Best Followers In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

A list of the top ten best followers in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Top TenXW

1Aela the Huntress

Who else could have first place?
Aela is good looking, strong and just a great character.

She deserves the top place due mainly to the fact that she
Is one of the only plot based followers and she gives you
Her blood so that you may become a werewolf.

There is no-one better to have at your side.

She lets you become a werewolf.
Can any of the other people in the list do that?
No? Didn't think so.

Aela. She kills a giant on your first visit to Whiterun near the Hanningbrew Meadery. While giants aren't that difficult, it is kinda badass. Did I say she was a werewolf? A werewolf. More badass-ed-ness right there my friends. She is a valiant, honorable companion. She can kill with a bow like nobody's business. And if you give her some enchanted weapons like a sword or some waraxes... Woah. Aela is my all-time follower. Bar none.

Plus she can never die

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Super strong in destruction and can wear heavy armor and be efficient with it. He is also one of the two khajiit's in the game so he is also unique.

He also has a mustache

Maybe J'zargo can have the staff when you are done with its

J'zargo has the lowest levels of spells of all mage followers... that having been said on many board why NOT to use him, I found a simple approach to fix it! Since he will level all the way with you, give him very high staffs, he won't run out of charges as a follower. You should see him with double fireball blasters! Double BOOM. He's like a machine gun that way. Also this seems to keep him back out of the front line a bit more as he has distance and is very accurate with it.

I like his scrolls :-)

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Serana is the best follower because she continues to progress until level fifty, she constantly learns new spells, she has very good starting gear, and the best part is she can't die so you don't have to worry about carrying all of their stuff

One of those characters you can really build a relationship with, much like Aela, because of all the time you will spend with her doing Dawnguard quests. Combat wise she casts the same spells as most vampires, and her raise thrall spell is strong enough to work on trolls and such in high levels. She has very high sneak and light armor, I even read that she is capable of doing a silent roll but I have not confirmed this yet.

Best follower. She's the type I'd fall in love with in a heart beat. Plus she's the most interesting. Aela may give her blood to make you a werewolf but apparently she will only do it once. After your cured your screwed if you wanted to go back. Serana on the other hand can change you to a vampire lord again and again after you have cured yourself. (She can bite me any day is all I got to say. ) and if your an archer she can make your eleven arrows even stronger. If not, it's something to consider. Last but not least she actually has a story. Now don't get me wrong I thought Aela was hot. But she did not have no story besides to be part of a few quests and send you off to kill a few silver hands.

She is the best! I love the way she speak and she do whatever she wants to do when I'm just standing still.

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4Mjoll the Lioness

Mjoll the Lioness is in my opinion the best all around follower. She's versatile with almost anything you give her whether it be one-handed, two-handed, or even staves. She has a lot of inventory space, high health, high attack power, and above all things, she's literally invincible. When she can be downed, but she can never be out.

Probably the only wholly nice character in all of Skyrim. I never tire of her stories, plus she's essential, so no stray ice storms will take her out.

A powerful tank.
'enough Said.

Better dialogue than the rest. Beautiful accent too

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If I see a nasty cat, I'll feed its corpse to my pet rat! Also, a good follower to have if you are a sneaking type, as unlike others he doesn't blow your cover as easily.

If you killed cicero, you failed the darkbrotherhood storyline, who doesn't want an insane jester folowing them around saying "stab you, stab you, stab you. "

I think cicero is the best follower if you are a sneaky type. he has very high light armor, one-handed, and a very good archery skill. plus the stuff he will say... But the only downside is his armor has no armor rating so unless you give him different armor his light armor skill will go to waste:(

I hate him! I hate traitors!

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... Its Marcurio! He's the best mage NPC in the game bar none. I mean, why wouldn't you want someone who can blast enemies with two-three spells in less than a second? I guess if you were also a mage he would be kill-stealing, but regardless. 500 gold and you broke the game =D

Lol its insane how quickly he cam kill things I am still standing true to marcurio even after 1500 hours of gameplay... I'm writing this 2015, by the way. People still reading this skyrim=best game ever

Marcurio is my husband and he makes a great follower he killed a dragon in under 10 seconds.

He is witty, sassy and a badass Mage. What more could you ask for?

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7Dark Brotherhood Initiate

Levels up with you as you progress, has very high sneak, and she's very strong to boot. How can you beat her? Plus she's hot.

Devilish with dual weapons, tag teams well with a housecarl. The only follower you can add in the game that allows you 2 human followers. A quick and agile follower that can cross ground quickly and tie up enemies allowing you to join in OR hit from range. I like Lydia/J'zargo with this guy.

There are 2 initiates... A hot babe and an annoying dude. Both very strong though, and sneaky.

I agree once you arm her with some extra stuff. Once you arm her with another dagger, a sword, and a bow and some arrows, you are ready for launch.

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I mean come on, that ASS!

It's funny how much she hates me and she still does everything I tell her.

Lydia is an awesome follower! I killed her accidentally.. And I didn't want to load the game because the game was saved about 4 hours ago. I am pretty sad that I killed her.

She got lost in a cave and now I can't find her she is such a dumb ass

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9Farkas & Vilkas

Well honestly, I think vilkas is marriage material for my female Dark Elf character & Farkas is pretty dumb, but the good kind... Lol, Whatever that means.

