Best Races in The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim

The Top Ten


Being a Nord is cool,but never join Stormcloaks, if you played the game pretty well and knows the lore, you will find out that Imperial Legion is the better side, especially for an united Tamriel, for the future of Tamriel.Or else the High elves will again dominate over humans.

Being a tall muscular blonde haired blued eyed man, I find I more closely relate to them, so it's easier for role playing. Not to mention, but I do also enjoy khajiit, Breton, dark elf, redguard, Orc, and wood elf.

The game kinda forces you to be a nord in many ways. plus a cat or lizzard or any other race as dragonborn just doesn't make any sense. I relized this and now I'm a nord all the time

Nords are the best. I think khajiit actually suck, they're powers and abilities are useless and I think playing as a thief/assassin is kinda boring


There are cool thievs and also they diserve to be in the cyitis and the calws are cool if have goood smithing the claws ac also be very good and if you join the compnions its good beating up nazeem easyli

Khajiit are literally the best race. They start out with the highest thief skills like sneak, pickpocket, and lockpicking and also have high one handed armour. And plus, they just looks badass. I mean, who doesn't want to be an awesome warrior cat?

Nothing describes "fury" better than a Khajiit racing around the battlefield, faster than the enemy can swing, and nothing brings terror more than a Khajiit's fangs speeding from the dark towards you!

I like the Khajiits more because they're cats than their stats and stuff, but they still know how to chop heads. It's rather fun going around looking all dainty and skinny and stuff then BAM - one hit headchop kill. Fear me. Meow.


They are the best at everything who do not want 35 residence to magic truly the best race in the world they can do everything and they make good nightingale

Highest resistance to magic plus the only race to start the game with a conjuration spell important for building the skill up early in the game

They in my choice the best race is the Breton there bad ass mages and worrier there is nothing that can stop them

Breton are also really good worriors and thief and assassins I have a level 122 master nightingale Breton and he bad to the bone


The Orsimer are a proud race of mer that totally are awesome and should be #1 because they are the best warriors of Tamriel by far. They are uniquely gifted in combat unlike all the other mer races and make for a good aesthetic character when choosing between stormcloaks or imperials. It's so fun to pretend to be a barbarian since that's what skyrim is all about. Magic is pathetic but strength is what makes you live in the cold harsh land of skyrim.

I think that the Orc should be #1 because they are great at blacksmithing and share some of the greatest armor across Skyrim and Tamriel. The Orcs also have some of the coolest strongholds across the land. The Orcs are also the greatest hunters in Tamriel. Orcs are great with all weapon types and can rock your world in heavy armor. Orcs are definitely the master race.
-Alex Robinson.

Fighting is what you will do a lot of in this game and what good is an assassin going to do to the World Eater Alduin himself. You need a warrior for this job and Orcs are capable of taking down any opponent

Orcs are, in my opinion, the greatest warriors in all of Tamriel. They may not be great mages, cunning thieves, or deadly assassins, but they are, however, the most deadly race to ever wield a weapon!


Mine is red and blacks and sounds like a snake... Plus its almost impossible to turn into a vampire and ruin the game... Argonians are the best full stop!

Argonians are the most deadly killers. Black marsh was the only province in tamriel that was not annexed by Tiber Septim and the Empire. The Shadow scales are the most deadly assassins for the Dark Brotherhood, and the hyst trees are the source of power for black marsh.

The unlimited time underwater really helps when you are trying to get away or hide. Very helpful ability to have.

It has a very unique appearance. I also like argonian's power, it 's really useful when you're on the verge of death

Wood Elf

I am usually the archer in RPG games, so wood elves are my first choice. Plus they have 50% disease resistance.

Wood elfs are the best race in skyrim because there the best at archery, and 2nd in sneak, lock picking, and pickpocketing. They are also the second best assasins in skyrim. So if you want a assasin or thief you should choose wood elfs.

Their aweosme and their the greatest archers and are 50% resistant to diseases and look cool compared to the other elves

Great little thieves and the best arches in the whole or skyrim! Fantastic assassins too

Dark Elf

Dark elf is the best because it gives better skill to destruction and using destruction magic is more fun than using swords.

Dark elves are number 1, no doubt about it.
1.50% resistance to fire is so helpful when fighting fire breath dragons or when you getting powned up the anus by Krosis!
2.You get better level skills when starting.
3.They look the most badass by far.

Who's more badass than somebody that does not care about any other race and say it their faces?

Dark elves are malevolent when they want to be, but also exhibit a suttle elegance.


Redgaurds are gifted talented warriors of hammerfell, fantastic with a bow as well as a mace, dual wielded of coarse. Also a fun character to interact with such as Iran or saadia!

Resisted the thalmor after the empire abandoned them, pretty badass!

It's SOoo fun to kill with a bow


By far imperials are a good mix of anything you want. On the downside, they are pretty pathetic compared to other races just because they have no good particular useful talent. Also it's not fun to be pressured into joining the imperials because you're an imperial

Imperials are all around so if they became level 100 would mean they are perfect beings. Spoilers! Found out that dragonborn is nord, cyrodil champion is imperial, and nerevarine is dark elf! So happy my main guy for each game was so accurate

The imperial has the best variety of being both a mage and a warrior and to pair it with imperial luck with finding extra gold, this has my vote for favorite class in the game alongside Breton.

Useful for people who just want to settle down with a nice home. Because imperial luck skill gets you WAY more gold.

High Elf

The reason why the High Elves are the superior race is because they are genetically superior to every other race in Tamriel. Most races have a lifespan of 80 years but the Altmer can live for thousands of years. Which means High Elves can master every single fighting style and could become the most skilled warriors, mages, archers, thieves, assassins, etc. Also they are the tallest race in all of Tamriel.

Really? Number 8? I know most are generally either douchey Thalmor members or snooty in general, but playing as a High Elf is pretty awesome! They look awesome and since you have 50 Magicka, you can work on your health and stamina for a bit. Also, most mage skills are already levelled up a bit. Plus you get some decent spells (for beginners anyway) automatically.

We Altmer (or High Elves for those who do not know what 'Altmer' means) are the superior race for many different reasons. Reason number one is we are the greatest when it comes to magical ability. We practically invented magic. Reason number two is we defeated the Imperial army. Sincerely, a concerned Altmer.

Ok, I think you guys are judging all high elves just because of the thalmor. High elves are actually a really good choice for a race. They have an awesome magicka boost and a great racial ability. Even if you're not playing a Mage, magic is always useful, so that magicka boost is drastic when it comes to combat.

The Contenders


I wish they would come back in a future game

Worth the try lol

They're too short


Alex is the master Race. More specifically Alex Robinson.

I love internet so much.

Best race


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Snow Elf

They would be so badass to have one too play as, they have legendary magick

They would the best out of all elf


It the most rarest race of all time gay

Fattest race ever

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