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Camels are ornery creatures found in the deserts of Hammerfell and Elsweyr. They often serve as mounts and beasts of burden. Camel hide can be used to make heavy leather that helps insulate the wearer against the desert heat.

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A canah

Canah are an exotic bird species of Summerset Isle which are bred for their beauty.[1] Shrines of Kynareth have been known to bless individuals with the ability to transform into one if an appropriate offering is given.[2]

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A Canary

Canaries are small yellow birds that can be found throughout Tamriel. Canary down is sometimes used to make pillows.[3]

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A Cardinal

Cardinals are small red birds that can be found in Eastmarch. Their feathers are commonly used to make quills.[4]

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A cat

Cats are domestic felines that are usually found in populated areas. They come in several colors, such as brown, gray tabby, and seal point. The Khajiit share many feline features with cats, particularly the Alfiq, who are often confused for house cats outside of Elsweyr.

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Caterpillars are minuscule, many-legged[5] larval insects found throughout Tamriel which eat leaves.[6] They can sport a variety of colors and patterns, including green,[6] orange and purple stripes,[7] yellow, and red.[8] Types of caterpillar are often incredibly diverse from one another, with some possessing furry backs[8] and others having up to sixteen eyes.[9] In nature, they are preyed upon by robins,[6] while Argonians are known to prepare them in their cuisine[5] and beverages.[8] Bosmer smoke caterpillars through bone pipes.[10] Inferniums closely resemble large caterpillars.[11]

At some point in a caterpillar's life, they develop a cocoon,[12] from which a butterfly or moth may emerge.[7] Caterpillar farms can be found in Black Marsh, where they are raised until they become moths and butterflies, at which point they are eaten.[7] Silks may also be harvested from caterpillar farms, which are spun into rough linens.[13]

  • Variations: Frondfire Caterpillar, Habanoo Caterpillar, Wooly Caterpillar

Caverns Fish[edit]

A caverns fish

Caverns fish are strange, slug-like creatures found in the Goblin Caverns of Stros M'kai. They live in rivers of acid and can be stood upon for safe traversal. They do not appear to be actual fish.

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A Cavy

Cavies are small herbivorous rodents found in northeastern Blackwood and central Northern Elsweyr. It is hard to win the trust of a cavy, but if one does they can make very affectionate pets.[14]

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A Celestial

The Celestials are powerful ethereal beings formed by the power of the stars. The most powerful Celestials represent the Constellations, its unknown if these beings are from Aetherius or if they are mortals who have achieved a state of ascension. Celestials can only manifest on Nirn through the use of Apex Stones, and the destruction of even a single Apex Stone can have devastating consequences to the entire Mundus.

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A centaur

Centaurs are a nomadic, intelligent, and spiritual beast race that possesses the head and torso of a tall powerfully-built man and the lower body of a horse. They are legendary creatures who are worshipped by some and despised by others. Considered to be ancient and mysterious, centaurs are capable of sophisticated speech, have their own language, and refer to others as "mortals", suggesting that they possess a greater lifespan. In Valenwood, centaurs were one of the many civilizations inhabiting the province's vast jungles, predating the elven inhabitants arrival. Following the fall of the Second Empire, they came to inhabit the abandoned human trading posts, and families of centaurs attended revelries in Falinesti alongside Bosmer, Wood Orcs, and Imga. The Elden Hollow beneath Elden Root was the final resting place for generations of centaurs and minotaurs. In High Rock, centaurs made their homes in the woods and hills of Bangkorai, having been more commonly found in the First Era. Their populations dwindled by the Second Era, but proliferated to higher numbers later on. By the late Third Era, they were still encountered in the Iliac Bay regions of High Rock and Hammerfell.

