Hardest Enemies In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Top Ten
1 Dragon Priests

I'm lv 34 with an amour rating of 462-ish and a great sword with nearly 200 damage (stralhim armour torso, legs and gauntlets are legendary and epic ebony helmet and a legendary stralhim great sword) my heavy armour skill gives my armour +100% and my two-handed skill +80%. is there anything tougher to take on or do I just need to put the difficulty up again cause I feel like there is no challenge. I've looked through this whole list and most of it seems like your common enemy I.e. falmer, centurion master and even giants. I don't think ill find a good challenge until I can fight the ebony warrior. if anyone knows of tough enemies I'd love to know. still need to do most of the dragon priest however so maybe I'll find a worthy opponent there

Now that I've taken on a couple of dragon priests I finally felt the thrill of a battle again. The two that I took on (from the dragonborn dlc) the jailer and the one from the digsite quest both managed to kill me. the second one stated basically forced me to use dragon aspect stage two since I didn't have the third word of power for it but if I did I would of needed it. Miraak however was actually a really disappointing fight. I did use dragon aspect but only cause I thought it would be cool with two dragonborns fighting to the death in there ultimate form but I guess Miraak was just all talk. only took me about 20 seconds to finish him and I didn't even make an attempt to dodge any attack. even when the dragon you have to use bend will on came I decided to take a breath attack to see how strong it was. even though the final part of the Miraak quest was pretty easy, the seekers and lurkers made it a bit fun. I wish I had a gaming computer so I could use commands to spawn in an army ...more

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!

Rahgot, Morokei, Nahkriin, and Ahzidal were the hardest Dragon Priests for me. Here's how it went

Rahgot: The most unexpected dragon priest I fought. Didn't have Kharjo with me and was level 33. Accidentally stumbled into his dungeon.

Morokei: Did the Staff of Magnus quest. Had Kharjo with me. Kharjo distracted him while I had to use ranged weapons since my swords won't work on him. Level 39

Nahkriin: The 1st dragon priest I fought. Took me forever to take him out. Didn't have any followers. Level 22

Ahzidal: He kept on reviving draugr and Kharjo nearly died. Had to change into beast form to defeat Ahzidal. Hardest Dragon Priest ever. Level 43

2 Karstaag

Karstaag was the hardest at the higher levels (252) with the best possible One-Handed Build /EQ, he was the only Enemy who could get my health to a half in less then 5 seconds, it might be because he has a snowstorm phase at the start of his fight. But neighter the less no other one of the bosses could do that to me. Not that it mattered because he was dead very close after that phase

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...

Level 90 spectral frost giant. Has over 4000 hit points and summons blizzards and ice wraiths in battle.

It took my character and two followers (Faralda and Meresine) 30 minutes to take him down by absorbing magicka from his frost cloak and missed attacks and pelting him with fireballs.

Easily the toughest enemy in the game.

At legendery difficulty he literaly din't have to touch me to kill. His ice cloack killed me in 2 seconds plus you have to consider his insane health regeneration and that the place you fight him in is very small. He was almoast unbeatable with my sneaky archer build because I had to use invisibility and change positions all the time so he doesn't find me.

3 Ancient Dragons

Ancient dragons aren't that tough. Not as tough as legendary or revered dragons for sure. I just use dragon rend and kill them in seconds, granted I'm level 55, duel wield upgraded chaos damage daedric swords, wear the deathbrand armor to increase my one handed by 40%, and I'm level 100 one handed, but just duel wield power attacks and you will rek

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'm confused. I haven't fought one of these yet, but can't you use Dragonrend shout to make them land? The sword called Dragonbane that I use to kill dragons.

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

4 Falmer

Easily the most difficult "regular" enemy in the game. At low levels, they are a joke and easily picked off using a bow, but at level 70 and above, they will swarm you in well organised packs. Hardened "tanks" come at you head on blocking you (like offensive linemen in American football), while Archers and mages hammer you from afar. Individually they are probably not any worse than draugr deathlords, but they are almost always in much larger packs. Also, the way they work together is an example of some of the best npc combat ai I have seen.

