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. So, is this the final patch? No more waiting and waiting for the original game to be fixed? I’m really excited to play a character all the way through the game without some rogue bug or glitch showing up. I really don’t want a new content until the original is working. I’ll stay with 1.5 for now. There are still 2 quests that won’t advance and I lost count of other things. All I know is I bought a product in November 2011 and it still doesn’t fully work. Can Bethesda give us maybe a date when a final patch will be released? It’s been almost 6 MONTHS!!

  2. Nothing is perfect, I think of criticizing bethesda is almost like cyber bulling. Telling them the game sucks, and their stupid for releasing a broken game. What if i started posting things about you on the internet saying that your ugly and have problems, how would you feel? What if you just finished a massive project that you feel very proud of and I came and said that its terrible, and then I pointed out its imperfections? The point of this is to let you know how bethesda might feel with the comments people like you post.

  3. I like my xbox 360 and have no problem with the game. I like the fact that they test it on the pc player before sending it to consoles. PS3 is also really easy to hack and it gets viruses you don’t get via xbox live. With that said, I would like to see my followers use a horse as well, because whay good are they if they can’t keep up. I a friend and I went across country via horse back you bet they would ride a horse to.

  4. I love bethesda as a game creator, probably one of the few companies in this world i can actually feel loyal too. Though i’m a little ashamed they are selling out and making a crappy MMO clone game. Thats not to say theres will be bad quality but all MMO’s are rubbish social life destroying wallet suckers 😛

    Anywaayy i really want them to fix the companion leveling in this game. This is a totally unseen glitch but companions are meant to level with you but instead they are locked at the level you first meet them making them quickly completely redundant.

    Although hilariously wabbajacking them fixes this 😛

    • Bethesda is not making the MMO. Zenimax Online is, which is not taking away from nor hindering Bethesda in any way.

  5. When will you fix the Gildergreen tree bug on X360? This seems so simple to fix! Juste remove the dead one so we may see the young one in its full splendour! Please fix this…

    • dude there is a quest you have to complete to get the tree back to life speak to the preistess chick in the building next to it i forget her name though she is in yellow hooded robes

  6. Hi, sorry for my ignorance, but I wanna know where I can do the Kinect support update for my xbox, at the xboxlive I can download only the video for kinect support, and where can I the mounted combat update either

    • The Kinect patch should DL automatically when you fire up Skyrim with the Kinect in tow. We don’t get mounted combat yet, it’s still in beta testing on PC. Frankly, it looks lame anyhow… you HAVE to go third-person, no FPS from horseback… also the animations are simple, choppy and broken.

      • I hate to inform you that your wrong. The Animations, (This is coming from someone who has played the BETA version) are wonderful. I for one love playing in third person even when not on horseback, but anyways its not bad. You can only aim in about a 180 arc, which is realistic. Archery on horseback i will admit is funner then sword play, but even sword play is fun.

        Please do not judge something until u use it yourself. And even if you don’t like it, you dont have to use it. Its a free of charge upgrade to the game, and we should all be happy.

        • Okie dokie, now I have used it, at your behest. It’s cheesey to be honest, weak, choppy animations, and I’m stuck in third person, which is every bit as bad as I thought it would be. That’s just stupendous if you don’t mind playing in TP, but I want to be BEHIND my bow when I’m shooting. Also, and I believe this was mentioned in an earlier post, the aim is off when firing from horseback. This being the case even if you’re perfectly still. Now, mind you, I’m not complaining about free… just being honest.

          • Aim is off period in 3rd person on the 360. Accurate in FPS mode (without Zoom) but with zoom or in 3rd Person its outta whack. No comment on horseback stuff as its not on the 360 yet that I’m awareof (except for maybe beta testers)

  7. I have a problem getting the ebony mail, i tried sacraficing someone earlier than level 30 and now it wont let me sacrafice anyone.

  8. ive never seen a single glitch in my game none of my quests fail to work no npcs ever glitch except one time when skyforge disapeared and eorlund grey mane fell to oblivion and then just waltzed out of it like nothing happened…but i just entered and exited Jorvaskr and it fixed itself…..why cant you naughty Ragers be more like Eorlund >:(

  9. There are 3 different versions of skyrim, that they have to keep up and running, and you could stop yelling at them and just inform them of problems you are having Or you could get the pc version, if nothing else a mod probably fixes your problem.

