"He wants to kill you for invading his land"—Rollover text.
They are not controlled by any player, but rather works similar to a wild animal, living in Vinland, with no starting base.
Unlike wild animals, they bear no food, are clouded by the fog of war, and attacks all units on sight, not just villagers. It is advised to stay alert in early colonization, as they can wipe out several villagers at once.
However, most military units will defeat them with relative ease. It is possible to convert them with Chinese Monks, but seeing as Monks are only available at the Heroic Age, there might not be many left on the map and the ones that are left might not be worth converting.
- Copper Weapons, Bronze Weapons, and Iron Weapons increase attack by 10%.
- Copper Mail, Bronze Mail, and Iron Mail decrease hack vulnerability by 10%.
- Copper Shields, Bronze Shields, and Iron Shields decrease pierce vulnerability by 10%.
- Jade Rabbit (Chang'e) increases movement speed by 10%.
- Unbridled Anger (Zhong Kui): increases HP by 20%.
- Dragon Scales (Ao Kuang): increases hack armor by 10%.
- Using the cheat code "SET ASCENDANT" (which allows control of all animals on the map) on Vinlandsaga will give the player to control of every Skraeling.
- Despite being Native Americans, they share not only the same model with the Ulfsark, but also speak Old Norse rather than an indigenous language.
"Skraeling" was the Viking name for the native tribes they encountered in North America. Skraeling attacks were the main reasons listed by the Vikings as the reason for abandoning their colonies. The Skraelings may have been Micmac or Beothuk Indians, or a tribe that no longer exists in modern times.