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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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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
    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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