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Centipedes are small creatures usually found in wooded areas. Centipede legs are sometimes used to make writing utensils.[15] The marsh centipedes of Black Marsh are massive specimens with nasty temperaments, and are eaten by the native Argonians. Marsh centipedes are used by some Argonian tribes during maturation rites.[16] Glow Bugs are a species of centipede that can be found in Evergloam.[17]

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The Chalass is a mythical feminine serpentine creature said to inhabit Black Marsh. They are regarded similarly, by scholars, to the Melusanae of Stros M'Kai and the Amronal of Valenwood as fictitious folk tales, particularly when compared to the similar, credibly accounted Wispmother of Skyrim.[18]

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Chameleons are relatively small lizards known for their ability to blend in to their surroundings with color-changing skin.[19][20] Their eyes are known to look in opposite directions, sometimes used as a metaphor.[21] The magical effect Chameleon is named after them, emulating their color-changing ability.[22][23][24]

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A chaurus

Chaurus are large hostile insects found in caves deep below the surface of Skyrim and in some cases on the surface. They possess a highly poisonous spit and a powerful bite. Chaurus are bred and raised by the Falmer, later to be killed and have their chitin used for armor. Their meat is used in Nordic cuisine.

Chaurus Hunter[edit]

A chaurus hunter

Chaurus Hunters are large hostile flying insects found in caves deep below the surface of Skyrim. They possess a highly poisonous ranged attack and a powerful bite. They are the second life stage of the Chaurus, which transforms into a Hunter after several days of death-like stillness.[25] Because Chaurus are commonly bred by Falmer for their chitin, Chaurus Hunters are often found living in close proximity.

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A chicken

Chickens are docile, domesticated birds common throughout Skyrim and High Rock. They are bred for their eggs and meat. Although mainly encountered around farms and smaller settlements, they can often be found within cities and towns.



A Chimera (also spelled Khimera) is a dangerous fantastical, ever shifting and changing creature "patched together" from different sources. In ancient times, they were dark forces in the wilderness around Tyrigel that the Altmer knew to avoid. The Druids of Galen created chimeras to function as guardian beasts. They were given form through Blood Magic in honor and sacrifice of Y'ffre. All chimera were created by the Druid King himself. Physically, these chimeras had the heads of a gryphon, lion, and wamasu. After their exodus to the Systres, the druids created chimeras to safeguard their newfound home, influenced by the trials that they had already faced. The purpose of the Chimeras was to guard and preserve ancient druidic relics and sacred locations, ensuring their utmost safety and sanctity. Chimeras are fiercely territorial, and the wounds inflicted by them tend to heal slowly, but alchemical concoctions utilizing components harvested from chimeras' heads can aid in the healing process.

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Chub Loon[edit]

Chub Loon

Chub Loons (also called chubloons or loons) are small, flightless birds native to coastal regions and usually encountered in frigid environments. They are primarily encountered along Tamriel's northern shores and ice floes, specifically in High Rock and Skyrim. They make an audible honking noise when startled and will run away from known dangers. They can often be found huddling in large groups in order to retain body heat. Chub Loons do not flee from danger and are often caught and eaten as food as a result. Though clumsy and awkward on shore, Chub Loons fly gracefully and are nimble swimmers. Their diet consists of small sea fish of all types. They are also known to make affectionate pets.

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A cicada nest

Cicadas are a species of large burrowing fly. Natives of the Reach traditionally used the husks of cicadas as offerings to the Daedric Princes.

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A giant clam

Clams are a species of bivalve mollusks found commonly in Skyrim.[26] Their meat can be used as a source of food. Giant Clams can be found on the beaches of the Summerset Isles.[27]


A clannfear

Clannfear are ferocious reptilian Daedra that resembles a lizard with a large, bony crest on their head, as well as a sharp beak and talons. They have tough scales on their body, and their mouths are lined with razor-sharp teeth for tearing flesh. They are generally thought to be of animal intelligence, though it is possible that they are intelligent enough to speak. Clannfear are of low status, and are sometimes branded to reveal their loyalty. Clannfear cannot use tools, so they attack their foes through biting, clawing and lashing with their tail spikes. They can be formidable, but they are by no means clever. They are known to serve many Daedric Princes and can be found throughout the various planes of Oblivion. In-fact every Daedric Prince is said to possess legions of clannfear among other common Lesser Daedra. Despite this, some attribute them to Mehrunes Dagon. They can occasionally be found lingering near Daedric Ruins on Nirn.


