Giants DO Respawn in Skyrim! Here’s How Long You Need to Wait

how long does it takes for giants to respawn

It’s hard not to notice all the giants dotting the landscape of Skyrim. The players spend the early portions of the game avoiding them due to their potential to end their adventurer’s career, and the latter portion of the game is spent looting them since the players are finally strong enough to kill them. Still, even though giants are generally quite common, many players are interested in whether they respawn after they are killed. 

Giants in Skyrim respawn after ten in-game days if their camp hasn’t been marked as cleared or 30 in-game days if it’s been marked as cleared. The respawn timer of giants is not dependent on the mob. Rather it depends on whether you’ve previously killed the “boss” of a specific giant camp.  

Now that we’ve covered the respawn timers for giants, it’s time to analyze the mobs in a bit more detail. If you want to find out more about these interesting creatures, stay with us and keep reading!

Giants can usually be found around their camps 

One of the first things players have to make sure of when starting a new game is to avoid giants. You see, giants are different compared to most mobs in Skyrim because they do not level with you; they are, by default, set to level 32, no matter what level you are. 

Facing a level 32 giant while you’re merely a level 7 Dragonborn sounds like a surefire recipe to be catapulted into space by their formidable clubs. Still, it’s easy to avoid them once you start noticing the telltale signs of giant activity in the area, and those are tribal markings of the rocks, giant bonfires, mammoths, and giant sacks of mammoth cheese.

Giant at giants camp

There is a correlation between mammoth activity and giant activity in certain areas, as the giants can often be seen herding them and will react aggressively toward the player if the player injures or lingers too long around their mammoths. 

Giants are generally not aggressive and will give you a few warning signs before they attack you. If you want to avoid being attacked by a giant at lower levels, you need to take several things into consideration. 

  1. Mammoths are generally not aggressive and will give you a few warning signs before they attack you. 
  2. Don’t linger too long while you’re in the giant’s camp.
  3. Don’t try to loot things that belong to giants. They will become instantly aggressive and will attack.
  4. Don’t go too close to mammoths, even if the giant is not around. Also, don’t stick around them for long.
  5. Don’t injure mammoths. Any attack on mammoths is seen as a sign of aggression toward the giant himself. 
  6. Even if you encounter a giant in the wilderness and you’re not technically in his camp, make sure to move at a safe distance away from him. 
tribal markings rock giant camp
Giants love decorating rocks

If you’re trying to avoid giants at lower levels, it’s best to be careful while you’re exploring Whiterun Hold and Eastmarch Hold. Due to their specific geographical features like mild climate, tall grasses, and the vicinity of volcanic hotspots, giants prefer to make their camps in these holds. Dawnstar Hold is likewise littered with giant camps, but the camps are easy to spot due to the presence of snow. 


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Giants in Skyrim respawn just like any other mob

Giants respawn every ten days of in-game time if their location hasn’t been marked as cleared on your map. This translates to exactly 12 hours in real life. If you’ve previously killed the “boss” giant and cleared its camp, in that case, it will take at least 30 in-game days for giants to respawn, which equals 36 real-life hours. This, of course, does not take into account fast traveling and waiting, which significantly shortens the duration of Skyrim’s day and night cycle. 

Giants, like most other mobs in the game, have respawn cycles tied to their locations; in this case, these are giant camps. Bear in mind, however, that if you visit the giant’s camp before the cell has respawned, the timer will reset, and this will prolong the time needed for giants to respawn, so the times we’ve stated above are the default times if you don’t reset the timers by wandering into certain areas too often. 

A mammoth

Mammoths respawn according to the same schedule as giants, as it’s often impossible to engage giants in combat and leave mammoths unharmed and vice versa. 

Giant camps are a good source of loot 

Most giant camps have at least one leveled boss chest. This chest alone is worth the trouble if you’re stealthy enough to avoid confrontation with giants. 

Giants themselves drop valuable loot as well. They drop giant’s toes, valuable alchemical ingredients that are used to create the most expensive potions in the game with the most potent effects and longest duration. They are also a good source of leveled enchanted gear and expensive miscellaneous loot that weighs little but is worth a lot of gold, like gems. 


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Mammoths themselves are a good source of mammoth parts as each mammoth drops 1x mammoth tusk, most notably used to create Summon Storm Atronach spell tome at the Atronach forge, and mammoth snout, a good source of food. 

boss chest at giant camp

If you want to maximize your profits from the boss chest alone, I recommend that you use stealth to loot the boss chest in the giant camp and avoid killing the giants. Killing the giants will mark the locations as cleared, and thus it will take a lot longer for all things inside the camp to respawn, including the boss chest. Looting only the chest and leaving giants alive will keep the respawn timer at ten in-game days, and you will be able to loot the chest more often. 

