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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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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
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    24 October 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 used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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