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. In the next update please make ancient nord armor have steel stats the weapons have steel stats so why not the armor its the reward for completing the companions quest line it needs to be worth that and maybe make nord hero armor and it have chain mail like the draugr’s armor does and please death lord armor set with the metal plates on the legs like they do

      • I also hope that they’ll have better DLC, like they’ve had for Fallout 3 and New Vegas. This DL is mainly to fix the bugs like the Retard Dragon that loved flying backwards and hiding so one couldn’t finish the quest by killing him. I called him ‘Tard Dragon.’ I hope there will be more weapons, armors, spells, creatures – something Skyrim sorely lack was a large roster of baddies. I could see Giant Snakes, Zombie Dragons, even Godlike beings. One idea I had was a new class, play as a Daedric Prince or Princess.

        Could you give us an estimate as to when this patch will be avalible for PS3 and Xbox 360?

          • Lol, ofc you won’t be able to play Daedra, they’re bad guys, that’s like being able to play Falmer, or Giants, it just wouldn’t really make your character be able to fit in… anywhere in the skyrim cities, tbh I’d be pretty content if Bethesda simply make that Tower Defence Mod available for Skyrim, Horde is the mode I absaloutely love on Gears of War, and If you could bring a similar kinda mode for skyrim, combining my fave game with my fave game mode, i’d be pretty syked.

          • Are you serious? YOU out of ALL THE PEOPLE that play skyrim and thought of that, YOU get credit? Sorry bud, but your not special.

      • I received the update last nite. First kill cam was with a fireball right up a droughrs ars. NICE Bethesda nice I’m pleased to c that the loading screens are no longer takeing 5 min to load. THANKS BETHESDA once again u have satisfied the dovakin lol.

        • I got the ps3 version of the patch installed last night, problem is now, whenever I submerge under water, the game crashes.

          • My home boy called me around 7:30pm EST and told me he had just logged into his live acct. and started the game and It automaticly updated. I followed suit and got it automatically as well. I hope that helped.

          • Have the original playstation 3 FAT. Automatic update (which I think is awsome<—sarcasm cause there is no way to go back if it's broken). I've never had any problem's til this point…not even the dreaded lag that some people get. The update may have replaced the camera but…it's not waterproof. My character can go underwater but only if the camera is above water.

    • Skyrim is the best game I have ever played. I am even more obsessed than when GT A-Spec came out. So I was a bit gutted when the new patch stopped my character from going under water. Any chance of a fix at some point. I know my girlfriend is secretly quite happy to have me back from the land of the Nords, but I really want to continue playing. Help!

  2. In dragons reach there is a bunch of crazy pixels all over the fire, flags and various supports of the building. No mods latest patch

  3. WHEN ARE SPEARS COMING OUT FOR CONSOLES? Spears were like my favorite weapon in morrowind, and i could never figure out why they removed them after that. You would think that in a Nordic country there would be spears, because they’re right in there with two handed weapons in that they’re barbarian like

  4. Apparently Message to whiterun is now BROKEN AGAIN
    It keeps telling me to talk to legate quentin but all he does is repeat standard talk
    NO Mods
    BETA 1.5.26

  5. Could you please fix the new shadow problem? Some people say it only affects ATI cards, but who knows? Basically, when the main character gets near anything, the whole world has weird shadows projected all over it. Sometimes it looks like it flickers between night and day. This happens when near a small tree, any building, anything that creates shadow I guess. This started with 1.5. Great game, and thanks!

  6. HELP! When can we expect the “nervous shadows” fix?

    Cant walk anywhere anymore – shadows move hectically with the camera and giving me a headache. Driver updates and all sort of reinstalls and tweaks did not work. I need to roll back to patch 1.4. Please give such option. Hundreds of hours in game and now I’ll just have to throw it away. Major disappointment(

  7. a problem with the quest “the dainty sload” has been frustrating because when delvin explains that i need to speak with erikur the quest never appears in the quest list. im trying to get the achievement return the thieves guild to its former glory but without the dainty sload quest i cant get it. so it would be helpful if erikur or the dainty sload bugs were fixed

  8. You guys are wasting your time they have made their money and like past bethesda games they never fix the bugs if your lucky you will be able to finish the game depending on that you choose the right (bug free)quests

  9. I wonder if it could be possibly to add possibility to create your own scrolls, from an empty paper roll, and a spell that you have learnd, it would be great if there would be this kind of feature.
    i would be very clad of that 🙂

    • You can make your own scrolls with some paper and some charcoal but you are limited to only makeing 4 conjuration scrolls and like three spell tomes. But I totally agree there should b some way to craft all scrolls and staffs. Maby one day I could work for Bethesda and I could add the stuff to these games that us as players would like to see. Again I’m waiting on my update as patiently was I can. In fact I almost went out and bought it for Pc but decided against it for now in hopes that Xbox would push this out the door as soon as possible. Who knows, if they keep dragging their feet I might b inclined to sell my xbox version and start fresh with the Pc. XBOX PLEASE HURRY IM GROWING IMPATIENT!!!