Farkas is also a very good friend to my male RedGaurd character and has a somewhat more likeable quality to him, that his twin brother lacks I suppose,

Vilkas is 'likeable' too, but I think he has a personality that grows on you,

I don't count Serana, Dark brotherhood initiates Female & Male & Cicero (if you didn't kill him), as followers that should be on this 'top 10 followers list',

Only because you can have all these people follow you at once, so I feel there is less of a need to rank them,

Because you won't/don't need to chose them separately, you can have them follow you along side any other of your followers,

But then again these people collectively are arguably the 'best' followers due to the fact that you can have them follow you all at once (this works on all platforms Skyrim runs on)

But if someone did list them septet lay I get why someone would. X

Farkas is good for the archer type who like to hit from far away or for the kind of stealthy people who don't level up their health. Even for the cowards who like to hang back and have other people do the work. Vilkas is a total jerk sometimes, but he's pretty sweet, sometimes. Vilkas is kind of the same, but his styles are a bit different from Farkas'.

Hard to decide between the twins.
If only you could have both at once...

We can have both of them, if we have multiple followers mod.

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10Uthegerd the Unbroken

A very strong companion you can gain quickly.
You just have to beat her up.

I have been using her for a long time and she never dies. She is a great follower because she can use a bow and uses melee weapons. Great all around follower for low and high levels.

So far she's been a sturdy companion. Guess what's said about her here, is quite true. She is quite strong indeed.

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The Newcomers

?Ralis Sedarys

This dude is a KILLING MACHINE. Light armor, high sneak, and strong. He likes to dual wield and that turns him into a ' Cuisinart as he dices up every mob in sight, and his light armor skill is so high he can tank! Don't kill him...recruit this and watch yourself become his sidekick.

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With his restoration, Belrand is one tough follower to kill.
Always great to have him following you.

I needed a new follower after Lydia ran away (she didn't like J'Zargos falme cloak). Randomly I found Belrand in a tavern and thought "Why the hell not. Look at his epic hair." After a while I actually watched him fight (in a stupid outfit with antlers and stuff). He dominated everything plus he had an epic wolf companion. Obviously I crafted him an epic sword and gave it to him. That's how he transformed from "random guy" to "epic guy". Best follower ever.

"Do I get to keep it? Nah just kidding! "

I have armed him with an assortment of staffs, a few magic weapons, and armor that enhances his magic abilities he cast snow storm often and has impeccable aim with the staffs. I even gave him boots that make him walk on water.

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Can't die, plus he's a sweetie when you speak to him.
Proficient in block, one handed, and archery, which archery being his best skill

Derkeethus: The bows shooting, dual weilding, sneaky Argonian that likes caves.

He is the only argonian follower and has been at my side for the entire game he also is great with a bow and the two ebony axes I gave him

One of the best archers of the game

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She's been my companion for most of my play through Skyrim, she's a superb archer, plus she sneaks, goes hand to hand and has true moments of sarcastic brilliance.

Can't believe she isn't higher on this list, mostly because, you can carry her through Dark Brotherhood and Thieves Guild without questions. Once she levels at 30, there are others, but for the low game, no one is better if you're the sneaky kind.

"I do not envy those creatures that make a home in such cold and dark places as this. "

Great at sneaking. I have used her since level 5. Now I'm level 33. She has never died

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All around badass with very good armor and spells but is also a warrior and she's beautiful!

She's definitely the most versatile follower out there. Feel kinda bad for killing her dad though

Shes a absolute beast at dual wielding and has amazing light armor stats also don't forget shes a shaman! Her amazing alteration combined with her good restoration makes her insanely hard to kill. She has a cool voice and is surprisingly decent with a bow! I'm a warrior and she doesn't get in my way or I accidentally hit her. Overall she is best for any character mages,warriors,thieves,rangers you name it! - achaven


Not only strong, but he never complains about anything. He gladly follows you and has a great range of dialogue. My #1

He is so cute and cunning and protects you at all costs. I've become so attached to this follower that I don't want a new one. Once he died by my own hand by accident that I committed suicide so the mission would restart.

He's like a retarded little brother who does whatever you say and is super strong... My favorite by far

He's always so awesome

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Eric is funny as a companion! I never tire of him and he's BAD with a sword and shield

His motivation to adventure keeps him by my side

Give him dragonbone and laugh as he dies... greenhorn


Meeko is a no-brainer. He counts as a pet, which means you can use him & another humanoid follower. This poor pup's master died & left him alone in the world. He'll follow you anywhere & risk his life to attack dragons. Plus that adorable face!

I just love having dogs in Skyrim. He is always there beside the player and occasionally barking, very cute. He is loyal and a pretty good fighter, because he will keep off the enimies until you can get to them.

I had No idea he was So Lethal! ! He just Destroyed a Mammoth before I managed to fire off a Second Arrow. JEEZ! , Imagine if he could Fly! !.. BYE DRAGONS! - JohntheBeast

Loved Him but his Barking increased in Frequency until the ONLY Option was to Send him Home. DAMN SHAME! ! - JohntheBeast

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18Brelyna Maryon

She's a conjurer. Is that not enough?

She is such a boss, she summons atronachs and familiars, uses wards, does massive damage with flames and sparks, and even occasionally heals.

Amazing follower that conjures familiars and flame atronachs. Oh, and she also can kill a dragon priest in seconds.

All in all, a great companion.

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He is a solid fighter with both the sword and bow. A plus about him is that if you marry him, he is pretty much immortal. The only way to kill him is to accidentally attack him during battle.

He destroys everything and dominates everyone! Plus he knows more than any of the other followers about dwarven ruins and caves. He is easily the strongest and most intelligent

Equip him well with best heavy armor and quality swords. He can be totally awesome.


Master level destruction trainer, blasts away most enemies with dual thunderbolts and can heal herself in battle. Plus she's essential so you can never kill her by mistake.

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Top Remixes (7)

1. Marcurio
2. Benor
3. Rayya
1. Derkeethus
2. Mjoll the Lioness
3. Dark Brotherhood Initiate
1. Frea
2. Brelyna Maryon
3. Aela the Huntress

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