Slaughterfish can be found in rivers, oceans, and occasionally ponds. Some places where slaughterfish may be encountered include:
- The pond outside Chillwind Depths, extending the Karth River.
- There is one in the pool in the last room of Labyrinthian.
- The White River, below the Valtheim Towers and near the Honningbrew Meadery.
- Lake Ilinalta
- The Hjaal River, near Morthal and in the marsh of Hjaalmarch.
- The Darkwater River, Lake Geir, the Treva River and Lake Honrich.
- The Sea of Ghosts, north of Hjaalmarch, The Pale, and Winterhold.
- Will appear in the fish hatcheryHF as a complementary fish.
Changes in Skyrim
Unlike previous The Elder Scrolls games in which they appeared, slaughterfish are much less common and now lay eggs, which can be harvested from clutches in or near water. When killed, their corpses float.
Slaughterfish do very little damage when they attack, and do not attack particularly rapidly. Thus even a level 1 Dragonborn on Legendary Difficulty can dispatch them with only modest organization, or even more easily avoid them. The only trick is that the Dragonborn cannot unsheathe weapons or cast magic underwater, therefore:
- The most straightforward method is to lure the Slaughterfish to the shallows or shore and attack it with melee weapons or Magic Runes. Even Level 1 characters with iron weapons can accomplish this reasonably quickly, as one can step back from the shore and heal in safety whenever desired.
- Slaughterfish can easily be killed while underwater by wearing the Ebony Mail, due to the Mail's damage effect. Cloak spells, such as Flame Cloak, are also effective against the fish if cast before entering the water, as spells cannot be cast under water.
- Use the compass to show the general direction of a slaughterfish, and an offensive shout (such as Fire Breath or Marked for Death) to kill it, as shouts have a large enough damage cone to hit them even if the Dragonborn does not know their precise location.
- Using the shout Aura Whisper or the Detect Life spell to show the exact location of the slaughterfish will make it easy to attack it with projectile magic or weapons.
- Area-effect spell such as Ice storm directed by the compass to attack them.
- Use a follower with ranged combat capabilities (such as a mage like Onmund or an archer like Faendal) to supply "cover fire" to the Dragonborn while they are swimming.
- Conjure a flame or storm atronach to kill them, as the atronach can always detect the exact location of the slaughterfish.
- Seared slaughterfish is a commonly-found food, yet slaughterfish meat cannot be harvested.
- When travelling close to water, slaughterfish commonly appear as enemies on the compass yet are difficult to find and kill. This restricts fast travelling, using forges, grindstones, waiting, etc. Ways to solve this include seeing if the Dragonborn's follower attacks the slaughterfish, marking its position, or running away from the area until the red dot disappears from the compass or using a find life spell.
- In the Hearthfire DLC, if slaughterfish eggs are placed in the Windstad Manor fish hatchery, the slaughterfish spawned will be neutral.
- Slaughterfish cannot be raised from the dead by Conjuration spells such as Revenant or Raise Zombie, due to the fact they are strictly aquatic.
- Slaughterfish cannot attack the Dragonborn on land, yet they will usually not exit combat even if the Dragonborn is out of their reach. This makes them extremely useful for advancing magical skills easily by repeatedly casting a non-offensive spell in their vicinity, since most spells will not raise skill unless used in combat. For example, it is possible to easily level up Conjuration by getting attacked by a slaughterfish, moving onto land, and then repeatedly casting a spell to conjure a bound weapon.
- Slaughterfish are some of the smallest hostile creatures, being only slightly larger than a rabbit or hawk.
- Four slaughterfish scales can also be used to create a slaughterfish model on a small trophy base within a trophy room in an owned property with Hearthfire.
- The Slaughterfish appears likely to belong to the Gar family of fish, which have very hard, sharp scales similar to those of the slaughterfish as well as very similar highly prominent teeth. The behavior of the Gar is less similar to the slaughterfish than their appearance; they are ambush predators that lie in wait rather than giving chase, and though their appearance frequently causes them to be touted as "man-eating" by journalists who are more concerned with drama than facts, there is no evidence of Gar fish actually being aggressive towards humans.
This section contains bugs related to Slaughterfish (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- When attacked by a slaughterfish, they may "swim" across land to attack.
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends
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