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How to Kill a Giant in Skyrim

Dragons? Pish tush. While the scaly monsters dominate most of the media around The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (and that little thing called a plot,) those already playing the game know that Giants are the first truly terrifying opponent you will encounter in Skyrim. In fact, they appear to be stronger than dragons.

Giants camp on the slopes of mountains, with large fires, painted rocks, and huge skulls signalling their presence. You will also see a symbol on your radar when you are close enough to their camp. Consider it a challenge or a warning, depending on what kind of gamer you are. Giants tend to travel with mammoths, who can be a dangerous foe in their own right. Both Giants and their mammoths are passive until you approach too closely or initiate an attack. What happens then?

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Low level characters don't stand a chance against the mighty, vertigo-inducing club of the Giants! Well, unless you get a bit creative. The key to killing Giants in Skyrim is that they are slow and rather dumb. If you must attack one, start with either magic or arrows at a good distance, and then use whatever your current environment is to your advantage.

A safe location to shoot from.
A safe location to shoot from.

Rocks

The most likely option will be to find a spot on a nearby mountainside, building, or rocky outcropping that the Giants and mammoths cannot climb up. You will want to be in your safe spot before you fire the first shot, as some unexpected clumsiness might give the monsters enough time to smash you. Keep pelting it with attacks as it walks toward you. This is going to take a very long time, so make sure it can't get to you. You may have to kill more than one, as well, so be prepared.

The only difficult part with this method is that the Giants and mammoths tend to run off once they realize they can't hit you. You will need to leave your safe-spot and lure them back, or hit them from a distance to infuriate them once again. Companions can either help or hinder you in this regard, as they tend to die, rejoin you, and then head off into the fray once again. This means they can lure the Giant back to you, or they can distract it from heading back into range.

Giant halting at water
Giant halting at water

Water

If you're lucky enough to be near a body of water, taking down a Giant can be easy.Giants are afraid of water and will not follow you even into the shallows.Just hit the giant, get to the water, and start shooting. If he tries to flee, leave the water for a moment and he will come charging right back.

Note that this does NOT work with mammoths. It's recommended that you take out the mammoths first from a rock and then focus on the Giants, if you plan to kill from the water. Also: Giants WILL smash you with their clubs if you are in range or the water is very shallow. Brooks will not work for this.

Basically, you're so puny you need to exploit their relatively poor AI to make the kill. But whatever, you're Yogsmash Giant-Killer, now! The Giants are just one of many great little touches to Skyrim, showing off the immense depth and subtlety to the game. If you can speak Giantish, you can persuade them not to attack you and hold rudimentary conversations with them. It makes me feel a little bad killing them, knowing they're essentially just dumb shepherds defending their belongings from the little people, but hey, nothing beats killing a creature that can send you into low-Earth orbit!

Feel free to leave your own tips in the comments!

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Ed 5 years ago

Its really hard to kill Giants OMG it took me about 30 mins.

If you can try to find a low entry barn that the Giant can not go under, then just keep attacking with Magic or Bow. That's the way i have killed giants.


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Yeah, they're a pain to kill, but now that I have a method it's just shooting and luring them back in. It's all about avoiding that club!


Giordano 5 years ago

all my respect from Italy! damn right now I was thrown in the sky! lol

THX for your advice, i'll try it soon ;)


AddictedToSkyrim 5 years ago

If you go to the camp near whiterun which is on the left as you leave whiterun , shoot a giant or mammoth with a bow and arrow until it starts to run towards you , then run to the western watchtower which you killed your first dragon in and then hide in there and the giant/mammoth will go there but they can't come inside and just bow and arrow them till they die , good luck


Giordano 5 years ago

yupppppp im right there! lol i'll follow your tip! before i just was trying to attract them to the castle for ask guard's support, but i don't think is a good idea! anyway i'll try with your solution, thank u man!


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Thanks for the input, guys! :)


Rykenn 5 years ago

I just figured out a very quick and effortless method to killing giants near the sides of mountains. I ran up the nearest, climable, cliff face and lured the giants in with arrows. Once they were close enough I used the fully charged unrelenting force shout and simply blew them down the hill for them to die falling. I don't know if this works with the mammoths (there weren't any nearby).

Before I figured that out I was standing on a ledge and running in to slash the giants face, then running away as they swung their clubs to avoid being hit.


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Haha, I'll have to try that once exams are over. I'm getting a Skyrim craving like mad.


femi 5 years ago

I didn't kill a giant i tricked it to climb a mountain with me and i ran back and tool all his belongings includint blessing from his gods and steel armour and sword i felt awesome


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Lol, I love all the creative comments this is getting. :)


PD 5 years ago

Found a dragon and a giant in a fight...score! watched them duke it out and then finished em both


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

I actually documented such an occurrence here:

http://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/Skyrim-Giant-Kil...

