Racial Skills in Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) are special passive bonuses that players may unlock as they level up. These bonuses vary from Race to Race, ldeading to better performance by some Classes than others. Each race has 4 bonuses: one that is unlocked by selecting the race, one that unlocks at rank 5, one that unlocks at rank 10 and one that unlocks at rank 25. Each Passive Skill which boost experience gain, has 3 ranks. Each skill requires 1 skill point to unlock and 1 per rank of the skill so choose wisely. Also of note is that the second and third ranks of each passive have higher skill line requirements that the first.

ESO Racial Skills and You

ESO Race selection is optimization for the best possible build. If this is the route you’re taking, it starts by thinking “What is my playstyle?”. Do you want to use a bow or a greatsword? Then you’ll be focusing your points into Stamina. Are you looking to manipulate the elements and command minions? Then you’re looking at magicka and spell buffs. Do you want to be an unbreakable wall of indisputable power? Then you’ll be looking for Health and Stamina boosts.


  • When selecting a race for optimization, first decide a Weapon focus for your playstyle. Read the Weapon Skills to get an idea of what you’ll do. The second step is to look at the available Classes and select one that will match the role you want to play with that weapon. Once you know your role and if you’re magicka or stamina based (or health), you can look at the races and optimize for any of the roles available in game

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding “The Best Race“, is that it is somehow tied to a Class. This is not true 95% of the time, and I have noted when a Class dovetails nicely with a given Race. Which Race is right for you is largely dependent on what you plan to do, an what resources you plan to pump your Attribute points into. And, since new players don’t always know what they want to do, it can be hard to make a good recommendation.

What ESO Race to Pick?


If you are a beginner and you are not sure which Race is right for you, I highly recommend trying either Khajit or Dark Elf, as this will allow you to play both Stamina and Magicka versions of your Class. These Races are not usually regarded as “the best” for any given role, but your character does not need to be 100% optimized to do 90% of the content in ESO. The only places you may struggle are in Veteran Trials or PvP, and frankly you may struggle there anyway, since they are difficult regardless of Race.

All Racial Skills in ESO

Below is the list of the Current Passive skills, that arrived with Update 21 Wrathstone in February of 2019. Click on the buttons to scroll down to the race you want to see, and the racial link for tips for that specific choice.

 

Altmer (High Elf) Racial Skills

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Highborn

Increases experience gain with the Destruction Staff Skill line by 15%.

Increases your experience gained by 1%.

 

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Spell Recharge

Rank I - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 5
Reduces damage taken by 1% while you are using an ability with a cast or channel time.
Restores 200 Magicka or Stamina, based on whichever is lowest, after activating a Class Ability. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.

Rank II - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 15
Reduces damage taken by 2% while you are using an ability with a cast or channel time.
Restores 400 Magicka or Stamina, based on whichever is lowest, after activating a Class Ability. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.

Rank III - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 30
Reduces damage taken by 5% while you are using an ability with a cast or channel time.
Restores 640 Magicka or Stamina, based on whichever is lowest, after activating a Class Ability. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds.

 

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Syrabane's Boon

Rank I - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 10
Increases Max Magicka by 600

Rank II - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 20
Increases Max Magicka by 1200

Rank III - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 40
Increases Max Magicka by 2000

 

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Elemental Talent

Rank I - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 25
Increases your Spell Damage by 86

Rank II - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 35
Increases your Spell Damage by 172

Rank III - Unlocked at Altmer (High Elf) 50
Increases your Spell Damage by 258

 

 

Argonian Racial Skills

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Amphibian

Increases experience gain with the Restoration Staff Skill line by 15%

Increases your swimming speed by 50%

 

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Resourceful

Rank I - Unlocked at Argonian 5
Increases your Max Magicka by 333

Whenever you drink a potion you restore 1200 HealthMagicka, and Stamina

Rank II - Unlocked at Argonian 15
Increases your Max Magicka by 666

Whenever you drink a potion you restore 2400 HealthMagicka, and Stamina

Rank III - Unlocked at Argonian 30
Increases your Max Magicka by 1000

Whenever you drink a potion you restore 4000 HealthMagicka, and Stamina

 

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Argonian Resistance

Rank I - Unlocked at Argonian 10
Gain Immunity to the diseased status effect.

Increases Max Health by 333 and Poison and Disease Resistance by 660

Rank II - Unlocked at Argonian 20
Gain Immunity to the diseased status effect.

Increases Max Health by 666 and Poison and Disease Resistance by 1320

Rank III - Unlocked at Argonian 40
Gain Immunity to the diseased status effect.