  10. I just encountered another issue. In the quest ‘repairing the phial’ I’ve completed all the objectives, but there’s still a marker on the forsworn when I have his heart in my inventory, and I can’t give the ingredients to Quintus. Will the patch fix this glitch as well?

    • I had this same issue! I think for me an earlier patch fixed it. Or, I googled the problem and saw how to fix it from other users… anyway, point is, i fixed it so u should be able to also…

  11. I love Skyrim and it’s probably the best game I ever played; however, these bugs are stealing the magic of the game. I would like to see a bug related to my wife (and to every other follower as well) fixed. It’s about the respawn of default items every time you send your wife/follower away. My wife can’t carry items anymore. I keep trying to give her new armors and weapons and the game just tells me she can’t carry them. I am a ps3 owner, it’s harder to pass through these issues on it. Please Bethesda, do something about it!

    • Well thats because just like your player, your follower has a weight limit of what they can carry… Try removing some of the stuff from their inventory.

    • I just don’t think that’s going to happen unfortunately. Even Oblivion for PS3 still has a lot of game-breaking issues. I feel for you sir, I genuinely do.

  12. I have discovered the best bug fix ever: roleplaying!
    For example, Ulfric has glitched and won’t talk to me, so I can’t give him the jagged crown. What do I do? Complain that the game doesn’t work and Bethesda robbed me of my money? Nope! I run around pretending that my character thinks she’s High King 😀 did your wife walk out in the middle of your wedding? Well sometimes things don’t go as planned. Pretend she changed her mind about marrying you! Have some fun, it’s a game after all. Unless your idea of fun is to have everything always go your way :/
    Ok, I’m done ranting. Thank you, Bethesda, for giving us this amazing series! I’ll admit that it’s buggy, but I don’t care <3

  13. My last comment was removed? I didn’t realise I was out of order. I only gave DLC suggestions and asked about mods coming to Xbox. 🙁

  14. Thanks for the update.

    2 small things I would to see appear are

    1 — a ‘Buy everything’ option – either all weapons, apparel, books etc OR a blanket one

    2 — An easier way to go through your inventory example — apparel – split into ‘Armour’. ‘ Robes’, ‘Clothes’ instead of having to spend a load of time scrolling down to the wooden mask in Labrynthian to use it. Failing that – Add an A-2 potion where you click on the letter that matches 1st in the item list so if you want Steel plate helmet you click on S

  15. bethesda, your awesome for giving us the free kill cams and mounted combat. i am very happy with your decision and i absolutely love playing skyrim! looking forward to DLC:)

  16. I appreciate everything being done for this game. May we see cloaks and a variety of wizard’s robes (that compete with the archmages robes) in future? I would like this very much on the Xbox. Thank you.

  17. The 1.6 update doesn’t show up on my ps3 when I start it up. I tried turning it off and putting it back on and nothing! Has anybody encountered this issue? Need help PLEASE!!!!

  18. Out of curiosity, does this update require an internet connection to play on the PC? The reason I ask is because I play Skyrim in offline mode through Steam, but did an ethernet connection to download the update. Now Steam won’t open at all even though I select “offline mode.” Any help would be appreciated.

  19. Can we PLEASE get a patch for the glitch where the elemental fury sound WILL NOT quit playing EVER on the Xbox 360 version, it’s honestly a game breaking glitch.

  20. just as if you could read my minds. The first thing i thought when i mounted a horse other than “OMG this is awsome!” was “why cant i shoot with my bow on my horse??”
    This is gonna be epic not to speak of the Dawnguard add on.

  21. Great work on the patch but is there any point in time when you will fix the blurred hand bug where you go into a menu and the textures on your hand don’t scale up?

  22. Will the horse riding be a player only feature, or will npc’s be able to do it?

    Sorry if this has been posted, i was dragging through someones moans and complaints 😉

  23. There are certainly some great stuff coming, but am I alone in wanting both polearms and the ability to fletch(craft own arrows)? Crossbows will be an awsome addition I must say as an avid bow user, though I still suspect the search for arrows/bolts I usually encounter will only become more of an issue. Still, great content coming, way to go Bethesda!

  24. Thanks for the hardwork on the previous patches. Ive heard about the many glitches and other issues that Skyrim has had. But for my part, the game has run smoothly with just a few small problems here and there. I appreciate the patches and I really look forward to 1.6 coming out for xbox. Keep up the brilliant work Bethesda!

