Lycanthropes are sentient beings that have afflicted with Lycanthropy, the ability (usually involuntary) to change into a large humanoid animal. There are eight referenced types of lycanthropes throughout Tamriel.
Types of lycanthropesEdit
The Werebear is believed to exist in Skyrim. They are supposedly the most common type of lycanthrope in Skyrim, although they also appear on the island of Solstheim - this could be due to the close proximity of the locations or the date at which the text making such an inference was written in as Solstheim used to belong to Skyrim. During the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, luckily no Werebears can be found in Skyrim and they exist only on Solstheim. The dragonborn cannot become a werebear despite their inclusion.
The Werewolf is the only lycanthrope known to exist everywhere in Tamriel. They are known to have a connection with the Daedric Prince Hircine, and are often described as his hounds. They are the second most common lycanthrope in Skyrim behind Werebears. Werewolf transformations were oddly absent from Morrowind (until the bloodmoon dlc) and Oblivion despite being in every other canon game in the series.
The Circle, an elite group of warriors within The Companions, is comprised of werewolves. Lycanthropy is passed down to new members through a blood ritual upon their admittance into the Circle. Werewolves carry a weakness of Silver Weapons.
Weresharks are believed to roam the oceans around Tamriel. Their existence has never been confirmed as only a rumor of their existence is ever mentioned such as in Daggerfall text: On Lycanthropy and even then the author, Varnard Karessen, only briefly mentions that he has heard of these lycanthropes, and in Skyrim when M'aiq the Liar will mention a brief encounter with one near water.