How to Change a Name in "Oblivion"
By Brad Chacos
Updated September 22, 2017
The character you create lies at the heart of the experience of "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion." The game's narrative arc provides a loose guideline, but the core of the game involves developing your skills and exploring the wide-open world of Cyrodiil. The game places such great importance on your character that you aren't allowed to change your name after leaving the initial dungeon. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 players have to deal with that -- they have no way around the limitation. PC gamers, on the other hand, can change their name -- or the name of any in-game character -- at any time using the game's powerful console commands.
Launch "Oblivion." Load a saved game and start playing normally.
Press the tilde key -- "~" -- to bring up the console command interface.
Type "player.setfullactorname (name)" -- minus the quotation marks -- to change your character's name, replacing (name) with the name you'd like to use. For example, "player.setfullactorname Bob" changes your character name to Bob. Names containing a space need to be bracketed by quotation marks. For example, the following changes your character's name to Bob Jones:
player.setfullactorname "Bob Jones"
Click an on-screen character while in the command console to bring his reference ID up in the console. Use the same command to change his name, only replace "player" with the character's reference ID. For example, type the following to change Emperor Martin's name to Smarty Marty:
0001E745.setactorfullname "Smarty Marty"
"0001E745" is the Emperor's reference ID as identified in the command console.
Press "Enter" after typing a command to have it take effect.
Exit the command console by pressing the tilde key a second time.
Brad Chacos started writing professionally in 2005, specializing in electronics and technology. His work has appeared in Salon.com, Gizmodo, "PC Gamer," "Maximum PC," CIO.com, DigitalTrends.com, "Wired," FoxNews.com, NBCNews.com and more. Chacos is a frequent contributor to "PCWorld," "Laptop Magazine" and the Intuit Small Business Blog.