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Elk are passive animals found in the wild that can be hunted for their venison, antlers and hide. Their hides can be turned into leather using a tanning rack, one hide yields 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, though they have slightly more health than deer.


They can often be seen running from other predators such as bears and hunters. Although normally passive, the elk will still attack the Dragonborn if under the influence of a Spriggan or spells like Fury are cast on it and if the Dragonborn is the closest thing to the elk. Elk can also be seen wandering together with deer.

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.



  • Male elk are larger, have darker fur, and have larger antlers than females.
  • While its antlers do not resemble the modern day elk, it is likely modeled after the now extinct Megaloceros or Irish Elk.


This section contains bugs related to Elk. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
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  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PS3   If the elk is shot in the head with a bow that has an enchantment on, it will not have hide when looted.
  •  360   PS3   Sometimes, elk can run along the ground underwater.
  •  360   Sometimes, when an elk is killed, it will turn vertically with its head in the ground and become impossible to loot.


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  • Deer mourning

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    • RenzXVI wrote:It is trying to hit your conscience... :p Yep... I had to shoot him so he wouldn't be sad anymore. RIP. Now I'm sad for both of them.
    • It's the reason why I am an stealthy archer mage... I sneak up on them and kill them with arrows then I use destruction spells to cremate them. XD

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