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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition


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This page details a brief overview of the Khajiit race in Skyrim, including the default stat boosts for the race, special abilities, and a breakdown of how useful those abilities actually are.

The Khajiit Race, Skyrim.

Khajiit Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Stat Value
Sneak +10
Alchemy +5
Archery +5
Lockpicking +5
One-Handed +5
Pickpocket +5

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Claws Khajiit claws do 15 points of damage
Night Eye Improved night vision for 60 seconds

Khajiit are… for lack of a better description, cat-people. They hail from the deserts of Elsweyr and are generally considered untrustworthy, perhaps due to their affinity for thievery. They also talk in third person, which can’t help their negative stigma. Really, who does that?

Unfortunately, from a gameplay perspective they have little to offer. As befits cat-people they come armed with retractable claws and night vision. The former deal fifteen points of damage, which is rendered obsolete by most weapons early in the game (and vastly out-classed by late-game weapons that have been improved via Smithing). Even as far as unarmed attacks go, enchanted heavy gauntlets work just as well, should you need to bother. Their night vision is handy at times, but mostly because Bethesda for some reason significantly nerfed light-producing spells in Skyrim, and removed the ability to enchant gear with vision-enhancing enchantments. Still, Skyrim rarely gets so dark that you need a light source, so you can safely disregard that skill, too.

If you like the idea of playing a sneaky rogue with unique character aesthetics, the Khajiit may be for you. It’s unfortunate that the special abilities offer so little as you progress through the game, but a bow-wielding cat will always look cool.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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