Mudcrabs are particularly known for their weakness and ugly appearance. While unremarkable in most provinces, the creature has gained a large fascination in Cyrodiil near the end of the Third Era. It's a very common pastime for Cyrodiillic people to express their dislike for the appearance of a Mudcrab to each other. Occasionally, when Cyrodillians are in battle, they throw the taunt, "I've fought mudcrabs more fearsome than you!" at their opponent. This could be taken as a very serious insult, as mudcrabs are terrible fighters. It is not known if Cyrodiil retained this fascination in the year 4E 201, in which the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim take place.
- Deal physical damage.
- Are able to breathe under water with a Water Breathing effect.
- Are incredibly slow.
- Can swim well, but cannot attack while in water except the ones found in Skyrim.
Species of mudcrabEdit
- Main article: Mudcrab (Morrowind)
This type looks like a large brown rock. It used this appearance as disguise to fool a predator into walking away. When approached by a potential prey, it deploys its legs and a set of large jaws to attack it. It can infect the player with Swamp Fever.
This type does not posses the ability to camouflage itself as a rock. It's also much more crablike in appearance compared to its Morrowind cousin, in that it has pincer arms instead of jaws. Its back is covered by rock-like bulbs. It can infect the player with Swamp Fever.
Skyrim mud crabs look like crabs, like their Cyrodiillic cousins, but are also capable of pretending to be a rock like their Morrowind cousins. They are greyish in color and their back looks like a rock. They attack in a group of two or three. They burrow themselves in the ground so only its back is visible to fool potential enemies. Another remarkable thing about Skyrim Mudcrabs is that they are a lot stronger and more aggressive than their cousins from Morrowind and Cyrodiil.
However, in contrast to them, the Skyrim Mudcrab is not able to infect other creatures with diseases. Mudcrabs prefer to stay near the water and won't follow you too far away from its home. There also appears to be two distinct genders, or possibly a sub-species, with specimens of differing sizes. Upon visiting the fossilized giant mudcrab, various sized Mudcrabs can be seen at this location. Though weak and easily killed by those with even a low archery skill, arrows will not penetrate a mudcrab's shell, instead bouncing back towards the archer.
A mudcrab living on an island in Morrowind. He has no physical differences from a regular mud crab, prompting many players to attack him. However, it is possible to talk or trade with him, and he has 10,000 gold in pocket.
A giant mudcrab, (roughly the size of 8 mudcrabs although no stronger), can also be found in Greenmead Cave, a cave halfway between Skingrad and the Imperial City on the Gold Road. It guards multiple treasure chests. Other than its size, the Giant Mudcrab has the same amount of health and damage ratio as any regular mud crab. It doesn't even carry any more crab meat. Because of its incredible size, the crab moves far faster than a normal one.
Found in Skyrim, this small pond between Swindler's Den and Broken Fang Cave contains the carcass of a giant fossilized mudcrab, surrounded by regular mudcrabs of different sizes. You cannot reanimate this dead giant crab by using conjuration spells, as it seems to be only the shell of the gigantic mudcrab. Also, there is a little cave-like structure by the pond which contains a skeleton and a random sword.
A Guardian Mudcrab is fought during Kyne's Sacred Trials and only shows up during this quest. It is the size of a King Mudcrab.
Pincer is a small mudcrab in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire. If you have adopted a child, he or she may bring Pincer to your home and ask if they can keep it. If you agree, it will live in your house until you kill it.
- Main article: Old Salty
- Mudcrabs can be good for leveling the block skill. Holding a shield up to an attacking mudcrab will do little damage, but be equally helpful to the block skill as holding a shield up to an attacking bandit.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Unless otherwise stated, the information above was obtained from in-game play or from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Creation Kit. 
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (First appearance)
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
|Creatures (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)|
|Animals||Bear • Boar • Deer • Dog • Horse • Mountain Lion • Mud Crab • Rat • Sheep • Slaughterfish • Unicorn • Wolf|
|Creatures||Goblin • Imp • Land Dreugh • Minotaur • Ogre • Spriggan • Troll • Will-o-the-Wisp|
|Daedra||Clannfear • Daedroth • Flame Atronach • Frost Atronach • Scamp • Spider Daedra • Storm Atronach • Xivilai|
|Undead||Ghost • Lich • Skeleton • Wraith • Zombie|
|Shivering Isles||Baliwog • Elytra • Flesh Atronach • Gatekeeper • Gnarl • Grummite • Hunger • Scalon • Shambles • Skinned Hound|
|Creatures and Enemies (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)|
|Animals||Bear • Cave Bear • Chicken • Cow • Deer • Dog • Elk • Fox • Goat • Hawk • Horker • Horse |
Ice Wolf • Mammoth • Mudcrab • Rabbit • Sabre Cat • Skeever • Slaughterfish • Snow Bear • Snow Fox • Wolf
|Creatures||Chaurus • Frostbite Spider • Frost Troll • Giant • Hagraven • Ice Wraith • Spriggan • Troll|
|Daedra||Dremora • Flame Atronach • Frost Atronach • Storm Atronach|
|Undead||Corrupted Shade • Dragon Priest • Draugr • Magic Anomaly • Skeleton |
Subjugated Ghost • Wisp • Wispmother • Vampire
|Animunculi||Dwarven Centurion • Dwarven Sphere • Dwarven Spider|
|Dragons||Dragon • Blood Dragon • Frost Dragon • Elder Dragon • Ancient Dragon • Skeletal Dragon|