Hardest Enemies In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Top Ten

1 Dragon Priests

their pretty easy if they don't have fire ball and your a vampire

Of playing in legendary difficulty and your lvl is only around 70 it might one-hut you with the fire ball staff

RUN. Unless you are at least level like 50 you probably don't stand a chance.

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!

2 Karstaag

The only enemy in Skyrim I wasn't able to beat, I did it once, but I used cheats, next time I won't.

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

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

By far the most powerful enemy in the game: Wolverine-humbling healing factor, godlike hit points and punching power, countless immunities and resistances, can ragdoll you at will, and on top of that he can summon ice wraiths... not that he does really need them...

3 Ancient Dragons

I have been shouted off a cliff while fighting one and I didn't save in like 25 minutes

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

4 Falmer

In groups, these guys will tear you apart.

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!

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

They are tough if your a low level even when I turned into a Vampire Lord they were difficult I had to spam Gargoyle to kill them.

5 Ebony Warrior

I think he's pretty powerful but he shouldn't deserve to be on the list if you can literaly just shout him off the edge.

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

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

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.

6 Miraak

This guy is a beast at higher levels. His insane sword damage and his unparalleled variety of shouts (in NPCs that is) make him a force to be reckoned with. That's not even mentioning the dragons supporting him and his four time full heal.

Only annoying because he keeps healing himself.

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.

Tough dragon priest

7 Legendary Dragon

A bit aesy to kill but on legendary difficulty even at around 100 it can just fire breath you and your toast

So,people consider the falmer,miraak,ancient dragons and dragon priests harder than a legendary dragon? well,I think those are people who had level 30 as their max level and don't even know what a legendary dragon is.

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.

8 Forsworn Briarhearts

Damon these suck. They ain't hard to kill but if u try stealing their heart it's near impossible

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.

They are probably only pretty tough when at level 25 or below

I was playing my third new save, came across a Forsworn Briarheart while I was level 2 with a Steel Sword and Iron Mace. I didn't even lose enough health to drink a potion, and killed him easily. I don't see all the panic about these guys?

9 Chaurus Reapers

I generally have fun fighting every enemy type in Skyrim, but I hate Chaurus. I would vote Falmer, but these aren't too difficult if you have a helper. And it is frustrating that even though I can take down Chaurus and Fledgling quite easily now at level 35 there are occasionally Reapers, and these are like taking down Chaurus for the first time.

Their poison can be deadly

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

Derped out

10 Elder Dragons

If you avoid there bite attack, wing attack, and fire breath, they are quite easy. It isn't even all that hard to avoid his attacks, with the exception of his fire breath.

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

Sexy ass dragon


The Contenders

11 Giant

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?

You have to go to a special spot called tumble arch pass I think and you have to have a follower and find the club on the ground tell the follower I need you to do something and then they will pick it up

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

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

12 Hagravens

if legendary difficulty it can one-hit you with a fire ball even if your around 50-60

they use fire ball most of the time so if your a vampire good luck ;)

Hagravens are weak. I killed one at level 15. It was long range sniping so it took forever, but still, not a hard kill.

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

13 Blood Dragons

These are quite easy.

I need the guards to kill em

Too easy! Even at level 2!

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

14 Centurion Master

My sneak is 100 so I just crouch kinda far away and sneak attack them. They are pretty easy to kill.

Can't believe I forgot to add this

Not really that hard. I beat him as a mage warrior.

15 The Dragonborn

Now that I'm level 100 I've made my own new account and spent all my stats on health and I'm literally unstoppable.

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)

16 Draugr Deathlord

I think they are just too high healthed. Just use a bow and you should be ok with some health potions

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.

Fighting these for me requires lots of health potions and spells, arrows (or bolts) and running away.

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

17 Alduin

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.

Alduin can be the most powerful, the thing is that he's as powerful as you are, he's easy to defeat in 10-15 level... but try to defeat him at level 50... you want the better battle? then complete all the other missions aside the main storyline so Alduin will be really powerful

Alduin is simple to kill unless you at a really low level

18 Wispmother


19 The Children

I tried killing my children, then Lydia came down and also tried killing them. What an entertaining moment.

Sometimes I wonder if they're going to form an immortal army and take over Skyrim...

They are immortal gods

Annoying you just wanna use unrelenting force to send them flying from the back patio in dragonsreach I've jumped off cliffs do to the bastards

20 Dwarven Centurion

they are nearly immune to arrows and I specialize in bows and daggers

Hard if level 20 or lower without good tools and a follower.

I say Alduin would be on top of the list

21 Trolls

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

Level 6 Use Fire spells, by the way I upgraded Destruction Spells so it might just be me using upgrades,

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

These are easy. Blast em away with fire breath, and a broadsword.

22 Arch-Warlock
23 Dremora

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

They are awesome and have complete dadric they should be #2

Oh hell had 1 encounter with these. Killed me over 10 times.I ended up spamming my daedric sword

24 Draugr Death Overlord

I Think it's the most badass enemy.

These guys are just op

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

I hate it when they dissarm you

25 Lord Harkon

he always teleports so if you use a bow you have to have the ranger perk to get SOME arrows in before he teleports

Actually not very hard. I beat him at level sixteen without one healing potion

He just pissed me off because he kept healing and running and turning invisible like a coward.

HE wont stop teleporting and healing. So frustrating

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