Honestly, it's so common for me that I get a little pouty when a dragon kill-steals me yet AGAIN.


Skyrim 5 years ago

lol i killed a giant in less than a minute in melee combat with full ebony armor, shield and mace, none upgraded.


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Well, once you're at a certain level, giants certainly become easier. :)


JulyDerek 5 years ago

If you want to kill a mammoth, then just find a tree and go on dodging it behind the tree while you shoot it with arrows or our ranged magic attack.


FeltJuggler 5 years ago

I found it easy to kill giants, just need some running room. Find one or two of the giants you want, then hit them long range with arrows. Run them back to Fort Greymoor. They will run up the stairs..hide in the tower. They cannot make it into the opening and stand there defenseless. Pound them with whatever you want to increase the level with. Whether that be arrows or spells. Just remain behind the opening, they do swing their clubs down at the ground. Don't be worried though, as long as you remain on the rock floor you wont be hurt.


thepanda 5 years ago

At first it was really hard to kill giants, but once you know how it's easy. I killed 2 giants, with both attacking me (not baiting one at a time) by standing in a pool of water and shooting until they run away, stepping on land so they run back, getting in the water when they get too close.... I did this at level 7 with normal difficulty and it took about 20 arrows per giant. The mammoths wound up killing me because they will enter bodies of water, unlike giants :/


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Yeah, that's pretty much exactly what I said in the article...Mammoths WILL come after you in the water and should be shot from a rock or other inaccessible place.


Mr. Foesa 5 years ago

Sorry but i tried the aftrad of water method but my giant just went swimming with me!! That was a little unwanted present.


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

I was standing in water that was too shallow (ankle depth,) and the giant followed me in. How deep was the water?


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RadAdMusic 5 years ago from Dryden

I can kill giants with one hit! I have assassins blade and a sweet glass dagger, just gotta be sneaky and watch out for the mammoth!

oh ya, and having gloves that give you 2x to backstab giving your assassins blade a total of 30x doesn't hurt ;)


yeah 5 years ago

use the animal allegiance shout. the mammoths will start attacking the giants and each other.


Skyrim fan 5 years ago

Haha, wow, my character has a full set of legendary daedric armor, with an armor rating of 500 something, so I can continually get hit by them and not even get scratched on medium. I'm playing on master for a challenge, and I can still take a hit or two without dying.


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

Haha, yes. The other day I had to go kill one for a quest and I found I could just stand there and whale on it at the standard difficulty. I kind of miss the days where I would snipe one just to get smashed into the atmosphere. :)


Pacotron 5 years ago

I killed one of the giants near Whiterrun only with my two-handed sword. I fought him between the camp and Whiterrun, but, for some reason, he only attacked me twice. The second giant killed me T_T


Guestylady 5 years ago

I got followed into a shallow lake by 2 giants :S


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Gofygure 5 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

By my general observation, you're safe in knee-height water, and not safe in ankle-height. Maybe I will play around with the exact depth sometime to clarify the article.


king kripter 5 years ago

To ed really it took you that long it took me 2 mins to kill two giants and three mammoths without gettimg hit once just so u know im not bragging.


sam crow 5 years ago

except you plainly are


ChiefOrc 5 years ago

I finished the companions quest and became a werewolf it made killing gints relatively easy I just atack them they get mocked back fall down and then I just tear them apart


Jester 4 years ago

Best way I've found is to simple spam magic. Using the staff of Magnus and the sparks spell meant I only had to dodge one attack and killed it in around.. 20 seconds.


jansen 4 years ago

If you run out of arrows, or for some other reason need to get away from the fight, giants are easy to outrun. Withdraw your weapon and just keep heading in the same direction in a flat area. Beware of mammoths though, they are just as fast as you, and very hard to loose in a footrace ;-)


spycloud 4 years ago

I don't use bows or magic, so to kill a giant in melee, I do a simple maneuver. I use Unrelenting shout to get the giant apart from me long enough to equip a weapon. When he charges, I run right at him and then pass him. When the giant swings down he pauses, that's when I turn around and give him a good slice. A couple of charges, a couple of backside slashes, and boom.


HmRick 4 years ago

I just killed my first giant.. It was pretty easy somehow. Just used a bow with iron arrows and it died pretty quick. Only thing I did was move around the rocks so it couldn't attack me.