A Clawrunner

Clawrunners are small, pale-scaled, orange eyed, horned bipedal creatures native to the area of the Western Reach region that overlaps with Hammerfell. They are part of the Fanged Gouti species, their relatives being Wickeders and Bounders. These creatures collectively have appear to have backs that are lined in plates of armored scales, pointed mouths that are almost as large as the rest of their body, and they all have an area of exposed gums visible from their face. Clawrunners have the ability to paralyze their opponents. Their skin is known to have powerful alchemical effects. The creatures weren't commonly heard of.[28]

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Cliff Darter[edit]

A Cliff Darter

Cliff Darters are small, feathered flying creatures that can be found throughout Morrowind. They are related to Cliff Racers, Cliff Striders and Scuttlers.[29]

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Cliff Racer[edit]

Cliff Racer

Cliff Racers (or cliffracers) are large flying creatures found throughout Morrowind, and are related to Cliff Striders and Cliff Darters. They are very aggressive and will attack anyone in sight. Cliff Racers have good vision range, and will often detect and follow travelers without being noticed. This can result in swarms of them descending upon the unwary adventurer.

There are several conflicting theories as to their origins. Their alledged ancestors, known as Bat Lizards were said to have been encountered by Topal the Pilot in the Merethic Era. They were native to a forested island theorized to have been Gorne. One account states Cliff Racers migrated to the island of Vvardenfell from parts unknown where, thanks to their numbers, they overwhelmed the Dragon population that lived there and drove them out. Though another claims that the Skylamps ate all the Dragons. Some historians theorize that Cliff Striders, which are closely related to Cliff Racers, have a shared ancestry with Hackwings. This possible divergence may have resulted from Dark Elves raiding Black Marsh for thousands of years to bring back things they deemed valuable, such as slave labor, livestock, and critters.

Due to their pest-like nature, Cliff Racers were eventually driven from Vvardenfell by Saint Jiub the Eradicator, although they have been known to exist in mainland Morrowind well into the Fourth Era.

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Cliff Strider[edit]

Cliff Strider

Cliff Striders are a species of large, winged, reptilian creatures once found in Vvardenfell and the Telvanni Peninsula. They are related to Cliff Racers and Cliff Darters, and the three species coexisted contemporaneously. Unlike Cliff Racers, Cliff Striders have great difficulty flying despite their wings, and consequently spend their lives on the ground, while using their wings to glide from cliff heights. This lack of true flight does not stop them from being successful predators however, as they prey on much of the local wildlife, including man and mer. Their young are known as Cliff Skippers and are hatched from large nest mounds built from dung. After hatching, the young enjoy some measure of protection from at least one of their parents, but it is unknown whether both guard their progeny or not. Despite their aggressive nature, and distasteful attributes, they are still admired by Vvardenfell culture, and some are tamed as pets.

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A Coagulant

Coagulants are gelatinous creatures made of coagulated blood, similar in appearance to Voriplasms. They can be created or summoned by powerful Vampires.[30] Weak Coagulants are known as Lesser Coagulants.[31] Virulent Viscera are another type of ooze of similar origins, though they are purple in coloration rather than red.[32]

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Cold-Flame Atronach[edit]

A Cold-Flame Atronach

Cold-Flame Atronachs are a powerful Elemental Daedra native to a pocket realm of Oblivion called the Fourth Sinus of Takubar. The cold-flame atronach summons an essence of cold fire, and has a freezing ambiance that notably drops the temperature nearby, the same way the flame atronach gives off heat.

Cold-flame atronachs came to serve Molag Bal after an incident involving a flame atronach which led to their banishment from Coldharbour. A concerned denizen wanted a hovering sentry that possessed the flame atronach's same expressionless violence to fill the void they left behind. After searching over 37,000 planes and realms, he found a suitable replacement on the Fourth Sinus of Takubar. Cold-flame atronachs served as sentries in Coldharbour during the Planemeld.

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Coldharbour Sentinel[edit]

A Coldharbour Sentinel

Coldharbour Sentinels are Daedric constructs that can be found in Coldharbour. Within the realm of the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, they hold a pivotal role in guiding his vision throughout this plane of Oblivion. Through the aid of these constructs, Molag Bal can observe and monitor the activities of his prisoners, who are scattered throughout Coldharbour's various dungeons and prisons.

