Elk are passive, wild animals in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are found in the wild and can be hunted for their venison, antlers, and hide. Their hide is used in smithing, and when using a tanning rack, it can be turned into two pieces of leather, which then can be used in armor-making. Their antlers can be used as alchemy ingredients. Their venison can be used in cooking or can be eaten raw.
Elk are very common, and with the right hunting tactics, fairly easy to kill. They are slightly stronger than deer.
They can often be seen running from other predators such as Bears and Hunters. Although normally passive, Elk will still attack the Dragonborn if spells like Fury are cast on it and the Dragonborn is the closest thing to the Elk. Elk can also be seen wandering together with Deer. With the right tactics, you can kill both of them and get easy Leather and Antlers.
Elk are relatively weak, but fast. Two effective tactics are to sneak from a distance with a bow or dual-cast Destruction spells, such as Firebolt. Melee weapons like a sword can be used to strike Elk, but the attack must land quickly because Elk flee when startled. The Unrelenting Force, Ice Form , and Kyne's Peace shouts can be used to immobilize Elk.
Elk can be reanimated with the Conjuration spell Raise Zombie . They do not aid their summoner in combat, but can be used as a distraction. Another easy way to hunt Elk is to use shouts such as Frost Breath or Fire Breath to kill them instantly. The illusion spells Fury and Calm also work to make them vulnerable to your attack.
Using frostbite venom potions on arrows is advised when hunting elk.
- The Elk in Skyrim seem to be Megaloceros, also called an Irish Elk, a species of extinct giant Deer.
- Sometimes Elk can run along the ground underwater.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)
|Creatures and Enemies (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)|
|Animals||Bear • Cave Bear • Chicken • Cow • Deer • Dog • Elk • Fox • Goat • Hawk • Horker • Horse |
Ice Wolf • Mammoth • Mudcrab • Rabbit • Sabre Cat • Skeever • Slaughterfish • Snow Bear • Snow Fox • Wolf
|Creatures||Chaurus • Frostbite Spider • Frost Troll • Giant • Hagraven • Ice Wraith • Spriggan • Troll|
|Daedra||Dremora • Flame Atronach • Frost Atronach • Storm Atronach|
|Undead||Corrupted Shade • Dragon Priest • Draugr • Magic Anomaly • Skeleton |
Subjugated Ghost • Wisp • Wispmother • Vampire
|Animunculi||Dwarven Centurion • Dwarven Sphere • Dwarven Spider|
|Dragons||Dragon • Blood Dragon • Frost Dragon • Elder Dragon • Ancient Dragon • Skeletal Dragon|