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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


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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.


Appearance

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.


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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.


Appearance

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!


Blythe's Experiences

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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The frost atronach looks awesome and from the video I saw I think they are a lot bigger in this game which I think is awesome
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Gj Blythe!
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(November 28th 2013, 10:14 AM)Mukmoo Wrote: Gj Blythe!

Thank you!(:

(November 28th 2013, 06:43 AM)FFDP Wrote: The frost atronach looks awesome and from the video I saw I think they are a lot bigger in this game which I think is awesome

It'll certainly be exciting to see the up close and personal!
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very interesting article!
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Glad you keep writing m8!
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(December 14th 2013, 07:21 AM)Rooknova Wrote: Glad you keep writing m8!

Thank you Rook!
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Well I've got a tale or two to tell.

The game was Oblivion and my humble Altmer character was on his way to Frostfire glade on the quest to retrieve some frozen tears. Well. Unbeknownst to my poor mage there were frost atronachs in the dungeon. Frost atrocachs that barraged me with frost spell after frost spell which coupled with the Altmer magicka weakness overwhelmed my level 10 character. Similar to in your story I had quick saved just before my characters demise which gave me many opportunities to relive the death of my Altmer and futilely try and run.

In the game Skyrim with the Dawnguard DLC comes another story with the frost atronachs. My level 25 Khajiit was breezing through the hidden vale on the quest to retrieve Auriel's bow when it came down to the fight with the frozen Falmer which were swiftly dispatched but at the cost of all my Stamina and Magicka and most of my health. Then. Out of the blue. An ancient frost atronach gets summoned by that vampiric prick Vurther. I hadn't the slightest idea the atronach was summoned as my TV was on mute and I was facing the opposite direction so I was caught completely by surprise when my character suddenly staggered and lost all but a sliver of his health. I had not healing magic skill and no magicka and all my potions had been used up prior to the quest. So as my Khajiit turned around to face the threat all he managed to see was the behemoth strike the floor with its club like hand sending a shock-wave which killed my character on the spot.
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I like the Skyrim model best for the Frost and the TESO model best for the Frost.
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love the effects for these guys
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In Skyrim, I made a beeline up conjuration to Frost Atronach. My melee style is very much a spam-fest with very little situational awareness to the Frost Atronach was my tank.
I look forward to playing TESO and quickly working my way up to the Storm Atronach Ultimate.
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