Best Races in The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim


The Top Ten

1 Nord

I am proud to be a Nord. - Alpha101

I always make my Nords have brown hair and green eyes, so they look really weird being from the north.

Love being a strong bearded nord charging into the midst of any battle.

Nords are good for paying skyrim lore. After all, you are the dragon born

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2 Khajiit

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?

Cute! Who doesn't want to be an awesome cat being?

Who needs weapons when you are a Khajiit. Best race, especially when you need to get around quickly

Lel I just love these because I'm the #1 Warriors fan and come one? It's A GIANT CAT!

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3 Wood Elf

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

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

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.

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4 Orc

Awesome warriors but also fun to play as Mage or thief just to be different

The ultimate Beast/Warrior of The Elder Scrolls!

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!

Orcs are ugly but I also never go two handed warrior in a game, I like one handed swords and daggers with magic in other hand. - matthewwilliams2

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5 Argonian

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!

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

Any Argonian could beat a High Elf easy.

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.

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6 Breton

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 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

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

I think Bretons are cool cause they are magic. Like magic magic.

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7 Dark Elf

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.

What's more badass than red eyes.

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.

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8 Redguard

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!

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9 Imperial

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

Most normal looking out of them. And they go through all of then

Imperials are the best all-rounders and look good as well

They are bad to the bone

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10 High Elf

Why are High Elves on the list? They only care about themselves and are similar to the Nazis in many ways - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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.

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

11 Dragon Dragon A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures.
12 Alex

Alex is the master Race. More specifically Alex Robinson.

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13 Snow Elf

They would be so badass to have one too play as, they have legendary magick - matthewwilliams2

They would the best out of all elf

14 Kaleb

It the most rarest race of all time gay

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15 Dwemer

I wish they would come back in a future game

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