Skyrim:Falmer

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A Falmer crouching in a Dwemer ruin

Falmer, once known as Snow Elves, were thought to have been hunted to extinction by the Nords. They now live deep underground and have devolved into disfigured, violent remnants of their former selves, and their senses have adapted to a life in the dark. Their primitive weapons and armor are made from Chaurus chitin, and they often live near Chaurus, apparently keeping some of them as livestock. Despite their elvish heritage, the Falmer are considered to be creatures, not NPCs (and therefore they do not have black souls). They tend to prefer poisoning their weapons with toxins developed from both Chaurus and Frostbite Spider venom. They often make their lairs in close proximity to Dwemer technology, apparently unwilling to wander far from where their ancestors took shelter from the Nords. In dungeons, Falmer often emerge from hive traps to ambush you. Falmer are blind and hunt by sound. Although their hearing is very sensitive, their lack of sight can be used against them if you can move silently or attack from a distance.

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The Dawnguard add-on adds further depth to the history of the Falmer. Knight-Paladin Gelebor, one of two known surviving Snow Elves, recounts how the Snow Elves sought protection from their Nord enemies long ago. The Dwemer agreed to shelter them, but at a high cost: the Snow Elves were forced to eat a toxic fungus, which rendered them completely blind. This was an extremely unsavory choice in the eyes of many of the Snow Elves, but those who rebelled were either killed, converted, or ended up disappearing completely. In time, the Falmer became slaves to their Dwemer protectors. In light of their sad fate, Gelebor refers to the monstrous Falmer in contemporary Skyrim as "the Betrayed". He also claims that the toxin the Dwemer used to blind them is not responsible for the sorry state of contemporary Falmer, and hints that the rest of the transformation can be explained by thousands of years of evolution.

[edit] Falmer Types

Falmer utilize a variety of fighting styles, including melee, ranged, and magic attacks. The specific variety you will meet is level-dependent, and you will continue to meet low-level versions even at high levels. Boss-level Falmer, however, will always be at the highest possible level. The Dawnguard add-on adds the Falmer Warmonger, which is one of the few creatures to have a grand soul.

All Falmer are blind (80 pts) and have a Fortify Sneak ability (30 pts). Most Falmer you will encounter are male; in fact, the Falmer listed in the tables below are all male in the base game. If Dawnguard is installed, however, the Falmer shaman will all be female and wear a special female Falmer outfit (their gender is still marked as male in the game data, however; only the Falmer Warmonger shaman is actually marked as being female).

Any Falmer that uses martial attacks (all types except shaman) also has a leveled "Falmer Poison" perk, which allows them to apply a leveled poison to their weapons. This poison is actually a spell that lasts for 3-4 seconds and causes a set amount of damage to health on hit (rather than damage per second over time).

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[edit] Melee Fighters

A Falmer fighter carrying a Falmer sword

These Falmer prefer to fight up close, wielding a fearsome weapon in one hand and a shield in the other. In addition to a Falmer Shield, they carry either a Falmer Sword, a Honed Falmer Sword, a Falmer War Axe, or a Honed Falmer War Axe. Falmer of level 22 or higher (except Warmongers) will also be equipped with a Falmer Helmet.

In addition to the gear listed above, melee Falmer loot includes the following items:

  • 50% chance to carry leveled amount of gold
  • 75% chance to carry gems, ore, Dwemer metal objects, ingredients (common, uncommon, or rare), a shovel or pickaxe, or damage health poisons
  • May also drop Falmer ears (one at a 50% chance, one at a 25% chance)
  • Falmer of level 15 or higher have a 50% chance of having a healing potion (Falmer Shadowmasters and Warmongers are guaranteed to carry one)

If Dawnguard is installed, Falmer Skulkers, Gloomlurkers, Nightprowlers, and Shadowmasters may spawn either with the default gear listed above, or with the same heavy armor outfit as the Falmer Warmongers. These "heavy armor" alternatives are identified by the "xx" at the beginning of the IDs listed in the table below. Falmer Warmongers are equipped with the following armor:

Name PC Level NPC Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Perks
Falmer 1 9
Male&M 00023a99
Male&M 00052382
180 177 163
Extra Damage 1.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Skulker 15 15
Male&M 00023a9a
Male&M xx00e8e4
290 197 198
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (6 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Gloomlurker 22 22
Male&M 00023a9b
Male&M xx00e8e8
410 220 210
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (7 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Nightprowler 30 30
Male&M 00023a9c
Male&M xx00e8ee
550 197 300
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (9 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Shadowmaster 38 38
Male&M 00023a9d
Male&M xx00e8ef
700 273 362
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer WarmongerDG 48 48
Male&M xx015caa
920 307 378
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 4 sec.)

