Best mage follower?

#1UrbanRunnaPosted 5/3/2012 4:29:35 AM
I guess it's J'zargo.. Am i right..?? Cuz ive heard he's the only follower that can scale up to level 81.. but i could be wrong you know..... And if i'm wrong please correct me.
Thanks
#2UrbanRunna(Topic Creator)Posted 5/3/2012 4:40:22 AM
i dont wanna be pointed towards warriors or spell swords.. i want a pure-mage follower
#3arleasPosted 5/3/2012 4:48:39 AM
With the Better Follower Improvements mod I think Erandur also scales up...I know the wiki says he stops at 50 but I'm pretty sure my game has a level 81 Erandur in it right now (even though I'm not level 81 myself).

I'm not really fond of J'Zargo though... I much prefer Kharjo (personality-wise).

But yeah, looking at the UESP wiki, J'Zargo is the only mage with no limit to his level.
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#4Zakk8Posted 5/3/2012 4:49:14 AM
You could try the dark elf at the shrine of Azura(forgot her name), you can get her and a reusable soul gem right after you leave Helgen.
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#5arleasPosted 5/3/2012 4:54:16 AM

From: Zakk8 | #004
You could try the dark elf at the shrine of Azura(forgot her name), you can get her and a reusable soul gem right after you leave Helgen.




She Maxes out at level 30 according to UESP wiki.
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Followers

It might be a different story with the better followers mod though...
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#6UrbanRunna(Topic Creator)Posted 5/3/2012 5:21:31 AM
arleas posted...
With the Better Follower Improvements mod I think Erandur also scales up...I know the wiki says he stops at 50 but I'm pretty sure my game has a level 81 Erandur in it right now (even though I'm not level 81 myself).

I'm not really fond of J'Zargo though... I much prefer Kharjo (personality-wise).

But yeah, looking at the UESP wiki, J'Zargo is the only mage with no limit to his level.
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i already got her as my follower right now but she's stupid.. i spend half of the battle turning my back to my enemy just to heal her.. i only got her following me so she can carry my stuff.. onmund is stupid too.. jzargo is a good mage and hes the only follower at al that has no limit (according to uesp) and he's also good at fighting and actually helps.. the thing is.. i'm not fond of him neither.. his voice is irritating....

i just seen a mod on the nexus that adds two breton mage followers.. downloaded it just now.. i think ill go with the female cuz i like her stats.. the mod i'm talking about: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=9839..

please arleas see it and tell me what you think.
#7arleasPosted 5/3/2012 6:20:34 AM
Seems like that would be cool... I haven't really seen a follower summon an atronach yet...The closest I got to that was when I gave a staff of "Summon familiar" and a staff of reanimation to my follower and then watched as he would choose to resurrect any dead thing he came across during a fight (in one case he made an undead goat, and in another he had an unarmed NPC as a animated corpse).

If she summons an atronach and you could also summon an atronach then that lets you have 4 (or 5 counting a dog) people on your side at once.... it might be a bit chaotic though.

From: UrbanRunna | #006
i spend half of the battle turning my back to my enemy just to heal her.


I used the better follower mod to make all followers essential mostly because of this fact, though if you give them healing potions they'll use those. Too bad they don't use anything else. It'd be cool if your follower could use poisons, fortify skill potions, etc.

Even making my followers essential, they occasionally will go into "limp/crawl" mode... There was one fight where I had a ton of trouble trying to fight as a mage, so I basically had Kharjo do all the fighting for me, and I stood behind him healing him nearly continuously. Not only did he whoop everyone's ass for me, but my regeneration skill went up faster.

As for the voice being irritating, I used a "trick" to get the game to play japanese voices. He's not much better in Japanese though. It's why I said his personality is what annoyed me. Kharjo seems a bit more laid back, while J'Zargo is more of a weaselly type character.

Anyway, seems like that mod would be decent since it gives you just the magic user followers while allowing some of the other benefits of the better follower mod.

You might also want to look into getting the Horses for followers mod too...it's much nicer to be able to jump on a horse and then have your follower do so as well rather than having them run behind you.
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#8karmA_2qPosted 5/3/2012 8:54:31 AM
Aranea Ienith is my favorite "mage type" follower, she specialized in destruction and conjuration skills and also uses restoration occasionally. She will summon Fire/Frost Atronach according to the resistances of your current foe, and though she can summon Storm Atronach she doesn't use it very often.

With the "Ultimate Follower Overhaul" addon is where she really shines, as I believe she is capped at level 30 or 35 without it. Currently I have her as my follower on my female Dunmer assassin, level 39 I believe, wearing the full Dark Brotherhood Robes and I can say with certainty that she is very competent and able to defend herself.

She is integral with the Azura's Star quest, and you are only able to recieve her as a follower if you do not take the Black Star.

Wiki: http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Aranea_Ienith

Ultimate Follower Overhaul: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=14037
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#9grauniadPosted 5/3/2012 9:05:22 AM
I think Marcurio's pretty good, if you're prepared to shell out the 500 gold you need to hire him. Things always tend to die pretty quickly when he's around, and has a decent ward so doesn't spend most of his time shuffling about on the floor in pain.
#10UrbanRunna(Topic Creator)Posted 5/4/2012 11:42:18 PM
@arleas:

well in the end i did some kind of a trick and now i'm really comfortable with it.. i got the Amazing Follower Tweaks mod.. and reset Lydia's skills and then changed her fighting style to Magic Only and taught her some Apprentice and Adept destruction spells.. Healing spell and the Healing Hands.. and summon flame atronach.. and the stoneflesh too.. now she's real good at it.. i saw her stats and got surprised.. she's got more Magicka and more Health than i do.. she starts the fight by summoning the flame atronach and turning her flesh to stone and then swith to Lighning Bolt (she uses this destruction spell the most).. if her health got low she backs off and heals herself only to come back and fight again fearlessly.. she even heals me sometimes.. and now she levels up with me every time i do (her level is the same as mine).. she's real good.

i got that mod we talked about and got that female breton mage to follow me too.. and with her and her atronach my team (me, her, and lydia) became truly invincible (so much overpowered) even a dragon didnt take more than 5 minutes to die (deadly dragons on hard mode and the game at master difficulty).. but then i dismissed that breton and kept only lydia for the balance's sake.

Amazing Follower Tweaks: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=15524