Skyrim glitches are the best glitches

Now here’s a post that would seem more appropriate for 2012, hmmm? The uniqueness and hilarity of the glitches throughout The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim have been well documented. In fact, I’d say that Skyrim glitch videos are nearly as plentiful as cat videos…and I’d also be exaggerating, because there’s no way in hell that any type of video could ever topple the juggernaut that is the cat video on YouTube. But still, there are a damn lot of videos on YouTube displaying Skyrim’s glitchiness.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started replaying Skyrim, for reasons. I didn’t mention last week but will say here that not long ago, I wrote this article for Virtual Bastion: “What’s the glitchiest game you’ve ever played?” In it I proclaimed Fallout: New Vegas as my new personal glitchiest winner (eking ahead of Saints Row 2.) That was primarily because I had just completed that game, and it was fresh in mind. But holyshitontoast if Skyrim doesn’t blow New Vegas’s glitches straight outta the irradiated waters of the nuclear apocalypse.

If I had been smart about this, I would have hooked up my capture card to the PS3 and started taking screenshots, at least, from day one. But I’m a dumbass who’s bad about thinking ahead and didn’t feel like rewiring the PS3 to attach the capture card, so there. However, as I said, Skyrim glitch videos are rife on YouTube, so have at.

Not to go off on a weird tangent, but typing “Skyrim glitch” has made me think of “Skyrim-Glitch Mob.” Has anyone remixed the Skyrim soundtrack? Huh. I’m not gonna go…look…

*opens up YouTube tab*

… … …

*three hours later*

Yes. Yes, people have. Wow.

What the hell was I talking about? Whatever it was, I’m sure it was of the utmost importance…

Oh yes, Skyrim’s glitches, and how lazy I am. And how this post is, like, five years overdue. But whatevs. Right.

Also, when did I start using “whatevs” regularly? I just said it the other day, too. That’s got to stop.

Anywaaaay, as sad as it is that I don’t have any pictures to prove what I’m about to say, I think we’ve built up enough trust here over the years. Y’know? Look, to prove it, let’s do a trust fall. Okay, you fall backwards, and I’m going to catch you. Promise.


Ah shit…yo, fuck, man…I…I’m really sorry bout that.’s just…it’s this cat…he was being sooooo stupid funny in this vid…yo look, watch!…

But how I digress.

What I’m getting at is that I’ve been tallying many of the oddball glitches that I’ve encountered in Skyrim. And the best thing is that they boil down to funny glitches, not game-breaking ones, which is probably one of Bethesda’s MOs, though I’m sure they wish it wasn’t. (Or maybe they relish in it? Based on the fact that such ridiculous glitches are also present in Fallout 4, one has to wonder…)

Without any more further ado, as I have already ado-ed too much already, here’s my list of ten of the most hilarious glitches I’ve encountered so far.

1. Having guards fall from the sky upon entering Dawnstar (has happened multiple times, and it’s never not funny).

2. In the ruins of Mzinchaleft when my companion, the mage Mercurio, got accidentally hoisted up onto a wall of spikes and stayed there, still in his battle poise. When I activated the wall to come down, he remained there, just floating, but so ready for battle.

3. That time when I killed that one dragon at Dragon Bridge, and its skeleton “fell” on top of my horse Shadowmere right where it’s stomach would have been. It looked as if the dragon had eaten the horse.

4. When I killed a cave bear on the top of a mountain outside Winterhold, and it fell down into a nearby cavern. I found said dead bear lying on its back with its four legs pointing straight up into the air. Ridonkulous.

Goddamn, have I got to quit with these dingly dumb words!

Haha…”dingly.” That one just sounds goofy.


5. Upon first entering Whiterun and having three people approach me, except they all mashed together to form one “person” and were all talking at the same time. Maybe more terrifying than than funny.

6. When stupid Lydia needlessly died fighting a couple of giants outside Dawnstar; I proceeded to run away. I returned to the spot and the giants were retreating but dead Lydia’s corpse had “adhered” to one giant’s club. So terrible…terribly funny!

7. Visiting my favorite blacksmith in Solitude and finding that he had traded his hammer for a broom. Nothing like smithing with a broom. (has happened multiple times).

8. That time I took Cicero out and had to swim out to a ship docked near Solitude. The poor thing kept swimming in circles. Had to reload.

9. Exploring Dragonsreach and watching the jarl walk down a set of stairs and onto the head of a guard standing at the bottom of the stairs. The jarl’s feet and the guard’s head melded into an inhuman form for a brief moment before the jarl “fell” of the guard’s head and went on his merry way.

10. And finally, more floating fun with that dragon I killed in Riften. Upon first doing the deed, its skeleton fell upon one of Riften’s bridges. I left the city and returned a short time later to find the same skeleton hovering above the city’s market stands, kind of like a macabre umbrella.

Oh, how I am enjoying this game (again, for the first time)!


  1. Dude, the other day I did the Sanguine quest to Morvunskar, then not much later did a companion quest to rescue a kidnapped citizen from the same place. When I got near the end of the dungeon, most of the enemies were already dead. I could hear the voice of Cosnach/Torvar in the next room, reminding himself to “aim for the one in the middle.” Mystified, I walk around the corner, and there is Sanguine, fighting sorcerers in the hallway. I’m like… Thanks, daedric guy with drunken follower voice. (Makes sense, him being the lord of debauchery, right?) It was great. Just when I thought I’d seen everything, hah. ๐Ÿ˜† I’m so ready to see Dawnstar’s guards fall from the sky though. That sounds legit.

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    • Hahaha, Skyrim’s awesome in it’s randomness! Sure, it’s entertaining enough in it’s own right, but when you add in its propensity towards utterly strange glitches, it just adds a whole new level to the experience.

      Just look out for falling guards, always. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I have one of my own. I came down with a case of vampirism and sought out to cure it. I went to Morthal to cure it with a Black Soul Gem filled with a soul. The mage told me to meet him at sunrise at the summoners circle. However….. when he came to meet me I accidentally went into his house breaking his trust. Now no matter what I do, he will not help me. I dont know if this is a glitch but now i have no choice but to move forward and join the vampires because the Dawnguard will now not accept me. It’s quite hilarious seeing how this has affected my daily life (in real life) I sit at work looking for ways to fix a scenario inside a game from 2012. LOL .

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    • Haha, I have spent more than my share of work time trying to figure out a gaming scenario! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry that you’re stuck as a vampire – is the mage in Morthal the only person who can cure you? (Sorry, I’ve not experienced this in the game…yet.) I have encountered scenarios in this game (and in other Besthesda games) where, with some quests, if you accidentally do something wrong while on the quest, it “breaks,” for lack of a better term. It essentially become impossible to complete. I’m not sure it’s necessarily a glitch, either, but I’m also not sure why the quests can’t be reset in some manner.

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    • I have to agree! There’s something about them that’s almost charming. Like, Skyrim just wouldn’t be Skyrim without all the silly glitches.


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