Orcs, also called Orsimer or "Pariah Folk" in ancient times, are sophisticated, beastlike people of the Wrothgarian Mountains, Dragontail Mountains, Valenwood, and Orsinium (literally translated as "Orc-Town"). They are noted for their unshakable courage in war and their unflinching endurance of hardships. Orcs have elven blood, but are usually considered to be beastfolk. In the past, Orcs have been widely feared and hated by the other nations and races of Tamriel, and were often considered to be goblin-ken. However, they have slowly won acceptance in the Empire, in particular for their distinguished service in the Emperor's Legions. Orc armorers are prized for their craftsmanship, and Orc warriors in heavy armor are among the finest front-line troops in the Empire, and are fearsome when using their berserker rage. Orcs have a lifespan similar to that of humans. Most Imperial citizens regard the Orc society as rough and cruel. The Orcs of the Iliac Bay region have developed their own language, known as Orcish, and have often had their own kingdom, Orsinium.
For more information, see the main lore article.
The racial skills of the Orcs reflect their people's harsh mountain environment, giving them bonuses to heavy armor use, health, health regeneration, healing received, stamina, melee attacks, inspiration gain, and sprinting.
Orcs have an associated skill line that complements their lore-based abilities with a focus on Heavy Armor usage and increased health pools and regeneration abilities. Abilities are listed below.
- The numbers displayed here are the base values for the skills. Magicka/Stamina Cost is based on a character of Level 50 160. Damage values are based on Max Magicka/Stamina 7958, Max Health 8744, and Weapon/Spell Damage 1037. The actual numbers you see in the game may depend on a variety of factors, including skill line rank, your equipped weapons and armor, other skills, enchantments, etc. As such, they should only be used as a comparative reference.
Skills with this icon may need to be updated following changes in Update 16.
|Name||Player Level||Skill Rank||Description|
|Craftsman||1||||Increases your experience gain with the Heavy Armor skill line by 15%. Increases your crafting inspiration gained by 10%.|
|Brawny||5||Increases your Max Health and Max Stamina by 2%.|
|15||Increases your Max Health and Max Stamina by 4%.|
|30||Increases your Max Health and Max Stamina by 6%.|
|Unflinching||10||Increases your healing received by 1% and Health Recovery by 6%.|
|20||Increases your healing received by 3% and Health Recovery by 13%.|
|40||Increases your healing received by 5% and Health Recovery by 20%.|
|Swift Warrior||25||Increases your damage done with melee attacks by 2%. Reduces the cost of Sprint by 4% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint by 3%.|
|35||Increases your damage done with melee attacks by 3%. Reduces the cost of Sprint by 8% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint by 6%.|
|50||Increases your damage done with melee attacks by 4%. Reduces the cost of Sprint by 12% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint by 10%.|