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Sabertooth Tiger[edit]

A sabertooth tiger

A dangerous animal commonly found around the Iliac Bay. It attacks with its very long incisors and front paws.[1] Nobility sometimes train them as house pets.[2]

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Sabre Cat[edit]

A sabre cat

Sabre Cats are large, powerful, and fast cats that have evolved two dangerously sharp front teeth. They are very dangerous and will attack wildlife and people without hesitation, often ignoring the former in favor of the latter. They're found in the wilds of Skyrim. Khajiit legend states that the sabre cats were once the Rhojiit, Khajiit warriors who fought for Alkosh at the Battle of Red Mountain. Snowy sabre cats are found in the frosty high elevations of Skyrim, and vale sabre cats can be seen in the Forgotten Vale.

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A salamander

Salamanders are large, dangerous amphibians found in tropical regions such as Summerset, Murkmire and Southern Elsweyr.[3] They attack using their long tongues and tails.[4] They also defend themselves with intense elemental magic.[4][5] Some salamanders have a knack for one particular brand of elemental magic. It's not too unusual to find a salamander that is talented primarily in producing natural shock, flame or frost magic instead of utilizing all three in equal measure.[6][7] The toxin skin salamander is a breed that relies on venom instead of magic.[8] Scholars studying arcane husbandry have learned of Ayleid rituals that grant luminescent qualities to common salamanders.[9]

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A Sandroach

A desert dwelling arthropod that lives in Craglorn and northern Elsweyr.[10]

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Satyrs inhabited the forests of Valenwood prior to the arrival of the Aldmer to the province.[11]

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A scalon

Scalons (or Scalon) are large aquatic humanoids native to the Shivering Isles. Naturally, they are commonly found near water, occasionally leaping from the water and attacking. They can also become invisible.


A scamp

One of the lesser sentient Daedra of Oblivion, Scamps often enter into the mortal world to cause mischief and carry out errands for their Princes. They are weak, rather unintelligent, and cowardly, and are easily defeated except in large numbers. They are most commonly associated with Mehrunes Dagon, though they serve a wide variety of Princes.

Scarecrow Spectre[edit]

A Scarecrow Spectre

Scarecrow Spectres are scarecrows animated by a ghost. They are created by hedge wizards during the Witches' Festival, a holiday that takes place on the 13th of Frostfall each year. The dark magic involved in their creation is thought to be related to the spells that transform spriggans into lurchers.

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A scorpion

Common scorpions can be found in the desert. They have venomous stingers. See also: Giant Scorpion.

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A scrib

Scribs, also known as squibs or kwama scribs, are the larval form of the Kwama. They are not very aggressive, but can paralyze attackers.

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A scuttler

The scuttler is a bipedal reptile roughly the size of a housecat. They eat insects and groundworms. Scuttlers are not related to the guar or alit, as they have completely different reproductive systems. Oddly, they are more similar to cliff racers. They are often kept as pets throughout Tamriel.[12]

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Sea Giant[edit]

A Sea Giant

Sea Giants are a species of giant with silvery blue skin that is rarely seen on Tamriel. They're perceived as smarter and more malicious than Giants that dwell on land. Sea Giants are rare enough to be creatures of legend, and have appeared in Nord maritime tales dating back to the First Era. Little is known about their culture and behavior. They are capable of speech, and have been witnessed speaking their own language as well as common Tamrielic dialects. Sailors have claimed to witness Sea Giant vessels in the frozen wastes of the Sea of Ghosts. These ships are the size of islands, and are armed with jagged spears. However, these accounts are considered to be widely exaggerated. They allegedly only make landfall during the coldest winters, and never stay for long. They slaughter and pillage, then vanish in the ice and fog.

