Skyrim’s Werewolf Detailed; Powerful But Not Unstoppable

In the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, players will have an opportunity to turn into werewolves where they will get unique abilities that can aid them in battle.

While being a werewolf can be an interesting idea to be at Skyrim, there are disadvantages that players needs to be aware of. If you just started playing Skyrim and are interested in becoming a werewolf, we’ll tell you how.

How to Become a Werewolf

In the land of Skyrim, a certain faction called the Companions has the ability to turn into Werewolves for a short time. As a member, they have to go through the Circle’s ritual where they have to drink their blood and wear the cursed ring of Hircine.

For those who are seeking for a temporary increase of strength, being a werewolf is a must. When you become a werewolf, you will have an increase in strength and with your claws, you can inflict more damage to an enemy with an armor.

To become a Werewolf, you must visit Whiterun first. Once you did your job with the Jarl of Dragonreach, pay a visit to the Companions faction house where you will have to do a series of quest. Finish the quest line of the companions and in the end, you will have a mission where you will be asked to gather stuff and meet at the Underforge where you will begin the ritual to transform.

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23 Comments

  1. Jay
    November 10, 2011, 6:27 PM

    OMG YES WEREWOLFS IN SKYRIM I JUST HAD A NERDGASEM

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  2. Dragonborn
    November 10, 2011, 7:22 PM

    Holy shit! Becoming a werewolf?! Fuck yes!!

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  3. Agmund
    November 11, 2011, 12:20 PM

    Awesome, I am so glad that we can be werewolves in the game cause the Curse of Hircine mod was just epic and now they took the basis of that mod and made it possible to howl at the moon for real.

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  4. StingerSplash
    November 11, 2011, 9:14 PM

    @Agmund

    Werewolves were in Morrowind they just skipped Oblivion for werewolves because in their mythos werewolves have never been spotted in Cyrodil so it did make since to have them. CoH was still a great mod, and faithfully recreated the experience from Morrowind with some added features, minus the 8+ (for mid-level characters) hour story that was Bloodmoon. (the expansion from Morrowind)

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  5. Jack
    November 12, 2011, 3:50 AM

    @StingerSplash

    That is not correct. Werewolves have been spotted in just about ALL of the provinces. If you read the literature available in the games, you’d know this. Stop spreading misinformation.
    Bethesda’s reasons for not implementing werewolves into Oblivion have never been revealed.

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  6. Sneaky T
    November 12, 2011, 4:57 PM

    I am a Werewolf in Skyrim, and can tell you all of this is true. Join the Companions and it won’t be long before you can become a werewolf.

    The only problem I ever found is either having not enough enemies to fight or having too many. Not enough means you can’t sate the Bloodlust and will turn back to normal, having too many means your Bloodlust can extend for ages and ages. I had to use the wait function to stop (six hour wait) because I had killed and devoured so many opponents.

    A werewolf cannot regenerate health normally, but instead devours corpses to extend the werewolf time and regain health. He’s almost unstoppable once he’s going and I can’t see any visible side-effects of the “human” form.

    Once you’re a werewolf you get massive stamina as well, and can run faster than a horse for longer. I’ve used the wolf form to cover ground that would’ve taken at least a real hour of walking in mere minutes. (Of course, you have to stop in villages to replenish your bloodlust…)

    Werewolves cannot access in the character menu, or pick up items, talk to people etc. or access the map. A nice perk though is that normal wolves won’t attack a werewolf (damn straight) and will join your side in a fight. Of course, most NPCs will attack you on sight if you blunder into their homes as a werewolf, and werewolves carry a 1000 gold bounty if discovered…

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  7. Animus
    November 13, 2011, 12:16 PM

    You know the werewolf thing is awesome but that pic at the top is a troll, not a werewolf, the werewolf is more like a hunch-backed muscled wolf on two legs. That at the top is one of the trolls which for some reason is furry

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  8. TomCTSV
    November 13, 2011, 3:48 PM

    Another benefit is you get 100% resist to disease in both forms!

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  9. Azmarov
    November 14, 2011, 4:14 PM

    Frost trolls are hairy, regular trolls have some dark hair but not much. Frost trolls in Skyrim are more akin to Yeti than the regular trolls you see. They burn real good :)

    My Dunmer has already been “chosen” to be a vampire. And by chosen I mean, attacked by vampires in the mountains and turned before I could find a cure for it. I’m going to do the companion line to see if I can be both, but I doubt it’s possible.

