The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Shinobi - the vale sabre cat follower
Category: Followers
File Size
0.061 MB
Oct 13, 2013 @ 3:03pm
Oct 14, 2013 @ 10:10pm
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Shinobi - the vale sabre cat follower


Ever since I first laid eyes on the vale sabre cat I have wanted one as a follower. My cat Shinobi disappeared recentlly so I decided to finally make this mod myself as a way to honor her memory. This mod is fairly simple. All it does is add Shinobi the vale sabre cat to the entrance of Riverwood.

She levels up with you, carries your stuff, is essential so she cannot die, and is pretty effective in combat. During combat her white spots will glow either purple or green. Don't worry, that's normal. I don't know what it means, if anything.

There is only one problem with Shinobi: She kind of bobs up and down while standing idle. It's not a huge deal, but I don't know how to fix it. If someone out there knows how to solve this problem please let me know.

That's about it for mod description. Now I will tell you a little about the real life cat that inspired this mod:

About two years ago I noticed this black cat hanging around my house. It would stay far away and meow a little bit, then run away if I got too close. It would usually come around at night, staying just outside the light coming from the porch. I could hear it meowing, and see its green eyes in the darkness. I felt bad for it. I started putting food and water on the porch for it and waiting for it to come and eat, but it was too scared. So I went in the house and left the stuff there. Pretty soon I heard the crunching sounds of a cat noisely enjoying its food and I looked through the window of the door and saw it eating. This went on for a few days. Whenever I opened the door it would run away so I started sitting outside with the food away from me. Eventually the cat would come around and start eating. I started putting the food a little bit closer to me each day until eventually the cat was eating right in front of me. It was around this time I noticed the cat was female because it would drink with its butt in the air. She let me pet her for a little bit, but as soon as she was done eating she would run away. Eventually she would actually hang out with me and sit on my lap, purring away while I petted her. After about a week she stopped being scared of me and would actually come to eat when I called her.

I wanted to bring her inside so she would be protected from all the wild animals out there on my property. This took some time. She would stick her head in the door a little then back away at first. I started to put her food and water in the house near the door and gradually I would put the dishes further and further in the house until eventually she was a house cat. She would hang out in the house practically all day. She didn't need a litter box. If she wanted to go out she would go up to the door and start meowing. She didn't rip up the furniture or anything. She was a good cat. Sometimes she would go two or three days without coming back to the house, and when she finally returned she was covered in leaves and scratches. I worried about her every time she took off like that. I had her for about two years and she seemed happy. About a month ago she left and never came back. I haven't seen her since :( I don't know if she is dead or alive. I like to think she just found another family to take her in, but I don't know.

So anyway, that's the story of my cat Shinobi.
I hope you guys enjoy this mod. Like I said earlier, if anybody knows how to fix the bobbing while standing problem I would love to hear from you.


Here is a link to the awesome tutorial video that taught me how to make this mod. There's a lot of stuff to do here so watch it closely and be sure to follow all instructions step by step. Remember, that when using a creature that is normally hostile you should make sure the aggro range box is unchecked and make sure they are set to be unagressive.

Required Scripts (look under advanced animal follower files and click on "Dialogue scripts" and "Actor Dialogue Script"


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Kec La Kecleon Aug 2 @ 3:31pm 
Game crashed even before I get to the main menu with this mod checked. Any idea why?
copley28 May 2 @ 3:43am 
Awww, good kitty..... Shake the nice guard around a few times then let him go limp away......

Nooooo, bad kitty Don't tear up his armor like a tin can.... no bites!

and now your eating him.... Damn, should have gotten a dog
King Ivan Mar 26 @ 7:52am 
Same happend to my cat,left,never came back :(
Priest of Hell Jan 5 @ 6:52am 
Thanks so much for sharing your story about your cat. My girl is my service animal and I'd be devistated if she ever disappeared. I hope where ever she is, she's happy. As for the mod, thanks for sharing. I'll probably nab her later.
Raexer Dec 14, 2014 @ 7:24pm 
I like the mod a lot. That animation bob fix I mentioned works fine with this companion too. Only gripe and fix request I have so far is that sometimes Shinobi hostiles on farm animals like chickens and such. This usually happens in or near a settlement so the townfolk get mad and attack when their livestock gets killed then Shinobi kills the townfolk that attack. If ya get time, plese fix that. Thanks.
Raexer Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:51am 
There is a patch fix that I found on Skyrim Nexus for the animation bobbing error with sabrecats. It works pretty well for my game. It's called sabrecat idle. The last version I downloaded was v2 but that was going on a year ago so it may have been updated or replaced. The only problem I found with this patch was that if you do an integrity check through Steam, thefile may get replaced in the process. If so, just reinstall from the .download.
Raexer Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:39am 
I'll subscribe to this mod and have Shinobi for my Wood Elf character's animal companion and maybe as a protector for 1 of my homes on other characters. I'm not a huge cat person, but the family cat Rascal disappeared just before last Christmas and hasn't been seen since. Everyone has missed him because he was with the family for about 11 years. One of my Skyrim characters is named and likened in his memory. Whenever I play him, I'm reminded of many funny things Rascal used to do.
Jonmooread The LORE Nerd Nov 14, 2014 @ 8:01pm 
shinobi tried to kill me
nightraven56 Oct 26, 2014 @ 2:40am 
At least she enjoyed her time with you and whatever happened, I'm sure she is grateful. I'll try this mod because of this
talynamber Oct 18, 2014 @ 1:03pm 
So am I understanding thatI have to use the creation kit myself to make this cat a follower? That's why I chose steam, so I didn't have to do all that. Sorry if I misunderstood, but the cat is very aggressive. I saved my game to come and check this. Now I am very confused. The link to darkfox is not available