Werewolves are the most commonly known type of lycanthrope found in Tamriel, where they can be found in every province. Werewolves are individuals who assume wolf-like characteristics during the full moon (or in some cases, at will).
While first appearing in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, werewolves are featured more prominently in The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon. Werewolves also appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Dragonborn may become one by completing The Companions quests and attending a ritual which involves drinking the blood of Aela the Huntress while she is in Beast Form. From this point onwards, those carrying the gift (or curse, depending on whom one is talking to), will be able to change into a Werewolf once a day, which causes people nearby to retreat and yield or attack. The Dragonborn will also get a bounty if the transformation is witnessed by a citizen.
Werewolf-Mode affecting skills, perks, spells and abilities:
- Racial Abilities: Any of the various "Racial skills" do not affect the Werewolf, because Werewolf-mode changes the race. But spells or active abilities such as an Orc's "Berserker Rage" can be cast before transformation, saving the effect.
- "Skin" Spells: Werewolves are considered unarmored, therefore "skin" spells cast remain effective (such as Dragonhide), but cannot be recast while in Beast Form.
- One-Handed tree: There is a misconception that a Werewolf's claws are considered one-handed weapons. However, this is not normally the case. There is a bug in which one's sword glitches into their hand, or form inside it after transforming, which will cause attacks with that hand to carry any effects of that weapon, and increase one-handed experience.
- Alteration: Perk abilities like "Atronach" still affect werewolves.
- Carry Weight: The base carry weight gained from Beast Form is 1,900 regardless of level, race, or sex. To find the maximum carry weight in Beast Form, add 1,900 to the max carry weight in normal form. This is a useful aspect to exploit as even if the Dragonborn is encumbered, transforming into Beast Form makes the encumberment effect inactive, so one may carry a large amount of loot without being slowed by the effect. This can be exploited even more if one has Hircine's Ring, meaning that the Dragonborn can travel back to towns around Skyrim a lot faster and deposit the loot in their house (if owned).
- Sleeping: As long as one has the "Blood of the Wolf" in effect, there are no resting bonuses.
- Disease resistance: All lycanthropes, in Werewolf form or not, have 100% resistance to all diseases. In Skyrim, this is only true for Sanguinare Vampiris, while other diseases may (rarely) still be caught.
- Other abilities: All effects that are gained through quests and other methods but are not "racial," like spell resistance, still affect Werewolves.
- Vampires: A vampire cannot drink the blood of a sleeping Werewolf.
- Power Attacks: In Beast Form, one's power attacks can do large amounts of damage, as well as throwing most foes (aside from dragons and mammoths) off of their feet.
- No bonus is gained from sleeping.
- Transformed Werewolves cannot equip apparel, including armor.
- When in Beast Form, the Dragonborn cannot pick locks or collect items/loot from corpses, though doors can still be opened (though not ones requiring a key from inventory), and levers, buttons, and pull chains can be activated.
- When transformed, they may be unable to fit through narrow dungeon doorways. Walking through such doorways backwards may fix this.
- Increased vulnerability to Silver weapons, even when not transformed.
- People other than followers will attack a werewolf on sight.
- If someone sees the Dragonborn transforming, they will recognize them as a Werewolf, even in human form, and may treat them like an outsider or attack on sight.
- If the Dragonborn is seen transforming, they will incur a 1000 bounty, and most characters will attack them.
Becoming a WerewolfEdit
In Skyrim, the only way to become a Werewolf is to complete the quest line for the Companions of Jorrvaskr in Whiterun, up until the quest "The Silver Hand." Within the Companions exists the Circle, an inner sub-faction. After some time, Skjor will lead the Dragonborn to The Underforge. There he will offer the opportunity to drink the blood of Aela the Huntress when she is in Werewolf form, and become a Werewolf.
- Note: With the addition of Dawnguard, characters who already have the Vampire Lord power will lose it at this point, and it will be replaced with Beast Form, and vice versa.
Beast Form lasts approximately two and a half minutes, with only one use per day. Unlike in Morrowind, one does not change into a Werewolf at a set time, as it is a power. To be able to stay in Werewolf mode for a prolonged period of time, one must "Feed" off fallen human NPCs, which adds 30 seconds to the current time per feeding, as well as healing the Dragonborn. With Dawnguard installed, the Dragonborn can choose a perk that allows them to feed on almost any fallen opponent, although it only prolongs the duration for half of what feeding off of humanoid opponents gives. Once returned to normal form, all items will have been unequipped and the Dragonborn will have to wait twenty-four hours to be able to use Beast Form again.If the Dragonborn has obtained the Ring of Hircine, equipping it will allow the use of a separate power, "Ring of Hircine," which is identical to Beast Form and offers all the same benefits. The only difference is that it is not limited to once-a-day use, it is made available any time the Dragonborn equips the ring. Followers will not react to the Dragonborn's transformation. Due to the restrictions placed on Werewolves interacting with objects and NPCs, one will not be able to interact with a follower while transformed (on Xbox 360, one can bypass this by using Kinect commands). A follower will become hostile if hit while the character is in Beast Form, even if they are a companion.
Eorlund Gray-Mane will defend the Dragonborn if they transform publicly in Whiterun.
Wild wolves become non-hostile when one is in Beast Form, but wild Werewolves, added on by Dawnguard, will still attack.
