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High Elf (Altmer)

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

The High Elf Race, Skyrim.

High Elf Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Highborn Regenerate Magicka faster for 60 seconds
Highborn High Elves are born with 50 extra magicka.
Fury Creatures/humanoids up to lv6 will attack anything nearby for 30 secs.

The High Elves always had a flair for magic, but in previous Elder Scrolls games their beneficial aspects came at the unacceptable price of vulnerability to every element. In Skyrim, they are much less of a mixed bag. Also, they’re interesting characters from a story perspective, considering the Aldmeri Dominion now threatens the empire and are responsible for the widely hated treaty that forbids the worship of the Nordic hero-god, Talos.

That +50 bonus to Magicka is a great starting point for any prospective mage, and their improved magicka regeneration gives them an even greater well of magicka for the tough fights. On the other hand, Magicka is not nearly as important in this game as it was in the other games, as you can no longer craft your own spells, and whatever limitations might apply to a prospective spell-caster due to their Magicka can be overcome by enchanting armor that heavily reduces Magicka costs. If you’re looking for a pure power mage… again, look to the Breton. You’ll be better served by magic resistance than you will by extra Magicka.


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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
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  • 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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