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TESO Creatures: Atronachs - Part 2
by BlytheAlarynn, Contributor — Category: Editorials
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Part 2 - Frost and Storm Atronachs
Atronachs have made appearances in a few Elder Scrolls titles over the years, and are an important and prominent part of any play-through whether you choose to vanquish the creatures or use your powerful magicka to conjure them up yourself! The Flesh, Flame, Frost, and Storm Atronachs have all been seen before, but newer versions will appear in the Elder Scrolls Online. Let's have a look at the comparisons, but first, catch up with the rest of the series by clicking on the links provided below!
3. Atronachs - Part 2
Frost Atronachs are rather large conjured Atronachs with the immense powers of frost and the ability to inflict major damage with their icy weapons carved from their appendages. Their size makes them less dexterous than the Flame or Flesh Atronachs, but raw power is certainly in their favor. In Skyrim, even being in their presence injures their opponents, as their Frost Cloak spell deals damage.
(Current Game) Statistics
Level - 16
Health - 400
Magicka - 25
Spells - Frost Cloak
Frost Atronachs deal 10 points of frost damage to health and stamina every second, making every moment you spend taking one down a critical one. Due to it's size it cannot be paralyzed or frozen but harbours a great weakness to fire.
Previous Games: Way back in the days of Daggerfall, "Ice Atronachs" took the form of a man with an icy spike replacing one hand. The same sort of spikes littered his shoulders and head. In Morrowind, a new take on the Frost Atronach emerged, and they looked almost beastly. They wore armor but kept the spikes on their shoulders and head from the previous game. The Oblivion Frost Atronach, however, is closer to that of which we are used to seeing in Skyrim. They are far more bulky and the 'ice' element is played up quite a bit.
Elder Scrolls Online: Another obvious callback to Skyrim, Frost Atronachs in TESO are very much like the previous Elder Scrolls title. They are massive creatures with rough cone-shaped heads and limbs carved in the shape of weaponry. They have an aura surrounding them, hinting that the same Frost Cloak ability seen in the previous title will be present.
Hopes for Frost Atronachs in TESO
Much like their Daedra cousins, the Flame Atronachs, I hope to see these impressive creatures as powerful enemies in regions that are in accordance with their appearance. If they were summonable, their power would be too immense and PvP scenarios would be ridiculously one-sided. Hopefully they prove to be challenging enough for a group to take on together, providing an exciting opportunity strategy-wise.
Storm Atronachs are the strongest of any Atronach present in the Elder Scrolls games to date. They harness the power of lightning and inflict incredible amounts of damage to those who oppose them. Their magicka gives the Atronach's a long range advantage, but as they are made of sturdy material, they are anything but delicate and have no qualms about a close-quarters battle.
(Current Games) Statistics
Level - 30
Health - 441
Magicka - 197
Spells - Lightning Bolt, Chain Lightning, Lightning Cloak, Water Walking
Fighting a Storm Atronach can prove difficult for many, as you are constantly being blinded by lightning spells. They can move at an impressive speed, thus making the challenge that much more interesting.
Previous Games: In Morrowind, Storm Atronachs were large golem-like creatures made of stone that clutched powerful magicka in their fists and were seemingly strung together by the same magicka that they possessed. The next game stayed close to it's precursor, and it was Skyrim that broke the mold. Personally, I think the mold should have stayed intact. Skyrim's version of this Atronach completely missed it's mark. The approach they were taking is obvious, as the Storm Atronach resembles a tornado of magicka and stone, but it's appearance is weak and looked entirely out of place in Skyrim's harsh atmosphere.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Thankfully, The Elder Scrolls Online reverted back to older models for the Storm Atronach and it once again looks like a huge mass of stone and magicka with arms and legs. It wears braces on it's ankles and wrists, and has a demonic skull as a face fashioned from stone.
Hopes for Storm Atronachs in TESO
From the media we have seen, it looks as though the Storm Atronachs are held in high priority. They are the most powerful Atronachs we see, so lets hope that they live up to expectation by being much like the Frost Atronach - a legitimate threat that provides groups of friends to battle the enemy together. This writer is just excited to see them in-game, as the small glimpses we've seen have been very exciting!
While I have many Atronach stories, I believe there is one which sticks out in my mind quite prominently: my first Frost Atronach sighting in Skyrim. I was around level 20, wandering through a cave companion-less (as my follower had recently taken a violent trip into a Dwemer Ruin) and I came across a conjurer in a small room. This was old news, and I quickly went to dealing with the typically manageable enemy. Suddenly, they summoned the Atronach - this gargantuan block of ice which, quite frankly, scared me to death. Since we were in a small space I had little room to move about. The Atronach's Frost Cloak spell was doing consistent damage, and I couldn't seem to get away from it. Panic-stricken and terrified, I did the worst thing anyone could possibly do... I quicksaved. I was killed by the giant beast instantaneously and was then resurrected to repeatedly be murdered. It was truly a dark day for me as a player. Do you have any Atronach-related stories? Perhaps you could make me feel a bit better about my own! Feel free to leave a comment on the final Atronach's installment of the "TESO Creatures" series!
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