In the world of Tamriel there exists various human, elven and beast races with 10 of them which are playable in Skyrim. The Human races consists of Imperials, Nords, Bretons, and Redguards, the elven races consists of High Elves, Dark Elves, Wood Elves and Orcs which are referred to as the Mer races, and last but not least the beast races which consists of Khajiits and Argonians. Let’s have a closer look at the playable races in Skyrim.
The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim takes place in the homeland of the hardy Nords, a human race in their homeland of Skyrim. The icy atmosphere of Skyrim has made the Nord race adapt to the snowy environment and they developed a natural resistance to harsh weather and therefore also a resistance to any form of frost magic. They are natural warriors and take pride in battles that their ancestors fought for Skyrim. They have the Battlecry ability that can be used to make opponents flee from battle.
Redguards are a human race hailing from Hammerfell, they are among the most talented warrior races in Tamriel. Redguards can use an ability called Adrenaline Rush once a day to rapidly replenish their stamina, and have a natural resistance to poisons.
The Imperials are a human race with their home in Cyrodiil, the center of the Empire, therefore also known as Cyrodiils. They are generally known for their silver tongues, their natural gift at trading, and their talent to sway any diplomatic dispute in their favor. They are born with the power called “Voice of the Emperor” that calms opponents until they forgot why they were attacking.
Bretons hail from the province of High Rock, although they have an elvish ancestry they are still a human race. They are natural mages and known summoners, they have built a resistance to all forms of magic and can use their Dragonskin power to absorb any incoming magical attack once a day.
Argonians are a reptilian race from Blackmarsh, Black Marsh consists of mostly swamps, and therefore Argonians have built natural resistance to diseases. Argonians swim using their tail to propel them through water, and they are the only race that can breathe underwater. They are born with the useful ability called Histskin that they can use once a day to regenerate their health.
Khajiit are a feline humanoid race hailing from their homeland of Elsweyr. They possess superior agility and intelligence, and therefore make excellent thieves. They can use Nighteye multiple times per day which enhances their vision at night. They can also attack with their claws which deals four times more damage compared to a unarmed attack from the other races.
The Altmer or High Elves, hailing from Summerset Isle, are the most gifted in the arcane arts of all the races in Tamriel. They are an extremely proud race and sometimes even snobbish. They are born with an ability called Highborn that replenishes magicka once a day.
Hailing from their homeland of Orsinium, Orcs also known as Orsimer are a tribal race that mostly consists of ruthless and loyal warriors. Orcs are also excellent blacksmiths and known throughout Tamriel for their craftsmanship of weapons and armor. They can use Berserker Rage once a day, a devastating ability that doubles the damage of each strike and hardens their constitution.
The Bosmer, also known as wood elves, is one of the elven races which hail from Valenwood a forested region within Tamriel. There are no better archers within all of Tamriel than the Bosmer. Their forested homeland has made them adapt to various poisons and diseases and they have gained a unique ability to control lesser animals.
Dark elves, more commonly known as Dunmer, originally originated from Morrowind. They are skilled in magic and stealth, and therefore can become excellent mages, assassins or spellswords. They have built a resistance to fire, and can cloak themselves in fire once a day, to damage nearby threats which they call Ancestors Wrath.