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Best Wives in Skyrim to Marry

Looking for the perfect wife? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of the best wives in Skyrim to marry.

Best Wives in Skyrim

Being a Dragonborn can be a cumbersome task that tires even the strongest and toughest of warriors. Slaying all those dragons and fighting bandits, monsters, and animals (you name it) can take a lot of toll on you. After a hard day’s work, a Dragonborn has to return home to their beautiful wife. That is why this guide will look at the best wives in Skyrim, and how you can marry them.

Best Wives in Skyrim

After various experiments and scouring the internet for hours, these are the best wives in Skyrim:

  1. Aela the Huntress
  2. Lydia
  3. Uthgard the Unbroken
  4. Mjoll the Lioness
  5. Borgakh the Steel Heart

There are tons of options for the Dragonborn to marry but the ones mentioned above are the absolute best. They offer the best stats and will go to any lengths to ensure that you come out victorious. With that said, let’s take a look at why these are the best wives in Skyrim.


Aela the Huntress

Best Wives in Skyrim

Also see: How To Marry Aela In Skyrim?

  • Location: Jorrvaskr, Whiterun
  • Quest: The Glory Of The Dead. You will have to join the Companions before doing the quest.

Aela is a member of the Companions, a legendary band of warriors. She is also a werewolf and can be found in Jorrvaskr, the Companions’ mead hall in Whiterun.

Our number one pick for this list was always going to be Aela the Huntress. I think this will come as no surprise to most players as Aela not only looks absolutely stunning but she also gives tons of support and utility to the player. 

Aela can support you from a distance thanks to her being a skilled archer. Her arrows deal a good amount of damage and can help you take out tough foes without breaking a sweat. Due to this, Aela is the most popular option to choose from since she is quite easily the best wife in Skyrim.



Best Wives in Skyrim
  • Location: Whiterun
  • Quest: Become Thane Of Whiterun

Lydia is Nord warrior. She is a skilled archer and fighter, and is a valuable companion for her combat prowess.

Lydia is the only person on this list that doesn’t have a cool title, such as “the huntress or the steel heart.” Instead, she just has a first name, and that is enough. Lydia is probably the most common and – in some cases – the first-ever wife you will find. 

Good old Lydia is a strong woman that loves to get up close and personal with the enemy. She can deal a good amount of damage while giving you decent utility if you decide not to take her to combat. She opens up a small and humble shop after getting married to you, and she will provide you with 100 gold daily. This can be a great thing if you save the gold and purchase something useful once you have enough. 


Uthgerd the Unbroken

Best Wives in Skyrim
  • Location: The Bannered Mare, Whiterun
  • Quest: Win against her in a bar brawl.

Uthgerd is a Nord warrior that can be found in her house in the village of Rorikstead. She is a strong and capable fighter, and is known for her tenacity and stubbornness.

Look at that beautiful face. Don’t let Uthgerd’s beauty fool you, she is an absolute warrior. If you’re not convinced, you will have to win against her in a bar brawl to get her to like you enough to marry you. She loves fighting and drinking – what a perfect combo!

She wields a two-handed weapon and can act as a tank for you. If you are running a light armor build, you can use Uthgerd to tank all the damage for you while you attack the enemies without any worries of getting hit back. 


Mjoll the Lioness

Best Wives in Skyrim
  • Location: Riften
  • Quest: Grimsever’s Return.

Mjoll is a Nord adventurer and warrior who can be found in the city of Riften. She carries a large two-handed axe and wears a set of scale armor. She is a follower of the goddess Kyne and is a member of the Companions guild.

Mjoll isn’t given the title of “The Lioness” no reason. She is a force to be reckoned with. Mjoll is a good choice when it comes to marrying someone since she has her priorities set straight. She does not like bad things and will speak up against corruption, all the while praising you if you do a good deed.

With such a strong sense of justice and morality, you cannot stop and think that Mjoll is the ideal choice to choose as your partner. Plus, her quest is quite fun to do where she has you locating her long-lost weapon. To add the icing on the cake, she is a skilled fighter that will surely help you on the battlefield. 


Borgakh the Steel Heart

Best Wives in Skyrim
  • Location: Mor Khazgur, Haafingar
  • Quest: Pay her dowry or persuade her.

Borgakh is a Nord warrior who resides in Mor Khazgur, a small Orc stronghold located in the Reach. She is the daughter of Chief Mauhulakh, the Orc chieftain of Mor Khazgur. She is a powerful warrior and can be equipped with a wide variety of armor and weapons.

This beautiful orc will make a perfect companion for any Dragonbron that is looking to roam across the battlefield and pick fights with enemies without any worries. She will follow you into battle without a second thought. If you can ignore her looks (sorry Borgakh!), you will find a strong and independent fighter that will accompany you no matter where you want to go.

One of the reasons why she is such a good wife is due to her surprisingly deep and emotional lore. Plus, you get to live in an orc fortress for free, so, that’s a win in my book.


Those were the best wives that you can marry in Skyrim. All of these spouses offer unique rewards that you can use to your advantage. Depending on what you prefer and what your playstyle is, you should choose whichever person you think will offer you the best rewards. If you want plain utility, Lydia is the go-to choice since she will always carry your extra items and give you 100 gold every day. However, if you love to fight, choosing Borgakh or Aela will be the best choice. 

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