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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


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

The Nord Race, Skyrim.

Nord Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Stat Value
Two-Handed +10
Block +5
Light Armor +5
One-Handed +5
Smithing +5
Speech +5

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Battle Cry Target flees for 30 seconds
Resist Frost Your Nord blood gives you 50% resistance to Frost

As a true son or daughter of Skyrim, few character races make more sense to play than the Nord. The large conflicts of the game, both racial, political, and religious center around external forces challenging venerated and deeply ingrained Nordic traditions.

It’s a fortunate thing, then, that the Nord comes with some decent racial abilities. Their Battle Cry is the uncivilized answer to the Imperial’s Voice of the Emperor, causing fear (even against high level NPCs!) to all who hear it. Of course, this is a double-edged sword, as it’ll also annoy nearby allies, and could land you in trouble with the guards - or turning allies hostile. Use with caution.

Their Resist Frost ability, on the other hand, isn’t a mixed bag. It’s just a brute 50% resistance to the most common element in the game. Fire Resistance was good for the Dunmer, and this ability is even better… although still not quite as good as what the Breton has to offer, given that their resistances cover all elemental damage.


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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
    26 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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