The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
New Skyrim Patch Detailed, Designed to Fix Lag Issues, Bugs, Quests
Written Friday, January 20, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Bethesda has released preliminary patch notes for the latest Skyrim update. This is the patch they hope to squash those persistent lag issues with, promising to provide "long term play optimizations for memory and performance." Hoorah!

Listed below, the fixes are long and far reaching. In addition to squishing bugs, the update also has a big list of quest fixes too. So beware when scrolling down, spoilers lie within.

Bethesda hope to have the patch finalised by next week, at which point it just needs to be submitted to Sony for certification. And then we can all get back to Tamriel!

The full, long, spoiler-laden, list can be found below, courtesy of the Bethesda blog.


  • General optimizations for memory and performance
  • Fixed occasional issue with armor and clothing not displaying properly when placed on mannequin’s in player’s house.
  • Long term play optimizations for memory and performance 
  • Memory optimizations related to scripting
  • Fixed crashes related to pathing and AI
  • Fixed crash in Haemar’s Shame if player had already completed “A Daedra’s Best Friend”
  • Fixed rare crash with loading saved games
  • Fixed issue with accented characters not displaying properly at the end of a line
  • Master Criminal achievement/trophy unlocks properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian
  • Fixed issue where dragon priest masks would not render correctly
  • Fixed issue where quests would incorrectly progress after reloading a save
  • Fixed issues with placing and removing books from bookshelves in the player’s home
  • Fixed issue where weapon racks and plaques would not work correctly in player’s house if player immediately visits their house before purchasing any furnishing.
  • Fixed issue where the player house in Windhelm would not clean up properly
  • Fixed crash related to giant attacks and absorb spells
  • Fixed issue with ash piles not cleaning up properly
  • Fixed occasional issue where overwriting an existing save would fail
  • Fixed memory crash with container menu
  • Fixed infinite loop with bookshelves
  • Fixed issue where traps in Shalidor’s Maze would not work properly in French, German, Spanish and Italian versions
  • Fixed issue where transforming back to human from werewolf would occasionally not fail
  • Bows and daggers will display properly when placed on weapon racks


  • The Unusual Gem inside the Thalmor Embassy is now accessible after finishing “Diplomatic Immunity”
  • In “Breaching Security”, the quest token is no longer required to receive a fortune reading from Olava the Feeble
  • Fixed issue where Galmar would not complete Joining the Stormcloaks properly if “Season Unending” was an active quest
  • Fixed issue where starting “Season Unending” after finishing “Joining the Stormcloaks” would prevent “The Jagged Crown” from starting properly.
  • Fixed issue progressing through “Message to Whiterun” while “Season Unending” was still open would block progression for both quests.
  • In “Arniel’s Endeavor”, fixed issue where a quest journal would trigger multiple times
  • In “Forbidden Legend”, the amulet fragment can no longer disappear after player leaves a dungeon without taking it
  • Fixed rare issue in “Forbidden Legend” where killing Mikrul Gauldurson while sneaking would make his corpose unaccessible
  • In “The White Phial”, the phial can no longer disappear if player leaves dungeon without taking it
  • “The White Phial” will now start properly if player already has a briar heart in their inventory
  • Player can no longer get stuck in Misty Grove after completing “A Night to Remember”
  • Fixed issue where leaving Riften during “A Chance Arrangement” would prevent quest from progressing
  • In “Darkness Returns”, a door in Twilight Sepulcher will properly open if the player leaves the dungeon for an extended period of time before completing the quest
  • In “Under New Management”, if the player leaves the Oculory for an extended period of time after placing the focusing crystal and returns, the quest will proceed correctly
  • “Onmund’s Request” will now start properly if player has already found Enthir’s staff before receiving this quest
  • Fixed instance where Tonilia would stop buying stolen items and also would not give Guild Leader Armor
  • “Repairing the Phial” will start properly if player already has unmelting snow or mammoth tusk in their inventory
  • Finding Pantea’s Flute before speaking with Pantea no longer prevents her quest from updating
  • In “The Coming of the Dawn”, fixed rare instance where a quest object would spawn incorrectly on the Katariah during Hail Sithis
  • Fixed rare issue in “The Mind of Madness” where player is unable to equip the Wabbajack
  • Fixed issue in “Pieces of the Past” where Mehrunes Dagon’s Razor will not trigger properly if player leaves the cell for extended period of time before activating it
  • “Blood’s Honor” will start properly if you visited and completed Driftshade and an extended period of time passes before starting the quest.
  • Fixed rare issue where “Dampened Spirits” would not start properly
  • Fixed issue where player would be unable to become Thane of Riften if they purchased a home first
  • Fixed issue where killing guards in Cidhna Mine woud block progression for “No One Escapes Cidhna Mine”
  • Fixed numerous issues with “Blood on the Ice” not triggering properly
  • In “Blood on the Ice”, Calixto can now be killed if player owns a house in Windhelm
  • In “The Cure for Madness”, killing Cicero then resurrecting him no longer impedes quest progress
  • Fixed rare issue in “To Kill an Empire” where an NPC would fail to die properly
  • Clearing Knifepoint Ridge before starting “Boethiah’s Champion” no longer prevents quest from starting.


User Comments
Forum Posts: 726
Comment #1 by TrophyQuest
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:08:12 AM
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this will be good for when the dlc gets released. skyrim has really started to lag bad for me (well last time i played it) and it just becomes very unplayable.

i hope this fixes it for those that have yet to finish it.

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Comment #2 by ItaChuPR
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:18:48 AM
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wow they sure are fixing a lot of things... i hope it doesnt mess up the game :) and i hope we see a dlc announcement soon :) im almost done with the trophies :)

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Comment #3 by fletchar2
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:26:21 AM
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I'm glad they've fixed the bookshelf glitch, that's single handedly the cheapest way to rank. I look forward to seeing if the lag is completely fixed too.

