Werewolves are powerful enemies in Skyrim with strong attacks and great movement speed, but you don’t always need to see them as enemies. Players can harness the powers of werewolves and use this strength for themselves. This is a smart move for any player who wants to add more than just magic or weapons to their arsenal.
There is only one way to become a werewolf in Skyrim, and that is through the Companions quest line. To start this quest, you must travel to the Companions’ home, Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun. After joining The Companions and continuing through their quest, the Dragonborn will join the Circle. During your initiation to the Circle, you will become a werewolf yourself and gain all of the strength of the wolf’s blood.
Along with strong attacks, werewolves are immune to disease and vampirism. On the negative side, you will not gain any bonus from sleeping. Most NPCs will attack werewolves on sight, and you will gain a 1000-gold bounty for transforming in a hold. If you want to become stronger as a werewolf, the Dawngaurd DLC adds a whole new skill tree. If players decide to become a vampire in this questline, they will lose their ability to transform into a werewolf. This can be reverted by talking to Aela the Huntress in Jorrvaskr.
Another benefit that players can gain is through the Daedric Prince quest “Ill Met by Moonlight”. This quest begins in Falkreath while seeing a funeral service at the graveyard. After completing steps to help Sinding, the player will be given the option to either kill Sinding or save him. If the player chooses to save him they will be awarded the Ring of Hircine, the Daedric Prince of the hunt. With this ring, werewolves will have unlimited transformations. Without this ring, players can only activate ‘Beast Form’ once per day.
While the blood of the wolf is endearing, players should know that anyone with lycanthropy will not live on in Sovngarde once they die. Instead, they will join Hircine in the eternal hunting grounds. Whether you keep the blood until you die is your choice. Either way, good hunting.