Increases Max Health by 1000 and Poison and Disease Resistance by 2310

 

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Life Mender

Rank I - Unlocked at Argonian 25
Increases your healing done by 1%

Rank II - Unlocked at Argonian 35
Increases your healing done by 3%

Rank III - Unlocked at Argonian 50
Increases your healing done by 6%

 

 

Bosmer (Wood Elf) Racial Skills

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Acrobat

Increases experience gain with the Bow Skill line by 15%

Decreases your fall damage taken by 10%

 

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Y'ffre's Endurance

Rank I - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 5
Increases Stamina Recovery by 86

Rank II - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 15
Increases Stamina Recovery by 127

Rank III - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 30
Increases Stamina Recovery by 258

 

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Resist Affliction

Rank I - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 10
Increases your Max Stamina by 600

Poison Resistance by 660, gain immunity to the poisoned effect.

Rank II - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 20
Increases your Max Stamina by 1200

Poison and Disease Resistance by 1320, gain immunity to the poisoned status effect.

Rank III - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 40
Increases your Max Stamina by 2000

Poison Resistance by 2310, gain immunity to the poisoned effect.

 

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Hunter's Eye

Rank I - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 25
Increases your detection radius in Stealth by 1m

Gain 3% Movement Speed for 6s and a bonus to Physical and Spell Penetration of 400 for the duration after using Roll Dodge.

Rank II - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 35
Increases your detection radius in Stealth by 2m

Gain 6% Movement Speed for 6s and a bonus to Physical and Spell Penetration of 900 for the duration after using Roll Dodge.

Rank III - Unlocked at Bosmer (Wood Elf) 50
Increases your detection radius in Stealth by 3m

Gain 10% Movement Speed for 6s and a bonus to Physical and Spell Penetration of 1500 for the duration after using Roll Dodge.

 

 

Breton Racial Skills

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Increases experience gain with the Light Armor Skill line by 15%.

Increases your Alliance Points gained by 1%.

 

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Rank I - Unlocked at Breton 5
Increases Max Magicka by 600

Rank II - Unlocked at Breton 15
Increases Max Magicka by 1200

Rank III - Unlocked at Breton 30
Increases Max Magicka by 2000

 

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Spell Resistance

Rank I - Unlocked at Breton10
Increases Spell Resistance by 660 and 33 Magicka Recovery

The Spell Resistance granted by this effect will be doubled if you are afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed.

Rank II - Unlocked at Breton 20
Increases Spell Resistance by 1320 and 66 Magicka Recovery

The Spell Resistance granted by this effect will be doubled if you are afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed.

Rank III - Unlocked at Breton 40
Increases Spell Resistance by 2310 and 100 Magicka Recovery

The Spell Resistance granted by this effect will be doubled if you are afflicted with Burning, Chilled, or Concussed.

 

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Magicka Mastery

Rank I - Unlocked at Breton 25
Reduces the Magicka cost of your abilities by 2%

Rank II - Unlocked at Breton 35
Reduces the Magicka cost of your abilities by 4%

Rank III - Unlocked at Breton 50
Reduces the Magicka cost of your abilities by 7%

 

 

Dunmer (Dark Elf) Racial Skills

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Ashlander

Increases the experience gain with the Dual Wield Skill line by 15%.

Reduces your damage taken by environmental lava by 50%.

 

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Dynamic

Rank I - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 5
Increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 500

Rank II - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 15
Increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 1000

Rank III - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 30
Increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 1875

 

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Resist Flame

Rank I - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 10

Flame Resistance by 666, gain immunity to the burning status effect.

Rank II - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 20

Flame Resistance by 1320, gain immunity to the burning status effect.

Rank III - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 40

Flame Resistance by 2310, gain immunity to the burning status effect.

 

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Ruination

Rank I - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 25
Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 86

Rank II - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 35
Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 127

Rank III - Unlocked at Dunmer (Dark Elf) 50
Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 258

 

 

Khajiit Racial Skills

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Cutpurse

Increases the experience gain with the Medium Armor Skill line by 15%.

Increases your chance to successfully pickpocket by 5%.

 

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Robustness

Rank I - Unlocked at Khajiit 5
Increases your Health Recovery by 33

Increases Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 25

Rank II - Unlocked at Khajiit 15
Increases your Health Recovery by 66

Increases Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 50

Rank III - Unlocked at Khajiit 30
Increases your Health Recovery by 100

Increases Stamina and Magicka Recovery by 85

 

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Lunar Blessings

Rank I - Unlocked at Khajiit 10
Increases your Max Health, Magicka, and Stamina by 250

Rank II - Unlocked at Khajiit 20
Increases your Max Health, Magicka, and Stamina by 500

Rank III - Unlocked at Khajiit 40
Increases your Max Health, Magicka, and Stamina by 825

 

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Feline Ambush

Rank I - Unlocked at Khajiit 25
Increases your Critical Hit Damage and Healing by 3%.

Reduces your detection radius by 1m

Rank II - Unlocked at Khajiit 35
Increases your Critical Hit Damage and Healing by 6%.

