- Main article: Bandits (Skyrim)
The Bandit Chief is the strongest variant of a Bandit. They also contain the most valuable loot among a group of bandits. More often than not, Bandit Chiefs are Orcs. However, other races compose their ranks, such as Nords and Imperials.
Bandit Chiefs also wear Heavy Armor and tend to brandish a sword and shield combo, but some may also wield two handed weapons as well. Bandit Chiefs are located near the end of the dungeon or at the furthest point inside a camp or hold, and are usually accompanied with at least one to two weaker Bandit variants. They can be very tricky to kill, as they are known to often wield an enchanted weapon, and reside in small places, where backing off is hard. 2-3 can spawn near Dragontooth Crater, along with weaker variants.
- Bandit chiefs will continue to get stronger until level 50, unlike usual bandits that just send stronger variations.
- Around level 15+, they start to use Steel Plate Armor. They never use Dwarven (unless it's a shield), Daedric, Orcish, Ebony, (with the exception of the bandit chief you are ordered to kill in Boethiah's Calling), or Dragonbone armor.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)