Brotherhood assassin 4 years ago

Hey found a really easy way to kill them. It works 80% of the time. fist be a wolf ant then do a charging power attack and they will ragdoll and flop on the floor. just to warn u sometimes it will not work but will take a lot of health from them, on some game it will not work at all, sometimes the will sink into the ground or shoot off. If they shoot of they will kill anything that they hit (usualy goes away from u as never actually fired backwards) and you may have a long walk to find it but if it goes up it can either kill u when it lands or push u through the floor. But it acts like an insta kil and works on almost all human shaped things!


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Gofygure 4 years ago from Kutztown, PA Author

I wondered how feasible taking on a giant as a werewolf would be...


Quintilia 4 years ago

Can't wait to try this when I fall out of the sky eventually.


Frustrated 4 years ago

While I was doing a contract for companions I had To take a bOw from a giant, it turns out i read the quest txt wrong I killed the TWO wrOng giants. It took me half hour to kill the both so after a few minutes of killing my self I went back and got some pretty good loot


RyoDrago 4 years ago

You can kill the giants at Seduna's kiss by climbing up the mountain next to seduna's kiss, you then lure the Giant/Giants up the mountain you then put the giant between the mountain edge and you. Then you use unrelenting force (The full FUS RO DAH)and the giant falls off the mountain and it should die


Cartman 4 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_KH6UwW7o&feature...

This dude killed a giant and the mammoths.. He wasn't that smart but it worked... You need a lot of health potions and stamina potions


Griffin 4 years ago

I found it extremely easy to kill them :)

Just get 100 sneak and archery, a bow with like 100 dmg and some good arrows (ebony or up), and snipe em out. I killed an entire camp with 5 arrows


Interested 4 years ago

I'm a thief, and found quite useful to sneak them. I'm level 12, If you were wondering. The trick here is, if you are a thief or other sneaky character, is to have points in sneak for the extra bonus damage. Shrouded gloves help a great deal, but not necessary. I used a pair of plain steel daggers, and paired with my 6x bonus and Shroud gloves, I killed that giant in 3 hits! (The last one was a non-sneak hit)


Warhammer 4 years ago

Everybody knows that there are gaints close to Western Watchtower. An easy way to kill them is to get them to follow you them making sure they keep following you get to the tower and enter the main building through the small doorway it is to small for the gaints to fit through but being as stupid as they are they will keep trying to get to you then you have fun killing them with any RANGED ATTACK you want if you try to attack the with a sword they will still bash you into the air


.. 4 years ago

I watched a giant one hit kill a dragon it was insane I couldn't get close enough to the dragon to collect its soul tho.


Kuk0st 4 years ago

I'm level 33, and it took me under a minute to kill two giants.


Skyrim player 4 years ago

I recommend that you max out your Armor and your weapon ad get a companion if fighting giants but I can fight them my self takes like 3 minutes.


Mich966 4 years ago

I killed a giant and it was easy. My archery is 42 and when I sneak and shoot them the basically lose half health on one shot.


Ba22 4 years ago

It all depends on your determination, I find it easy. Im lvl 12 orc and have made giant hunting my business. I do my hunting with fur armor an orc two handed mace and hunting bow. I just find a stragler so the mammoths wont help him and pelt him with several sneak attack arrows till he notice's me. then ensues the dance of death, when he charges run by his side, i prefer going under the club arm for safety. If he swung turn and hammer his back and sprint away immediately, turn to face him and repeat. I've killed 11 or 12 at this point, the key is finding a flat spot for the dance, and not hesitating to swing, and run after. If you hesitate he will give you a one way ticket to Valhalla.


Fortis1 4 years ago

I kinda thought a good way to kill a giant is to freeze it with the thu'um and then power attack it with a great sword but I haven't tried it yet so if anyone tries it before me please post the results


orcism 4 years ago

if you're an orc level 15, use full armor + berserker rage + potion of strength, defeating giant could be easy


fullofwin 4 years ago

i have full daedric armor and weapons, lvl 36, I found that once you get at least steel plate, you can just go in and pummell them. I also found hitting with an arrow, then fus ro dah as they run at you, then sprint over and hack them up makes for a quick battle. Happy hunting!


lance bickford 4 years ago

i found another way to kill giants very easy and....this may help you later in the game.

All you have to do is start off being and orc and using beserk rage.

beserk rage can be used once every 24 hours in game play.

you take half damage and you do 2.0 damage! lasts 60 seconds

I killed a dragon in 10 seconds at lvl 5!!!!


