Hardest Enemies In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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1Dragon Priests

At higher levels, these are no more a challenge than any other on the list. But, if you're like me, and you did the main quest early, you'll probably remember the sheer fear you get while battling with one of these atop Skuldafn. And clearing out dungeons late at night, nothing worse than running into one of these guys at the very end!

It's funny how Alduin is #12... For the dragon priest in the staff of Magnus quest, I was only level 10 the first time, and it took me an hour to beat him just by now and arrow hiding in the shadows and running away. I lost Lydia on that quest every time I played it...

Yep they are toughest enemies in the game, I tried taking on one on the winterhold mission series at level 6, it was hell, had to employ a hit and hide strategy.

Those are pretty hard

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Having done everything in the game (and I mean that literally), this guy was easily the hardest.

He kicked me so hard I saw the curvature of the earth... Three times.

I came across this guy by accident when I was only level 45 and playing legendary. I got pounded right up the ass!

Yeah took me like a thousand tries but I beat him at level 40

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3Ancient Dragons

I'm a little confused on why Ancient Dragons are number 2? I'm about level 53 and Ancient Dragons are not too difficult (still admittedly difficult). I would presume Legendary Dragons and Revered Dragons would be stronger and more difficult to kill.

I would also say legendary dragons and revered dragons are more difficult to kill but there is a tactic if you have the bend will shout you can get them to land then power attack them until they are dead

You don't stand a chance because the damage they do is very high If you are a high level like me its still pretty hard they can just destroy anything in skyrim id say I have a 15%chance of survival

These things do so much damage but easy to kill on the ground

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Falmer will gang up on you and kill you fast. I sometimes have to run away from them. They look so gnarly though. I like to resurrect them to fight for me!

In groups, these guys will tear you apart. - gelatinbeastworm

Falmer are hard in groups but just 1 lone Falmer is as easy to take out as a chicken. Minus the bounty

The falmer remind me of my mum

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5Ebony Warrior

How is the enemy you have to be level 81 to fight is at number 7... ?

Had to bring a follower to beat this guy after he paralyzed me the first time and took me out. This time he paralyzed my follower and gave me enough time to get my vengence.

Ebony warrior should be first you have to be level 80 to be able to fight him so why is he at number 4

Not as bad as karstaag because karstaag is level 90, the ebony warrior is level 80, and you are 80 or 81 when you fight him so he's on your level not above

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6Legendary Dragon

Without a doubt the hardest enemy you'll ever face in Skyrim.

With the combination of shouts and the intensely high health, this is a very difficult enemy. I fought one at level 123 and died. I later got my revenge though.

Died so many times not even funny sometimes for than 1 at a time

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7Forsworn Briarhearts

I have been playing the same Skyrim game for literally years. And I was amazed that after all my work, all the armor, everything I had, I got killed in one hit by a Briarheart. Came back, took me 5 tries to finally destroy him.

Pain in the butt with red eagle one shoted me twict at level 44 with 300 heath.

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I however killed Miraak before level 30, no cheats - ABBCC

A very hard boss for those who want a good challenge. He heals three times through the fight and in the end gets impaled by a angry Hermaeus Mora.

It took me a mouth to kill that idiot and I was full daedric what the heck I love miraak but want to smash his skull at the same time

Tough dragon priest

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9Elder Dragons

Elder Dragons are super easy! But of course that's coming from a guy in Daedric Armor and Daedric weapons who's killed all the Dragon Priests


Everyone says your follower can use the giant club but when I click it it says search giant or nothing does anyone know what's going on?

I tried hiding behind a rock and shooting him with a bow the first time I met a giant he still got me though

First time I played Skyrim with iron armor he smashed his bone on the ground and I went flying in the air

I sneak and steal from chests

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11Chaurus Reapers

What. I can't believe that the chaurus reapers and their mama in frostslow lighthouse are not higher...

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Beasts with their powerful destruction magic. And can fight melee with their bare hands.

I lost to one of these at level 100 O_O and it was really supposed to be level 25 lame

13Blood Dragons

These are among the simplest dragons, and have a stupidly low health. I annialated one at level 8

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He barely does any damage. I beat him at roughly level 10-15 without needing more than a couple potions, but he does have health bonuses so he is a real damage soak

Easy. Doesn't deserve to be on the list. - Lasvegasxavier

Alduin's shout that makes flaming rocks rain did tons of damage.

This is the final Dragon

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15The Dragonborn

Let's face it, fighting the AI isn't much of a challenge. I killed everything else on this list with a hunting bow and iron arrows. How? I'm sure you can guess...

It's easy to kill him just jump off a cliff and you should be good

Yeah the Dragon born is tough to fight if on high level (level 100)

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16Centurion Master

Can't believe I forgot to add this - gelatinbeastworm

17Draugr Deathlord

While being a level 128, these guys still tend to put up the best fights among all the humanoid enemies. I ended up waiting and doing the companions storyline until I was around level 120, and these guys f $#! @ me up.

Capable of a 1 Shot with their bow on level 30 Dragon Born.

For some reason most dungeons spawn them 24/7. Like ever since I reached level 50 I've been fighting at least 3 per dungeon. one time I had to fight 4 at once

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I can't kill a troll no matter how hard I try

I two shotted them with fireball just use that or the sanguine rose will help

Troll just add fire spells like fire blot

YetI and Bigfoot fire is bad for them

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19Draugr Death Overlord

I Think it's the most badass enemy.

These are hard and quite common at higher levels. Dangerous.

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Super easy when alone but can be a living hell if faced with a pack of 5 Dremora Malkynaz

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