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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Wright
First Published: 31-05-2012 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 19:11 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 25-05-2020 / 01:59 GMT

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide

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In addition to their quick and perceptive grasp of spellcraft, even the humblest of High Rock's Bretons can boast a resistance to magic. Bretons can call upon the Dragonskin power to absorb spells.

Stat Boosts
Conjuration +10
Alchemy +5
Alteration +5
Illusion +5
Restoration +5
Speech +5
Starting Spell Description
Conjure Familiar Summons a Familiar for 60 secs.
Racial Abilities Description
Dragonskin Absorb 50% of magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds.
Magic Resistance Breton blood grants a 25% resistance to magic.

What happens when an ancient race of magically adept elves decides to fool around with humans in a bit of a sexy eugenics experiment? Bretons, apparently. These elf-blooded mongrels aren't suffering for their mixed heritage, however, as it affords them an unusual affinity for - and resistance to - magic.

First, all Bretons are able to use some magic, namely their ability to cast the Conjure Familiar spell once per day, which summons a pathetically weak ghost critter to fight for you. It's the least of their abilities, however. Their Dragonskin ability is poorly worded, and has a 50% chance to negate all damage from an incoming spell and reward you with the Magicka cost of that spell. It's a nice boost in a pinch, and it's calculated before Magic Resistance, meaning it's an extra chance to shrug off nasty spells.

Speaking of Magic Resistance, however, their best ability is a brute +25% resistance to magic. There are many ways to increase you magic resistance in Skyrim - mostly by wearing enchanted armor or with potions - but having a brute 25% resistance is something that'll be a constant defensive boon to you, and it'll make it that much easier to hit the cap of 85% Magic Resistance. Why does this rate so highly compared to, say, the Argonian's water breathing or Histskin? Because it doesn't have a duration and magic damage is something you'll be encountering frequently throughout the game. It's good stuff, and arguably makes Bretons the go-to race for a power-gamer.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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