Best Followers In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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The Top Ten

1
J'zargo
KHAJIIT MAGE!
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
The strongest follower in game. Can be up to lv.81 with the player.
Recommended for those having difficulties on a particular quest.
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2Aela 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.
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.
She lets you become a werewolf.
Can any of the other people in the list do that?
No? Didn't think so.
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3Serana
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.
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
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.
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4Marcurio
... 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
Marcurio is my husband and he makes a great follower he killed a dragon in under 10 seconds.
He is the best follower and the best husband there is!
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5Cicero
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. "
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.
Who would'nt want a mentally unstable jester to acompany them on their travels? Especially one so dark and amazing as dear old Cicero... Heheh..
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6Mjoll 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.
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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.
There are 2 initiates... A hot babe and an annoying dude. Both very strong though, and sneaky.
I like them mostly because they don't bitch when you try to steal and kill innocents and can also scales with the dragon born's level.
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8Uthegerd 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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9Belrand
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! "
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10Benor
Great follower. He tanks like a boss. Just whoop his ass and he'll die 4 you.

The Contenders

11Jenassa
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.
"I do not envy those creatures that make a home in such cold and dark places as this. "
She's firkin awesome she also makes a great wife
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12Lydia
I mean come on, that ASS!
The first house-carl gained.
She says she will carry your burdens and that is waht she should be used for.
It's funny how much she hates me and she still does everything I tell her.
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13Farkas & Vilkas
Hard to decide between the twins.
If only you could have both at once...
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'.
These guys are awesome! Way better than any on this list.
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14Derkeethus
Derkeethus: The bows shooting, dual weilding, sneaky Argonian that likes caves.
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
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
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15Rayya

16Meeko
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.
Meeko is so cute!

17Kharjo
Needed at least two Khajiit on this list.
Kharjo is a great help.
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.
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18Faralda
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.

19Vilkas
Vilkas is intellegent, strong, and awesome with a greatsword!
Since he's only your follower after you complete the Companions Questline, he's useful to keep around to get Radiant Quests -- some of which will be dragon hunts.

20Erik
Seriously, Eric should be number one! He has the best comments when he travels you, he can take a lot of hits, he has the classic sword and shield, and Erik is awesome! I know you don't expect much for a farm boy but if you get to know him... You will have a great time!

21Aranea Ienith
I once forgot to pause my game when I went downstairs to eat...
When I came back, I realized Aranea was no where to be found, so I spent a while looking around, and found her standing in the middle of a bandit fort
A dragon was dead by her side and so were at least 9 bandits.
This is one of the best mages in the game... She could use expert level conjuration and destruction spells along with dual wielding staves.
I accidentally attacked her once and she made me fly- only complaint I have is her low magicka capabilities... Sheesh.
You really have to enchant magicka regeneration or give her staves because she lasts about as long as I do in bed.
Not the best, not the worst.
Though you have to give up the black star for her.
Although she's one of the top 3 Mage followers... Not worth the black star
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22Erandur
Erandur is the best it just depends on what kind of things you give him, he is awesome with staffs and pretty good with two handed weapons
Oh, come on. He's got to be the best Mage in the game, next to those such as Serana. Give him Heavy Armor and a Dragon Priest Mask, he's decked out.
Really all around can use one handed, two handed, and destruction magic effectively.
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23Vorstag
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.

24Eola
Cannibal Namira Follower Wizard Assasin... What more do you need?
She's been my follower for like 30 levels, she's simply awesome!
She conjures a flame atronach, will use most armor or weapon you give her including staves. Plus she has a cool, creepy eye!

25Annekke
Put her in some forsworn armour, 'enough said.

26Foendal
Kind and law abiding, but never reports you. doesn't talk much so he doesn't distract. Teaches you archery for free. Never retreats from battle. Good at using most weapons, distracts enemies, and is a good sneak. Also one of the first followers you can have.
I've had him as a follower since level 1. Now I'm level 64 and he still kicks ass! Just give him a dragon bone bow and some arrows and he'll kill a legendary dragon for you. Can you beat him?
Can be found early and is relatively useful for low level characters.

