Best Followers In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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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.

Cannot believe she isn't higher... likely because a lot of players go for the Dark Brotherhood and/or Thieves Guild and she will blast you for that. Just wait till your done and go get her and she will follow through all the rest, like a BOSS.

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.

She's really cool. I gave her total dark brother hood armour and she looks amazing. She kills like a boss and I made a whole girl/dark brother hood crew with me, her, and the female dark brother hood initiate. We kill like pro's

V7 Comments

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.


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.

Put some heavy armour on Vilkas and give him a powerful greatsword and he will become one powerful tank! Plus he is a werewolf!

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So nice. Does mostly anything I ask. Great fighter and doesn't talk too much, which I like. Some followers just talk too much, which gets annoying when you're trying to listen to someone else in the game talk.


Faendal is bad when not invested in him. But through some investment, he can take down dragons practically on his own. Give him some good armour and a good bow, and he is a great companion.

The only thing Faendal is good for is free archery training and getting your first follower, other than that, he sucks at everything. Also, he died in the dwarven ruins when I was getting the Elder Scroll, so that goes to show how bad he is.

Faendal is weak and dies really quickly don't have him as a follower

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26Lucien Lachance

Remember him from Oblivion?
He can never truly die, and you can summon and dismiss him much more easily than most followers
He does talk often but it's entertaining and nostalgic, plus the comments are great and entertaining
He's a power so you don't have to charge and release a spell to summon!
Same voice as Sheogorath!


The little Riekling... Amazing due to the fact he is an animal follower and can still equip armor, (with the ninth mask from Labyrinthian, you'll be seeing a lot of helping spectral dragon priests).


Put her in some forsworn armour, 'enough said.

Strong and courageous. Funny how shes married to some gross looking miner dude, but I still married her anyway. Now that I think of it I think she had a kid too that she hasn't see in years... Oh well

Awesome. Just give her the Sangine Rose and you'll win virtually any fight


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

Gotta nice beard! AND, he prevents you from carrying an ugly, horrid staff around! Hopefully you aren't handicapped... BUT, he WILL use Healing Hands to mend your wounded legs, so don't go worrying about that!... Also, nice cloak. I am... jealous.

Yes! I've had Erandur in 3 different playthroughs and every time I am reminded of how cool he is. He's one of the nicest people in Skyrim and a super reliable follower. I feel like people don't give him a chance because they only care about getting the Skull of Corruption. Come on! Erandur's life is worth more than a staff.

Erandur is one of the most flexible followers of the game

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I love Stenvar so much, I married him. I feel guilty when I do a quest that replaces him with a different follower! It's annoying when he dies though because I have to go back to my last save, I'd be lost without him and he carries all my stuff! I give him any cool staffs I get because my aim's crap and he's great with them. He did once randomly attack a guard outside Whiterun, then he said "Well this is a fine mess you've gotten me into," and I nearly died of shock because it's the only time he's said something different! Oh, and occasionally he kills my horse, not figured out why yet...

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.


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!

One of the best followers does amazing damage!

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32Teldryn Sero

I love him, doesn't blow my cover, and is an amazing fighter.

Why is Teldryn only 37? He's awesome! - HollyRolo

Teldryn Sero is amazing, he can use fire spells, healing spells and one handed weapons. Plus his armour looks awesome

Very awesome he should be 2nd

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I've tried other followers and they either got killed or didn't live up to their bad-ass reputation. Faendal on the other hand has been with me all the way. I gave him an ebony bow and a 90 glass arrows and he literally became a sniper for me. I added an ebony axe and an elf shield and he killed almost any melee opponent that charged him. My only beef is his high morality, which prevented him from picking pockets or opening Expert chests, but I forgive him for that since he has saved me so many times.

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.

EVEN BIGGER BOW THAN FAENDAL. And, he's got an iron dagger under his bed... that's uplifting in some way, right? Never killed Camilla, no. He never killed Camilla. BUT,... he does smell a little worse than Faendal (with his strong smelling Old Spice: Troll Fate & Nightshade)...

Foendal : best follower ever

V5 Comments

Handsome man, and a good husband! That's if you murder Camilla, his love interest, first, of course. Very encouraging companion! Just,... forget you killed Camilla, and forget that Sven's a Nevernude. PLENTY of courage! Got a shield, to show for it.

I like sven because is you give him good enough weapons, he will be very useful in battle

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

No. That is all I have to say about Sven.

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35Ghorbash the Iron Hand

In my game he is my follower he kicks ass totally give him a two handed weapon and heavy armour and he is almost indestructible. He is also good with a bow so I really like him

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

He's not the only Orc male follower there's lob his my follower but I used to have him and he is awesome

Stupid auto corrects

V3 Comments

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.

This lady handles most kills on her own! She brought down a frost troll in one hit, while I was only level 20. I can't believe she's not higher on this list. Way better than Lydia!

I have used her for a long time and I have kicked ass with this chick. I put some good armor on her and now she can take a lot before she falls. Then she just gets back up.

Probably best story. I only had her replace lydia, because of how sad her back story was. Turned out to be a better follower than lydia anyways. Win. Win

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Talos is the best follower but he is so weak he always died can't take a single bandit

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

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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.


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

Golldir!?... Well, a golden smile, of course!


Invincible while essential dog. Annoying and bad for stealth, but can kill anyone and never die

I miss Barbas, wish I'd never given him back now but his constant barking and nudging really started winding me up.

Barbas is so annoying though, so I just keep him at the sanctuary for backup when I need him

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