This page details the ten playable races in Elder Scrolls Online, as well as the many non-playable NPC races you can encounter.
There are ten playable races in ESO. Each race has a home province (with the exception of Orcs), as well as an alliance that they are a member of. The races can be organized by what alliance they are loyal to:
|Aldmeri Dominion||Daggerfall Covenant||Ebonheart Pact||Other|
All playable races have an associated skill line that complements their lore, such as the Dunmer proficiency with fire based magicka. The skill lines also give a bonus to one weapon type which also compliments their lore, such as the Nords bonus to Two Handed weapons.
|Alliance||Race||Skill||Max Health||Max Stamina||Max Magicka||Health Recovery||Stamina Recovery||Magicka Recovery||Other Bonus|
|Altmer (High Elves)||Destruction Staff||10%||9%||Increases damage with Cold, Fire or Shock effects by 4%|
|Bosmer (Wood Elves)||Bow||3%||21%||Increases Poison and disease resistance by x;
Decreases stealth radius by 3 meters;
Increases damage done while stealthed by 10%
|Khajiit||Medium Armor||20%||10%||Decreases stealth radius by 3 meters;
Increases damage done while stealthed by 10%;
Increases weapon critical damage by 2/5/8%
|Breton (Manmer)||Light Armor||10%||Reduces the magicka cost of spells by 3%;
Increases spell resistance by x
|Redguard (Yokudans)||One Hand and Shield||10%||9%||Restores y stamina when damaging an enemy with a melee attack (only once every 3 seconds)|
|Orc (Orsimer)||Heavy Armor||6%||6%||30%||Reduces sprint cost by 12%;
Increases sprint speed by 10%;
Increases damage done on melee weapon attacks by 4%
|Nord||Two Handed||9%||30%||Decreases incoming damage by 6%;
Increases frost resistance by x
|Dunmer (Dark Elves)||Dual Wield||6%||6%+3%||Increases Flame resistance by x;
Increases spell damage with Fire effects by 7%
|Argonian (Saxhleel)||Restoration Staff||6%||Increases healing received by 9%;
Increases Poison and disease resistance by x;
Increases swimming speed by 50%;
Upon using a potion, gain 8% of your maximum, health, magicka and stamina.
|Any||Imperial (Cyrodiils)||One Hand and Shield||12%||10%||Melee attacks have 10% chance to restore z Health|
Many of the above 'other bonuses' do not unlock until player level 25 or above. Details can be found on each race's associated page.
There are a number of other races throughout the game that are not available for you to play as (although some are available as costumes):
- Dark Seducer
- Draugr (Dragon Priest)
- Golden Saint (Auroran)
- Pumpkin Spectre
- Scarecrow Spectre
- Your choice of Alliance when creating your character, usually dictated by race, is the single biggest influence on how your game will differ compared to other players.
- The Imperials are only a playable race for those with the Imperial Edition of the game.
- Reachmen consider themselves a distinct race separate from their Breton ancestry, but they are considered a faction of Bretons in the game.