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Comment #4 by JackLeCube
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:48:08 AM
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I hope the legendary instruments now unequip from the inventory after completion. A free skill point for each skill is nice, but not for 12 pieces of glitched weight.

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Comment #5 by Shadowrider50
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:53:22 AM
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That is only 1% of the bugs in the game

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Comment #6 by Swmystery
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:30:19 AM
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I've been holding off on playing Skyrim in the hope they'd fix these issues, so very glad to see this patch.

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Comment #7 by GREEBALISHES
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 06:53:44 AM
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@5 More like 0.1%!

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Comment #8 by Louchavelli
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 07:09:14 AM
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Gawd, I hope this fixes my issues. I don't mind so much the bookcase problem, or the framerate dropping, or any of the other small items. What has been bothering me, and among my friends I seem to be the only one, is the constant freezing up of the game. I come out of Breezehome and the game freezes. I walk around in Riften, same thing. Its constant. In a four hour playing session, I would have to reboot at least five times.

I like Bethesda's products, but as far as I'm concerned, never again will I pick up a Bethesda game for the PS3. I have Fallout 3 and New Vegas for the Xbox and I had zero to very little technical issues with them.

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Comment #9 by solo013
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 08:41:32 AM
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I hope they will fix the treasure map chests, and allow you to remove no longer needed quest items soon too. My inventory is full of crap that can't be removed even though I've finished the quests for them. I know they don't take up any actual space even though they say they have weight. However, it's so annoying to have to sort through a long list of items when you shouldn't have to. It would be cool if they added a section to your inventory called quest items and anything quest related would go in there instead.

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Comment #10 by FFVS13 Prince Noctis Mike
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 09:13:45 AM
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I hope they fix being able to marry Lydia I have the platinum for it already I just want to marry my Lydia D:

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Comment #11 by Vex009
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:34:26 AM
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Well, that's a good amount of fixes even if its not all of them. The lag was getting annoying, I'm at 12MB and waiting a good minute or so after saving in a dungeon or entering and exiting towns and houses/shops was getting a bit stupid.
I'm currently sitting on a bugged quest in Markarth, the "forsworn conspiracy" quest, without spoiling anything I'll just say that it won't trigger the necessary dialogue for me to continue towards the next step in the quest. I don't see it fixed on the list so I'm a little disappointed. Maybe next patch.

Also, maybe being able to re-marry would be great. Apparently on PC folks can re-marry, while console players can't.

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Comment #12 by leviathan1101
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 10:36:48 AM
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@9 the treasure map chest were fixed in v1.3

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Comment #13 by 94jph
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:02:12 AM
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Big fuckin patch it'll probaly take all day to download on my shit connection

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Comment #14 by curryhead
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 11:47:59 AM
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what about all the thieves guild quest fixes :( i can't join the bloody guild because he won't leave the stall... but other than that there are some proper good bug fixes :)

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Comment #15 by FunkGuardian
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 12:01:32 PM
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I won't lie, I've been waiting for patches to fix enough issues before I broke down and got the game. I think I'll be jumping into it sometime in the near future.

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Comment #16 by brandaman69
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:34:26 PM
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what about that quest in the shrine of talos with the guy that got murdered did they fix that one

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Comment #17 by luxxx
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:45:00 PM
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Thanks for the thumbs down people. I can read the important posts now.

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Comment #18 by Saint of Death 77
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 05:55:26 PM
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Hope it definitley fixes the lag anyways and the backwards flying dragons lol

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Comment #19 by KindredCampbell
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 02:12:01 AM
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-what the big deal about the bookshelf cheat, if you dont like it ,,,DONT USE IT!. the game isnt online so let other do what they will.

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Comment #20 by RdotN
Saturday, January 21, 2012 @ 07:25:33 AM
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omg why didnt they fix "visit the college of winterhold" its so annoying and wont go away kmt

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Comment #21 by Rob Madgwick
Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 12:42:20 PM
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This is all great news no matter how you look at it.

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Comment #22 by ForgottenX7
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 06:43:26 AM
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What annoys me is how the game keeps breaking. After 240 hours into the game on my first character i finally go to do the main story line only to find a glitch that wont let the quest continue... Only needed to finish it up for shout trophy. I had ALL the other words.

Next character i do the main story first to make sure it doesnt glitch on me. I move on to civil war quest line only to find out i can't complete one of the trophies because of my choice in the main story. ARGH!

Next character same story except when i get to the civil war quest line i cant complete taking over one of the holds because of some bandit glitch...

Next character.. I hate Bethesda.

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Comment #23 by STR8xBallin
Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 12:15:30 PM
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I noticed they didn't put anything for the glithced guards in Markarth after the "Forsworn Conspiracy". Oh and @11 I don't know if it was just my game but after I completed that quest the guards are always trying to arrest me, even though the jarl has said he knows it wasn't me. Just a little heads of there for you.

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Comment #24 by TheViper561
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 03:04:14 PM
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I haven't been playing too much Skyrim lately but I'm glad Bethesda is addressing all those issues. Hope they release this patch soon so I can run skyrim again without problems.

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Comment #25 by nygiantsrotty
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:47:10 AM
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When is the update comeing out?

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Comment #26 by Hjelm1982
Thursday, February 02, 2012 @ 03:18:45 PM
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Do anyone have the answer to nygiantsrotty's question? I really want to know too.....!!!!

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Comment #27 by DONdx
Sunday, February 12, 2012 @ 01:12:16 PM
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Thank god they fixed the non-english trophy bug!

Should've gotten the english version to start with...

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