  10. It would be great if the Oghma Infinium glitch (that lets the player level up infinitely by creating copies of the book) could be removed across all platforms. Or at least the consoles.

  11. I dont know if this is a bug but when you are swimming in water and you pull the camera far back you start walking on the bottom of the lake/pond

  12. I have narrowed down the mods affected by this update (including beta) ALL town/settlement mods are CTD immediately after pressing continue

  13. ok 1.5 update please fix. my game know has major lag and shadows are tearing my video i called Bethesda they said they are aware of this and would email fix its been 5 days and nothing yet anybody got any ideas i tried upgrading my drivers. it dose not help. this sucks yes i have amd video card

  14. Since installed the latest patch the shadows have been acting strangley in the game. Also When my characters go under water I can’t see anything. Will these issues be fixed anytime soon? because they really ruin the game for me.

  15. if been stuck on the companions quest line forever, Striking the Heart given by Aela, i have to kill the silver hand leader. i go to valtheim towers (also checked other known places)and the objective marker just leads to thin air over the river before the waterfall. please fix this bug!!

  16. Dear personnel from Bethesda,
    I think it would be much appreciated by many players if you gave us the ability to change the character’s appearance (hairstyle, facial hair etc …) during the game after character creation. Is this feature considered for the next patch ?
    Thank you

  17. Has microsoft stated on patch 1.5 in any form our fashin regarding existence of our probable thoughts in any validity to suggest a consensus of thoughts on the drection herein?

  18. Looking Bethesda your game on Xbox is killing me thecase is starting to break skyrim and when I change profile it says unreadable disc you need to change th case

  19. Please fix the thieves guild quest “Trinity Restored” it has been bothering me, it’s all that I need to do now. Brynjolf, and Korliah are unresponsive and won’t even show up at the standing stone in the first place. Please fix this, I’ve been asking for far too long, as have many other people. Also, even when I re-enter the Dwemmer museum the quest “Hard Answers” restarts. I am also aware that at times if you join the Imperials you cannot start the “Blood on The Ice” quest. Please, please fix these bugs! They are real game-breakers!

  20. Will the issue where you can fast-travel to Japhet’s Folly but not from be fixed? I was hoping that I could retrieve my character eventually.

  21. For the PS3
    Is there a way get Sony to stop forcing one to update ones entire system software every time you release an update for any of your games?

    When the update was made available I started getting interrupted during game play with some weird obtuse statement “You cannot play this software without updating your system first”. Then it would say “X update O cancel”. For New Vegas when you updated your game to 1.06 you could no longer play the game until you updated your system , the update would be hinged entirely based on your system version for ALL game updates after that time on.

    This seems to be unnecessary especially since many people are going “off-line” from MMORPG’s (finding out that ‘hey this stuff eats your life’ and real life tends to make such things difficult to play enough to do well). Also one shouldn’t need the latest system software (which has nothing to do with the actual GAME functionality) to run a patch (you develop your software I suspect fairly platform independent or it wouldn’t port to the PS3 or 360 very well). I have yet to find a new ‘feature’ I actually use, and I again I definitely, DON’T use “playstation network” (nothing I’m interested in there to begin with).

  22. Pity almost every fetch quest is still bugged if you pick up the time before you get the quest making it unable to complete quests like Fetch me that Book! Oh well, maybe one day they’ll get around to fixing those quests.

  23. I really hope they update Sanies Lupinus and Porphyric Hemophilia, or whatever it’s called now >_>. Vampiric drain isn’t worth using to be honest.

  24. i got the ps3 update last night, and every time i go into the water, my game will crash…
    i hope bethesda will come with a newer update soon to fix this bug, because i cant do much until its fixed…

  25. Hmm, now my game crashes whenever I go into the water. Tried restarting from the beginning but that didn’t help.

  26. In the “Dragon seekers” quest shall i kill a dragon at Eldersblood peak, but the dragon is not there. Even worse Farkas is following me everywhere. I cant get rid of him 🙁 Please help!

