Oblivion:Races

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There are ten playable races in Oblivion, each with its own unique abilities, skills, and powers. Each race has a home province from which it originated (with the exception of Orcs, who currently live in Orsinium, but did not originate from there). An analysis of racial demographics by city in Cyrodiil can be found here.

Human Mer (Elven) Beast

Your choice of race determines your character's initial Attribute values and also provides bonuses to various Skills, as detailed in the following table. Each race also has special abilities (and in some cases weaknesses) as detailed on the individual race pages.

Attribute Altmer Argonian Bosmer Breton Dunmer Imperial Khajiit Nord Orc Redguard
M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F M F
Strength 30 30 40 40 30 30 40 30 40 40 40 40 40 30 50 50 45 45 50 40
Intelligence 50 50 40 50 40 40 50 50 40 40 40 40 40 40 30 30 30 40 30 30
Willpower 40 40 30 40 30 30 50 50 30 30 30 40 30 30 30 40 50 45 30 30
Agility 40 40 50 40 50 50 30 30 40 40 30 30 50 50 40 40 35 35 40 40
Speed 30 40 50 40 50 50 30 40 50 50 40 30 40 40 40 40 30 30 40 40
Endurance 40 30 30 30 40 30 30 30 40 30 40 40 30 40 50 40 50 50 50 50
Personality 40 40 30 30 30 40 40 40 30 40 50 50 40 40 30 30 30 25 30 40
Luck 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Skills

Alchemy +5
Alteration +10
Conjuration +5
Destruction +10
Illusion +5
Mysticism +10

Alchemy +5
Athletics +10
Blade +5
Hand to Hand +5
Illusion +5
Mysticism +5
Security +10

Acrobatics +5
Alchemy +10
Alteration +5
Light Armor +5
Marksman +10
Sneak +10

Alchemy +5
Alteration +5
Conjuration +10
Illusion +5
Mysticism +10
Restoration +10

Athletics +5
Blade +10
Blunt +5
Destruction +10
Light Armor +5
Marksman +5
Mysticism +5

Blade +5
Blunt +5
Hand to Hand +5
Heavy Armor +10
Mercantile +10
Speechcraft +10

Acrobatics +10
Athletics +5
Blade +5
Hand to Hand +10
Light Armor +5
Security +5
Sneak +5

Armorer +5
Blade +10
Block +5
Blunt +10
Heavy Armor +10
Restoration +5

Armorer +10
Block +10
Blunt +10
Hand to Hand +5
Heavy Armor +10

Athletics +10
Blade +10
Blunt +10
Heavy Armor +5
Light Armor +5
Mercantile +5

Resists Resist Fire -25 75
Resist Frost -25 50
Resist Shock -25
Resist Magic 50 25
Resist Poison 100 75
Resist Disease 75 75 75 75
Height* 1.1 1.1 1.03 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.0 0.95 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.95 1.06 1.06 1.06 1.06 1.03 1.0
Weight 1.0 1.0 1.05 1.0 0.95 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.95 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.95 1.1 1.06 1.1 1.0 1.03 1.0

*Each race's movement speed is multiplied by its Height attribute (under Body Data in the CS). With the same Speed, Athletics, encumbrance, etc., an Altmer will move 10% faster than an Imperial because of the extra Height. Similarly, any race that is smaller than normal, such as a male Wood Elf or female Breton, will move slower than normal.

[edit] Non-Playable Races

These races exist in the game or the Shivering Isles expansion, but are not selectable as a race you can play.

Attribute Dark Seducer* Dremora Golden Saint* Sheogorath* VampireRace**
M F M F M F M F M F
Strength 30 40 50 50 40 50 50 50 50 50
Intelligence 30 40 60 60 30 40 50 50 50 50
Willpower 30 40 35 45 30 40 50 50 50 50
Agility 40 50 30 30 30 40 50 50 50 50
Speed 40 50 50 50 30 40 50 50 50 50
Endurance 30 40 45 35 40 50 50 50 50 50
Personality 10 10 10 10 10 10 50 50 50 50
Luck 25 50 40 40 25 50 50 50 50 50
Skills

Alteration +5
Athletics +5
Block +5
Blunt +5
Light Armor +10
Marksman +10
Sneak +5

Alteration +5
Blade +5
Blunt +5
Destruction +10
Heavy Armor +10
Mysticism +5
Sneak +5

Alteration +5
Athletics +5
Blade +10
Block +5
Blunt +5
Destruction +5
Heavy Armor +10

Resists Resist Fire 33
Resist Frost -50
Resist Shock -20
Resist Poison -50
Height 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Weight 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

* These appear only in the Shivering Isles expansion. Sheogorath is of course unique. By appearance, he is an Imperial. The separate race exists to give him a beard and eyes like the Golden Saints.
** This race exists in the Construction Set but is not used for anything. Actual vampires can be any race, as it is a disease applied to the character, rather than an actual race.

In addition, there are also many other races that are known to exist in the Elder Scrolls universe, but are not present in the game of Oblivion. These races may be rare/extinct, live in remote areas, dwell on other planes of existence or in some cases are even thought to be pure myth. These races are all listed on the Races page.

[edit] Reactions

Different races also have different reactions towards each other. These affect the base disposition that members of different races have on each other.

NPC Race Altmer Argonian Bosmer Breton Dunmer Imperial Khajiit Nord Orc Redguard
Player's Race
Altmer +5 -10 -5 -5 -10 -5 -10 -5
Argonian +5
Bosmer +5
Breton +5
Dunmer -10 -10 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5
Imperial
Khajiit +5
Nord +5
Orc -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5
Redguard -5 -5 +5

The player's race is on the left and the race they are interacting with is shown at the top.


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