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!

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.

I like to sneak attack them, bow or dagger. If they are in groups I distract a few by shooting an arrow far away or use atronachs.

5 Ebony Warrior

I haven't fought the Ebony Warrior, yet, but I've heard he is the toughest enemy in the game. I've seen video gameplays and walkthroughs of people fighting him on Legendary, it was insane, I'm not sure if I even want to fight him. There's also video proof that the Ebony Warrior can kill anything, including Kastaag, Miraak and a Legendary Dragon...

I am currently lv145, maxed out deadric armour legend dragonborn swords with op enchants and I had a very hard time to beat this guy ( I pushed him of the cliff to be honest).
If you don't have tank build then you you will spend a long time killing him. The good part is that the equipment is OK and the feeling once you defeat him is great.

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.

Not enough people have fought him to know just how hard he is, fighting him out of nowhere lik I did (and not knowing what it was) I died a total of 27 tims, in the end I needed to use cheaty potion abuse and a LOT of decoy familiars.

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.

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.

I beat him on my first try ( but of course I did wait until I was over level 120 to do the dawnguard quest line), it seems strange he is even on the list.

If you get him low, he will shout back to his pool an reviv/become invincible. An emazingly hard enemy but this quest line will give many benefits

7 Legendary Dragon

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.

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.

I faced one of these in Legandary mode, level 105 and all maxed armor, still took me forever and my butt hole was clenched enough to make a diamond!

Not even close to as powerful if your a Vampire Lord Nord and it's a Legendary Frost Dragon.

8 Forsworn Briarhearts

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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

Their poison can be deadly

10 Giant

I remember taking one of these on along with 2 mammoth. They’re relatively easy if you keep your distance, but I always run out of stamina and they catch up to me. I ended up killing the giant and one of the mammoth, but one mammoth escaped

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?

Yes. Just yes. First time I encountered 1 I tried to steal a mammoth. When the giants started chasing me I run while crying all the way to whiterun

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

The Contenders
11 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

12 Hagravens

Vampire Lord RKOs the Hargravens unless they are using Fire Magic.
But as a Vampire Lord on a low level you kill everything I went to fight a Green Frost Dragon and it didn't damage me much compared to when I was a Med level High Elf but I guess that's weak, by the way I recommend Dark Elf and Vampire Lord to avoid more Fire Damage.

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.

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

13 Blood Dragons

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

I need the guards to kill em

These are quite easy.

Too easy! Even at level 2!

14 Centurion Master

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

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

Can't believe I forgot to add this

15 The 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...

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.

Overall I believe that the dragonborn can overcome any challenge

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

16 Draugr 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.

These draugr are so overpowered. 2 shots with the bow kill me as a level 60. I have to quicksave anytime I see them. And I fear nothing in skyrim more than them.

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

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

17 Alduin

According to the wiki Miraak tried to rebel against Alduin and his fellow dragons. So if Alduin is so easy to defeat why did Miraak's rebellion fail? Outside of Miraak's temple the skeletons of at least twenty dragons can be found. So it couldn't have been the sheer numbers of the dragons. Miraak says himself he could have defeated Alduin, which I have no doubt of.

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

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

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

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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...

Damnit Bethesda. If the children of Sky rim weren't so annoying, I wouldn't be mad that they can't be killed.

I wish you could kill the children in Skyrim. I just wanna kill Braith. She's so annoying

20 Dwarven Centurion

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

I say Alduin would be on top of the list

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

21 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

22 Trolls

I tryed to kill 1 although I'm only level 14 that thing jumped off the cliff and bashed my skull in I don't see why they have so much health except the troll I'm talking about was a frost troll.

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.

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

23 Arch-Warlock
24 Draugr Death Overlord

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

I Think it's the most badass enemy.

These guys are just op

I hate it when they dissarm you

25 Lord Harkon

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

He's literally weaker than arch curate verthyr from earlier in the quest. but he heals like three times just like miraak so he's a pain to fight especially if you sold auriels bow like me

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

HE wont stop teleporting and healing. So frustrating

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