Nord Racial Skills in Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) are gained as the player increases his or her Character Level. Players will continue to gain Racial Passives until they reach level 50, which where they will cap out the Skill Line. Each Race has their own set of Skills that make them unique and better suited for certain roles and Builds. Be sure to study these when planning your character, as they can make the difference between a good player and a great player.

Nord Racial Passives

Nords are a very tough to kill, and should be considered by those that wish to Tank as their primary role, or for those that wish to PvP, as extra Physical and Spell Resistance goes a long way in both of these cases. The increased Ultimate generation is also ideal for both of these, since Ultimate abilities often determine the victor in Cyrodiil, and it can really improve your effectiveness in group content. Select this Race if you know you want to Tank.

Best Builds for Nords

  • Magicka DPS: Not Good (Destruction Staff)
  • Stamina DPS: Passable (Two-Handed Weapon, Dual Weapons, Bow)
  • Healer: Not Good (Restoration Staff)
  • Tank: Excellent (One-Handed and Shield)


Nord Racial Skills



Increases experience gain with the Two-Handed Skill line by 15%

Increases the duration of any consumed drink by 15 minutes.



Rank I - Unlocked at Nord 5
Increases your Max Stamina by 500

When you take damage, you gain 1 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 10s

Rank II - Unlocked at Nord 15
Increases your Max Stamina by 1000

When you take damage, you gain 2 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 10s

Rank III - Unlocked at Nord 30
Increases your Max Stamina by 1500

When you take damage, you gain 5 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 10s


Resist Frost

Rank I - Unlocked at Nord 10
Increases your Max Health by 333 and Frost Resistance by 1540.

Rank II - Unlocked at Nord 20
Increases your Max Health by 666 and Frost Resistance by 3080.

Rank III - Unlocked at Nord 40
Increases your Max Health by 1000 and Frost Resistance by 4620.



Rank I - Unlocked at Nord 25
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 866

Rank II - Unlocked at Nord 35
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 1732

Rank III - Unlocked at Nord 50
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 2600



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    • Anonymous

      Remember, in every elder scrolls game you hear “HA like a nord would ever turn down a fight” in that case they should get the extra 258 weapon damage bonus as a passive as well lol.

      • Anonymous

        Nords are taller and bigger than orcs even at max height, hell there are Nords that are legendary mages. Like the first dragon born and way long ago in the past used magic but with time they just became melee fighters, if there wasn’t balance in the game nords would have all traits because of there long long past and lores. Nords could do it all

        • Anonymous

          I would say Nord is passable as a healer. Not really optimal due to lack of max magicka and healing done compared to the most common races, Nord's tankiness is not that bad trait for a healer and the ultimate generation helps you to drop important ultimates like warhorn, barrier or nova more often.

          • Anonymous

            Well, Nord seems to be more substantial with health recovery, longer affect from drinks and damage reduction.

            • Anonymous

              The Orc should have the rugged perk and more of the same amount of health buff as the nord because Orsimer are large, tough , beast like elf kind.

              • Anonymous

                Why does the orc not have the most racial skill health buff and the rugged perk when orcs are huge and tough!?

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