Coldharbour Sentinels are not simply independent entities but are interconnected through a complex system of magical bonding. Thus, the destruction of one Sentinel inevitably leads to the impairment of other Sentinels bound to it, as this disruption fractures the network of magical connectivity that exists between them.

They possessed varying roles or purposes, as there were at least four types of Sentinels in Coldharbour: the Sentinels of Debilitation, who are capable of inhibiting movement speed of those they behold, the Sentinels of Dissipation, who can drain life force out of those they gaze at, the Sentinels of Enfeeblement, who are capable of reducing battle prowess of those they see, and the Sentinels of Vulnerability, who make those in their line of sight more susceptible to physical and magical harm.

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Copper-Tongued Skink[edit]

Copper-Tongued Skink

Copper-tongued skinks are a species of lizard known for their incredibly robust constitution. They can happily eat most poisonous foods without being any worse for wear. These lizards can be specially trained to sniff out and eat anything poisonous. They can be found in Murkmire though their abilities see them in use elsewhere.[33][34]

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Coral Crab[edit]

A coral crab

Occasionally referred to as the "Coral Mudcrab",[35] the Coral Crab is a type of sandcrab native to the beaches of the Summerset Isle and Artaeum. Usually blue, purple, or red in coloration, these crabs are distinguished for the large coral growths on their shells. Both the crab and the coral can grow to significant sizes, posing a danger to gourmands who attempt to harvest their eggs from the sandy beaches where they are buried.[36]

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Corprus Husk[edit]

Corprus Husk

Corprus Husks are deranged victims of the dreaded Corprus disease, which has no known cure. Their skin becomes stretched by great purple boils and they attack everything in sight.[37]

They are similar to the Corprus Stalkers created by Dagoth Ur's iteration of the disease, with the main difference being they expel infected bodily fluids and vapors, in combat and in death, causing a great risk of infection for their victims.[37]

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Corprus Stalker[edit]

A corprus stalker

Corprus Stalkers are deranged and deformed victims of the dreaded Corprus disease which has no known cure. Great care must be taken when confronting these creatures as they have become incredibly tough due to the disease, and may infect you with Corprus. They are capable of regenerating damaged health.

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A cow

Cows are female cattle, large, docile, domesticated animals common throughout High Rock, Hammerfell, and Skyrim, especially on farms, where they primarily eat hay. Males are known as bulls. Cows from Skyrim are also called highland aurochs, and are used for their meat,[38] dairy,[39] and hide.[40] They are sometimes given to Giants by local farmers as an offering.


A crab

Crabs are crustaceans that possess two front-facing appendages with claws on the end. There are several known species of crab, with the most prevalent being the mudcrab. Most crabs have hard shells, but softshell varieties also exist. Crabs of all species can grow to absurdly large sizes.


A Crayfish

Crayfish (or crawdads) are a type of crustacean. They moderately resemble lobsters and shrimp. The Gold Coast Crayfish can be found in the sunny waters of the Gold Coast. The Pearlescent Crayfish can be found on Artaeum. The Shalk-Brother Crayfish can be found in Vvardenfell. The Karth Crayfish can be found in lakes around The Reach.[41]

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Crickets are small insects[42] renowned for their spryness.[43] They are known to loudly chirp.[44] In Orsinium, small house crickets are kept in cages for good luck.[45] "Crispy cricket legs" is an expression used to convey frustration.[46]

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A crocodile

Crocodiles are large reptiles that can be found in swamps and near rivers throughout Tamriel. There are many uses for the parts harvested from a crocodile. Necklaces made from these teeth may be worn by young Argonians during their maturation trial.[47] Crocodile hide makes for both sturdy and attractive armor, while baked crocodile tongue is a dish commonly found in Black Marsh.[48][5] White crocodiles are extremely rare.[49]

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A crow

Crows are black birds that can be found all over Tamriel. A group of crows is called a "murder". They are commonly associated with the Daedric Prince Nocturnal.[50][51] They should not be confused with their Daedric counterparts, Crow Daedra. Crows are sometimes cooked and eaten, and some Nordic platters exist to serve them in three ways: stuffed, roasted and boiled.[52] Scarecrows are kept in fields to keep crows away from crops.

