Best Followers In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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

The Top Ten

1 Serana

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.

I lost her somewhere on solstheim and can't get a new follower :( fu

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2 Aela 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.

A wife and companion who is beast with a bow and one handed weapons. What else can you ask for?

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3 J'zargo

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

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

The strongest follower in game. Can be up to lv.81 with the player.
Recommended for those having difficulties on a particular quest.

Super powerful destruction attacks. Also a really unique and personal character.

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4 Cicero

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.

He was one of the first characters I met when I bumped into him on the road with his broken wheel. Was happily surprised to meet him again later on, he is as loyal as can be to you from beginning to end - and also the only follower I know to randomly start dancing as you're going through caves and dungeons. He's the only follower who keeps me sane, all the other ones start driving me nuts after a while

Cicero is the best. Kill him and you miss out on a lot

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5 Mjoll 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.

Mjoll is bae

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6 Marcurio

... 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 kills everything with ease.

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7 Dark 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.

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.

I haven't used them yet but I think I will because of your description

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8 Lydia Lydia

I mean come on, that ASS!

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

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

Loyal and beautiful.

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9 Jenassa

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. "

She has become more terrifying than I. If she is given the right items she does double the damage I do with weaker weapons

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10 Farkas & Vilkas

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'.

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 ...more

These guys are awesome! Way better than any on this list.

I accidentally killed vilkas and farkas has a glitch on him where if you kill an innocent person he leaves you, and then if you get him back he keeps trying to talk to you, but use black market to get him armor, put some fortify two handed on it and he will be beast

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The Contenders

11 Uthegerd 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.

She dies on me all the time!

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12 Belrand

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.

He's a powerhouse, period. He's more trained in One-Handed skills but if you give him a crazy weapon like a Giant's Club he does just a good job and looks epic holding a 20 pound looking club if he's wearing matching armor. Have him cast his familiar and then he'll either fight with his sword, club, or bow. He does good with crossbows, too!

I spent half of my gold on him. He was so good but then we got lydia

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13 Derkeethus

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

One of the best archers of the game

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14 Frea

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

She squirted on me once when she firmly grasped the weapon I had thrusted into her inventory. We were battling SO hard when I accidentally hit her. She squirted a little on my armor, but I just wiped the bit of blood off and kept playing as normal.

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

She has no level cap and amazing standard gear.

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15 Kharjo

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.

Kharjo has a personality and he sticks out because of that. He is the best in the sense that he's well-rounded, suited for my archer character and funny. He's my favorite follower, even if there is technically stronger or more able followers.

Usually he brings me somewhere warm... not that way

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16 Erik

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

I always called him Erik the Red because I felt he was similar to the real life Erik the Red, well in some ways.

Awesome companion he's a great two handed light armour beast he's the follower I use now

His motivation to adventure keeps him by my side

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17 Meeko

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 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

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.

Because he is a dog

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18 Brelyna Maryon

I really wanted to like her, but she is just outclassed by just about every other mage in the game, but this is all outshined by how sweet of a companion and spouse she is!

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.

She is pleasant and helpful all along,and I found she complements my wood elf conjurer archer very well, as we quickly get a couple of atronachs on the field. If you prefer voice to looks, also a good marriage partner, and she can stay a home when you reach higher levels. If you prefer looks, Azura's priest is a good alternative.

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19 Vorstag

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.

Vorstag is the best to me in many ways.
1. He is constantly talking and giving amusing and sometimes helpful commentary
2. He is cautious about caves
3. He has the coolest name ever
4. His skills are amazing
5. He is a resilient follower all around
6. He makes all bandits look like child's play
7. He is the only follower that I have never lost in a cave or dungeon

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20 Benor

Great follower. He tanks like a boss. Just whoop his ass and he'll die 4 you.

I kicked his ass in a fist fight and he's been at my side ever since.. also, he's a two handed guy just like me

Had him through out the entire game and he always just got back up like a badass.

I remember this guy, I really wanted him as a follower until I realized that he was killed in a dragon attack. Well I guess he can always be deadthralled.

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