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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Orc (Orsimer)

Scott Peers

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

The Orc Race, Skyrim.

Orc Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Stat Value
Heavy Armor +10
Block +5
Enchanting +5
One-Handed +5
Smithing +5
Two-handed +5

Special Race Abilities

Racial Abilities Notes
Beserker Rage You take half damage and deal double damage for 60 seconds

Orcs in RPGs rarely have a distinguished lineage. In most worlds, they are little more than sword-fodder for novice adventurers. The Elder Scrolls takes things to a new level, though; Orcs (or Orsimer - the “Pariah Folk”) are a race of Elves that were transformed into their hideous visage when their god, Trinimac, was consumed by the Daedric Prince Boethiah, and was later excreted out as Malacath. Trinimac/Malacath’s followers were likewise deformed and twisted by the incident. Make of that what you will.

Although their origins may be unappealing, their racial ability, Berserker Rage, is not. For one minute this ability will double the physical damage you deal, and cause you to receive half as much damage. This is a massive boon from the beginning of the game, to the end of your adventures, and it only gets stronger as your weapons do. The Breton’s passive, ever-present Magic Resistance might be more appealing overall, but it’s hard to argue with the potential utility of the Orc ability for any melee-focused class.


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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
    Version History
  • 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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