Skyrim: How to Kill Giants? Best Approach & Weaknesses

How To Kill Giants in Skyrim Best Approach and Weaknesses

Giants are among the most formidable enemies in Skyrim, especially when you’re at the beginning of your journey at a low level. Just one blow from giant’s club can launch you so far up in the sky you’re going to be able to touch Masser and Secunda, and don’t even get me started on Mammoths, who will most likely join the fight on the side of their masters. Due to this, we’ve decided to put together this guide and bring you the best strategies to deal with giants, both on low levels and later in the game. 

If you’re going up against giant at the start of the game, run

kite giant

Generally, fighting giants at lower levels is not a good idea, and it has everything to do with leveling. Giants don’t scale like most of the enemies you might encounter in Skyrim, and they are always level 32, mammoths being level 38. Due to this, your chances of defeating one early in the game are slim at best. 

If you encounter a giant early on, your best strategy is to be a coward and run. If you are an experienced player looking for a challenge, you won’t be reading this guide. 

If you’re a player who wants to test his abilities, then your best bet is to avoid the giant’s blows. Yes, I know, this is the general idea when it comes to all types of combat against all types of enemies in the game, but Giants have one “giant” weakness, they are rather slow, so you don’t have to be particularly skilled and dodging to simply avoid the club. 

Giants are afraid of water, use this to your advantage 

Giants can be found in almost all corners of Skyrim, but they usually like to stick where the climate is nicest, with plenty of tall grasses for their mammoths to feed on. One place you will never encounter a giant, however, is water. If you manage to position yourself correctly in the water, you might keep the giant’s aggro long enough to deal the killing blow to it, and at the same time, you should be out of the giant’s reach. Please keep in mind, however, that staying in water far enough or long enough will result in the giant simply going away, losing aggro, so it’s important to position yourself correctly. 

It’s difficult to rag-doll giants, but not impossible. 

ragdol giant cyclone

We’ve already mentioned that giants are slow, so every single spell or shout that you can use to your advantage will help. Giants are especially slow when they are recovering from being rag-dolled, giving you enough time to land a couple of good well-timed blows. Use the Unrelenting Force shout or the Cyclone shout added by Dragonborn expansion. The more words you have in every shout, the better your odds of ragdolling a giant are. 


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Use ice-based magic to slow down giants even further 

frost giants magic

One of the most successful strategies when it comes to dealing with giants is to kite them and deal them damage while they are trying to reach you. Due to this, ice-based spells might come in handy due to their known effect on slowing down targets. 

A mage can position himself just far enough from the giant to kite him successfully and slow him down further with the use of spells like Frostbite, Freeze, Frost Rune, and the like. 

If you have a Deep Freeze perk active, there are some additional chances to paralyze or knock down the giant completely and slow him down even further. Mages are squishy, yes, and the giant is probably able to one-shot them, depending on the player’s level, but mages are also among the most well-equipped characters in the game to deal with giants due to their relatively long range and a plethora of spells and effects that will slow down giants even further. 

Turn the mammoths against giants 

mammoths attacking giants

Giants and mammoths can often be seen around each other, which makes this encounter even deadlier. Mammoths are capped at level 38 and, in some instances, can be proven to be deadlier than giants themselves. If you attack a giant, there’s only a small chance that the mammoth will not attack you back since they have a tendency to aid their masters in combat and can, in some instances, be aggressive toward you even if the giant is not around. There are spells that allow you to take command of certain NPCs and creatures. Sadly, they don’t work on them due to relatively high mammoth levels. What works, however, is Animal Allegiance shout. 

You can use Animal Allegiance to turn mammoths against giants for a time once you use mammoths to defeat giants and dispatch them quickly. Now, when the shout wears off, you can deal with the mammoth alone, or run away, whatever suits you best. 

Use the terrain against giants 

giant kite

Due to their big size and slow movements, there are some areas of the map that are inaccessible to giants. We’ve already mentioned kiting the giants. It’s an extremely easy strategy to take them down if you utilize high rocks and nearby cliffs. You can likewise use doorways and tunnel entrances to kite them since those areas are physically too small to fit a giant through, and you can mostly focus on lowering their health, no matter how long it takes since they can’t reach you. 


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Vampires and Werewolves are equipped to deal with giants 

No matter whether you prefer being a Vampire Lord or a werewolf, both forms are well-equipped to deal with giants. A werewolf can use their moving and sprinting power attacks to rag-doll giants. In some instances, even a single sprinting power attack might prove lethal for a giant on lower levels than you would have expected.

Vampire Lords can utilize the Vampiric Grip spell to pull giants, incapacitate them and choke them from a distance. However, there is a perk requirement for Vampiric Grip, and it’s Power of the Grave perk. Still, the spell is highly effective against giants, even at lower levels. 

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. 

investor perk skyrim


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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.