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A Seagull

A bird found along Tamriel's coasts. Their feathers are used in pillows and quills.[13]


A seducer

A daedra associated with Nocturnal, often depicted as a scantily clad woman. See also: Daedra Seducer, Dark Seducer

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A seeker

Seekers are grotesque tentacled daedra. They are servants of Hermaeus Mora, usually guarding tomes of forbidden knowledge.[14] Seekers have the power to banish prey with sound attacks. They are rarely seen outside the Apocrypha. They have the ability to drain their prey's energy, vitality and magicka.[15] The Seeker can also drain knowledge from unfortunate mortals who cross its path.[16] While they appear bestial and imposing, they are not unintelligent. Mortals who are lucky enough to pass by a Seeker without invoking its ire may witness them reading one of the many tomes Apocrypha has to offer.[17] A journal of Morian Zenas about Apocrypha notes that seekers would converse with other Daedra in the realm, usually talking about the mage himself and Mora's intentions. [18] During the second era, there was a group of Hermaeus Mora worshippers who were known as Seekers, what connection to the Daedra of the same name if any, is unknown.[19]

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A Senche-Leopard, a type of Senche-Cat

Senche-Cats, also known as senche, are large, quadrupedal felines found in Elsweyr and Valenwood. Subspecies include senche-tigers, senche-panthers and senche-lions. The term "Senche" is also used to describe the Khajiiti Senche and Senche-Raht furstocks, but they are not actually related.

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Sep Adder[edit]

A sep adder in Abah's Landing

Sep Adders (also known as Sep Vipers) are venomous winged snakes most commonly seen with brown scales and crimson eyes. While they are commonly seen in southern Hammerfell, particularly on the Hew's Bane peninsula, they also been witnessed in northern Elsweyr. Despite being winged, the Sep Adder cannot fly but can use them to glide short distances. They have also been observed to use their wings in threat displays and to shade their heads from the sun. The diet of the Sep Adder is varied as they have been observed to eat both insects and fish as well as small rodents, they are constantly on the hunt and are capable of pouncing on prey from a great distance. However, they are also edible and are described as being easy to "skin and cook", akin to a chicken.

Sep adders are often described as having a mean temperament and short tempers, like badgers in snake-form. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to tame these reptiles as pets. Other than the common Sep Adder, there are a few known subspecies; the Cobalt Sep Adder is rarely seen in captivity but is prized amongst the Hammerfell nobility for its rumored ability to be able to detect poison in drinks and food.. Another variety, the orange-scaled Infernal Sep Adder, is known to inhabit the high altitudes regions of Hammerfell.

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Divayth Fyr's Shadow

Sentient shadows are the result of Nocturnal's shadow magic ripping a victim's shadow from their body and giving it sentience. Victims describe feeling a chill before their shadows are separated from them and then often the shadow turns on its former owner and may attempt to murder them or even may take their place. Shadows are a vital part of a person's animus and the victim is severely weakened and should they not reabsorb their shadow and instead destroy it, the victim will permanently lose some of their power. The most powerful beings such as those of the Psjiic Order, powerful mages such as Divayth Fyr, or even gods such as Sotha Sil can have their shadows ripped out of them. They have been shown to show intelligence and can even assume a person's role as seen in the second era where Sotha Sil's shadow took his place, although they are observed to be colder and more arrogant than their actual counterparts. Shadows have a weakness to light sources.[20]

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Shadow Atronach[edit]

A shadow atronach summoned in the shape of a senche

Shadow Atronachs are a type of elemental that, like other atronach varieties, can be summoned by a conjurer.

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A shalk

Shalks are large, occasionally aggressive beetles which attack by spitting fire. They also bite attackers with their sharp mandibles, and can pack a bit more power into the maneuver by producing flames as they bite. Despite the danger, they are herded by the Dunmer of Deshaan for their prized meat, resin, and carapaces. They are native to mainland Morrowind near the base of Ash Mountain, as well as Vvardenfell. They tend to congregate near lava.

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A shambles

The Shambles appear to be some sort of undead construct made of bone and lashed together with wire or bits of cloth, often haphazardly. They detonate a magical ice bomb on death.


