Skyrim is still going strong, even after all these years. With the release of the Skyrim Special Edition, it’s about time the best followers covered. These NPCs journey with you, encountering huge beasts, betrayals and quests. You should always choose the follower you personally like the most but some are better than others. If you need help or just interested, here’s the 10 best followers in Skyrim!
This follower is obtained by discovering Hillgrund’s Tomb, he’ll be waiting inside. A quest opens, go through with it and he’ll be available to follow you afterwards. He’s a fighter type companion, specialising in heavy armor and one handed weapons with a modest 438 HP.
Vilkas is available as a follower after the Companions quest-line. He has very high skills in two-handed weapons, heavy armor, blocking and archery. He also has an exceedingly high HP of 621. He’s a perfect follower for ranged players as he can act as a frontline tank, even to the biggest of foes.
8. Mjoll the Lioness
Found in Riften, Mjoll requests aid from the Dragonborn, to find her sword Grimsever. If the player completes this quest, she becomes available as a spouse or a follower. She’s a highly skilled follower with high stats in two-handed, heavy armor, blocking and HP. She’s another front-line tank who can really help archers and mages on their adventures.
Stenvar is a rugged mercenary with a lot of Stamina to stay in the fight. With good stats in two-handed, heavy armor, block, archery, stamina and health, he’s a strong potential follower. He can be found in Windhelm, specifically the second floor of Candlehearth hall. Highly recommended follower for those who want a beefy, high damage tank.
6. Annekke Crag-Jumper
Calm down guys, she has a husband. Annekke is a well skilled thief class follower with stats in light armor, archery, one-handed and block. She is obtained by visiting Darkwater Crossing and speaking to her, she’ll give you a quest which you need to complete. She has low HP but if you’re a in-your-face type of player, she’s great to have on your back.
Farkas is a good all-round follower with above average stats in a lot of positions. He also has a high 620 HP, these stats make him a capable fighter in all situations. He’s obtained via the Companions quest line.
4. Aela the Huntress
Yet another member of the Companions, Aela the Huntress is an awesome and effective follower. She’s most effective with light armor, one-handed, sneak and archery. She also has fairly high HP and speech. You really want her as an archer though, she can take out enemies quickly and silently.
One of the first followers you will likely come across, Jenassa is a master archer. Like Aela, her archery and light armor skills are very high. However, Jenassa sacrifices sneak for stamina. She has a lot more stamina and HP than Aela. She can be recruited by paying 500 Gold to her in the Drunken Huntsman, found in Whiterun.
All of the Housecarls have the exact same stats so they’ll all be under one entry. They are all masters of heavy armor, block, one-handed and have the second highest HP of all followers in the game with 671. They are also relatively easy to obtain as followers, you just need to become Thane of a certain Kingdom. They are sworn to carry your burdens!
No idea why he’s as powerful as he is but I’ll leave the reasoning to Bethesda. He’s a Battlemage with the highest level-cap of all followers. To obtain him you need to complete a quest given to you by him. He’s an apprentice in the College of Winterhold.
Weirdly, he has a maxed out heavy armor skill as well as one-handed. He also has maxed out stats in destruction, restoration and illusion magics. To make things even more bizarre, he has the highest HP out of all followers in the game, at 717.
J’Zargo’s damage output is fairly low as he only uses apprentice level spells. So if you’re a tank-like character who needs a high damaging follower, you might want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, J’Zargo can’t be bettered by any other follower!