    If I make a character to become a werewolf, it’ll be a Khajiit…

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  10. Dan McGowen
    November 14, 2011, 5:55 PM

    You forgot to mention a major disadvantage. While in werewolf form you can’t gain experience.

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  11. jb
    November 17, 2011, 10:03 AM

    Vampirism is a disease. Because werewolves are immune to disease you cannot become a vampire and a werewolf.

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  12. lol
    November 18, 2011, 9:58 PM

    i dont think i want to be an werewolf because you get bounty for just turning into one

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  13. rayo
    November 19, 2011, 9:26 PM

    You get bounty only if you are seen transforming ;).

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  14. Tacanacy
    November 24, 2011, 6:00 AM

    Anyone who knows how much points you loose by being a werewolf and unable to get sleep bonuses because of it?? When I meet bears or sabre tigers, so can I just turn into a werewolf and kill them much more easier or just scare them off, so that’s great. But if the sleep bonuses are actually very useful/ can help my skills better, so will I find the cure, and find it fast too!

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  15. Pissedoffguy
    November 25, 2011, 2:47 AM

    How about the fact that it takes fucking forever to transform and while you’re transforming npcs can still attack you… So unless you transform before a fight starts, you’re fucked.

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  16. Joecountryboy
    December 13, 2011, 6:55 PM

    cure 4 werewolves. quite easy just have to wait till u get to the later part of the quest line. not a spoil, just a hint. when kodlak asks u too kill the witches kill n take 2 of theirs heads. becomin a werewolve will effect your sleepin bonuses which comes in handy for skills. there r alot of silverhands to kill. silver weapons r light n effective against undead. n a deceit value. so ucan collect a lot of them. i dont think its worth while to b a wolfy or a vamp. been both. if u get vamp decease become a wolfy b4 u turn. otherwise go to an inn n ask the rumors option n the do the cure quest

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  17. UltimateDovah
    December 16, 2011, 5:00 PM

    Besides the already noted picture of a troll at the top you have a few things wrong. 1)You don’t have to complete any work for the Jarl just go into Jorrvaskr and talk to the companions. 2) The ring of Hircine is a Daedric related quest and in no way ties in with the companions. 3) They ask you to become a werewolf on the 3rd mission not at the end of the quest line. http://www.uesp.net for the win!!

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  18. bltiger98
    January 3, 2012, 9:23 PM

    do you have to cure it or can you stay a werewolf

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  19. Phillip Price
    January 3, 2012, 10:48 PM

    You can choose to stay as a werewolf. However you will not be able to get rested skill up bonuses.

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  20. anton
    January 21, 2012, 7:53 AM

    Here video:
    Skyrim – How to Become a Werewolf

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG30SYEDwns

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  21. HUANBSD
    March 22, 2012, 7:44 PM

    How many companion mission do you have to complete to become a Werewolf ?

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  22. Logan Hesley
    March 30, 2012, 10:26 PM

    well there are some things wrong with this article.
    1).The picture is a troll so get an actual picture of a werewolf
    2).The title “Werewolves Powerful,but Not Unstopable.Uh heah they pretty much are.As a matter of fact the only fault there is that if you quit feeding you will turn back to your original form.I have found it much easier to kill everything in Skyrim.Dragons i had dificulty eith killing them.Problem solved i became a werewolf and knocked the shit out of any dragon i’ve faced.Werewolves are stronger than any creature.For instance if i power hit anything troll,giant,mamouth,dragon they either go flying or stumbling to the ground without breaking a sweat.So don’t listen to the people bashing werewolves.Their just mad because they chose a stupid Vampire that has many faults.Werewolves are amazing and face it.BTW another fault in being a werewolf is that you can only feed from humans not any other creature.@ Sneaky T.You said,”you can’t acces the character menu.”Well why would you need to?A werewolf ccan just run and knck the shit out of anything.You don’t need a sword,armour,bow,magic when you have a perfey fine werewolf that can do anything better than a normal character.

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  23. skyrimrox
    April 30, 2012, 3:34 PM

    1 downside to a were wolf is you can only feed on playable races, but they are still the best character ever.

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