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

The Imperial Race, Skyrim.

Imperial Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Voice of the Emperor Calms nearby people for 60 seconds
Imperial Luck Find extra gold when looting

As their name implies, Imperials are the human race that holds the most power in Tamriel, the reins of empire are now just starting to slip from their grasp in the face of the aggressive Aldmeri Dominion. They hail from the province of Cyrodiil, a much more temperate land sound of Skyrim, and now face the unenviable task of putting down a Nordic rebellion. Needless to say, playing an Imperial is an interesting story choice in Skyrim.

It’s a good thing they’re so important as a story race, too, because their racial abilities are fairly underwhelming. Imperial Luck allows them to find more gold, but if you level your crafting skills, you’ll find yourself sitting on literally hundreds of thousands of gold. Voice of the Emperor on the other hand is a very powerful Pacify spell that works on pretty much any NPC humanoid (although not creatures). Granted, if you anger an important NPC, you’re better off reloading, but if you find yourself in trouble with the guards or some bandits, you can use this to buy yourself some time or make your escape. A useful skill, but one that you probably won’t be using very often.

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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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