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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

High Elf (Altmer)

Scott Peers

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
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    19 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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