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In Skyrim the player's character levels up and the player's gear offers varying levels of protection/damage, and in many instances the spells and the magic weapons refer to stuff like "will turn all enemies level 12 or lower etc. etc"

But from everything I can see, there is no way to know what an enemy's level is, at any point! So how do I know what any of these numbers mean? I understand that I can just use trial and error, and I guess the argument can be made that this makes it more "realistic" but then why mix and match these metaphors.

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The game levels around you but when you end up seeing is different types of creatures (Draugr Thralls at level 1 for example and Draugr Wights at level 13) instead of the same creatures of different levels (a thrall that is level 1 or level 13). Kind of building off of what Zig-Zag has said, you simply need to learn them. If you do not want to use an outside source or the console commands (if available to you on the PC), then all you have is Trial and Error.

However, if you want to look this information up then I would point you to the UESP Skyrim Bestiary. This contains links to all the major types of creatures and on their specific pages you are given level information so you can see what names of creatures your spells will be able to affect. It is honestly too much information to copy and paste here but maybe someone will amass a table of it all (despite SE not having good table support).

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that's what I was suspecting... oh well... seems like an odd design choice, but the game's too good to complain about it. –  Dr.Dredel Oct 20 '13 at 1:39
    
I will definitely admit the game has its quirks, but it is still such and awesome game. –  James Oct 20 '13 at 19:08
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All enemies have set levels. Novice, Apprentice, Adept, etc. They do change by your level but name. Some like Mammoths dont change. Mammoths are level 35 i think and stay that way. You will see things like Dragon, Blood Dragon, Frost Dragon, and Elder dragon. Those are telling you what level range they are in. Other than that there is no other way of telling in-game. Look on the elder scrolls wiki for more info on specific enemies.

Open the console with ~ and Click on the target (you should see the ID of the target in a hex string) and Type getlevel

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I am playing this on the PS3, so... no tildes for me :) –  Dr.Dredel Oct 20 '13 at 1:37
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There is no actual way to tell what the enemies' level is, however they do have indicators in their names to let you know which ones are more powerful than the other and so on. There's brackets of enemies for each type. For example with the bandits the order and levels of bandits are as follows:

  • Bandits lvl 1
  • Bandit Outlaws lvl 5
  • Bandit Thug lvl 9
  • Bandit Highwayman lvl 14
  • Bandit Plunderer lvl 19
  • Bandit Marauder lvl 25

Like the another person has also suggested you should visit http://www.uesp.net/ and you can look up each type of enemy from the monsters and creatures to NPCS, and all of the different types and levels of each on that site! Hope this helps!

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This is actually not true (on the PC, anyway): You can use the console to figure it out. UESP has them all compiled for you. I imagine there's probably a mod that displays it somewhere, possibly too. –  Unionhawk Oct 20 '13 at 0:18
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