Starfield Beats Skyrim’s “Concurrent Players Record,” but the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Starfield surpasses Skyrims concurrent player count

Bethesda’s most recent launch of Starfield promised to be the largest in the company’s history, just like the massive game itself. Even though the developers were criticized for some exploration aspects of the game, to put it plainly, lack of things to do on some planets and lack of diversity on the planets in general, the launch did manage to surpass another legendary game from Bethesda’s repertoire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim turns 12 years old in just a few short months, and around 12 years ago, it registered the peak concurrent players count of 287,411, according to SteamDB. Starfield managed to surpass that number a few times now, as 13 hours ago, the game registered a peak concurrent player count of 330,723 players in the game. 

Starfield playercount

Although the peak seems humble when compared to some other games, it’s important to note that Steam is not the only platform on which the game was released on. Due to lucrative deals, many players instead opted out to try out the game on Microsoft’s Game Pass, so what we’re seeing on Steam is a far cry from the real number of players. 

Starfield also hadn’t managed to dethrone Bethesda’s other giant, Fallout 4. At one point 8 years ago, the game registered an all-time peak of 472,962 concurrent players, as the interest in the game was enormous.

Starfield’s number look humble, at least on Steam, but it’s important to take into account that the franchise is also rather new, and players really don’t know what to expect considering an overwhelming amount of both positive reviews and criticism of some of the game aspect’s that were supposedly overhyped. 


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In any case, we don’t expect Starfield to fall off the radar anytime soon. The developers have announced the release of modding tools, scheduled to launch sometime in 2024. Even in the absence of official modding tools, its modding community is thriving, with thousands of mods already uploaded and ready to improve the game in several aspects that the players found lacking.

One thing that ensures the longevity of most Bethesda games is its modding fanbase, and we have no doubt that Starfield will see some drastic unofficial upgrades in the next several months and, due to them, perhaps even dethrone Fallout 4. 

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5+ Years Away & Might Not Be Available on PlayStation, Says Microsoft’s Mike Spencer

The Elder Scrolls VI Is Still 5 Years Away Might Not Be Available on PlayStation Says Microsofots Mike Spencer

It’s been 11 and a half years since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released, and despite the game being re-released numerous times and content being added both officially and through the modding community, fans are eagerly awaiting tidbits of news regarding the so-far unnamed sixth installment in the franchise.

Bad news came last week when during the Activision Blizzard FTC Trial, Microsoft’s Mike Spencer announced that the game might still be 5+ years away. 

In December of last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its intention to block Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a deal worth $68.7 billion. Recently, a federal court in California issued a temporary restraining order, as requested by the FTC, which effectively halts the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal for the time being.

Last week, the FTC was seeking a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. If successful, it would prevent the completion of the acquisition while the FTC conducts its review of the transaction’s compliance with U.S. antitrust laws.


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The granting of a preliminary injunction would have a significant impact on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s plans, potentially even jeopardizing the deal. The acquisition was initially expected to close by July 18, 2023. If the injunction is imposed, the parties would either have to renegotiate or face the possibility of the deal falling through.

An evidentiary hearing between Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and the FTC is scheduled for August 2, which is after the upcoming deadline in July.

During the hearing, Mike Spencer mentioned the probable Elder Scrolls VI release window 

“It’s many years away, but it’s a game we have announced we would begin working on. “I think we’ve been a little unclear on what platforms it will launch on, given how far out the game is. It’s difficult for us right now to nail down exactly what platforms that game will launch on.”


“As I said with Elder Scrolls 6, it’s so far out it’s hard to understand what the platforms will even be at this point. It’s the same team that’s finishing Starfield, which comes out this September. So we’re talking about it being likely five-plus years away.”

Spencer’s words did little to quell the worry that Bethesda’s most famous franchise won’t be available on Play Station, and the fans that once welcomed healthy competition in the form of PS exclusives are now calling for fairer release practices. 

In any case, considering everything we’ve heard, there’s going to be quite some time before we hear & see anything solid related to Elder Scrolls VI. 

Bethesda is usually delaying its flagship IP as long as possible to ensure the best experience possible for fans, and considering the probable scope of the game and technologies involved in making it; it’s not surprising that the game is taking so long. 

