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Wolves are aggressive canines found throughout Tamriel. They are pack hunters and can often be found in packs of two or three, using their highly developed sense of smell to track their prey. When threatened, they may howl and thus draw in other members of their pack. When attacking, they will often attempt to circle around behind their prey to bite.

The Skaal see wolves as one of the most blessed of the creations of the All-Maker, for their speed, agility and skills as hunter.[1] One of Kyne's Sacred Trials is to slay the Wolf Guardian Spirit, one of the seven Guardian Beasts of Skyrim.[2][3] A wolf is one of the many animals carved into puzzles on the dungeons of Skyrim.[4] Hircine's aspect of speed takes the form of a wolf.

Wolves are known to carry infectious diseases and in some places, like Solstheim, they are called plague wolves. The wolves from Cyrodiil may carry helljoint, the ones in Skyrim sometimes carry rockjoint and the wolves from Solstheim can carry yellow tick.

Wolves are hunted for their pelts, which can be tanned into leather. They are also occasionally domesticated and kept as companions and mounts.[5][6]

There are several varieties of wolves and dire wolves. The regular wolves are the weaker versions whose fur pattern is different depending on their native region.

Bonewolf[edit]

Bonewolves (or Bone Wolves) are undead wolves created by black magic and have been known to haunt the old graves of Solstheim.[7]

Cinder Wolf[edit]

The flaming, reanimated skeleton of a dire wolf that had burned to death.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Dire Wolf[edit]

Dire Wolves are large wolves found in the Gold Coast region of Cyrodiil and on Summerset Isle.

  • Found in: ESO

Doom Wolf[edit]

Doom Wolves are large black wolves with glowing red eyes. They were bred for size and savagery from the timber wolves of the southern Jerall Mountains, and used as the mount of choice by the Dark Brotherhood. [6]

  • Found in: ESO

Draugulf[edit]

Draugulfs are a rare form of undead wolf; only the First Era Icehammer clan of Eastmarch are known to have utilized them.[8]

  • Found in: ESO

Gloam Wolf[edit]

Gloam Wolves are shadowy dire wolves found in Nocturnal's realm of Evergloam.[9]

  • Found in: ESO

Gorne Striped Wolf[edit]

Gorne Striped Wolves are dire wolves found on the Isle of Gorne, off the east coast of Morrowind, where they terrorized the island's settlers until they were suppressed in the Troubled House Hunt.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Helkarn Wolf[edit]

Helkarn Wolves are large wolves found in Elsweyr. They are trusting and gentle-natured, and after the villagers of Helkarn found them unsuitable as watchdogs, they bred them to mountable size.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Highland Wolf[edit]

The Highland Wolf is found in the Colovian hills and Great Forest in Cyrodiil, and they were domesticated by foresters and bred for size to use them as mounts.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Ice Wolf[edit]

Ice wolves are white and are found in Skyrim. The Nords of Hjaalmarch domesticated some of the largest Ice Wolves to use them as mounts, and the Reachman clans domesticated a variety known as the Karthwolf.[6] The Ice Wolves found near the White River of Skyrim are associated with the goddess Mara and the Wolf Totem of Atmora.[5]

Karthwolf[edit]

A variety of ice wolf domesticated by the Reach clans of the valley of the Karth. Some, known as Karthwolf Chargers, were bred for size and endurance to use as mounts,[6] while others, called Karthwolf Shepherds, protect their livestock and cull the weak from the herds.[5]

  • Found in: ESO

Painted Wolf[edit]

Painted Wolves are a tan-colored variety of wolf native to the rugged badlands of central Hammerfell. The Redguards of these canyon lands have bred the local Painted Wolves into large, sure-footed mounts to help them navigate the broken terrain, allowing them to go places inaccessible to the more usual camel mounts.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Plague Wolf[edit]

Plague wolves are a type of red-furred wolf found on Solstheim, known to carry diseases.

Red Pit Wolf[edit]

A large red-furred breed of wolf that were bred by the Reachmen to serve as pit fighters, usually facing off against bears or bristlebacks. The first ones trained as mounts were used by the Tyrant of Markarth's guards.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Shadowghost Pack Wolf[edit]

A black-and-white variety of wolf related to the larger, lone Shadowghost Wolves. They hunt in packs on dark nights, and make loyal pets.[5]

  • Found in: ESO

Shadowghost Wolf[edit]

A large, solitary black-and-white variety of wolf related to the smaller Shadowghost Pack Wolf, only seen on rare occasions and only in the nighttime on moors and wastelands. Some doubt whether it is even a mortal creature.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Skeletal Pack Wolf[edit]

The reanimated skeleton of a wolf, said to rise when the moons are full.[5]

  • Found in: ESO

Skeletal Wolf[edit]

The reanimated skeleton of a large wolf. The Vampire of Verkarth, King Styriche, and his Zombie Hussars of the Gray Host are said to have ridden into battle on skeletal wolves.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Snow Wolf[edit]

Snow wolves are white-colored and can be found in the far north of Tamriel. They are more resistant to frost than other wolf varieties and can cause frostbite to those they bite. The Nords of Solstheim can use their pelts to create frost resistant armor.

Timber Wolf[edit]

Timber wolves are larger and stronger wolves found in the forests of Cyrodiil. Doom wolves were originally bred from timber wolves from the southern Jerall Mountains.

Wild Hunt Wolf[edit]

Wild Hunt Wolves are living plant-like creatures that are said to have been created by Hircine meddling with the nature of wolves.[6]

  • Found in: ESO

Notes[edit]

  • Some Dwarven vamidia were constructed in the shape of wolves.
  • Conjurers are able to compel Flame and Storm Atronachs to adopt the form of wolves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skaal dialogue in Bloodmoon
  2. ^ Events of Skyrim
  3. ^ Froki Whetted-Blade's dialogue in Skyrim
  4. ^ Events of Skyrim
  5. ^ a b c d e ESO pet descriptions/Crown Store blurbs
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m ESO mount descriptions/Crown Store blurbs
  7. ^ Risi Ice-Mane's dialogue
  8. ^ Icehammer's Vault in ESO
  9. ^ Events of ESO