Mounted Combat arrives in 1.6 Skyrim Update

The team at Bethesda Game Studios is excited to announce another new feature making its way into Skyrim… Mounted Combat! Like the recently added Kinect support (360) and new kill cameras, this highly-requested feature that was seen in the Skyrim Game Jam video is arriving for free. In fact, by opting into the latest Steam Beta Update, PC users can check out the feature today. As far as release on other platforms, we’ll let you know when we have more information.

Thanks again to all our fans, we remain committed to supporting the game through our free updates, mod tools, and more. And yes, we’re still working on our first add-on, Dawnguard – some great stuff to show you soon, stay tuned!

Read the current 1.6 release notes below…

1.6 Update (all platforms unless specified)


  • Mounted Combat – Skyrim now allows you to do melee and ranged combat while riding a horse


  • General stability and memory optimizations
  • General AI pathfinding optimizations and bug fixes
  • Optimizations and crash fixes for data leaks
  • Fixed rare crash with lighting
  • Fixed crashes related to loading and saving games
  • Fixed crash with summoned creatures/NPCs
  • Fixed rare issue where saves would be corrupted
  • Improved logic for when ranged kill cams are played
  • Fixed issue with ranged kill cams while killing a dragon
  • Fixed rare issue with certain ranged kill cams not playing properly
  • Fixed issue with nirnroot lighting not properly cleaning up
  • Fixed issue where bow damage was being calculated incorrectly
  • Fixed rare problem with werewolf kill moves would not finish animating properly
  • In “The Break of Dawn” fixed rare issue where Meridia’s Beacon would disappear from player’s inventory
  • Fixed occasional issue where followers would disappear after player pays off a bounty after committing a crime
  • Fixed issue where certain creatures and NPCs would fail to respawn properly
  • Fixed rare issue with dialogue subtitles not displaying properly
  • Fixed issue with water appearing blurry when loading a saved game after creating a save underwater
  • Fixed issue where map cursor would occasionally disappear after closing a message box with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed rare issue with shouts only performing the first level and not other unlocked levels with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)
  • Fixed issue where the shout buttons would stop working properly if users mashed LB and RB during cooldown with Kinect enabled  (Xbox 360)


If you’d like to download the 1.6 Beta Update on Steam, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Log into Steam
  2. Click on Steam in the upper menu
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under the Account tab, go to the Beta Participation section and select Change.
  5. A drop down menu will appear. Select Skyrim Beta.
  6. Select OK.
  7. Steam will now restart. After Steam restarts, Skyrim will be updated to the Beta version currently available.

If you opt into the Beta, be sure to back up your saved games or simply be careful not to overwrite your existing saves. If you decide to opt out of the beta program, your old saves will still work with the current release of Skyrim on Steam (v 1.5).

If you decide you don’t want to run the Beta anymore, redo steps 1 – 4. At the drop down, select NONE – Opt out of all beta programs. Let Steam restart, and Skyrim will automatically update itself back to the latest released version.

To provide feedback on the beta update, use our beta forum.

Reader Comments

  1. I understand that there are always major bugs in games like Skyrim and Fallout but some of them are just frustrating. Not being to smith my Nightingale Blade because I’m too high a level is just a slap in the face.

  2. There is a problem with the theives guild on ps3. Delvin wont give me the dialoge option to sell him one of the eyes of the falmer. It sucks because ive done everything for the theives guild except the larceny items

  3. Post update my follower fails to attack opponents with a bow. and the reason I had it that way is for infinite rare arrows and so she didn’t steal all my kills. if that was 1 of your fixes then may I suggest implementing and arrow crafting system, like take the other wise useless firewood, hawk feathers, and whatever ingot material for the arrow you want to craft(iron for iron arrows ebony ingot

    for ebony so on) to a fletcher or smithyor even better would be to add a new station like the forges, but if you wanted quicker and easier you could just add it into the regular smithing menu for the material of arrow you want to make. I just think that would get used more than the cooking stations and be more useful. Otherwise best freaking game ive played to date keep up the awesome work

  4. I have a problem on the ps3 I can’t get the next quest from that guy leader of the thieaves guild.
    The other problem Is when I finish a miscellaneous quest it still stays in miscellaneous quests.
    Another one is lagging.
    next one is when I went to speak to lod the blacksmith to find his dog guards started to attack him and they killed him.
    Last one is I have to ask Aldis for info about Angelines daughter and when I go find him he’s stuck in a wall.
    Please fix these problems.