  25. Why don’t you guys fix the quest in riften that makes you go to a guard tower and kill someone, if you kill them prior to the quest and then get the are stuck with a quest you cant finish because he remains dead…. Implement something like you did for others like the option ‘he is already dead here is proof’ to give to the quest giver…also..fix BRYNJOLF!!! He stays on the upper part of riften all day after you complete the planting of the ring in that dudes pockets quest…he is suppose to meet you in the underground inn *the name eludes me at the moment*, Whenever I try and talk to him, all he does is look at me stupidly and goes ‘hm?. Fix the apparent bugs before going on all about the stupid DLC….

  26. Thank you for the mounted combat! Always wanted to have that, and any free content given in this day and age deserves some praise 😛

  27. How about giving the option to restart or delete quests?

    I have 5 or 6 quests that are either complete or glitched and I cant do anything about them.

  28. Really could make it so I can get into the Thalmor Embassy. I need the last Stone of Barenziah, but I can’t get in there to get it.

    • That stone is actually now located in Reeking Cave, the cave that you use to escape the Thalmor Embassy. It should be right next to the dead mage in the black robes.

  29. Can you debug the No Stone Unturned quest? I collected all the stones before talking to Vex and now it won’t progress. Also, the quest Dragon Research is unfinishable. The misc. task “bring Esbern a dragon bone and dragon scale” won’t clear and the potion doesn’t grant the Dragon Infusion ability.

  30. still no zombie fixes for when you go itno a new area and they die? when are you guys going to fix that?!?

  31. Boo, they moved the stone into the cave underneath, i cant think of what its called but it is in there. where the thalmore dump their torture victims after they die. and i am so glad we are finnaly getting mounted combat. spears would be pretty cool too. long Spears/ long battleaxe’s with flags and banners from city’s and factions would be pretty cool too. just a thoght. oh well. keep rolling out the the games and awsome content bethesda!

  32. So is this update only for pc? Because the game wouldn’t play on my computer so we bought it for ps3, so would I be able to get it on the ps3?

  33. i don’t know if the problem is from the game or from my ps3 but every time i try to dive under the water the game freezes , is there a solution?

  34. Ok, so here we console players sit enjoying a wonderful game (with many bugs). For most like myself, the bugs are annoying but Skyrim is just too amazing to put down regardless. With that, why are we the ones waiting on the mounted combat when PC players have been enjoying a (for the most part) completely bug free game that can simply be modded if a bug arises. Why aren’t we being given expedient access to the most current updates?!? Uhm hello Bethesda you have a freaking army of players on the console who are extremely loyal to you and you are choosing to neglect them. Not saying you owe us but……. You kind of owe us. NO MORE PC COMMUNITY getting served first!

  35. Dear Bethesda,

    My PS3 version is currently unplayable and that’s a shame, because this is a great game. It freezes unpredictably and also during kill cam. I’ve got several glitched quests and most recently its started freezing any time I enter water. Even wading in a stream will freeze the game. I can’t seem to play for more than a couple minutes without it crashing and locking up my PS3.

    I have high hopes for the 1.6 patch.


  36. I have no clue about any of this, but will the magic tree get a buff or overhaul, since at the moment it still doesn’t seem very viable as a way to combat on higher levels. Is there a way to get more progression in this without mods?

  37. Downloaded new patch by steam playede awsome for an hour shut down went to sleep woke a few hours later never worked again uninstalled and installed regular skyrim played over 100 hours strqight no crashes WTF

  38. i see that dawnstar wont be long in coming out if you ask me bethesda should add it with the next patch for free to make up for all the problems we the gaming community has had to put up with from skyrim but thats just my opinion what do the rest of you think

  39. I would like to say all this is nice, but there are SOOO many bugs I’ve encountered during my experience in Skyrim, but one bug I would appreciate fixed is the FARKAS glitch. I accepted DRAGON SEEKER quest from him, and I was sent to a lair I’d already cleared, and now I’m stuck with him, I’ve UNRELENTED FORCED THIS GUY OFF THE @$#! THROAT OF THE WORLD AND HE STILL FOLLOWS ME!! Could you do me a solid and fix this, or develop some type of quest reset feature for ps3 users across the globe??

  40. its a big game, its gonna have bugs. and that’s what they’re trying to fix in these patches. so dont tell people to not buy one of the best RPG’s out there made from one of the best game studio’s.