Lycanthropes are sentient beings that have been afflicted with Lycanthropy, the ability (albeit typically involuntary) to transform 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, supposedly as the most common type of lycanthrope in Skyrim. Although they also appear on the island of Solstheim, this could potentially be due to the close proximity of the locations or the date at which the text making such an inference was written in. The idea is derived from the fact that Solstheim previously belonged to Skyrim. During the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, luckily no Werebears can be found, as they exist only on Solstheim. In addition to that, the Dragonborn cannot become a Werebear despite their inclusion.
The Werewolf is the only lycanthrope known to exist everywhere in Tamriel. They are confirmed to have a connection with the Daedric Prince Hircine, and are often described as his hounds. Although they are the second most common lycanthrope in Skyrim, following Werebears, the Werewolf transformations are oddly absent from Morrowind (until the Bloodmoon DLC) and Oblivion, despite being in every other canon game in the series.
Werewolves carry a weakness towards 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.