Shearteeth are a type of fish found in the Sump on Umbriel. They are described as having a "maw full of teeth". They can reach at least fifteen feet long and have long whip-like tails, dual swimming fins on the underside, teeth that "would shame a shark", and a tough hide. They are usually non-aggressive to Skraws but will attack if the sump considers someone an intruder.


A sheep

Sheep are domestic livestock found on farms and sheepfolds. They are very docile and produce wool. Male sheep are called rams, and have horns. People who farm sheep are called shepherds. Sheep are easy prey for bears and other predators. Occasionally, shepherds need to take precautions to protect their flock. Shepherds are known for making cheese out of sheep's milk. Sheep cheese is described as having a sharp, startling odor. They can also be raised for mutton.

Their wool can be used to make a variety of products, including blankets, carpets, flags, and clothes. Wool is an insulator, making it an excellent material for products that allow citizens to handle hot food and utensils. It is also soft, making it excellent for filling soft pillows. The Bosmer use wool in their clothing, as this is in compliance with the Green Pact. Harpy down can be spun with fine wool to make a sturdy material for mages' robes.

During an annual competition in Windhelm, horse-sized rams from the Yorgrim River are ridden by contestants up and then down a mountain at top speeds, bareback and without falling off. The rams bred for this purpose are massive, and often toss riders off their backs purposefully during the competition. Many believe that the rams choose their riders because of this.

In 3E 433, a group of pirates ran a sheep smuggling operation out of Leyawiin before being forced to relocate to Anvil.

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A shellbug

A rare giant insect found underground in the Forgotten Vale of Skyrim. Shellbug chitin is very hard, making it ideal for use in crafting armor. Harvesting the chitin requires the use of a pickaxe, with repeated mining of the shell causing its death.

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Shroom Beetle[edit]

A shroom beetle

Large fungus-encrusted insectoid creatures that can be found on the island of Vvardenfell and in Murkmire. Various varieties exist and among them are what seems to be the most common type of shroom beetle, the Ruby Shroom Shalk, a red shroom beetle and a popular house pet on the Telvanni Coast.[21] The Blue-Cap Shroom Shalk, a blue shroom beetle and it is said to bring calm and serenity to the Dunmeri home.[22] The Gold-Cap Shroom Shalk, a yellow shroom beetle and preferred by bankers for symbolic reasons.[23] Some historians theorize that Shroom Beetles may have originated from Black Marsh as a result of the Dark Elves raiding Black Marsh for thousands of years in an effort to bring back things they deemed valuable, such as slave labor, livestock, and critters.[24]

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Silt Hopper[edit]

Two silt hoppers

Giant arthropods that are smaller than silt striders, or are possibly just the young of said creature. Used as a means of transport in Morrowind by the Ashlanders.

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Silt Strider[edit]

A silt strider

Giant arthropods, which can be up to 60 feet tall. Used as a means of transport in Vvardenfell by manipulating exposed organs and tissues. It is said that their numbers dwindled due to the Red Year, when the eruption of the Red Mountain killed most of them and destroyed their native habitat.

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A Skaafin masquer

A variety of humanoid Daedra with yellow skin that serve Clavicus Vile. Barbas brought a number of Skaafin to Vvardenfell in 2E 582 to aid him in his plot to steal Vivec's power in order to locate and enter Sotha Sil's Clockwork City.

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A skavenger

A small rodent. Skavengers are larger than rats, but smaller than skeevers.[25] Cats can be kept around to cull them.[26] They are a common sight in Craglorn, Summerset, Elsweyr and some parts of Vvardenfell.

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A skeever

The Skeever is a large rat-like creature that is commonly found in Skyrim, but can be found all throughout Tamriel. Unlike the common rat, the skeever is more feral and are prone to carry more diseases, such as Ataxia. But while they are known as pests, the skeever is actually one of the largest-known food sources for the entire continent. It is a popular prey for larger creatures but it is very common to find cooked skeever in a campfire. The skeever's tail is a common alchemical recipe for poisons, all the while, a charred skeever's hide provides all sorts of solutions for a potion, such as the ability to cure diseases. The skeever is the namesake of the Skeevera order, a classification for rodents in Tamriel. Other known members of this category include the common rat and the rabbit.

