Becoming a Werewolf in Skyrim: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

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Becoming a Werewolf in Skyrim: 7 Steps (with Pictures)
Becoming a Werewolf in Skyrim: 7 Steps (with Pictures)

Ever wondered how to become a werewolf in Skyrim? Like a werewolf, you can fight with your claws and walk on all fours.


Method 1 of 2: Becoming a werewolf

Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 1

Step 1. Go to Whiterun, a town north of Riverwood, and join the Companions

You can find a Companion called Aela the Huntress just outside the city. It might be easier to visit Jorrvaskr (the headquarters of the Companions). Jorrvaskr can be found in Whiterun itself, next to the Skyforge. After you meet and talk to Aela, she will send you, along with another Companion named Vilkas, on a quest to obtain a fragment of the legendary battle ax "Wuuthrad". The dungeon where you'll find this fragment is packed with draugr, so be prepared. Follow Vilkas until the quest is completed. After this, you must meet Vilkas in front of the Jorrvaskr to be officially admitted to the Companions. Now you've come a step further to become a werewolf.

Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 2

Step 2. Do another “radiant quest” in the same way as the previous one

You will sometimes be given the option to choose one of three Companion leaders as your brother-in-arms. Choose Farkas as your brother-in-arms for the next quest. In that quest you will see him turn into a werewolf.

Step 3. Once you are done with the quest “Proving Honor”, ​​it is time to speak to Skjor

He will ask you to meet him at night. During this encounter, you will also approach Aela in her werewolf form in a hidden cave. There she lets some of her blood drip into a fountain for you to drink.

Drink it when instructed and you will transform into a werewolf. Continue doing quests for the Companions or simply enjoy your newfound powers.

Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 3

Method 2 of 2: After the werewolf transformation

Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 4

Step 1. You can only transform once a day (unless you have the “Ring of Hircine”) and the Beast Form lasts 150 seconds

The duration of the Beast Form increases by 30 seconds each time you eat a corps. Select the Beast Form from the powers menu, similar to Shouts.

Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 5

Step 2. Know the benefits

You only get the bonuses when you are a werewolf.

  • You will be healed of all diseases. Also vampirism.
  • Your health and stamina are increased, including stamina regeneration.
  • Your carrying capacity is increased by 2000 points when in werewolf form.
  • You can use Howls, which are equivalent to Shouts. Howls drive out enemies and summon allies.
  • You have claws that serve as a weapon and protection at the same time.
Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 6

Step 3. Understand the downsides

While there are nice bonuses, there are some drawbacks that you should be aware of.

  • Silver hurts everyone, but as a werewolf-especially in werewolf form-silver will do more damage to you.
  • You don't get any rest bonuses.
  • “Racial abilities” are not preserved once you are in werewolf form.
  • You cannot use your gear, magic, or other powers in werewolf form.
  • If NPCs see you transforming they will either flee or fight. At the very least you will be treated like an outsider. You will hear things like "I find your wolfish grin… unsettling." "You smell like a wet dog." "Is that… Hair growing out of your ears?" and even "Ah, you've been playing with your hounds again?" Eorlund Gray-Mane will defend you when you transform into Whiterun.
Become a Werewolf in Skyrim Step 7

Step 4. Heal Your Lycantrophy

You may be eager to cure yourself of lycantrophy. However, know that you can no longer become a werewolf after that. Only with the Dawnguard expansion pack is it possible for Aela to give you her blood one more time, if you want to become a werewolf again.


  • If you don't feel like completing all the quests and you're playing the PC version of the game, you can get the Beast Form automatically by doing the following: press ¬ and type "player.addspell 00092c48".
  • For a list of all “radiant quests” go to this website.
  • Wild wolves will not attack you when you are transformed into a werewolf.


  • NPCs will attack you if they see you transform.
  • You can only transform once a day (with a few exceptions), so use it wisely.

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