Skyrim Serana Follow/Wait Fix (PC. Requires console commands)

For those who might be struggling with the follow glitch with Serana from Dawnguard. The issue occurs due to some changes in how follower scripting is done in Dawnguard. Rather than the usual methods Serana has her own set of behavior which checks certain flags which in some cases can glitch out, resulting in her refusing to follow you.

One method of fixing this if you are outside of a dungeon like Darkfall that you normally cannot exit out of before completing the quest, is to just have her wait wherever she is, go somewhere else and wait three days and she'll autodismiss and you should be able to recruit her again. This is for those of you who are not in a position to do that, such as when I found myself deep inside Darkfall.

Basically what you need to do is make her dismissable (not normally possible at this point in the quest) and then re-recruit her to force her AI behavior to reset.
1: In console, enter "setpqv DLC1NPCMentalModel CanBeDismissed_var True" (this lets you tell her to f*** off)
2: Dismiss her
3: In console, enter "setpqv DLC1NPCMentalModel LockedIn_var False" (this brings back the "Follow me" dialogue option in case it's not present)
4: Tell her to follow you again. Note that I had to select this TWICE for it to take effect. Your mileage may vary.
5: ?????
6: Profit!
  • saad mo

    Serana does not fallow me anymore nietherdoes she have any options anymore i go to her and talk and no dialog appears she only says yes.Other followers will not follow since i had Serana recruitedhow do i get dialog back your method did not workand how do i get her to wear armor that does not work too.please help 

  • FetusGaming-Minecraft and more!

    when i try to speak to her the dialogue doesn't come up. Someone help? ??

  • João 'Dharmapala' Rodrigues

    instead of typing setpqv DLC1NPCMentalModelCanBeDismissed_var True I skipped to setpqv DLCMentalModel LockedIn_False , then talked to the bitch and now she is following me again! :D

  • João 'Dharmapala' Rodrigues

    same here does anybody know how to fix this?

  • CrazyLeo

    it don't work with me, i do what you said, but said that the parameter quest can't be find

  • Nicholas Warren

    Thx a lot, mate!!!)))

  • James D

    Worked first time, thanks man

  • mathieufrachisse

    Worked for me. Thanks a lot.

  • leeks

    Does this work with any follower if you use the right ID?

  • darksword553

    for some reason serana wont let me trade items with her...

  • Hyetalogy

    Thanks, works like a charm.

  • David Hynes

    I had a glitch where she wouldn't start following after I told her to wait while I dove into the water early on. This fix worked like a charm, thank you!

  • Lunar Bloodmoon

    She won't talk to me at all. The little I con that says "E to talk" won't even show up

  • legokidish

    What my problem is is that I dismissed her after I finished the main quest and she doesn't even have the "Follow me." Option.

  • barty000000

    Thanks a bunch for this. Made it way easier than teleporting her everywhere.

  • Gretel

    I just love you man. such a pro. I wanna give you a big wet hug, this problem has been bothering me for a while now, and this is the only thing that has actuall worked! thank you :D

  • A_FlockOfMoosen

    I wish you could do this on 360 :/

  • XynanXDB

    Well, my problem is a bit odd. After I have finished Bloodline quest, I can't recruit her. She is still a vampire, hasn't been cured. Although I have spammed a lot of "setpqv DLC1NPCMentalModel Lockedin_var False" , it doesn't work. Please Help!!

  • David Berthe

    Thank you very much to share this it was so helpfull !!!

  • Shawn Driscoll

    Thank you for this. One of my Serana's vars were set to "True" so her follow dialogue would not come up.

  • Akira702

    God!!!it's saved me!!thanks very much =)

  • ArmathuX

    Thank's very much!

  • Ao Nup

    I found a solution... Keep killing her until she falls down :) :) :) :) it worksss

  • The9thMan99

    Worked exactly as in the video. Ty bro!

  • - HWZ GAMER

    WHAT ARE YOu FUCKING ASIAN JESUS?? THIS ACTUALLY WORKS PERFECTLY THX BRO

  • NightTime Noctis

    Your a god among men

  • Worked! thanks a bunch

  • MrShadowskinke

    gosh fucking thank you <3gave a sub because this was my last option

  • LightbulbTedbear2

    THANK YOU! For some reason Serana stopped following me after I told her to wait. I like having her around though, so that second command was really useful.

  • MKx01

    Thanks, if it wasn't for this I would have lost a few hours of progress from loading a previous save.

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