Get Ready For Skyrim With The Game's Perks, Racial Traits

While the next game in the Elder Scrolls series won't be out until November, you can start preparing for your adventures now with this list of the game's perk trees and specific racial abilities.

Collated by fan site theelderscrollsskyrim, it's not complete, but it's close enough to get you started.

Looks like i'll be playing Imperial. Again.

Skyrim will be out on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 11.

Racial Abilities

- ORCS: Beserker - REDGUARDS: Adrenaline Rush - WOOD ELF: Resist poison, resisit disease, command animals - NORD: Battlecry - KHAJIIT: Night-eye, claw attacks - IMPERIAL: Voice of the Emperor, find more coins when looting - HIGH ELF: Regenerate Magicka more quickly - DARK ELF: Ancestor's Wrath (surround self in fire), resist fire - BRETON: Dragonskin (absorb spells), resist shock - ARGONIANS: Histskin (regenerate health quickly), resist disease, breathe underwater

Note on racial stats: Each race starts off with different stats.

-Argonians start with 25 in Lockpicking, 20 in Pickpocketing, Sneak, etc… -Orcs start with 25 in Heavy Armour, 20 in Enchanting, Smithing etc…

Perk Trees


- Buying and selling price 10% better (5 ranks) - 10% price buying from opposite sex - Invest in shops and increase available gold permanently in invested stores - Master Trader — every merchant in world gains 1000 gold for bartering - Buy and sell from any merchant regardless of what they normally buy and sell - Intimidation attempts twice as successful - Persuasion attempts more likely successful


- Potions 20% stronger (5 ranks) - Potions for restore health, magicka or stamina are 25% more powerful (maybe ranked) - Poisons 25% more effective (maybe ranked) - Poisons last for twice as many hits - Two ingredients are gathered from plants - 50% resistance to all poisons - All negative effects removed from potions and all positive removed from poisons - 2 effects of an ingredient are revealed when testing it for the first time (instead of just one)


- Dual casting overcharges effect for more powerful spell - Cast Novice spells for 50% less magicka - Cast Apprentice spells for 50% less magicka - Cast Adept, Expert, Master etc spells for 50% less magicka (more levels this time around) - Spells work on higher level animals - Spells work on higher level people - All spellcasting (from ANY school) is done silently - Spells work on undead, daedra and automatons - Fear spells work on higher level enemies


- Novice for 50% magicka etc (up to Master) - Dual casting overcharges –> greater spell effect - Bound weapons do more damage - Bound weapons cast Soul Trap on target - Bound weapons banish certain creatures - Reanimate undead with 100 more health - Summon 2 Atronachs or reanimated zombies - Summon Atronachs at twice the distance - Summoned Atronachs twice as strong


- More damage for each school (fire, frost and shock) — ranked - Novice for 50% magicka etc. - Shock damage chance to disintegrate targets if their health is under 10% - Frost damage chance to paralyse targets if health low - Fire damage chance to make low health enemies flee - Place runes 5x farther away


- Healing spells also restore stamina - Novice for 50% less magicka etc - Healing spells do 50% more healing - Recharging healing spells - More is recharged with each hit with healing spells (unclear) - Spells more effective against undead - Once a day chance to autocast 250HP restoration when health drops low - Magicka regenerates 25% faster


- Novice for 50% less etc - Alteration spells have greater duration (ranked) - Absorb 30% magicka that hits you


- Enchants are 20% stronger (ranked) - Enchanted armour 25% stronger - "Soul gems provide extra magicka for recharging" — again, dodgy recording but that's what I heard, even if it doesn't make much sense - Death blows to creatures but not people trap souls for weapon recharge - Health, magicka and stamina enchants stronger - Extra effect on already-enchanted weapon can be applied - Shock, Frost and Fire enchants 25% stronger (individual perks for each element)

