The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – How to Skip the Intro Quest

This is the quickest way for testing new mods, or simply starting a new game without having to play through the intro sequence and the tutorial quest.

Method #1: Using the Console Commands

  1. Launch the Skyrim and make sure you are on the main menu.
  2. Open the console in the main menu using the tilde key, (~), or the section key (§) for europeans.
  3. Enter the following code: coc Riverwood. This will teleport you to Riverwood as a default Nord.
  4. Open your inventory and take off the iron helmet to reveal your face.
  5. Open the console again and type the following code: ShowRaceMenu and create a character.
  6. Finish the character creation as you usually would and press the R key to free your hands.
  7. To initiate the main questline open the console one last time and type: SetStage MQ102 30

Three side effects of this method is you won’t be able to complete the tutorial quest Unbound, and to perhaps some the good news is Helgen will survive the dragon attack as we bypass that sequence entirely.

If you return to Helgen you will only find the imperials and stormcloaks have murdered eachother making it a ghost town with only a few civilians still walking around doing nothing.

And the third is by bypassing Unbound you will not be able to get introduced to the Civil War by Hadvar or Ralof. You will still meet them later on depending on what faction to pick.

Method #2: Using the Mod

Skip the intro video, start a new game in the Helgen Exit Cave with default gear. Helgen’s fine. Leaving the cave kicks off the main quest with “Before The Storm.”

  • Use “Set MQQuickstart to 3” in the main menu for the video start, or “Set MQQuickstart to 4” to start in The Helgen Keep.

Most Useful Console Commands (Cheats)

  1. Toggle Immortal Mode (TIM)

This command makes your character immortal. Your character will still take damage but will never die.

  1. Toggle God Mode (TGM)

This command grants your character all abilities, including infinite health, stamina, and boosts, as if they were a deity.

  1. Resurrect

This command resurrects a dead NPC (Non-Player Character). Using [1] resurrects the NPC with all their items. Omitting the number resurrects them without any items.

  1. Start All Quests (SAQ)

Begins all quests in the game. Note: This may cause your game to become unstable, so it’s wise to save your game before using this command.

  1. Complete All Quests (CAQS)

Completes all stages of each quest you have.

  1. Complete Quest

CompleteQuest [QuestID] completes a specific quest for you.

  1. Unlock

Unlocks any locked door or chest instantly.

  1. Teleport to a Location

COC [location] instantly teleports you to any map location.

  1. Toggle Map Regions (TFOW)

Turns on or off unexplored areas on the map.

  1. Toggle Artificial Intelligence (TAI)

Disables or enables AI. Characters will no longer react to you if AI is disabled.

  1. Free Camera (TFC)

Allows you to move the camera freely in any direction.

  1. Toggle Combat Artificial Intelligence (TCAI)

Prevents computer-controlled characters from attacking you. They will appear hostile but won’t attack.

  1. Make an NPC Mortal/Immortal

SetEssential [BaseID] [#] sets an NPC’s mortality. Use 0 for mortal and 1 for immortal.

  1. Gender Change (SexChange)

Changes the gender of any targeted character.

  1. Teleport NPC

Moveto player teleports any NPC to your location instantly.

  1. Set Player Relationship

Player.SetRelationshipRank [RefID] [#] modifies the relationship between your character and an NPC.

  1. Move to Target

Movetoqt [QuestID] moves you to the current quest’s specific target.

  1. Change Race

SetPlayerRace [RaceID] changes your player’s race.

  1. Enable Control in Cinematics

Allows character control during cinematic scenes.

  1. Quit (QQQ)

Exits the game instantly without delay.

  1. Kill All NPCs (KillAll)

Kills all NPCs in the vicinity. Essential NPCs are unaffected.

  1. Set Weather

SW [WeatherID] changes the game’s climate and weather to your preference.

  1. Toggle No-Clip Mode (TCL)

Enables movement through objects without obstruction.

  1. Toggle AI Detection (TDetect)

Allows theft without detection. Note: Does not affect pickpocketing success.

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Egor Opleuha, also known as Juzzzie, is the Editor-in-Chief of Gameplay Tips. He is a writer with more than 12 years of experience in writing and editing online content. His favorite game was and still is the third part of the legendary Heroes of Might and Magic saga. He prefers to spend all his free time playing retro games and new indie games.


  1. It won’t let me open my inventory when i get to riverwood.
    I tried this fixed the inventory thing but my feet wore stuck.

  2. it won’t let me open my inventory when i get to riverwood. i tried this fixed the inventory thing but my feet wore stuck

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