Enemy and Loot Respawns in Skyrim

Do enemies and loot respawn in Skyrim? And if they do, when do they?

Over the past few days since Skyrim’s release, I’ve been trying to find information on whether or not the enemies actually respawn in Skyrim, like in past Elder Scrolls games. Up until today, I was not sure if it was like Fallout 3 and New Vegas in that enemies didn’t respawn in the interiors of Skyrim’s dungeons. I wasn’t even sure if the outside world respawned either.

However, I am pleased to be able to say that enemies and loot do indeed respawn, both outside and indoors. The reason I had doubts is because Oblivion had enemies respawn after 3 in-game days. This is not the case in Skyrim and it just takes an abnormally long time.

In order for enemies and loot to begin repopulating the game’s world and dungeons, you’ll need to wait around 4 weeks of in-game time (a rough estimate) from the moment you killed or looted something in an area. When you have waited around that time, you should find that things have respawned. Even placed objects may have respawned as well.

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  1. Posted November 16, 2011 at 5:42 am

    enemy? why

  2. Posted November 17, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Good article

  3. Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

    This makes the game more realistic, however it is indeed very frustrating.

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  5. Posted November 21, 2011 at 7:53 am

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  6. Posted November 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Good one, thanks!

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  8. Ophelia
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    It’s two different respawn times – 14 days for some places and items and 31 for others. Hope this helps! *^_^*

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