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Dunmer in Skyrim.

For other uses, see Dunmer.
"Also known as "Dunmer" in their homeland of Morrowind, dark elves are noted for their stealth and magic skills. They are naturally resistant to fire and can call upon their Ancestor's Wrath to surround themselves in fire."
―Racial description[src]

The Dunmer, more commonly referred to as Dark Elves, are the dark skinned elven natives of the province of Morrowind but can be encountered anywhere in Tamriel. Notable, after the eruption of Red Mountain, many Dunmer fled to Skyrim. There, they face extreme prejudices due to their elven blood and their status as refugees. Despite this, several Dunmer have established a foothold in Skyrim as skillful merchants and mages.


Dunmer have glowing red eyes and grayish skin tones that range from shades of blue to green.


Male and female Dunmer have a height of 1.0, the standard height of many races in Skyrim. Of the elves, they are taller than the Bosmer, which rank at 0.95 and shorter than Altmer, which rank 1.08.[note 1]


Migration – Red Mountain eruptionEdit

After the eruption of Red Mountain, many Dunmer fled to Skyrim. Several took up residence at the College of Winterhold, to bolster their innate magical talents.[1] Many more fled to Windhelm, the seat of the Stormcloaks' resistance against the Empire of Tamriel.

Azura's visionEdit

Before the destruction that led to the mass exodus of Dunmer, several of the faithful of Azura received visions of the eruption of Red Mountain. Setting out for Winterhold, these Dunmer built the Shrine of Azura and remained there as priests and priestesses, though they eventually left over time, until only one remained, Aranea Ienith.[2]

Character creationEdit


A male Dunmer mage

Skill bonusesEdit

Starting spellsEdit

Special abilitiesEdit

  • Ancestor's Wrath: Once per day for 60 seconds, opponents that get too close take 8 points per second of fire damage. Ancestor's Wrath can harm neutral NPCs such as town guards.
  • Resist Fire: Your Dunmer blood gives you 50% resistance to fire.

Popular usage and unique game playEdit

The Dunmer is a versatile race that can almost fill any role, due to the racial powers and skill bonuses.

Combat, Stealth and MagicEdit


A Dunmer assassin.

The Dunmer racial Ancestor's Wrath power adds additional usefulness to melee combat. Causing fire damage to any foe within melee range, this racial power seems to benefit most from a melee fighter play-style.

In terms of skills, the Dunmer is an advantageous race for thieves, assassins and mages, as they offer a good balance of stealth and magical talent. This race provides a middle ground between the other Mer species, as the Bosmer are adept at stealth and the Altmer are experts of magic.

The Dunmer are known for their aptitude in magic, especially destruction magic. Dunmer also have increased abilities in other magical classes, including Alteration and Illusion. Dunmer characters begin the game with the additional spell Sparks, even though this advantage is short lived, as a Sparks Spell Tome (Skyrim) can be acquired in the tutorial quest "Unbound."


Dunmer Vampire

A Dunmer Vampire.

Seeing as they have a natural resistance against fire, Dunmer could also effectively be used when playing as a Vampire with the Dawnguard add-on. As Stage IV vampires have 50% weakness to fire, the Dunmers' resistance counteracts this penalty almost entirely.

Notable DunmerEdit



  • One can sometimes encounter Dunmer (usually Dunmeri women) whose skin color is almost navy blue to black. However, the scale shader in the character creation menu does not allow the player character's skin to be this dark.

See alsoEdit


  1. The getscale command shows that races all have their own unique base scale.



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