Mason 4 years ago

Just get under its waistline and knife the hell out of them it's easy! No magic or running just get as close as possible and keep slashing it works. They can't hit you if you get real close :) I killed one before I even had a hunting bow just a cheap imperial sword and imperial soldier character,lol.. Not hard to kill, at all. Now I'm rank 33 and have legondary daedric armour and weapons so problem solved after 4-5 shots ;)


Bob Yang 4 years ago

first time playing, level 2, killed the ones near whiterun. just used the fire and arrows. the area is something's kiss.


Jack 4 years ago

HmRick: Exactly. Find some rocks, just keep luring them around the rocks. If you can fund a set of rocks where you can jump down without getting hurt. The giant should then go around all the way giving you time to shoot more arrows while you are heading back into that same spot. Note: I have only tried this on Mammoths, but being whacked more then enough by giants I do know how they work.


matt 4 years ago

If you jump and move backwards you can avoid their club. then you just run to a nearby village and kill them from there.


sog8e 4 years ago

I killed one, I'm a level 4 dark elf

Just dual wield flames and circle around the just out of range of their club and when they attack,jump out of the way


Troll Hunter 101 4 years ago

All you need to do is spam the giant with arrows and magic

and if all else fails, use......THE WABBAJACK! works every

time.


zak 4 years ago

i've gotten it to the point where i don't think the giants spawn anymore, i'm sure i've killed them all, anyway another good trick is to sneak up and hit them with poisoned arrows or paralyze, theres nothing more satisifying then watching a giant fall to the ground like an idiot for 10 seconds


littlebiggiant 4 years ago

another easy way to kill giants is to shout them at close range then run around them before the club hits you. unfourtunatly this doesn't work for mamoths


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ecosimon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

LOL! Thanks for the great tips. The first time i encountered a mad giant, he hit my character with his club once and knocked my character flying, killing him instantly.


blazinggod 4 years ago

I use a greatsword to kill giants


corrupt 4 years ago

i like to have a companion with me, hailing arrows as i move around with a shield and fist, if i keep moving and don't get caught on something the giant usually can hit me.. usually..


i slayed it!! AD 4 years ago

i killed a giant at lvl 3. dual firebolt plus nordic bow and iron arrows. if you can't kill him. hit him then bring him to the western tower hell get distracted by those guards and you can kill him quick. same for mammoths. boo yah. AD ftw


thanx 4 years ago

i just hid in some rocks and sniped him out, when u rescue the goat


meh 4 years ago

just jump around and use the ebony blade works every time


Tommyg 4 years ago

I essentially used the same tactic as you in the early levels.now i'm level 11,twin scimitar wielding beast,i blast one over with kevel 3 dragon shout(unrelenting force,obviously)then bum rush him before he gets up. This works great you just have to watch out for the other one until you can shout again!and yes i feel bad!


Hayden 4 years ago

I just led him into whiterun let the guards distract him and when his health was low I started shooting him In the head with a hunting bow and I'm just level 1


killer 4 years ago

im a kahjiit and i have a full set of dwarven armour ( too expensive) and use my elven mace and flames works every time i try lol i can't forget being sent to orbit by giants


big jeezy 4 years ago

I kill a giant in a few minutes


Anon 4 years ago

I find it very easy to stand near a small cliff face, only small and easy enough for you to get up on both sides. bow and arrow them then once they get close drop down keep shooting them and run around the cliff face, to the top. once there repeat. and if they get too close you can always shout them down (even better to shout them off the cliff). just how i kill giants with a small bit of danger involved. keeps it fun... not tried it with mammoths yet, will probably report back when i have.


Insert name here 4 years ago

I'm at the level where I just walk up and use my swords to kill him in 5 seconds plus I can survive 4 hits but before I used a bow and used the slow time when you zoom in perk so I never missed


Insert name here 4 years ago

So basically I just hunt giants nowadays

For fun


:LDKFJ 4 years ago

You can one hit(possibly 2) a giant if you have the Dark Brotherhood Gloves I believe, where you get x2 backstab. Then just get an elven dagger or higher, sneak up on one and boom. He's dead. It's not hard really.


andrew of riften 4 years ago

my nord just walks up like a true son of skyrim a true storm cloak AND kills them with my daedra sword death dealer hail to ulfric

however my new rpg uruk hai the orc likes to keep his distance but has never encountered one yet he hates wind helm but doesn't like imperials much


Wanderer 4 years ago

I play a mage so its really easy to kill a giant. Just summon one atronach and have it to fight him and stay a safe distance. Once that atronach dies, just summon another one.


Avareee 4 years ago

Lol I killed a giant in 30 secs ... I was lvl 16 or 17, Two Hander(66) or so.


