There are many things to explore as you play “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Aside from being able to marry a woman to become your wife, you can also have a bit of company with followers.

Followers are various characters found throughout the game. You can travel with them, battle for them, perform tasks for them, and they can also carry items for the Dragonborn. 

Wondering who the best followers are in the game? Let us provide you with a list, including their most noteworthy skills. 

1. Flame Thrall

Leading the list is Flame Thrall. Now Flame Thrall is actually a spell, more than a person or character. It is a Master Conjuration spell that permanently summons a tougher version of the usual flame atronachs. 

Players can fight flame atronachs at different points across the northern province. They are mostly challenging to beat since they constantly release gouts of flame. A Flame Thrall can be your follower.

Best Skills 

Being a summonable ally, the Flame Thrall does not possess skills. But, they heavily use Firebolt, Flame Cloak, and Flames spells. 

2. Cicero

Meanwhile, Cicero is a weird jester. This potential follower is also the Keeper of the Night Mother’s coffin. Gamers can find him on the road north of Whiterun, nearby Loreius Farm, seen transporting his “mother’s” coffin. 

After you spot him there, you can then find him within the Falkreath Sanctuary and the Dawnstar Sanctuary later, depending on the progress of the Dragonborn through the Dark Brotherhood questline. What are Cicero’s skills?

Best Skills

The skills of this deadly assassin include very high Sneak and One-Handed skills, not-to-high Archery and Light Armor skills, and also moderate Alteration skills. This jester may also have some hidden tricks in the form of less-used spells. It’s up to you to discover.

3. J’zargo

Next on the list of J’zargo. Now J’zargo is a Khajiit sorcerer at the Winterhold college. It is crucial to note that among all followers, he is touted as the most powerful since there is no limit to his skill level. Thus, he can make a strong and valuable ally to the Dovahkiin. Aside from those, unlike most Khajiits, he can enter cities even if walls surround them. 

Best Skills

Though Destruction is this favorite Khajiit mage’s skill, he also has other skill levels in other magic schools, such as Restoration, Alteration, Conjuration, and Illusion. He can also perfectly cast the Paralyze and Soul Trap spells.

4. Mjoll The Lioness

Mjoll the Lioness is not just a potential wife in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” but also a potential follower. She is a Nord vigilante who has extensively traveled Tamriel. Players can find her, together with Aerin, in Bee and Barb, or wandering around Riften.

Best Skills

Mjoll the Lioness’ best skills are Heavy Armor and Two-Handed, and though her Block and Archery skills are not her best, she still uses them very well.

5. Barbas

How about having a dog as your follower, just like owning a pet? Well, Barbas is a sizeable gray hunting dog players can find along the road outside Falkreath. And Barbas is more than just a simple dog. He is actually a supernatural creature who is just taking the form of a dog. He is also the companion of Clavicus Vile.

Best Skills

While Barbas has no actual skills, he can be a great companion that can follow the gamer around. 

6. Aela The Huntress

Like Mjoll the Lioness, Aela the Huntress is also a great candidate for marriage and a follower in the game. She is a Nord werewolf, thief, and member of The Companions, a warrior guild. Aside from those, Aela is also one of the five members of The Circle, which is a sub-faction.

Living in Jorrvaskr with the other Companions, Aela offers lycanthropy deep into the faction’s questline. Let’s find out her most noteworthy skills. 

Best Skills

Though her best skill is Archery, as you can see from how she looks, she is also great with her Light Armor and Sneak skills. Secondary are her One-Handed and Speech skills. These make her a versatile companion who can be helpful for any player build. 

7. Marcurio

Another potential follower in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” is Marcurio. He is an Imperial destruction mage, as well as a sellsword found within Riften’s Bee and Barb. 

What makes him unique is that he is the only hireling available in the base game. Players can hire him as a follower for 500 gold. 

Best Skills

This magical mercenary is known for his formidable Destruction, Alteration, and Restoration skills. Thus, he can be helpful at mid- and long-range but take note that he may struggle if enemies get too close. He also has versatile healing spells. 

8. Brelyna Maryon

On the other hand, Brelyna Maryon is a Dark Elf mystic, as well as a student at the College of Winterhold. Players can meet her during Tolfdir’s lecture, and afterward, she can be found in the Hall of Attainment, sleeping from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and studying for the rest of the day. Quite diligent. 

Best Skills

This mage is best known for her Alteration, Conjuration, and Destruction skills. She can also manage her magicka pool perfectly well, unless, of course, an enemy gets too close to her and prevents her from casting her spells. 

9. Vilkas

Next up is Vilkas. He is an esteemed member of The Companions guild in Whiterun, just like Aela the Huntress. Vilkas is also a loyal companion to his “Shield-Siblings” and would be honored to join the gamer as their follower, provided they have completed The Companions Quests. 

Best Skills

Vilkas is a warrior, so he is an excellent choice for melee combat. He specializes in Two-Handed, One-Handed, Archery, Heavy Armor, and Block skills. 

10. Erandur

Also known as Casimir, Erandur is a Dunmer priest of Mara (the goddess of love in the game) who is investigating the nightmares plaguing Dawnstar, a city on Skyrim’s northern coast. He wears a set of hooded monk robes and a pair of boots. 

Best Skills

Despite him being a healer, he is adept at using both magic and melee attacks, especially if the situation calls for them. He offers great company for those who want a blend of restoration and offense. 

That wraps up this list of the best followers in “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Those are just some of the potential followers you can have. While a Dragonborn can experience the game alone, they may also invite a follower if they want to enjoy a bit of camaraderie. 

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