How Do You Use the Investor Perk in Skyrim?

how to use investor perk in Skyrim

A significant part of Skyrim’s gameplay revolves around its economy, and economy, in turn, is mostly influenced by your speech skill that can, when raised enough, help you accumulate quite the wealth. One of the most important speechcraft perks you can acquire is the so-called “Investor” perk, but some players have trouble utilizing this perk to the fullest due to the various bugs. So, we created this guide to explain how to use the “Investor” perk effectively in Skyrim. 

Investor perk will allow you to invest 500 gold in merchants to raise their overall gold available for bartering by 500 gold. All you need to do is navigate to the “I want to invest in your business” option while you are navigating through the dialogue options. However, You should consider that some merchants are affected by a bug that allows you to invest in their store for an infinite amount of times without ever remembering that you already invested in them. Their overall gold, however, will never increase. 

Now that we’ve covered how to use the investor perks, it’s time to analyze it in a bit more detail. If you’re interested in how to unlock the perk and how to utilize it the best, stay with us and keep reading!

What speech level do you need to be to unlock Investor perk? 

Generally, you will level speech every time you trade with the merchants or interact with other NPCs via special dialogue options such as bribe, threaten, etc., and it shouldn’t be too hard to max out speech in the mid-game, as there are various effective guides on how to do it. But luckily for you, you don’t have to be a master level in speech to unlock the Investor Perk. You just need to spend a lot of points in the skill tree and be fairly proficient at it. 

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You can unlock the Investor perk as soon as you hit level 70 in speech, and if you’ve previously unlocked the “Merchant” perk, that allows you to sell any type of item to any kind of merchant. This is among the most useful perks in the tree, so generally, everybody who decides to orient their character to, well, the speech will strive to get this perk as soon as possible. It makes flipping goods faster than usual, but it also causes your “go-to” merchants to be drained of funds relatively quickly, and this is where the Investor perk comes on. 

What does Investor perk do & how to use it? 

Investor perk allows you to invest 500 gold in merchants that can be found all over Skyrim. The perk is not limited to a type of merchant since you can invest in alchemists, smiths, or general merchants. It really doesn’t matter as long as the merchant in question is not affected by a bug. You can find a list of all investable merchants here, but keep in mind that the bugs that affect various merchants can be fixed with the Unofficial Skyrim Patch at any given time.

As soon as you activate the perk, the first time you wander into a shop and activate the dialogue with the merchant, you will get the following choice “I would like to invest in your business.” As soon as you click on that line, the money will be subtracted from your inventory immediately, and the merchant’s gold will be raised by that amount (500 gold). 

It’s a pretty useful perk to have, but most people are just not willing to invest in it early on in the game. Luckily the legendary skills allow you to acquire all perks eventually if you’re persistent enough and willing to grind. 

You can invest only once in any given merchant.

Bugs that affect the Investor perk 

Most of the players get confused by the perk since the option to invest is not present for at least 1/3 of the game’s merchants, and it’s mostly due to random bugs affecting them. So if the option to invest is missing, there is a really large chance that the merchant in question is simply “un-investable” due to a bug and not by design. You can resolve most of those issues by using various unofficial patches. 

Some bugs are more bizarre in nature, like the one affecting Angeline Morrard in Angeline’s Aromatics. This apothecary will allow you to invest in its store endlessly; as long as you have the funds, the merchant seemingly forgets about it, but, there’s a catch, her base gold will never rise. It will always stay at the pre-investment levels, which results in all your investments being lost forever.


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It’s probably best to avoid investing in Angeline if you don’t plan on installing the Unofficial Patch. 

Ghorza gra-Bagol, an orc smith that can be found near Understone Keep, has the option to invest in her, but the only dialogue option is to refuse the investment making it impossible to raise her standard gold by 500. 

You can install Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch to fix this bug, or you can simply “dispose” of Ghorza and wait for her apprentice, Tacitus Sallustius, to take over the store. In this case, you should be able to invest in the store without any issues. 

What is the difference between the Investor perk and Master Trader perk? 

Both the Investor perk and Master Trader perk allow you to raise the standard gold of merchants in Skyrim by 500 and 1000 gold, respectively, but there are some differences between the two perks. Namely, the Master Trader perk is significantly harder to acquire because it requires you to be level 100 in speech and it requires you to have almost all other prior perks activated. 

master trader perk skyrim

Master Trader perk will also add 1000 gold to all merchants, but it doesn’t require you to invest your own gold in traders. The game does it automatically, meaning it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s a useful perk to have, and it will allow you to accumulate wealth rapidly, but it might take some time for you to get there, and most players don’t want to prioritize speech in early or mid-game.

And by the time you are ready to invest all those points in speech, you might already be rich beyond your wildest dreams, so the perk might appear to be useless.