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A gargoyle

Gargoyles are living statues that have been animated by a wizard or vampire. They are a type of advanced stone golem, and are often found guarding dungeons, castles, and ancient ruins. They can form a hard rocky skin when stationary. Some will remain frozen for long periods of time to make their prey think they are an ordinary statue, before finally bursting out of their stone skin and ambushing their victim. Since they are made of stone, they are resistant to damage to some extent. They have been known to utilize basic magic to absorb the health of those stuck by their claws. Gargoyles sometimes wield melee weapons in combat.


The Gehenoth

The Gehenoth is a monstrous creature that was known to attack those who rested beyond the walls of Dawnstar.[1] As the Gehenoth Thriceborn, it fought alongside the forces of the Ice Tribes and allied creatures during their final assault on the town. Its defeat at the hands of the Hero of Dawnstar marked the end of the conflict.[2]

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Gheatus, also spelled Gheateus, are a Fey variant considered to be godlike beings. According to legend, the Gheateus appears as a man or a group of men who are formed by the earth, and they are said to be surrounded by a host of minor Sylphim.[3][4] They are supposedly extinct.[5]

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A ghost

Ghosts, are the disembodied souls of the deceased for one reason or another are unable to move on to their respective afterlife. They are classified as being a form of undead known as the Returned. Most often, they remain on Nirn because they had some form of unfinished business they wanted to see completed before they moved on. But they could also come about when prevented from entering the afterlife. One of the known methods of this is through the use of curses, magical rituals can be preformed to summon and bind them to Nirn. One of the most prolific methods of bringing back souls as ghosts is through the use of necromancy.


A ghoul

Ghouls are undead creatures that are the carrion eaters of dungeons, crypts, and other burial places.[6] They feast on human corpses and other rotting flesh. Although they are not intelligent, they have a natural cunning that aids them in finding food. Because of their vile habits, ghouls have a chance of transmitting disease to those they bite.[6] Their tongues are circulated as an alchemy ingredient in the Iliac Bay.[7]

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A giant

Giants are a race of enormous humanoids with colossal strength. They are found in the wilderness of Skyrim, High Rock, Hammerfell, Cyrodiil and Valenwood.

They have thick grey skin, long, powerful limbs, large hands and feet, and thick greyish-brown hair decorated with braids and beads. Additionally, most Giants have decorative scars carved into their chests. They clothe themselves in fur pelts adorned with the bones of animals and people, although many prefer a simple loincloth.

Although they tower above most races, their height can vary. Some stand between 11 and 12 feet tall, whereas others can be several times the height of the average person. Female giants, also called Giantesses, are more powerful and less common than males, and the only known sightings of them have been in the Wrothgarian Mountains and Whiterun Plains during the Second Era.

For more information, see the main lore article.

Giant Bat[edit]

A giant bat

Giant bats are a larger species than normal bats. They are found throughout Tamriel and certain breeds have been bred for their milk in Ska'vyn and Goldfolly. Their milk is used to make dairy products such as cheese.[8]

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Giant Goblin[edit]

Giant Goblins

Giant Goblins are a race of goblin-ken who invaded Hammerfell from their titular Goblin Gate, driving out the local Dwarves.

The Flint-Tooth Tribe was a tribe of giant goblins that inhabited Hammerfell before the arrival of the Ra Gada. Frandar Hunding rallied the Ra Gada to exterminate the goblins, but was killed during one of the bloodiest battles of the campaign. The goblins, led by their Warchief, were eventually slaughtered, and their spirits became bound to HoonDing's Watch in the Alik'r. These spirits serve to test pilgrims hoping to understand the trials of the Ra Gada, who came to love the desert's simple beauty during their fight against the goblins.[9]

Giant Scorpion[edit]

A giant scorpion

The deadly Giant Scorpion, like their smaller cousins, can be found in most arid regions of Tamriel. The sting of the scorpion can paralyze the unsuspecting adventurer so extreme caution is advised.

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Giant Snake[edit]

A giant snake

Giant snakes are large, deadly serpents found across Tamriel. They are known to inhabit both the land and bodies of water. Giant snakes are common in Black Marsh, where the Argonians know them as "kajthux", or "ample serpent(s)".[10][11]

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Giant Wasp[edit]

A giant wasp

Giant wasps are large flying insects the size of ponies[10] that are very protective of their nests. They sting and bite to defend themselves. They are far larger than their smaller cousins. A concoction made by grinding one wasp gizzard into three lumps of troll fat and two pinches of wisplight powder is capable of infuriating wasps for a few hours. Angry wasps will sting anything that doesn't smell like them.[12] The outer shell of the giant wasp is very durable.[13] The second row of wings on a wasp's back are gossamer-thin and refract light in a pleasing manner, making them desirable trophies.[14] Giant wasp wings are sometimes used by Argonians to create betrothal veils.[15]

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Gloam Knight[edit]

A Gloam Knight

Gloam Knights are wraith-like Daedra who are incapable of feeling sympathy. They are embodiments of hate and mystery, and are sometimes referred to as "Shadows of Nocturnal".[16]:221 They can often be found serving the Daedric Prince of Shadows.[17][18] They can have from two to six arms.[19] Mortals are sometimes transformed into them (or at least forms resembling them).[20]

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Gloomspore Creature[edit]

A gloomspore guar

Gloomspore creatures are fungi that have been magically shaped into the forms of large animals with mycoturgy to be used as mounts. Child-sized variants are also created as pets. Integrating research left behind by Ahzidal, who had created several types of fungal steeds, Mage Naleldil created many of these creatures from spores some time around 2E 582.[21] The Telvanni are capable of creating similar spore steeds.

