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Wood Elf (Bosmer)

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

The Woof Elf Race, Skyrim.

High Elf Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Stat Value
Archery +10
Alchemy +5
Light Armor +5
Lockpicking +5
Pickpocket +5
Sneak +5

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Resist Disease & Poison 50% resistance to poison and disease.
Command Animal Make an animal an ally for 60 seconds
Starting Spell Spell School
Flames Destruction
Healing Restoration

Hailing from the forests of Valenwood, these cannibalistic elves are renowned for their skill in archery. Unfortunately for the Empire, they were defeated by the Altmer, and the two races now form the core of the Aldmeri Dominion. Needless to say, any Bosmer in Skyrim will likely be viewed with a touch of suspicion, if not outright hostility.

As you’d expect from nature-loving cannibals, Bosmer are unusually resistant to diseases and poison, neither of which are great boons given their lack of prominence throughout Skyrim. Few things will poison you, and diseases can be cured for free at any shrine. Their Charm Animal ability is much like the Nord’s Battle Cry or the Imperials’ Voice of the Emperor. It makes nearby animals your ally and works even on high-level animals. However, unless you need to break off an attack, its usefulness is somewhat limited. Still, it’s a nice-to-have from a roleplaying perspective, and it never hurts to have an extra ally who is willing to die for you.


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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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