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Races Oblivion

Race is a classification used to categorize beings with similar phenotypical traits. Some races are more similar than others, while some are vastly different. Each race falls into three different subcategories: human, mer, and Beastfolk. Of all the races in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, there are ten playable races open to the Hero of Kvatch, the game's protagonist. Most Characters fall into one of these races. Dremora are abundant in Oblivion, although almost entirely hostile. Several extinct races are mentioned in Oblivion's lore.

Comparisons with other gamesEdit

There have been 10 playable races in every Elder Scrolls game except The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, where Imperials and Orcs were not a playable race. Because Oblivion is partially set in the realms of Oblivion, more Dremora are encountered than in previous titles, where they are merely summoned by Conjuration magic. Oblivion is also the first title to depict female Dremora.

Impact on character creationEdit

Main article: Character Creation (Oblivion)

Upon selecting a race, certain bonuses and impediments are immediately counted toward the Hero's attributes and skills. For example, Mer, or elves, excel at magic; Nords, Redguards, and Orsimer excel at combat-oriented abilities. Each race is better suited for a different class, although Oblivion allows for enough customization to make any race work with any class, depending on player preference. Baurus, in the Imperial City Sewers, offers his opinion of the player's class depending on their race and the skills used during the tutorial.

Playable racesEdit

Tamriel is the home of all the ten main races, each occupying a different portion of the continent. The races are:

Race attribute modifiersEdit

  • All attributes have a base of 40, except for luck, for which all races have 50
Race Sex Strength Intelligence Willpower Agility Speed Endurance Personality Luck
Altmer (High Elf) M -10 +10 -10
Altmer (High Elf) F -10 +10 -10
Argonian M -10 +10 +10 -10 -10
Argonian F +10 -10 -10
Bosmer (Wood Elf) M -10 -10 +10 +10 -10
Bosmer (Wood Elf) F -10 -10 +10 +10 -10
Breton M +10 +10 -10 -10 -10
Breton F -10 +10 +10 -10 -10
Dunmer (Dark Elf) M -10 +10 -10
Dunmer (Dark Elf) F -10 +10 -10
Imperial M -10 -10 +10
Imperial F -10 -10 +10
Khajiit M -10 +10 -10
Khajiit F -10 -10 +10
Nord M +10 -10 -10 +10 -10
Nord F +10 -10 -10
Orsimer (Orc) M +5 -10 +10 -5 -10 +10 -10
Orsimer (Orc) F +5 +5 -5 -10 +10 -15
Redguard M +10 -10 -10 +10 -10
Redguard F -10 -10 +10

Race skill bonusesEdit

Skills Altmer (High Elf) Argonian Bosmer (Wood Elf) Breton Dunmer (Dark Elf) Imperial Khajiit Nord Orsimer (Orc) Redguard
Acrobatics     +5       +10      
Alchemy +5 +5 +10 +5            
Alteration +10   +5 +5            
Armorer               +5 +10  
Athletics   +10     +5   +5     +10
Blade   +5     +10 +5 +5 +10   +10
Block               +5 +10  
Blunt         +5 +5   +10 +10 +10
Conjuration +5     +10            
Destruction +10       +10          
Hand-to-Hand   +5       +5 +10   +5  
Heavy Armor           +10   +10 +10 +5
Illusion +5 +5   +5            
Light Armor     +5   +5   +5     +5
Marksman     +10   +5          
Mercantile           +10       +5
Mysticism +10 +5   +10 +5          
Restoration       +10       +5    
Security   +10         +5      
Sneak     +10       +5      



Non-playable racesEdit

Some of the races that inhabit the world of Nirn and Tamriel, but are not playable or included as NPCs in Oblivion are:

  • Aedra and Daedra – Not races per se, but they are divine beings beyond mortal classification.
  • Ayleid (Heartland High Elves/Wild Elves) – The predominant ancient race of Cyrodiil who have now been reduced to tribal primitives.
  • Imga (Ape-Men)
  • Maormer (Tropical Elf)
  • Sload – Slug-men who are skilled mages
  • Tsaesci
  • Hist
  • Dragons

Some of the ancient races of the Tamriel, most of whom have disappeared, include:

  • Chimer – The ancestors to the current Dunmer
  • Dwemer – An ancient elven race, incorrectly called Dwarves
  • Falmer (Snow Elf)
  • Nedes – Predecessors of the Nord, Imperials, and Bretons

Recognizing racesEdit

The race of most NPCs in Cyrodiil can be recognized by physical appearance. However, some NPCs, especially those of Breton or Imperial ancestry, are more difficult to distinguish. PC players can identify races using console commands: Enter the console by pressing tilde (~), click on the target NPC, and type: GetIsRace {RaceID} using one of the following RaceIDs below.

Race RaceID
Altmer (High Elf) 00019204
Argonian 00023FE9
Bosmer (Wood Elf) 000223C8
Breton 000224FC
Dunmer (Dark Elf) 000191C1
Imperial 00000907
Khajiit 000223C7
Nord 000224FD
Orsimer (Orc) 000191C0
Redguard 00000D43
Order of Jellof (Half Elf) 0000000

See alsoEdit

Humans BretonImperialNordRedguard
Mer AltmerBosmerDunmerOrsimer
Beastfolk ArgonianKhajiit

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