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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Wood Elf (Bosmer)

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

The Woof Elf Race, Skyrim.

High Elf Race Abilities Overview

Default Stat Boosts

Stat Value
Archery +10
Alchemy +5
Light Armor +5
Lockpicking +5
Pickpocket +5
Sneak +5

Special Race Abilities

Special Ability Effect
Resist Disease & Poison 50% resistance to poison and disease.
Command Animal Make an animal an ally for 60 seconds
Starting Spell Spell School
Flames Destruction
Healing Restoration

Hailing from the forests of Valenwood, these cannibalistic elves are renowned for their skill in archery. Unfortunately for the Empire, they were defeated by the Altmer, and the two races now form the core of the Aldmeri Dominion. Needless to say, any Bosmer in Skyrim will likely be viewed with a touch of suspicion, if not outright hostility.

As you’d expect from nature-loving cannibals, Bosmer are unusually resistant to diseases and poison, neither of which are great boons given their lack of prominence throughout Skyrim. Few things will poison you, and diseases can be cured for free at any shrine. Their Charm Animal ability is much like the Nord’s Battle Cry or the Imperials’ Voice of the Emperor. It makes nearby animals your ally and works even on high-level animals. However, unless you need to break off an attack, its usefulness is somewhat limited. Still, it’s a nice-to-have from a roleplaying perspective, and it never hurts to have an extra ally who is willing to die for you.


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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.

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