Funny Oblivion Glitch Has NPC Bouncing Off the Walls

One player exploring the classic RPG The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion encounters a hilarious glitch that has an NPC literally bouncing off the walls.

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is a highly-praised entry in a critically acclaimed fantasy gaming franchise, but this doesn’t mean that it’s without its share of flaws. Like its successor Skyrim, Oblivion is prone to bugs that can impact gameplay in a variety of funny and frustrating ways. One Oblivion player recently encountered a bug that had one of the game’s NPCs literally bouncing off the walls.

A number of locations and features found in Oblivion would later appear in Skyrim, including the Imperial Province of Cyrodiil. However, Oblivion is still very much its own entry in the series, for better and for worse–the title may have gathered even more criticism than Skyrim for its glaring technical issues over the years.


Redditor Areadien shared a short video showcasing a bizarre glitch they encountered while in what appears to be a dungeon or basement. Although Oblivion‘s dated graphics may make figuring out what’s happening in the video a bit tricky, it seems that the player encountered a very glitched NPC on their travels. The NPC in question is almost impossible to identify, as he is a constant blur of spasming motion that keeps flailing all over the room and bringing down blocks of stone on top of the player.

In the video description, Areadien noted that this was the first time they’d encountered this particular bug, which may be for the best. Not only does this seem to be a very inconvenient bug if they wanted to get past the NPC in question, but it also led to them taking damage. Although it may appear that the NPC’s flailing limbs knocked Areadien’s health down several notches, Areadien’s theory is that the flying rubble is what caused the damage. Whatever the case, the result is a glitch video easily on par with the hilarious occurrences that can come out of Oblivion‘s successor Skyrim.

As of writing, it appears that other fans find this glitch hilarious. One user joked that Oblivion‘s main setting of Cyrodiil is where the impossible becomes possible, whether or not that’s a good idea for anyone. Another user joked that the NPC just got like this when he wasn’t allowed to have a sweetroll and he would wear himself out soon. Areadien noted that the NPC did eventually stop glitching, only to start up again when they got too close to him.

The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Gamerant

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