Orcs, also called Orsimer or "Pariah Folk" in ancient times, are sophisticated, beastlike people of the Wrothgarian Mountains, Dragontail Mountains, and Orsinium (literally translated as "Orc-Town"). They are noted for their unshakable courage in war and their unflinching endurance of hardships. In the past, Orcs have been widely feared and hated by the other nations and races of Tamriel, and were often considered to be goblin-ken. However, they have slowly won acceptance in the Empire, in particular for their distinguished service in the Emperor's Legions. Orc armorers are prized for their craftsmanship, and Orc warriors in heavy armor are among the finest front-line troops in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their berserker rage. Orcs have a lifespan similar to that of humans. Most Imperial citizens regard the Orc society as rough and cruel. The Orcs of the Iliac Bay region have developed their own language, known as Orcish, and have often had their own kingdom, Orsinium.
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The people of the Wrothgarian and Dragontail Mountains, Orcish smiths are prized for their craftsmanship. Orc troops in Heavy Armor are among the finest in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their Berserker Rage.
- Berserker Rage greater power (FormID
000aa026): You take half damage and do double damage for 60 seconds, once per day
- Both the increased damage delivered and reduced damage taken stack multiplicatively with other effects.
- Berserker Rage has no effect on spells. You will not do more damage with magic nor take less damage from magic while under its effects.
- Height: 1.045
Bonuses to both one-handed and two-handed weapons allows players to choose their weapon styles early-on, and they receive an early benefit to augmenting their weaponry with bonuses to both Smithing and Enchanting. These combined with a strong bonus to Heavy Armor give Orcs the opportunity to become very fearsome warriors. However, to balance their potency in physical combat, they have no benefits for magic or stealth character builds.
Their Berserker Rage power is extremely useful at all levels, potentially making the difference between life and death at earlier levels against stronger opponents. Because it has no effect on magic, try to save it for combat against tough melee or archery opponents for best results.
- Orcs are the only race in Skyrim that do not have any passive racial abilities.