Skyrim: Here’s What to Do if You’re Console Commands Aren’t Working

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Console commands are a privilege that Skyrim PC players often boast about. Even though conventionally using them is considered cheating, there are plenty of ways to use them to solve issues related to the game as well. But what happens when console commands stop working altogether? It happens rarely, luckily, but still, a significant number of players are affected by this “bug.” Due to that, we’ve decided to create this guide. Let’s see how to fix issues with your console in Skyrim.

If your console commands are not working, first ensure you are using the command correctly. Some of them have complicated syntaxes, and this usually turns out to be the cause of most issues. Likewise, you can troubleshoot your “tilde” key or modify your launch settings so the console is included. 

Now that we’ve covered the most common issues affecting Skyrim player’s when it comes to console commands, it’s time to analyze them in more detail. If you’re interested in more, or the simplest solution doesn’t work for you, stay with us and keep reading!

Console commands rarely stop working

Console commands are usually used to resolve some bugs in the game. For example, you can use console commands to advance bugged quests when you cant seem to progress to the next stage. You can use the commands to reset NPC dialogues if they are not giving you appropriate lines. 

You can likewise use a plethora of commands to resolve issues related to NPC. You can respawn them, teleport them, or make them essential

But what happens when console commands themselves stop working? This is not that common, and the issue mostly lies somewhere else. In the rest of this post, we’re going to cover the most common issues and how to fix them. 

Make sure that you are typing the commands the right way

Plenty of console commands in Skyrim are short and convenient to use. For example, “tgm” triggers the so-called “god mode.” “Tcl” turns off collision and allows you to fly. The “kill” command is pretty self-explanatory, as is the “resurrect” command. If you suspect that your console commands are not working, try typing some short, uncomplicated commands and see what happens. 


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Some console commands can have elaborate syntaxes. For example, teleporting requires a couple of steps and a refID of a certain NPC to be successful, and most people aren’t aware of that or simply type in the refID wrong or confuse with the baseID of a certain NPC. To minimize the chances of that happening in the future, you can see all refID and baseID codes for every NPC in the game on this link. 

One more common problem are items and NPCs added by expansion packs. If you’ve ever attempted to add items from Dragonborn, Dawnguard, or Hearthfire to the game or spawn an NPC related to those DLCs, you will notice that codes associated with those items and NPCs on the wiki start with “00x.” There is a good reason for that, and if you type the code as is by including the “x,” the command will not work.

 The “x” needs to be replaced by a number that the expansion in question has in your load order. The fastest way to check your load order is to simply launch Skyrim and click on the “Data Files” button. If your load order is correct, Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn esm. files should be top three on the list.

Skyrim Load order

The “x” needs to be replaced by that number.

Some commands require you to input the number of items or NPCs you want to summon or add to your inventory, and if you are missing that number, the console will return an error as the output. One such example is adding gold. To add gold to your inventory, you need to use “play.additem 000000f 100000,” as you can see, the quantity is the core feature of the command and cannot be left out. 

Before you attempt to use any kind of command, always make sure that you are executing it correctly. If you are getting an error code, that doesn’t mean that console is not working. It means that you are giving the console the wrong input. 

Make sure that your tilde key is working 

If you’re having trouble even getting the console to show on screen, it’s likely that your tilde key isn’t working as expected. Tilde or “~” can usually be found on the top left corner of your keyboard directly underneath the “Esc” key. It’s possible that your layout changed for some reason, or the keyboard itself has a different layout. Try using different combinations of keys until the issue is resolved. Some of the most common combinations are: 

  1. Shift + `
  2. Alt + 126
  3. AltGr + ^
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You can always likewise use “Character Map” to copy the needed symbol if you can’t figure out how to type it. 


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Make sure that console is included in your launcher options

If you’ve verified that you are typing the commands correctly and that your tilde is working, it’s time to get technical. Sometimes you need to give specific instructions to Skyrim on how to launch the game. To add a console to the launch options, follow these steps: 

  1. Launch Steam. 
  2. Navigate to Skyrim and right-click on “Properties.”
  3. In the general tab, the last option should be “Launch Options.”
  4. Add “+console.” 
  5. Save the changes and launch the game.

And this is pretty much it. One important thing to remember is to always be careful while using commands. They can break your game unpredictably, and you might not notice it until it’s too late.

Always back up your save game file before you attempt to use any script-related or quest-related console commands to avoid having your playthrough corrupted.

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

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Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.