  • Variations: Venomfang Skeever
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Skein Beetle[edit]

A skein beetle

Skein Beetles are Daedric imitations of Nirn's beetles. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Mephala. They are said to use their pointed proboscis to drain a victim of their blood.[27]

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Skein Scorpion[edit]

A Skein scorpion

Skein Scorpions are Daedric imitations of Nirn's scorpion counterparts. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Mephala. They are the preferred companion of Deathweavers, the Knights of the Spider Cult.[28]

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Skein Spider[edit]

A Skein spider

Skein Spiders are Daedric imitations of Nirn's spider counterparts. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Mephala, often being summoned by her Spiderkith minions. They are the most common denizen of the Spiral Skein and can be fiercely loyal pets.[29]

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Skein Wasp[edit]

A Skein wasp

Skein Wasps are Daedric imitations of Nirn's wasp counterparts. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Mephala.

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A skeleton

Skeletons are a form of Undead consisting of the reanimated bones of the dead. They're often found protecting the dungeons, forts and ruins of Tamriel. Many varieties of animated skeletons exist, some stronger than others. Skeletons have a certain resistance to edged weapons and frost spells. Though the skeletons of humans and elves are generally the same, Orcs have different skulls due to the tusks on their lower jaw, and beast races such as Argonians and Khajiit have different skulls overall.

Skinned Hound[edit]

A skinned hound

Swift, agile zombified wolves stripped of flesh and fur. They are immune to poison.[30] Bonewolves and Death Hounds are similar creatures.


A snake

Standard snakes are often seen slithering in grass. Snake charmers keep them as pets, training them to dance to their music.

They can be hunted for their meat. Pukta snake covered in honey and then roasted is a simple Argonian dish.[31]

See also: Giant Snake

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Snow Fox[edit]

A snow fox

A small, white furred variety of Fox that can be encountered in the colder regions of Skyrim. Rabbits are one of their favorite prey. Some are kept as pets by Skyrim's inhabitants Their pelts are often sold by hunters and are considered more valuable than those of regular foxes.

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Snow Wolf[edit]

A snow wolf

A rare, powerful type of wolf which freezes its prey with ice magic. The Nords of Solstheim can use their pelts to create frost resistant armor. See also: Ice Wolf

Snowy Sabre Cat[edit]

A snowy sabre cat

Snowy Sabre Cats are large, hostile cats with sizable teeth. They are very dangerous and will attack wildlife and people without hesitation, often ignoring the former in favor of the latter. They're found in the wilds of Skyrim. Snowy Sabre Cats carry a disease called Witbane. See also: Sabre Cat, Vale Sabre Cat

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A Snowray

Snowrays are a green variant of terrestrial rays, flying creatures that closely resemble the more well-known aquatic rays. They are dangerous opponents and are often found in icy areas such as glaciers. See also: Shadowray

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Spectral Mud Crab[edit]

Spectral mud crab

The spirit of a Mudcrab. Can only be found in Gaiar Alata. Known to hoard enchanted items.

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Concept Art of the Sphinx (Right)

The Sphinx is a mythical creature that has been associated with the province of Elsweyr. The nature of these creatures are unknown, or what time period they come from. There have been two known sphinxes in history, the Sphinx of Gazia, Agamanus, who has a temple made in their honor. The other was the Sphinx of Canus, Igon.[32] In Elsweyr's northwest border is Fort Sphinxmoth, which is named after the mythical creature. It is meant to safeguard the border region of Reaper's March. There is a type of common cat called the Sphynx, a hairless cat that is popular with some nobles.[33]

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A spider

The giant spider is a dangerous foe, not only for its damaging attack, but as it can also paralyze its victim so it can feed on them later. Large Frostbite Spiders are known to live in the caves and forests of Skyrim.