The Dragonborn can be killed while transforming, if facing a powerful enough foe.
|Name||Description||Notes and restrictions|
|Beast Form||Transform into Werewolf form once a day.||Part of Companions Quest: The Silver Hand.|
|Ring of Hircine||Grants extra transformations for werewolves||The Ring of Hircine only works if already a Werewolf. To use, equip the ring, go into powers menu, select Ring of Hircine, and use powers key (default 'Z' on PC). Possible reward for Daedric Quest: Ill Met by Moonlight|
|Howl of Terror||Fear nearby enemies goes up to Lvl 25, 30s||Beast Form only; default Howl. (Totem of Fear)|
|Scent of Blood||Detect Life in a large radius, 60s||Beast Form only; replaces Howl of Terror; available after Companions Radiant Quest: Totems of Hircine. (Totem of the Hunt)|
|Howl of the Pack||Summon two wolf spirits to fight at one's side||Beast Form only; replaces Howl of Terror; available after Companions Radiant Quest: Totems of Hircine. (Totem of Brotherhood)|
|Bestial Strength||1||Do 25% more damage as a werewolf.|
|2||Do 50% more damage as a werewolf|
|3||Do 75% more damage as a werewolf|
|4||Do 100% more damage as a werewolf|
|Totem of Ice Brothers||Summon 2 ally Ice Wolves.||Bestial Strength|
|Totem of the Predator||Totem of the Hunt howl has extended range, and shows whether targets are not in combat, searching, or actively in combat.||Bestial Strength|
|Totem of Terror||Werewolf Howl of Terror affects even higher level creatures.||Bestial Strength|
|Totem of the Moon||Summon 2 ally werewolves with a howl.||Totem of Ice Brothers|
|Animal Vigor||100 point bonus to health and stamina in beast form.||Bestial Strength|
|Gorging||Feeding heals twice as much health.||Animal Vigor|
|Savage Feeding||Able to feed off most dead creatures (not undead, daedra, or automatons). Feeding off creatures instead of people only provides half the extended time.||Gorging|
- Skjor (The Companions)
- Farkas (The Companions)
- Aela the Huntress (The Companions)
- Vilkas (The Companions)
- Kodlak Whitemane (Harbinger of The Companions)
- Sinding (Met in the quest Ill Met by Moonlight)
- Arnbjorn (The Dark Brotherhood)
- Farmer (Random Encounter in Wilds)
- Hunter (Random Encounter in Wilds)
- Majni (Leader of the Frostmoon Pack)
- Akar (Frostmoon Pack)
- Rakel (Frostmoon Pack)
- Hjordis (Frostmoon Pack)
- Sebastian Lort's daughter (mentioned only)
- If the Dragonborn is a Werewolf, Hold Guards may comment saying, "Is that fur... coming out of your ears?" or "I find your wolfish grin... unsettling." even if the Dragonborn is a Khajiit. Guards will also comment on the odor of the Dragonborn, saying, "Ugh. Have you been tending to your hounds? You smell like a wet dog!"
- Pressing square for PS3, X for 360, or R for PC will skip most of the feeding animation. This can be useful when surrounded by enemies and the Dragonborn needs to recover their health immediately.
- Before Skyrim released on 11-11-11, Bethesda attempted to keep the inclusion of Werewolves in Skyrim a secret. Spokespeople from the company answered questions on the subject with "no comment" or made statements implying that Werewolves were being considered, but probably would not make it in the final game. A few weeks before Skyrim launched, Bethesda stated that Werewolves would not be included in the game, but may appear in upcoming expansion packs. The secret was killed after video game critics, giving previews of the game, let it slip.
- When using Howl of Terror, there is another sound barely audible under the roar. The sound is identical to the sound when casting "projectile" Illusion spells.
- It is not possible to sneak while in Werewolf form.
- When in Werewolf form, one can "sheathe" their arms, which lowers the upper arms down to the body, though the lower arms and hands are still held away from the body. Followers will also sheathe any weapons/spells when the one lowers their arms.
- The sound of the Howl of Terror is identical to the roar that Trolls make.
- If the main menu is accessed, under the "General Stats" tab, and in the magic menu, if one uses Howl of Terror often, it will be listed as the "Favorite Shout," even though Howl of Terror is not a Dragon Shout. This also applies to other Werewolf powers.
- If the Dragonborn goes up the 7000 steps as a Werewolf, the travelers will not become hostile.
- When sprinting in Werewolf form, the arms come down to the ground and the Dragonborn runs on all fours in a loping gait, similar to when a Sabre Cat runs. Stamina will also deplete much slower as a Werewolf than when not transformed.
- Words from Word Walls can still be learned when in Werewolf form.
- The Dragonborn can still absorb dragon souls while in Werewolf form.
- One can swim when in Werewolf form, and can still drown if underwater for too long.
- The other Werewolf powers, Howl of the Pack and Scent of Blood, which are the powers of the Totem of Brotherhood and Totem of the Hunt, respectively, have a cool-down period (this is shown on the compass, like as if one used a Dragon Shout), while the default power, the same effect of which is the Totem of Fear, has no cool-down, meaning that it can be used repeatedly.
- The Howl of the Pack summons two familiars to help in battle. They act as standard familiars, with the exception that they leave a glowing trail of "smoke" when moving around, and are red colored instead of blue.
- Although they are undead, Vampires can be fed upon to regain health and extend the time spent in Werewolf form.
- While the player never has any problems while playing, many werewolf characters have spoken about how it is easy to lose control and transform, with characters like Kodlak Whitemane and Vilkas resisting the urge to transform and as a result suffering some kind of penalty. However, the Dragonborn never suffers a penalty for not transforming.
This section contains bugs related to Werewolf (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online