Reduces your detection radius by 2m

Rank III - Unlocked at Khajiit 50
Increases your Critical Hit Damage and Healing by 10%.

Reduces your detection radius by 3m

 

 

Nord Racial Skills

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Reveler

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

Increases the duration of any consumed drink by 15 minutes.

 

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Stalwart

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

 

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Resist Frost

Rank I - Unlocked at Nord 10
Increases your Max Health by 333

Cold Resistance by 666, gain immunity to the Chilled status effect.

Rank II - Unlocked at Nord 20
Increases your Max Health by 666

Cold Resistance by 1320, gain immunity to the Chilled status effect.

Rank III - Unlocked at Nord 40
Increases your Max Health by 1000

Cold Resistance by 2310, gain immunity to the Chilled status effect.

 

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Rugged

Rank I - Unlocked at Nord 25
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 1320

Rank II - Unlocked at Nord 35
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 2640

Rank III - Unlocked at Nord 50
Increases your Physical and Spell resistance by 3960

 

 

Orsimer (Orc) Racial Skills

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Craftsman

Increases experience gain with the Heavy Armor Skill line by 15%

Increases your crafting Inspiration gained by 10%.

 

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Brawny

Rank I - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 5
Increases your Max Stamina by 600.

Rank II - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 15
Increases your Max Stamina by 1200.

Rank III - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 30
Increases your Max Stamina by 2000.

 

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Unflinching Rage

Rank I - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 10
Grants 300 Max Health and heals you for up to 175 when you deal damage with a weapon, with a 4 second cooldown.

Rank II - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 20
Grants 600 Max Health and heals you for up to 350 when you deal damage with a weapon, with a 4 second cooldown.

Rank III - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 40
Grants 1000 Max Health and heals you for up to 600 when you deal damage with a weapon, with a 4 second cooldown.

 

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Swift Warrior

Rank I - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 25
Increases your Weapon Damage by 86

Reduces the cost of Sprint by 4% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint  by 3%

Rank II - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 35
Increases your Weapon Damage by 127

Reduces the cost of Sprint by 8% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint  by 6%

Rank III - Unlocked at Orsimer (Orc) 50
Increases your weapon damage by 258

Reduces the cost of Sprint by 12% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint  by 10%

 

 

Redguard Racial Skills

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Wayfarer

Increases experience gain with One-Handed and Shield Skill line by 15%

Increases the duration of eaten food by 15 minutes

 

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Martial Training

Rank I - Unlocked at Redguard 5
Reduces the cost of weapon abilities by 2%. Reduces the effectiveness of snares applied to you by 5%.
Rank II - Unlocked at 15
Reduces the cost of weapon abilities by 4%. Reduces the effectiveness of snares applied to you by 10%.
Rank III - Unlocked at 30
Reduces the cost of weapon abilities by 8%. Reduces the effectiveness of snares applied to you by 15%.

 

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Conditioning

Rank I - Unlocked at Redguard 10
Increases Max Stamina by 600

Rank I - Unlocked at Redguard 20
Increases Max Stamina by 1200

Rank I - Unlocked at Redguard 40
Increases Max Stamina by 2000

 

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Adrenaline Rush

Rank I - Unlocked at Redguard 25
When you deal direct damage, you restore 300 Stamina. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds

Rank II - Unlocked at Redguard 35
When you deal direct damage, you restore 600 Stamina. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds

Rank III - Unlocked at Redguard 50
When you deal direct damage, you restore 950 Stamina. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds

 

 

Imperial Racial Skills

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Diplomat

Increases experience gain with the One-Handed and Shield Line by 15%

Increases your gold gained by 1%.

 

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Tough

Rank I - Unlocked at Imperial 5
Increases your Max Health by 600

Rank II - Unlocked at Imperial 15
Increases your Max Health by 1200

Rank III - Unlocked at Imperial 30
Increases your Max Health by 2000

 

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Imperial Mettle

Rank I - Unlocked at Imperial 10
Increases your Max Stamina by 600

Rank II - Unlocked at Imperial 20
Increases your Max Stamina by 1200

Rank III - Unlocked at Imperial 40
Increases your Max Stamina by 2000

 

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Red Diamond

Rank I - Unlocked at Imperial 25
When you deal Direct Damage, you restore 100 Health, Magicka, and Stamina. This effect has a 5 second cooldown. It also will reduce the cost of all abilities by 1%.

Rank II - Unlocked at Imperial 35
When you deal Direct Damage, you restore 200 Health, Magicka, and Stamina. This effect has a 5 second cooldown. It also will reduce the cost of all abilities by 2%.

Rank III - Unlocked at Imperial 50
When you deal Direct Damage, you restore 333 Health, Magicka, and Stamina. This effect has a 5 second cooldown. It also will reduce the cost of all abilities by 3%.

 




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