  5. Your newest uppdate has broblem when playing whit ps3, i cant go underwater because, when i go it lags and i have to shut down ps3 and open it to play. Its not my ps3 fault. My friend has same broblem so fix this fast.I cant do some Guests. Thank You

  6. Does anyone else has problems that, with the patch, the game just blocks completely when you’re attempting to fast-travel or go inside a dungeon or something?

  7. I was excited to see fixed issues with NPC’s not spawning.
    But unfortunately, I’m still stuck on the Companions quest line. The Stupid Sabretooth cat is dead but the game doesn’t know it. No matter how much I jump around the empty space under the quest arrow… I’ve even tried coaxing an unsuspecting neighbor cat to the area … to kill it.

    I cannot finish the quest because i can’t get another task.

  8. What i was wondering was why the mounted combat only covers meele and Bow combat why can you not use spells on horse back (unless this is just a bug in my game)

  9. Thanks for the new content and all! I just tried out the beta patch. It works well and all, but Skyrim closes instantly or freezes if I try to zoom in with the slowed time perk with my bow. Please do your best to fix this. I will continue to support you guys!

  10. I play Skyrim on a PS3, I can say I played through this game 3 times. Upon starting a new game, I found out that swimming caused my system to freeze up, so the only thing I could do to fix it was to delete the most resent update, causing all of my other character profiles to be inaccessible.

    Every time I played through the game there were quest items that would never be removed upon quest completion, ie: almost every item involved in Bards fraction quests, the Talos necklace in Solitude, and the moon amulet belonging to a traveling Khajiit.

  11. When will patch 1.6 be out for PS3? I don’t want to rush you guys because you have quite a bit of bugs to fix from the sound of the other players comments but a heads up would be useful. B^)

  12. As much as I would love that much free content, I don’t think that’s a good idea. Besides, Skyrim work perfect for most of us. (Xbox 360)

    • Yup, only had a few minor issues and deleting an old save usually fixed the oddities right away.

      Free content is nice, but keep in mind with what we pay for the expansions, that goes towards paying Bethseda’s bills and Employees so that they can continue to bring us all these goodies both pay and free ones.

  13. first of all thank you so much!!! its been said here but cant be emphasized enough: you guys really are going above and beyond with these fixes and gameplay additions for FREE in an expensive realm of gaming and that is just pure class on top of what may be the best game ive ever played (sorry halo) youve won a diehard fan in me and i am in awe of your accomplishments and generosity to your fans.

  14. It would be nice if the Shield Charge Block perk was fixed. Still waiting on that one. I’d say it’s not a big deal, but with Dawnguard fast approaching, it’s bothersome that the top-tier Skill-rank 100 perk I spent a perk point on is 100% ineffective and useless. And if the enemies are really supposed to be that much more difficult, it’d be extremely nice to have a working shield charge.

  15. Skyrim works fine on my ps3 i don’t understand why people are complaining. Perhaps they find joy in complaining about irrelevancies.

  16. I´d really appreciate if we were able to write notes inside the game – on the map screen IMO, so we wouldn´t need “external notes”… some diary to write our own tips about each selected place, like ” I was in this cave but I lacked a key “

  17. I encountered a problem where I couldnt open the gate in yngols barrow after killing the druger lord and looting the chest. I tried entering and reentering and loading from a previous save. also i had issues where creatures dont move they just stand there and growl at you while you seem to take dmg from nowhere. Xbox

  18. Guys lot´s of people and me too is having problems about the Dampened Spirit´s Bug on PS3 seems that is no full restored when was launch the Patch 1.4, this time will be fixed please?