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Crow Daedra[edit]

A Crow Daedra

Crow Daedra are one of many Daedric species that mimic those found on Nirn. They are associated with the Daedric Prince Nocturnal. They differ from real crows in that they can talk and they have unnatural glowing purple eyes. They have their own feudal courts, the most notable of which are the Blackfeather Court and their rivals, the Exarchs of Dross. They do not consider themselves Daedra and instead think themselves to be real crows. They enjoy eating fleshy bits of mortal bodies, such as eyes. They also have a tendency to collect shiny objects. Crow Daedra procreate and lay eggs in order to hatch more of their kind.

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Cursed Spectre[edit]

A Cursed Spectre

Cursed Spectres are blue spectral undead that can drain the life from or place curses upon the living. They have the appearance of a skeletal wraith and can be summoned with conjuration magic.

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Cuttlefish are aquatic cephalopods that are somewhat similar in appearance to squids and octopuses. Inkspur Cuttlefish can be found in Blackwood.[41]

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  1. ^ Gerrick's dialogue in Redguard
  2. ^ Shrines of Kynareth in Redguard
  3. ^ Canary Down Neck-Pillow item description in ESO
  4. ^ Cardinal-Feather Quill item description in ESO
  5. ^ a b c Ogzar's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  6. ^ a b c A Tale of KieranVegepythicus, editor
  7. ^ a b c A Culinary AdventureRallaume Lemonds, Culinary Crusader
  8. ^ a b c Notes of Eriader, brewerEriader
  9. ^ Olith's dialogue in ESO: Blackwood
  10. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 1st Edition: Aldmeri DominionImperial Geographical Society, 2E 864
  11. ^ On InferniumsPelagius Habor, Council Daedrologist-in-Residence, Imperial City
  12. ^ Record of weekly offerings and donations at a Temple of Y'ffre
  13. ^ Raw Silk Linens treasure description in ESO
  14. ^ Stitchfur Cavy pet description in ESO
  15. ^ Centipede-Leg Writing Instrument item descriptions in ESO
  16. ^ Keshu: The Rites of Maturity, Part 1Peek-Ereel, Friend and Confidant to Keshu the Black Fin
  17. ^ Glow Bug in ESO
  18. ^ The WispmotherMathias Etienne
  19. ^ Maormer Fish skin description in ESO
  20. ^ Gavin Gavonne correspondence messages in ESO
  21. ^ Meet the Character - Famia MerciusTalen-Nakal
  22. ^ Chameleon in Daggerfall
  23. ^ Chameleon in Morrowind
  24. ^ Chameleon in Oblivion
  25. ^ Loading screens in Skyrim: Dawnguard
  26. ^ Clams in Skyrim
  27. ^ Giant Clams in ESO
  28. ^ Esqoo of Dhalmora Answers Your QuestionsEsqoo of Dhalmora
  29. ^ Morrowind Fauna, Part OneHolia Asellio
  30. ^ Coagulants in ESO
  31. ^ Lesser Coagulants in ESO
  32. ^ Virulent Viscera in ESO: Stonethorn
  33. ^ Jee-Lar's dialogue in ESO
  34. ^ Arlowe Viducia's dialogue in ESO
  35. ^ Coral Mudcrab pet description in ESO
  36. ^ Events of The Sickening Sea in ESO: Summerset
  37. ^ a b Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion — David S. J. Hodgson
  38. ^ Dialogue with Gwinor
  39. ^ Dialogue with Denskar Earth-Turner
  40. ^ Genuine Auroch-Hide Bags name
  41. ^ a b Fishing in ESO
  42. ^ Ohlivad's dialogue in ESO: Blackwood
  43. ^ Daibiza's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
  44. ^ Kulan-dro's dialogue in ESO: Thieves Guild
  45. ^ House Cricket Cage treasure description in ESO
  46. ^ Hokatsei's dialogue in ESO: Blackwood
  47. ^ Chukka Sei Necklace item description in ESO
  48. ^ Chanil-Wei's dialogue in ESO: Murkmire
  49. ^ White Crocodile Hide Valise item description in ESO
  50. ^ Obsidian Crow item description in ESO
  51. ^ Crow symbology in the Ebonshadow Style and associated motif book
  52. ^ Bleakrock Crow Trio Platter item description in ESO

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.