[edit] Melee Bosses

A Falmer Warmonger in full heavy armor

Falmer melee bosses have the same equipment and loot as the melee Falmer listed above, but appear at higher levels. At low levels, Falmer bosses can be much more difficult than normal Falmer; at higher levels, the bosses are actually lower level than regular melee Falmer, but have slightly higher stats.

Name PC Level NPC Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Falmer Skulker 1-22 18
Male&M 00052387
370 182 228 Healing
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (6 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Gloomlurker 38 26
Male&M 0005238c
500 233 242 Healing
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (7 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Nightprowler 46 35
Male&M 0005238d
640 213 357 Healing
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (9 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Shadowmaster 54 44
Male&M 0005238e
830 293 372 Healing
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer WarmongerDG 64 54
Male&M xx015cb2
930 327 388 Healing
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 4 sec.)

[edit] Archers

A Falmer archer stalking toward his enemy

Some Falmer prefer to stay at a distance and assault you with missile attacks. These archers wield a Falmer Bow and carry 12 Falmer Arrows, and have a chance to carry a small number of other arrows (of any quality from iron to Daedric). Level 1 archers also carry a Falmer Sword, and any archer of level 22 or higher is equipped with a Falmer Helmet.

In addition to the gear listed above, Falmer archer loot includes the following items:

  • 50% chance to carry leveled amount of gold
  • 75% chance to carry gems, ore, Dwemer metal objects, ingredients (common, uncommon, or rare), a shovel or pickaxe, or damage health poisons
  • May also drop Falmer Ears (one at a 50% chance, one at a 25% chance)

If Dawnguard is installed, Falmer Warmonger archers will appear starting at level 48. These heavily-armored Falmer have the following equipment in addition to the gear listed above:

  • Boots: 25% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Boots or Falmer Heavy Boots
  • Cuirass: 75% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Armor or Falmer Heavy Armor
  • Gauntlets: 25% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Gauntlets or Falmer Heavy Gauntlets
  • Helmet: either a Falmer Hardened Helm or a Falmer Heavy Helm
Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Perks
Falmer 1 9
Male&M 00025d2c
Male&M 0005238
180 177 163
Extra Damage 1.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Skulker 15 15
Male&M 00025d2a
290 197 198
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (6 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Gloomlurker 22 22
Male&M 00025d24
410 220 210
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (7 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Nightprowler 30 30
Male&M 00025d26
550 197 300
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (9 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Shadowmaster 38 38
Male&M 00025d28
700 273 362
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer WarmongerDG 48 48
Male&M xx015caf
920 307 378
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 4 sec.)

[edit] Shaman

A Falmer Shaman wielding her bound sword
A Shadowmaster shaman using a staff of Lightning Bolts

Falmer shaman are skilled spellcasters, relying primarily on the use of offensive spells in combat. Although they do not know the Bound Sword spell, all shaman carry a bound sword with the following enchantments: Banish Summoned (an effect that functions like the Oblivion Binding perk), Soul Trap (5 seconds), and Turn Raised Undead (essentially a Turn Undead effect). Falmer shaman do not wear armor.

In addition to the gear listed above, Falmer shaman loot includes the following items:

  • 50% chance to carry leveled amount of gold
  • 75% chance to carry a selection of ore, ingredients (common, uncommon, or rare), damage health poisons, or soul gems
  • May also drop Falmer Ears (one at a 50% chance, one at a 25% chance)

If Dawnguard is installed, Falmer Warmonger shaman will appear starting at level 48. They do not wear heavy armor like their martial counterparts, but they do have a chance to carry either a Bound Sword or a staff of Firebolts, Ice Spikes, or Lightning Bolts.

Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Falmer 1 5
Female&F 00025d36
133 120 157
Fast Healing
Ice Spike
Lesser Ward
Oakflesh
Sparks
None
Falmer Skulker 15 8
Female&F 00025d34
183 185 187
Frostbite
Lightning Bolt
Steadfast Ward
Stoneflesh
Extra Damage 1.5
Falmer Gloomlurker 22 14
Female&F 00025d2e
258 265 197
Fast Healing
Frostbite
Ice Spike
Lightning Cloak
Steadfast Ward
Extra Damage 2
Falmer Nightprowler 30 19
Female&F 00025d30
350 340 230
Fast Healing
Ice Spike
Sparks
Steadfast Ward
Stoneflesh
Extra Damage 2
Falmer Shadowmaster 38 25
Female&F 00025d32
400 420 240
Fast Healing
Frost Cloak
Ironflesh
Lightning Bolt
Steadfast Ward
Extra Damage 2
Falmer WarmongerDG 48 35
Female&F xx015cb0
533 470 257
Chain Lightning
Fast Healing
Frost Cloak
Ironflesh
Lightning Bolt
Steadfast Ward
Extra Damage 2

[edit] Spellswords

A Falmer Spellsword chasing down his enemy

Falmer spellswords mix the martial attacks of their melee cousins and the magical attacks of the Falmer shaman. They wield either a Falmer Sword, a Honed Falmer Sword, a Falmer War Axe, or a Honed Falmer War Axe, and they do not carry a shield, preferring instead to keep a hand free for spells. Falmer of level 22 or higher (except Warmongers) will also be equipped with a Falmer Helmet.

In addition to the gear listed above, Falmer spellsword loot includes the following items:

  • 50% chance to carry leveled amount of gold
  • 75% chance to carry gems, ore, Dwemer metal objects, ingredients (common, uncommon, or rare), a shovel or pickaxe, or damage health poisons
  • May also drop Falmer Ears (one at a 50% chance, one at a 25% chance)

If Dawnguard is installed, Falmer Warmonger spellswords will appear starting at level 48. These heavily-armored Falmer have the following equipment in addition to the gear listed above:

  • Boots: 25% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Boots or Falmer Heavy Boots
  • Cuirass: 75% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Armor or Falmer Heavy Armor
  • Gauntlets: 25% chance to have either Falmer Hardened Gauntlets or Falmer Heavy Gauntlets
  • Helmet: either a Falmer Hardened Helm or a Falmer Heavy Helm
Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Falmer 1 9
Male&M 00063224
Male&M 00063225
180 177 163
Frostbite
Healing
Extra Damage 1.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Skulker 15 15
Male&M 00063226
290 197 198
Healing
Ice Spike
Sparks
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (6 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Gloomlurker 22 22
Male&M 00063227
410 220 210
Frostbite
Frost Cloak
Healing
Lightning Bolt
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (7 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Nightprowler 30 30
Male&M 0006322a
550 197 300
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Sparks
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (9 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Shadowmaster 38 38
Male&M 0006322b
700 273 362
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Wall of Frost
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer WarmongerDG 48 48
Male&M xx015cb1
920 307 378
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Wall of Frost
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 4 sec.)

[edit] Spellsword Bosses

A Spellsword boss readies his war axe and lightning.

Falmer spellsword bosses have the same equipment and loot as the spellsword Falmer listed above, but appear at higher levels. At low levels, Falmer bosses can be much more difficult than normal Falmer; at higher levels, the bosses are actually lower level than regular spellsword Falmer, but have slightly higher stats.

Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Spells Perks
Falmer Skulker 1-22 18
Male&M 0006322d
370 257 203
Healing
Ice Spike
Sparks
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (6 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Gloomlurker 38 26
Male&M 0006322f
500 283 242
Frostbite
Frost Cloak
Healing
Lightning Bolt
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (7 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Nightprowler 46 35
Male&M 0006322e
640 313 307
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Sparks
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (9 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer Shadowmaster 54 44
Male&M 00063230
830 403 272
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Wall of Frost
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 3 sec.)
Falmer WarmongerDG 64 54
Male&M xx015cb3
930 437 288
Chain Lightning
Healing
Ice Spike
Wall of Frost
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (12 pts for 4 sec.)

