The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was an immensely popular game when it was released back in late 2011. Created by Bethesda Softworks LLC, this fifth installment in the series trumps all of the previous ones without a doubt. The graphics, features, and story line were all greatly improved. Game critics and players alike all agreed that it was one of the best games released that year, as it has sold more than 30 million copies since. Most people simply refer to it as ‘Skyrim’, forgetting that it was even a part of the Elder Scrolls franchise.
Since it was back then, the newest consoles on the market were the Xbox 360 and PS3, so that is what it was released on. When the next gen consoles debuted, many people were hoping that Bethesda would release a new game in the popular series, maybe even a Skyrim II. Unfortunately, that never and still never has happened. However, the next best thing did. It was re-released not too long ago as a special edition in late October of 2016, and gamers and critics worldwide rejoiced. They could finally play this revolutionary game on the newest consoles with the best technology. The consoles it came out on were the PS4 and Xbox One.
Everything remained the same when the special edition was released from the original version. It was just set-up to become compatible with the newer consoles. One thing that definitely is still prevalent in both games is easter eggs throughout the map. No, not the plastic ovals filled with candy. Easter eggs in the gaming world refer to hidden gems that have some meaning to them. Sometimes, it is intended to be funny or just plain interesting. It also gives people something to do while playing the game, as they are constantly searching for these easter eggs that are strategically placed so they are hard to find.
With Skyrim having one of the largest maps in video game history, it would take so long to find all these eggs, even if you knew where to look. If not, you would probably never find them. That’s why we created this Top 10 for you, so you can see all of the awesome hidden features Skyrim has to offer, without having to find them yourself.
Also Read: Play Skyrim Online
Overview of Skyrim
If you have never heard of Skyrim but want to learn about some interesting easter eggs, here’s a brief overview. This will make the rest of the descriptions below make much more sense. Skyrim can be defined as an open-world role-playing game. There is not only a very intricate story, which many gamers love but also free running where there are nearly endless possibilities. It has sometimes been compared to the classic board game Dungeons and Dragons.
The story revolves around a player character, who you can choose exactly who that is. There are a variety of options. Your quest is to defeat a dragon named Alduin the World-Eater who is destroying the world. This task takes a long time, as you spend a majority of the game traveling throughout Skyrim, which is the name of the province. On your travels, you spend time completing quests that can upgrade your player’s skills until you are ready to take on the dragon.
Although the story was very well written and exciting for users, that’s not the only reason why everyone fell in love with it. A great feature of the game was that it didn’t require you to stick to the story. Games like Call of Duty will require you to turn back if you wander off during campaign mode and your character will die if you don’t. Not Skyrim. Although there are always objectives, you can spend as much time as you want to roam the vast landscape, which has endless amounts of land it seems like. There are so many incredible things you can do with this, which makes it the popular game that it is. This concept is similar to the GTA games.
That’s just a brief overview; if you want to learn more about the very intricate plot of the game, check out this great article from IGN.
So, now the reason you clicked on this article for. Here are the Top 10 easter eggs from Skyrim that you probably didn’t find (in no specific order).
1. Notched Pickaxe
I’m starting off this list with the most common easter egg that a majority of players have found on their own. Even if you haven’t, it is still the easiest to find. To find this hidden feature, you have to travel to the top of the highest mountain peak, the Throat of the World. Here you will find a ‘Notched Pickaxe’ embedded in some rock. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, that is a feature from the incredibly popular game Minecraft, and it was actually created by one of Minecraft’s founders, Markus Persson.
This is definitely my favorite on the list, as it really shows just how much time went into creating this game. Throughout your travels, you will come across many books, which you can read if you want. Many people may just assume that they are blank, and a few of them are, like a book from a blind character. However, there are literally hundreds of fully written books throughout this game that has pages upon pages of stories. It’s pretty crazy to think about that a video game would have hours upon hours of readable books in their game. Don’t believe me? Check out this article which has every single book in full writing.
3. The Thieve’s Guild Mark
The Thieve’s Guild is just another group of travelers that you come across in the game, and they have a set of symbols that denote them. On almost any building (not all) there will be one of their symbols hidden in some way. You can see from the picture above what that may look like. It’s very entertaining to try to find these marks on any building you encounter.
4. The Headless Horseman
One of many iconic characters you may find in this game, the Headless Horsemen can be found at any place in the map, riding his horse at tremendous speeds. He can be hard to locate, but if you find and follow him, his final destination is at Hamvir’s Rest, you can find a coffin with a helmeted skull. One of the creepier parts of the game.
5. Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland
Like I said, there are many famous characters that pop up and this is one of the most interesting and funniest. You will encounter him in a quest when you will have to search for Sheogorath, “The Lord of Madness”. Sheogorath turn out to be a resemblance of the Mad Hatter, as he has many of the same mannerisms and he hosts a tea party in the forest.
6. King Arthur’s Excalibur
Besides just other characters, there are also easter eggs with mythical and historical references. A steel sword can be seen amidst a pile of rocks in a place called Rebel’s Cairn, sticking out of the ground just like the legend of King Arthur. Just like that as well, the sword is impossible to remove.
7. Dead Dragons
Throughout your quests, you will be tasked with slaying dragons and you will see many. However, very rarely you will find a dead dragon, which is just a skeleton laying on the ground. This an interesting feature if you happen to come across it.
8. Ride an Invincible Dragon
Speaking of dragons, you have the ability to ride dragons numerous times during the game, but many times they turn on you or die. If you travel to the Throat of the World, you can summon a personal dragon to the ground and you can travel with him wherever you go. Best of all, he can’t die and he will never turn on you. To do this, you just need a special shout that can be found in a book.
9. Steps of High Hrothgar
If you walked up the steps to High Hrothgar to the top you will pass 10 etched tables. Most people just ignore them, but if you activate them all, you won’t be attacked by any animals for 24 hours, and that’s real time, not game time.
The last easter egg I’ll go over has to do with a minute detail involving mammoths that you may see. Mammoths that are controlled by giants will have markings on their tusks, while ones that are free to roam will have nothing. This is just a little unique feature to help you tell these mammoths apart.
A big reason why Skyrim is so popular is that it is one of the most detailed games in history, and that means there are definitely gonna be a plethora of easter eggs. There are so many easter eggs hidden in this game that a Top 10 list barely even scratches the surface. Most games may have 10 if they are lucky, but due to Skyrim’s intricate details, there may even be some that no one has found yet. I hope this article opened you up to a whole new world of Skyrim, so now you can spend time in the game looking for these hidden features, which may help you succeed in the game even more.
Do you know of any other cool easter eggs in Skyrim that I missed? Leave a comment below explaining it!