The Most Terrifying Monsters in Skyrim
Skyrim, the setting of Bethesda's Elder Scrolls V, is an ancient land inhabited by more than just humans. Indeed, the fauna of Skyrim are one of the game's greatest features. They range from collectible insects to huge Elk to the more...eldritch of abominations. These are the toughest monsters in all of Skyrim, and the ones most likely to make you drop your sword and flee like a scared little newbie.
One of the first hostile creatures you will meet in the game is a sleepy bear. Should you disturb it, it can be a great introduction to the vicious beasts ready to tear you limb from limb in the outside world. Then, you meet the snow bear and wonder how you could ever have worried about its brown cousin. Big, powerful, and hardy, they can make your life fiendishly difficult whilst climbing mountains. Still, if you can avoid their claws, the snow bear will go down with a few good hits.
Trolls and Ice Trolls
Trolls are big, ape-like creatures that will defend their caves from intruders (see: you.) They smash opponents with their powerful arms and have enough defense to make killing them an exercise in persistence and restoration spells. Ice trolls are even worse, lurking in the mountains to claim any unwary visitors.
Mammoths are found in the company of Giants, which is reason enough to fear them. Get too close to these titanic beasts and prepare to be pulverized by their trunks and tusks. Mammoths move quickly and will not hesitate to go after you if threatened. Best to keep a distance until you're confident in your own skills.
Wisps were everyone's favorite enemy to hate in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and as I found out running around at random, they're back! I saw, and followed, the telltale orbs of light until a ghostly young woman appeared. She proceeded to kick the snot out of me and I was dead two hits later. Something tells me they won't be any more popular this time around than they were the last.
These towering humanoid monsters can be found all over and are, I believe, the hardest monsters in Skyrim. Their giant clubs are capable of knocking humans straight up into the atmosphere, high over the landscape. Whether or not that's a bug or intentional is debatable, but there's no denying that for sheer hitting-power, Giants are the top of the food-chain in Skyrim. You can survive a hit from a dragon at level one. You can't say the same of a Giant.
Still, there's no arguing with the villainous reptiles of Skyrim. Your very first encounter with one is quite memorable and does a great job of instilling the sense of awe-struck dread they inspire. When the game's theme kicks on and a dragon hurls a huge plume of fire at you, you'll understand the hype. They are fast, beautiful, and unrelenting, made all the more fascinating by their connection to you, the main character. Truly, the most terrifying monster in Skyrim can only be the dragon.