Now apparently here is where I make a Twilight reference, something along the lines of “IN SKYRIM U CAN JOIN TEAM EDWARD OR TEAM JACOB!! LAWL” but I think we are all mature enough to skip past that part. So instead, let’s get right into the awesomeness that was Werewolves/Vampires before that horrible book series slandered their kind forever.
In Skyrim, as most of the world knows by now, you play as a special kind of person; a dragonborn, one with the power to vanquish dragons and with dragon blood pumping through your veins (well a little bit anyway). But if that isn’t quite special enough for you, and let’s face it – it probably isn’t, there are other ways to make your character uniquely powerful in the world of Skyrim.
Dark, evil ways… (with no glittering involved)…
And so for those of you who wish to make a covenant with the underworld, to join the unholy ranks of those known only as ‘the damned’, read on. But be warned, once read… these spoilers may NEVER be forgotten!
I’ll start with the easy one:
Becoming a Werewolf
The werewolves of Skyrim are most like the Lycans from that movie Underworld. They can freely transform (albeit once a day and with no easy way to change back) and by doing so become more powerful and aggressive for a period of time. Becoming a werewolf within Skyrim isn’t really on the same level as becoming a vampire – you won’t have to worry about sunlight, there aren’t any MASSIVE glaring weaknesses and it isn’t something that you have to deal with on a day to day basis unless you really want to.*
*Except some people may ask you why you smell of wet dog from time to time. I’m not kidding.
With that in mind let’s take a look at why somebody would want to become this unholy meeting of man and beast.
- You’re a badass werewolf. You can transform into a man-wolf hybrid. I mean, how cool is that?
- +100 health and stamina while transformed
- A shout which fears enemies and summons wolves* (unconfirmed)
- Knockback on your melee swings, can be chained to keep some opponents from getting to their feet permanently
- Your sprint is faster than a horse’s gallop (until you run out of stamina)
- Can feed on human enemies to restore health and extend Beast Form (the name of the ability) duration
- New critical hit/finisher abilities: Head-crushing, mauling and jugular biting.
- Can only transform once a day
- Can’t change back, have to let it run out
- When you do change back, you are naked. And if you are a Redguard, you almost look like Jacob from Twilight for a couple of seconds. Massive Con.
- Weak against silver.
- Can’t use the map, spells, potions, items, loot, talk, ride a horse, shout or do anything but werewolf abilities really. Can still open doors.
- Guards will attack you, humans will run away from you.
- Your health does not regenerate. So basically if you are fighting non-humans, you can’t feed or use potions so if you get to low health you just have to wait to transform back. Annoying.
Let’s not overcomplicate things, becoming a werewolf is deceptively easy.
- Find the Companions. They are in Jorvaskr in Whiterun. You may encounter one of them outside the town who gives you a Miscellaneous quest to go join them. You also may have to complete some quests for the Jarl of Dragonreach before you are able to join them.
- Complete every mission they give you. This is pretty self-explanatory. After awhile they will give you a Skyforged weapon of your choosing. This means you only have a couple of quests left.
- Take part in the werewolf ritual in the Underforge. This place can be tricky to find, it’s basically a trick-door on a rock wall near Jorvaskr – your quest indicator should give it away.
- You are now a werewolf.
If you want to cure your lycanthropy, just talk to some of the companions again – you can get a quest to cure yourself but this means you will never be able to become a werewolf again.