  • Variations: Cave Spider, Spider Guardian, Spider Savager, Diamond Spider Queen, Skein Spider

Spider Daedra[edit]

A Spider Daedra

Also called Perthan, these Daedra appear as giant spiders with human torsos, and are associated with Mephala. They are so unruly and irrational that not even Mephala's worshippers will often summon them, for fear that they will disobey orders. They are some of the more powerful Daedra, with formidable melee and spellcasting ability. They can summon Spiderlings to aid them in battle.


A Spiderkith

Spiderkith are intelligent humanoid Daedra that serve Mephala. They have webbed skin that appears almost desiccated. Their veins glow dull red beneath their skin. Their skin can range in color from navy to red. Red-skinned spiderkith have glowing red eyes, while darker spiderkith have dull, empty grey eyes. Few known spiderkith have skin that is black like charcoal. Some spiderkith have hair white and grey in color, but many do not.

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A spiderling

A lesser Daedra that can be summoned by spider daedra to paralyze opponents.

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A spriggan

Spriggans, often called Nature's Guardians, are tree spirits that take the form of female humanoids. They possess moderate intelligence, but despite being revered they are usually hostile towards travelers. Spriggans have their own unique language, which can be learned by scholars and used to calm the creatures. They are usually found protecting secluded glades and groves all over Tamriel, often blending in with the plant life and catching trespassers unaware. Spriggans attack with their long, sharp fingers as well as their teeth, and have the ability to poison enemies. They have incredible regenerative abilities, resulting in adventurers often having to defeat them several times before they remain dead. If threatened, they can call nearby woodland animals to aid them in battle, and some even have the ability to magically summon black bears.

  • Variations: Spriggan Matron, Spriggan Earth Mother, Burnt Spriggan


A springbok

Passive deer-like creatures that can be found bounding all across Summerset.

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A squirrel

Squirrels are harmless rodents that live in trees. The preserved paw of rare red squirrels is considered to be a good luck charm by many Khajiit.[34] They are sometimes hunted for their meat.[35] The Bosmer make jagga tarts using fermented pigs' milk and squirrel preserves.[36]

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Steam Centurion[edit]

A steam centurion

Steam Centurions (also known as Dwarven Centurions or Dwarven Mechanical Giants) are heavily armored constructs with an extendable mace on one arm. They are not as common in Dwarven ruins as the lesser Dwarven automatons. The book Ruins of Kemel-Ze implies that the constructs have a weakness to frost and magic attacks, due to the water/steam that drives them, although they are highly resistant against fire, frost and shock.

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Steam Constructor[edit]

A Steam Constructor

The function of the Steam Constructor is unknown, but its name implies that it may have been used in aiding Dwemer construction projects. Its appearance is describable as a mashup of various automaton parts, including the legs of a giant Dwarven spider, the upper body of a Dwarven centerion, and various other Dwarven parts mixed in.

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Stone Atronach[edit]

A Stone Atronach

A type of Elemental Daedra consisting of four legs and a central body with one eye, all made out of stone. Pelladil Direnni of Clan Direnni summoned an army of Stone Atronachs to build the Blackrose Prison. Stone Atronachs can seemingly be summoned from a variety of sources, including crumbling ruins.[37]

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Stone Golem[edit]

A stone golem

A moderately strong Golem made out of stone.

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Storm Atronach[edit]

A storm atronach

A powerful Shock Elemental Daedra native to a pocket realm of Oblivion called Levinace. They can be summoned, and are immune to normal weapons and shock, resistant to poison and can reflect spells and damage.

