- Main article: Bandits (Skyrim)
Bandits are one of many types of characters that roam the wilds of Skyrim. They are commonly found in groups with other bandits of varying sub-type. They are not hostile on sight, but they draw their weapons and warn the Dragonborn to stay back. If the player does not leave they will eventually attack.
There are many types of bandits, and when entering camps, they are usually leveled. Players should heed this warning, because it could make fighting Bandit Chiefs harder later on in the game, as they will have better weapons and armor. Most bandits wear fur or other Light Armor, and carry small amounts of gold, however Bandit Chiefs tend to have Steel Plate Armor and a powerful Two-Handed Weapons and have valuable items. Returning to a previously cleared bandit camp after much in-game time can result in some bandits spawning again, although it will still be mapped as cleared.