Tauri33 4 years ago

Is there a special trick to fighting a Giant from the water? I got a Giant's attention and then ran to the nearest river. I stood there in the middle getting ready to attack with my bow, when I noticed the Giant was starting to get into the water with me. So I fled, again!


Kite306 4 years ago

I ussualy have companion with me ,so when I encountered my wst giants (near whiterun or riverwood) Lythia,my bodyguard rushed right in before I could sneak up on them. So they tought her how to fly. Thanx for the tips,I'm sure they'll come in handy as soon as im not GROUNDED anymore! Yeah,it Sucks


Kite306 4 years ago

I ussualy have companion with me ,so when I encountered my wst giants (near whiterun or riverwood) Lythia,my bodyguard rushed right in before I could sneak up on them. So they tought her how to fly. Thanx for the tips,I'm sure they'll come in handy as soon as im not GROUNDED anymore! Yeah,it Sucks


Sam 4 years ago

ok I have the fastest way, I have a character that can cast a spell for the animals around will attack the one attacking me... just use that commmander next a mammoths and they will kill the giant


blah 4 years ago

I did not actually read all of that but im pretty sure it did not mention horses. after a while of having a horse i realized how tough they were. i was getting chased by a giant and i got on my horse and wanted to hit him once.i hit him and started circling him like closely. like touching him. he tried to keep on turning face me but he couldn't and i just kept hitting him until he died. i was level 7. i tried it again, it worked. this will sometimes not work if he oneshots you so i recommend saving before you do this


max 4 years ago

giants are easy lvl 9 warrior using imperial bow and iron arrows and they die easily just by keeping out of reach and letting them get close using unrelenting force to damage them a little and try to slow them and then fire arrows as they come at you again so you either lose no or very little life.


your name 4 years ago

I've just got the game; i'm a level 3 high elf. Easyest way to kill a gaint, mammoth and a ancient dragon. Shoot a flock of gaint and mammoths to get them chasing you then keep running untill a dragon attacks (suprisingly quite quick for a dragon to attack near whiterun). The gaints then start attacking the dragon and you use animal allegiance to get the mammoths to attack eachother and the dragon and the gaints. To keep the party going you may have to shoot a couple of frenzy poisoned arrows but over all normally 7 greater souls, gaints toes, mammoth pelts + tusks and finally dragon scales and dragon bones. *Save before trying this* ~ dont worry about killing the mammoths and gaints because the respawn. Happy hunting!© ●◆■▲▼☆★♀♂⇔⇒¾½¼‰%¯¬µ°¹²³♭♪•…″′˜˛¸˙˘ˇ^♀


your name 4 years ago

I've just got the game; i'm a level 3 high elf. Easyest way to kill a gaint, mammoth and an ancient dragon. Shoot a flock of gaint and mammoths to get them chasing you then keep running until a dragon attacks (suprisingly quite quick for a dragon to attack near whiterun). The gaints then start attacking the dragon and you use animal allegiance to get the mammoths to attack each other and the dragon and the gaints. To keep the party going you may have to shoot a couple of frenzy poisoned arrows but over all normally 7 greater souls, gaints toes, mammoth pelts + tusks and finally dragon scales and dragon bones. *Save before trying this* ~ don't worry about killing the mammoths and gaints because the respawn. Happy hunting!© ●◆■▲▼☆★♀♂⇔⇒¾½¼‰%¯¬µ°¹²³♭♪•…″′˜˛¸˙˘ˇ^♀


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Fredrick Hughes 4 years ago

↑ Thats me! What ho chums!!! FH + Skyrim = 4EVA!!


Shan 4 years ago

Giants are annoying, but one attacked my house! lucky i am a good archer with an archer housecarl and wife ;)


D Graham 3 years ago

What a bunch of goombaroo's. I went back in time, after I started wailing on 10 giants and 2 elder dragons. So technically it took me no time to do that. Top that, noobs! LOL


DremoraSlayer 3 years ago

Thanks when i got these tips i ruined 3 camps already


Sir Rider 3 years ago

I have hearthfire and I have a giant i can't handle at my house


columb1n3 3 years ago

I have actually had a couple giants help me kill dragons then i would kill the giants


bodisha 2 years ago

Killed my first giant @ lvl 13... I got the staff of paralysis and would alternate between paralyzing him for 10 seconds at a time and then using flame on him. Took every bit of magic and I drained the staff... and had to give him a final whack with a mace w/25 electrical damage... but i got him


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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia

I feel like everyone remembers their first giant encounter.. I sure do and I was not prepared!


TheGuyThatKills 20 months ago

If you have either galss,orcish armor their really easy

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