Skyrim:Races

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There are ten playable races in Skyrim, each of which has its own unique abilities and powers, as well as a +10 bonus to one skill and +5 bonuses to five other skills. As a result, race is the only choice during the character creation process that has an effect on gameplay. The races can be organized into three categories:

Human Mer (Elven) Beast

[edit] Summary

The following table summarizes the differences between the ten playable races. Full details on all racial abilities and powers are provided on the individual race pages.

Race Male Female Home Province Abilities Powers Initial Bonuses Height (M) Height (F)
Altmer
(High Elves)
00013743
SR-race-M-Altmer.jpg SR-race-F-Altmer.jpg Summerset Isle +50 Magicka Highborn
  • Regenerate magicka 25x faster for 60 seconds, once per day
1.08 1.08
Argonian
00013740
SR-race-M-Argonian.jpg SR-race-F-Argonian.jpg Black Marsh Histskin
  • Recover health 10x faster for 60 seconds, once per day
1.01 1.00
Bosmer
(Wood Elves)
00013749
SR-race-M-Bosmer.jpg SR-race-F-Bosmer.jpg Valenwood Command Animal
  • Make an animal an ally for 60 seconds, once per day
0.98 1.00
Breton
00013741
SR-race-M-Breton.jpg SR-race-F-Breton.jpg High Rock Resist Magic 25% Dragonskin
  • Absorb 50% of the magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds, once per day
1.00 0.95
Dunmer
(Dark Elves)
00013742
SR-race-M-Dunmer.jpg SR-race-F-Dunmer.jpg Morrowind Resist Fire 50% Ancestor's Wrath
  • Opponents getting too close take 8 points of fire damage per second for 60 seconds, once per day
1.00 1.00
Imperial
00013744
SR-race-M-Imperial.jpg SR-race-F-Imperial.jpg Cyrodiil Imperial Luck
  • Imperials always find more gold.
Voice of the Emperor
  • Calms nearby people for 60 seconds, once per day
1.00 1.00
Khajiit
00013745
SR-race-M-Khajiit.jpg SR-race-F-Khajiit.jpg Elsweyr Claws
  • Claws do 12 damage.
Night Eye
  • Improved night vision for 60 seconds, can be used multiple times a day.
1.00 0.95
Nord
00013746
SR-race-M-Nord.jpg SR-race-F-Nord.jpg Skyrim Resist Frost 50% Battle Cry
  • Targets flee for 30 seconds, once per day
1.03 1.03
Orc
(Orsimer)
00013747
SR-race-M-Orc.jpg SR-race-F-Orc.jpg Orsinium None Berserker Rage
  • You take half damage and do double damage for 60 seconds, once per day
1.045 1.045
Redguard
00013748
SR-race-M-Redguard.jpg SR-race-F-Redguard.jpg Hammerfell Resist Poison 50% Adrenaline Rush
  • Stamina regenerates 10x faster for 60 seconds, once per day
1.005 1.00

[edit] Notes

  • The movement speed of each race is dependent on its height. High Elves have the largest speed multiplier due to being the tallest race, with Orcs being second tallest.
  • There are minor dialogue differences depending on what race you choose. For example, many people in the game will respond positively to you if you are a Nord but negatively if you are a Dunmer.
  • Although the in-game text says "Khajiit claws do 15 points of damage.", the actual effect magnitude is only 12 points
  • Along with information like height or skill bonuses a weight value can be found in the game data. The meaning or impact of that value is unclear. However, it seems to have an impact on how easily a race is rag dolled or moved.
Weight Altmer Argonian Bosmer Breton Dunmer Imperial Khajiit Nord Orc Redguard
Female 0.5 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Male 0.5 0.5 1 1 1 1 0.5 1 1 1

[edit] Non-Playable Races

Other NPC races that exist in the game, but are not available to the player, are:

All other races in the game are considered to be Creatures (every variety of creature has its own race), but are not detailed here because those races are not NPCs.


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