[edit] Feral FalmerDG

A feral Falmer lurking in the darkness of Darkfall Grotto

Feral Falmer only appear in the Dawnguard add-on, and can be found in Darkfall Grotto, a small cave in the Forgotten Vale. They carry no weapons and have no armor, but do carry a selection of the following items:

  • 50% chance to carry leveled amount of gold
  • 75% chance to carry gems, ore, Dwemer metal objects, ingredients (common, uncommon, or rare), a shovel or pickaxe, or damage health poisons
  • May also drop Falmer Ears (one at a 50% chance, one at a 25% chance)
Name Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Perks
Falmer 9
Male&M xx00d984
180 177 163
Extra Damage 1.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)

[edit] Frozen FalmerDG

Frozen Falmer only appear in the Dawnguard add-on, and can be found in the Inner Sanctum of Auriel's Chapel in the Forgotten Vale. All frozen Falmer are, in fact, Feral Falmer who were encased in ice. They are weak to fire attacks and have 100% resistance to Frost. Frozen Falmer come in two varieties: Frozen Vampire Falmer and Frozen Falmer Shaman.

[edit] Frozen Vampire Falmer

A Frozen Vampire Falmer spattered with blood

Frozen Vampire Falmer use unarmed attacks in battle. They do not have any weapons or armor, and carry no other items.

Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Resist Fire Resist Frost Perks
Frozen Vampire Falmer 1 1
Male&M xx01511f
100 150 150 -25 100 • Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Frozen Vampire Falmer 15 10
Male&M xx015120
190 180 165 -25 100
Extra Damage 1.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Frozen Vampire Falmer 30 20
Male&M xx015121
290 213 182 -25 100
Extra Damage 2
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Frozen Vampire Falmer 40 30
Male&M xx015122
390 247 198 -25 100
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)
Frozen Vampire Falmer 50 40
Male&M xx015123
490 280 215 -25 100
Extra Damage 2.5
• Falmer Poison (5 pts for 3 sec.)

[edit] Frozen Falmer Shaman

A Frozen Falmer Shaman unleashing a Lightning Bolt

Frozen Falmer Shaman use spells in combat. Although they do not know the Bound Sword spell, all shaman carry a bound sword with the following enchantments: Banish Summoned (an effect that functions like the Oblivion Binding perk), Soul Trap (5 seconds), and Turn Raised Undead (essentially a Turn Undead effect). Although the Frozen Falmer Shaman have a leveled amount of gold and a selection of other miscellaneous items, all frozen Falmer actually shatter into several pieces and melt on death, so no corpse is left behind to be looted.

Name PC Level Level IDs OBHealthIcon small.png OBMagickaIcon small.png Sta. Resist Fire Resist Frost Spells Perks
Frozen Falmer Shaman 1 1
Male&M xx015127
100 150 150 -25 100
Fast Healing
Frost Cloak
Ironflesh
Lightning Bolt
Steadfast Ward
None
Frozen Falmer Shaman 15 10
Male&M xx015128
190 180 165 -25 100 Extra Damage 1.5
Frozen Falmer Shaman 30 20
Male&M xx015129
290 213 182 -25 100 Extra Damage 2
Frozen Falmer Shaman 40 30
Male&M xx015122
390 247 198 -25 100 Extra Damage 2
Falmer Shadowmaster 50 40
Male&M xx015123
490 280 215 -25 100 Extra Damage 2

[edit] Companions

A Falmer tent

Falmer are typically accompanied by a few monsters, which will vary depending upon your level. The monsters will be the same level as the minimum PC level listed in the table below (so at levels 6-11, the Frostbite Spider companion will be level 6, and so on).

Player Level Companion
1 Frostbite Spider or Skeever
6 Frostbite Spider
12 Chaurus
14 Giant Frostbite Spider
20 Chaurus Reaper

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] Notes

  • In some ruins, such as Nchuand-Zel, you might see small, two-foot-tall versions of Falmer.

[edit] See Also

For historical information about the Falmer, see the lore article.

[edit] Books



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