    • The water problem is resolved by deleting Skyrim files in the Game Data folder in the PS3 XMB menu. Once that is complete, you’ll just need to wait for 1.5 to download again, as well as the Game Data installation to the hard drive.

      Just make sure you’re deleting Game Data and not game save.

  27. New problem on my PS3.I Summoned a Dremora Lord And it keeps killing me instantly when I anger it. My characters has plenty of health to survive several blows yet keeps on using finishing attacks.

  28. Got the 1.5 for PS3 yesterday. Now everytime my character goes into water to swim the game freezes. Hard freeze, not a lag. Have to shut the game off and restart. Girlfriend’s character does the same thing. Went to my last manual save, same thing. Started a new character, same thing. Any idea? (Worked fine on 1.4, no lag or anything.) Can I un-download 1.5? Anyone else having a problem with underwater?

  29. Hi I just downloaded the patch 1.5 for 360 and so far so good, but ill post glitches as I see them
    so maybe i can help with any new ones.

    so I am playing from the beginning and about an hour in my screen freezes after using my bow to kill two deer on the side of a mountain. After saving about 3 times on char screen then changing my auto save to disable.

  30. Greetings ,

    I love this game however I just started a new game and ever since I did, every time I go into water the game will freeze. Can you help me?? Thanks.

  31. Every time I auto travel somewhere now I spawn a bunch of enemies. Many bears, many wolves, about a dozen bandits (several types of bandits, actually)m a few spiders, an elk a troll, and a bunch of conjurors.

    By the way I have the Xbox 360 version of the game.

  32. Could you please fix some of the armors and weapons that can’t be improved due to glitches, for example the Nord Hero Bow, Honed Ancient Nord Bow, Skyforge Steel DAgger, ETC?

  33. How annoying! The game has worked perfectly since an update came in the middle of january, but now it freezes and I have to restart the game several times a day. I use PS3. This was also a problem before the update in january, but since then it has not happened at all before the last update came a few days ago. What can I do about it? I was so pleased with the fact that they fixed the freezing-problem, but now it is worse than ever.
    I love the game by the way, it is fantastic! I was also a huge fan of Oblivion, but this is a really great game. Best I have ever played.

  34. Love all the great ideas, but there’s a bug on the gauldur legend quest where when it try to talk to the expert, he’s hopelessly phased into my house wall in Solitude! Which really ticks me off because i really would like the 30 point health/stamina/magicka boost (my friend finished it just fine). Other than that little issues that you guys seem well on your way to fixing! Love the update, and can’t wait to see how it comes out on my 360 as well!

  35. After the update the game freezes when walking into water. After searching the internet for a while, it appeared that this problem was affecting other users as well. Can this be fixed? Theres some locations for quests which are surrounded by water…

  36. Got the update yesterday, and all I have to say is THANK YOU SO MUCH Bethesda!!! The update fixed my thieves Guild, and my inability to marry Lydia, I also no longer have to worry about that last stone of Barenziah in the Dwemmer Museum. My game is now entirely glitch bug free except for The quest to retrieve the Amulet of Talos, the quest will not complete correctly because I took the amulet off the body before getting the quest, and I also had multiple Amulets on me, second The quest “Blood on the Ice” I know you guys hate hearing about this quest, but the body is there and the people, but the guard never shows up. Finally I have a few items stuck in my inventory (Attunement Sphere, and Gallus Encoded Journal) But besides these small bugs, the game is glitch free, thanks Bethesda, best update ever! p.s kill cams are sick!!!

  37. I just got the automatic update today. The kill cams quite cool but they are off set by the fact that if i go in the water to swim the game freezes. There are quests that make you go in the water so it is imposssible to finish some quests. Basically, the newest patches to fix past problems have created even bigger problems on the ps3. When is the next patch coming out to fix the newest problems?

  38. Kill cams are very cool but our game freezes now every time I get in water I also have a couple of quest stuck like the forsworn conspiracy and collecting a bounty from scald are they going to fix the water problem?

    • The water problem is resolved by deleting Skyrim files in the Game Data folder in the PS3 XMB menu. Once that is complete, you’ll just need to wait for 1.5 to download again, as well as the Game Data installation to the hard drive.

      Just make sure you’re deleting Game Data and not game save.s