Heavy Armour

- Increase armour rating 20% (5 ranks) - Unarmed attacks with heavy armour gauntlets — damage increased by gauntlets' armour rating - Half fall damage if all in heavy armour - Heavy armour weighs nothing and doesn't slow you at all - Additional 25% armour if in matching set - 25% armour bonus if all in heavy armour (not necessarily matching) - 50% less stagger if all in heavy armour - 10% damage reflected back to enemy if all in heavy armour

2-handed weapons

- 2h weapons do 20% more damage (5 ranks) - Attacks with warhammers ignore 25% armour (ranked) - Attacks with battleaxes do extra bleeding damage (ranked) - Attacks with greatswords do extra critical damage (ranked) - Power attacks cost 25% less stamina - Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage, chance to decapitate - Sprinting power attacks do double (critical) damage - Sideways power attacks hit all targets - Backwards power attacks have 25% chance of paralysis


- Bows do 25% more damage - Zoom in - Zooming slows time - 10% crit chance - Move faster with drawn bow - Recover twice as many arrows from dead bodies - 50% chance of paralysing for few seconds - Draw bow 30% faster


- 20% harder to detect (ranked) - Sneak attacks do 6x damage with 1h weapons - Sneak attacks with bows do 3x damage - Sneak attacks with daggers do 15x damage (end perk on skill tree) - Noise from armour reduced 50% - No longer activate pressure plates - Sprinting while sneaking performs silent forward roll - Running does not affect detection chance - Crouching can make hostile enemies lose sight of you and search for a target

Skyrim Abilities and Perks [TESS]


    Dark elf for me, I think. Fire resistance seems like a handy thing to have in a game full of dragons.

      Don't forget about the Ice Dragons. ;)

      Anyway, I'll probably be picking Bosmer with all the Archery and Sneak perks I can give. Always nice.

      Same, Hopefully they have the benefits to destruction just like in oblivion

    Dark elf. Going anything else just doesnt seem right (been a dark elf since morrowind)

    Sneak actually looks quite good this time, as well as alchemy.

    As for races, I love the look of the Argonians, so I'm tempted to roll one of them this time.

    But if you're fighting Dragons, and Dark Elves have resist fire, it's kind of a no brainer from that perspective IMO.

    Fucking hell, this info was stolen from Sammuthegreata forum member on the offical skyrim forums. stole his impressions aswell as nother forum goers impression and posted them thas their own.

    Jesus PCGAMER RPS and now Kotaku are giving that site the credit when IGN have been the only one to give the proper parties credit.

      heres the actual link to the the thread:

    Looks like I'll be re-creating what I messed around with in Oblivion - A stealthy, thief/assassin Argonian.

    Sneak with bow, in Oblivion it ended up overpowered and looks like it will be this time too.

    I CANNOT take that tiger head race seriously. I crack up everytime I see it.

    With that said I'm getting this game and I'll probably love it. Haven't played any elder scrolls games though.

    dark elf stealth archer/assassin, the perk lends itself to Drow RPing perfectly, faerie fire anyone?

    As excited I am for Skyrim, I have to admit, the skills seem decidedly simplified.

    Not really complaining, but I do find it strange that you could group all weapons together in broad categories like One handed or Two handed...Last I checked, learning how to effectively use a cudgel didn't really make you effective at using a dagger.

    The racial traits and such look nice though. I guess I'm nitpicking, and there's always mods for the little things I might not like. PC gaming <3

    I am loving the ability to increase the gold merchants have. It always sh@t me when I'd get a sword off some bandit worth 5000G+ and then couldn't find anybody with more than 1200G to buy it.

    Kingdoms of Amalur > Skyrim.

    Yes that's right, I said it.

    Might give Argonians a go this time instead of my Morrowind/Oblivian Khajit.
    I'm still undecided whether to follow a hack and slash approach or a magical one though.

    Decisions, decisions. ;)

      Aragonian > Porphyric Hemophilia = fail

    Wood Elf - I shall command the animals!

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