How to Change the Size of Non-player Characters in "Skyrim"

by Ryan Menezes ; Updated September 22, 2017

"The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" runs on the Creation engine, which accepts console commands to edit the game world. The engine's "setscale" command enlarges or shrinks objects, including non-player characters. You can enlarge a character to up to ten times its default size or shrink it to as small as a tenth of its default size. Changing a character's size changes its damage rating and speed proportionately. Many players, though, just use it for the fun of seeing men as small as mice or kids as big as houses.

Press the "~" key to open the game's console.

Click a character to select it, displaying its base ID at the top of the console.

Type "setscale" followed by the scale to which you want to change the character's size. For example, to change the character to twice its default size, type "setscale 2". To change it to half its default size, type "setscale 0.5".

Press "Enter" and "~" to change the character's size and return to the game.

Tip

  • Scale doesn't affect defense or hit points. Shrunken enemies die just as slowly; enlarged allies die just as easily.

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