanlly? I just killed a few things and saw no cam action.

  25. This update breaks the rendering of shadows in stereoscopic 3D. Skyrim has been one of the best 3D games ever, and has one of the largest 3D gaming communities to date. With this update, the game is unplayable in 3D. We’re devastated that we’ll be unable to play our favorite game because of shortcuts taken in the rendering of shadows. Please, Bethesda – hear us, fix the shadows, and continue to support stereoscopic gaming in the future.

  26. Would like to see “No Stone Unturned” fixed where if you find all 24 stones before starting the quest it can not be turned in.