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Skyrim lets you choose whether or not to have a partner. These are the best ways to find love in the game.
Even ten years after it came out, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim‘s many romantic choices are still impressive. Players who want to find a lover and either settle down with them or bring them along on their adventures in the dangerous open world can start the process with the Amulet of Mara. Note that each potential spouse has their own tasks and things they need to do before they’ll get along with the Dragonborn.
In Skyrim, the real challenge is picking the right partner. It’s easy to make the wrong choice when there are so many options and not all of them are clear right away. This list tries to show some of the best romance choices in Skyrim, but the truth is that a lot of it depends on the player’s tastes and how they want to play their Dragonborn. For this ranking, personality, dialogue, lore, and fighting skills were taken into account for spouses who can go on adventures with their partners.
Players will meet Brelyna if they join the College of Winterhold and work on their magic skills there. Brelyna is also one of the new students, and at first she might seem a little too proud. But as the Dragonborn talks to her more, it becomes clear that she has a good heart and really wants to get better at magic.
Brelyna is a great partner for players who like to fight with their hands. She is a fairly strong Dunmer witch who can cast spells of Destruction and can also do a little bit of Conjuration. She can also level up to level 30, which means that for the first third of the game, she’s a great partner in crime. For players to be able to marry Brelyna, they need to finish her special quest, Brelyna’s Practice.
Onmund In Skyrim
Onmund is another student at the College of Winterhold who the Dragonborn notices. He is a very rare character because his ancestors were Nords, who in the world of The Elder Scrolls don’t like magic. Just because of this, he has an advantage over some other, more standard partners.
During battle, Onmund will mostly use Spark spells that have to do with Destruction magic. Like Brelyna, he grows well up until about level 30, which is about a third of the way through the game. Players must finish Onmund’s personal quest, Onmund’s Request, in order to be able to choose him as a potential mate.
Marcurio is still a mage, but if players want someone with a bit more wit and attitude, they should choose him. This smug NPC hangs out near the Bee and the Barb in Riften. Like a few other characters, he can be hired as a partner, making him easy to “woo” as a spouse.
Players only need to find 500 gold to hire him, and he’ll be interested right away. Even though it might not feel like the most natural way to fall in love, Marcurio is a great partner for the Dragonborn if they can get past that. He goes up to level 40, which is a bit higher than the last two. Most of his skills are basic Destruction spells, so melee characters will get the most use out of him as a husband.
In order to meet Halbarn, players will need to buy and install the Dragonborn DLC. He lives in Solstheim and is a neighborhood merchant. Before he will let you date him, he will ask you to get him a few things.
Halbarn is a close-combat character, so those who prefer magic, stealth, or long-range combat will love having him around. He’s good at fighting and can level up with the player up to level 60, so he’ll be a good partner for most of Skyrim.
Who doesn’t like a good story about getting even? Muiri from Markarth is a figure that most people will feel bad for because Alain Dufont tricked him. She is so determined to get justice for her that she has even hired the Dark Brotherhood to help her.
She is a great romantic option for any assassin, because having her as a spouse after her job is done is a very interesting roleplaying choice. She can’t fight or go on adventures with the player, but she can hold down the fort wherever the Dragonborn sets up their home.
Even though most of the people on this list are nice, helpful, and sometimes even good, Jenassa is not one of them. And that’s fine, because sometimes players will want to tell a story about a character who is evil, has bad morals, or is in the middle. She’s just right for that.
Jenassa is a hired gun like Marcurio. You can find her at the Drunken Huntsman in Whiterun. If you give her 500 gold, she will follow you and be willing to marry the Dragonborn. Jenassa works best as a ranger character if the player goes for a melee build. She is one of the few fans who doesn’t care about morals and won’t bat an eye if players kill or steal as much as they want.
Farkas Or Vilkas
Farkas and Vilkas are both werewolves and part of the Companions. They are also brothers who fight together. Even though they are pretty much the same, Vilkas will be cold to the Dragonborn at first and not want them to join the Companions. Farkas seems like a meathead barbarian, but he makes up for it with a good heart and a lot of respect.
No matter which brother the Dragonborn chooses, they will need to finish the Companions questline to unlock either choice. Farkas and Vilkas are both striking fighters who can reach level 50. Since Whiterun and the Companions can be used right away, this makes them good choices, since they can level up for about half the game before they start to get worse.
Mjoll The Lioness
Most of the time, it’s hard to find NPCs in Skyrim who have great personal stories and can be a love interest (like anyone in the Thieves Guild). Mjoll, on the other hand, seems to be going in a good way as a character who doesn’t belong in a place like Riften, which is full of corruption and secrets.
Mjoll hates the people and the mood in Riften, so he says bad things about the town. Players can ask her to marry them if they help her find her sword, Grimsever. You could also do favors for people around Riften to get her to like the Dragonborn. Mjoll’s scaling isn’t the best in Wordle Unlimited game because she only goes up to level 40, but she’s a good melee partner and has a lot of interesting things to say as players travel across Skyrim with her.
Argis The Bulwark
Most housecarls don’t make good spouses for players because they don’t have much of a personality, but it would be unfair to ignore how much love Argis has gotten from people as the housecarl of Markarth. Since becoming a Thane in Markarth is a long and hard process, this makes him one of the harder housecarls to get.
Argis’s good looks and charm aren’t the only things he has, though. He’s also a pretty strong follower in combat. Up until level 50, he can handle most melee fights on his own, so the Dragonborn can focus on using magic or a bow from a distance.The trick is to trade with him and make sure he has good gear. Even though he’s a great partner, he can’t be turned into a steward, which might be a deal-breaker for some.
Aela The Huntress
Aela is still one of Skyrim’s most well-known characters, and for good reason. She is a very important NPC in the Companion questline, and as a part of the Circle, she is proud of her beast blood. Aela is a strong character who acts like a hunter. She is a great choice not only because she is cute, but also because she is good with a bow and arrows.
She scales pretty well up to level 50, which means that players will be able to use her for at least half of the game.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim can be played on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X/S.