Swamp Jelly[edit]

From left to right are the cantaloupe (amber), mint (green), blue and plum (purple) swamp jellies

Swamp Jellies are floating creatures with an elastic, gelatinous bodies that are native to Black Marsh. They are described as having a disquieting resemblance to aquatic jellyfish that natural philosophers have no adequate explanation for.[38] They are extremely docile in nature and tend to live solitary lives from other swamp jelly, coming only together for spawn but are social animals. Their diet consists of bugs and make excellent travel companions for the marsh. Various swamp jelly breeds exist, varying wildly in their size, shape, and colors.[39] Argonians use flavor themed naming conventions based on a swamp jelly's color hue.[40]

They are related to the Netches of Morrowind. Some historians theorize that the relation may be a result of the Dark Elves raiding Black Marsh for thousands of years in an effort to bring back things they deemed valuable, such as slaves, livestock,and critters.[24]

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Swamp Leviathan[edit]

A swamp leviathan

A reptilian creature found in the Black Marsh, it is described as a mountain of spines, with nine-foot-long claws and a jaw that juts out, exposing its tusks.

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Sun-Blessed Toad[edit]

A Sun-Blessed Toad

This frog is an especially rare species found in Murkmire. They are pale green in color and dappled with gold, and are rarely seen, preferring to stay in their mud pits and only emerging to mate every few seasons. As their croaks are highly prized by Argonian vossa-satl makers, they developed a way to lure them out. This involves creating an artificial Toad Musk out of stench sedge, salt rush, and joymallow and applying it to a croak-wheel which mimics the mating croak of the Sun-Blessed Toad.[41] They are also known to be quite fragile when excited.[42]

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  1. ^ Sabertooth Tiger abilities and appearance in Daggerfall
  2. ^ Events of Runaway Pet in Daggerfall
  3. ^ Pocket Salamander pet description in ESO
  4. ^ a b Salamander abilities in ESO
  5. ^ Lava Line Salamander pet description in ESO
  6. ^ Flame Skin Salamander pet description in ESO
  7. ^ Shock Skin Salamander pet description in ESO
  8. ^ Toxin Skin Salamander pet description in ESO
  9. ^ Ice-Glow Salamander pet description in ESO
  10. ^ Appearance of Sandroaches in Craglorn and Northern Elsweyr in ESO
  11. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: ValenwoodImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  12. ^ Morrowind Fauna, Part OneHolia Asellio
  13. ^ Clerk's Gull-Feather Quill and Baandari Horse Pillow item descriptions in ESO
  14. ^ The Seeker's presence in Apocrypha protecting the Black Books in Dragonborn
  15. ^ Effects of the Seeker's Seeker Drain spell in Dragonborn
  16. ^ The Seeker's Knowledge Drain spell in Dragonborn
  17. ^ Seeker idle animations in Dragonborn
  18. ^ Secrets Overheard in ApocryphaMorian Zenas
  19. ^ Ibrula's dialogue
  20. ^ Divayth Fyr's dialogue in ESO: Clockwork City
  21. ^ Ruby Shroom Shalk pet description in ESO
  22. ^ Blue-Cap Shroom Shalk pet description in ESO
  23. ^ Gold-Cap Shroom Shalk pet description in ESO
  24. ^ a b Loremaster's Archive: Murkmire Q&A — Jee-Lar
  25. ^ The Skavenger's appearance in ESO
  26. ^ Appearance of many cats and their Skavenger kills in Shimmerene, especially around the docks
  27. ^ Skein Beetle pet description in ESO
  28. ^ Skein Scorpion pet description in ESO
  29. ^ Skein Spider pet description in ESO
  30. ^ Skinned Hound abilities in Shivering Isles
  31. ^ Cheemee's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  32. ^ Temple of Agamanus riddle, during The Halls of Colossus quest in Arena
  33. ^ Sphynx Lynx pet description in ESO
  34. ^ Red Squirrel Paw item description in ESO
  35. ^ Pacrooti's dialogue in ESO, among other sources
  36. ^ Jagga Tart Fluted Ring Pans item description in ESO
  37. ^ Appearance of the Foundation Stone Atronach and Risen Ruins in ESO
  38. ^ Swamp Jelly pet description in ESO
  39. ^ Care and Feeding of Swamp JelliesAglindor the Black-Thumb
  40. ^ Cantaloupe Swamp Jelly pet description in ESO
  41. ^ A Guide to Gathering FrogsNesh-Deeka
  42. ^ Nesh-Deeka's dialogue in Murkmire