Like Aela but weaker and not as good looking.
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27Stenvar
Definitely my favorite follower, plus he's my husband in game so I get the Lover's Comfort bonus when we stay at an inn. Anyways, what girl wouldn't want to travel with a guy that looks as good as he does in ebony armor?
Stenvar is better than myself, even though I got full deadra and Stenvar use his steel armor as usual. And I am quite Over Powered.

28Ghorbash the Iron Hand
Lirally kicks ass, I got attack by two dragons nexts to some little town me and the villages killed one and then turned around BOOM the dragon is dead thanks to him

29Meresine
Fiery dragon hunter and marksman who hails from Morrowind. She is quite adept in Light Armor and Block, making her a good tank against challenging enemies. Her unique voice and dialogue options suits her personality perfectly. A must-have follower.
She's a real firebrand and very passionate about riding Skyrim of dragons. An ideal companion for the Dragonborn.

30Talos
He is really good with his Nordic Army, he tends to fall a lot.
Very good warrior in one hand combat and can summon a nord hero army with a thousand soldiers can be found in sovengarde after beating main campaign

31Riekling

32Sven
Good follower for low level up to 20 level, I give him good amour, weapon but also stuborn and haste to kill enemies

33Vigilance
My first dog in the game, though his lifespan is low he's really cute and he risks anything for U.
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34Frea
All around badass with very good armor and spells but is also a warrior and she's beautiful!
She dosnt die she can kl iny other follower 1 on 1 an she will kill serana an alea toger I tested that out so yea shes the bes

35Barbas
Invincible while essential dog. Annoying and bad for stealth, but can kill anyone and never die
Barbas is basically your LIFE insurance. Literaly

36Huskies from Dawnguard
Stronger than other dogs. Also, they are huskies...
They can't die unless you accidentally kill them.

37Golldir
You can get him very early on in the game, and even though I am not sure as to how high his level goes, I know for sure that he makes extremely good use of heavy armour and weapons, and if you're the "Warrior type", having Golldir along side you, both rushing into combat with your weapons drawn is something of a UNIQUE experience:))
You get to help him save his ancestors from a necromancer, and he has a lot of perks which many other followers don't have.
Level up to 30... He can use bow, one/two handed weapons and heavy armor plus he can't die

38Teldryn Sero
I recommend him for when you are playing out Dawngaurd. Vampires have a weakness to fire, he Shoots fireballs and conjures Flame Atronauchs.
A video on YouTube proves that spellswords are the most powerful followers, and Teldryn happens to be the most powerful spellsword.

I just stood back and watch while he fought and killed dragon priest Krosis as well as a blood dragon!

Not only is he very powerful, but has so much more personality than all the other followers, he makes hilarious sassy comments about every place you visit, yet he seems a genuine nice guy! Not to mention he looks awesome!

Teldryn Sero - Great company, and extremely powerful in battle!

39Illia
Hard to believe she's not on this list. Was a wonderful replacement of Lydia. She is sweeter, doesn't get lost or blew my cover nearly as much. And she can actually manage kills. Besides, I'm not a mage bit it's nice having one at my side.

40Onmund
Onmund is great, some great destruction magic and not afraid to get stuck in

41Steadfast Dwarven Sphere
Really great follower but you can only get him if you have the dragonborn DLC he is a good companion for levels 10-50

42Faendal

43Valdimar

44Dremora Kynval
Well if you're a master in conjuration like me you'd get the dead thrall spell from Phinis Gestor in the college of winterhold after completing a quest that becomes available when you reach 100 in conjuration.
After that just do the daedric quest of Dagon and you'll eventually turn up at his shrine and get the daedric artifact which is mehunes razor.
After you finish the quest Dagon will summon a couple of dremora kynvals that you'll kill and then you could use the dead thrall spell to make one of them a permanent follower.
If you have twin souls you could dead thrall both of them and have 2 op followers.
If you've already finished the daedric quest before don't worry just head over to the shrine and you'll find a dremora kynval there that you could kill.

45Telvas
A dark elf expert in destruction magic and in conjuration, can be found in tel mithryn after destroying the ash guardian

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