The creation of Gloomspore bears, senche and wolves could occur naturally in the caverns of Blackreach.[22][23]

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Gloom Wraith[edit]

A gloom wraith

Gloom Wraiths are an extremely powerful wraith which can wield swords and project curses that damage one's strength and endurance. Like other Wraiths, they can only be harmed by silver, Daedric and enchanted weapons. The name "Gloom Wraith" is also used by beings that resemble spectral Spiderkith.[24]

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Glowing Frog[edit]

A glowing frog

Glowing frogs are a species of frog native to Blackwood and High Isle. They are easily identified by their blue spots and distinctive orange glow.[25]

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Glow Raven[edit]

A glow raven

Glow ravens are a species of raven whose eyes and extremities emit a faint purple glow. They can be found in Evergloam and Apocrypha. They also appeared in Elinhir when it was ravaged by magic during the Interregnum.[26]

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A Glyptodon

Glyptodons are large, armored, mammalian herbivores that can be found in Southern Elsweyr. When threatened, they retreat into their shells and wait for the danger to pass.[27] Brushing up against their shells without proper protection is said to be painful.[28] Circa 2E 582, a master handler from Summerset's Sil-Var-Woad park attempted to train a glyptodon to perform simple tricks, but found the task nearly impossible. He was tricked by a Khajiit merchant into purchasing the beast, as they spoke highly of its intelligence.[29]

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A gnarl native to mania

The Gnarl, or "Walking Tree" as it's sometimes called, is one of the strangest creatures of the Shivering Isles. Like the Elytra, this animated plant can be found roaming almost anywhere on the Isles. One of Sheogorath's truly unique creations, the Gnarl has the most unusual trait of being able to use magic cast upon it, and harness that power to bolster its own defense, becoming resistant to just that element for a short time. There is much not understood about them, such as if they have genders or how they propogate.[30] They are believed to be caretakers of the Shivering Isles' Root System.[31] They seem to have some relation to Spriggans.[32][33][UOL 1]


A Gnome is an obscure creature. They were the namesake of various inns and taverns in the late Third Era.[34] A song from the Iliac Bay described gnomes as hardy workers.[UOL 2] Lord Vanech was once described as being "gnomish", likely in reference to his stature.[35]

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A goat

Goats are passive creatures that are commonly kept as livestock in Tamriel. In the wild, they can usually be found on mountain slopes. They are hunted for their hide, meat, and horns. Goats are also kept by mortals for their milk, which can be drunk or used to make cheese. Goats are also kept as pets. Every part of the goat is suitable for eating, except the horns. Goat horns are used to make a variety of products, such as bugles and holders for light sources, such as candles.


A goblin

Goblins (also derogatorily called Gobs) are violent, primitive humanoids found throughout Tamriel and Akavir, often living in sewers, caves, and ruins in small clan-based societies. They can range in height from three feet to over eight feet. Appearance-wise, goblins have green skin, yellow eyes with slitted pupils, pronounced canine teeth, pointed elven-like ears, and sometimes horns and hunchbacks.

Golden Saint[edit]

A Golden Saint

The Aureal (or Aureals), more commonly known as Golden Saints, are a Daedric race of golden-skinned (sometimes winged) humanoids, with cat-like eyes and Elven-esque styled hair. They call themselves the Aureal, and claim to be the most loyal and honorable servants of the Daedric Prince Sheogorath. The name Golden Saints was given to them by "lesser beings", and conveys an elegant and benevolent figure. Furthermore, their use of golden avian-themed armor and weapons augments their angelic-like appearance. Despite their name and appearance, the Aureal are a proud, arrogant race, quick to anger and cruel in their punishment. They have little love for mortals, even those that inhabit the Shivering Isles, and make no effort to hide this in their interactions.


A taxidermied gooblet

The now-extinct gooblet was a flightless bird with iridescent feathers that lived along the Hammerfell coast prior to the arrival of the Ra Gada in 1E 808.[36] By the mid-Second Era, rare taxidermied birds still existed and gooblet feathers were sometimes worn by priests of Onsi, or used to make ornate cat toys.[37][38]

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Geese are a species of waterfowl that are hunted for their meat.[39] They fly together in flocks and are known to occasionally attack people.[40]

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Gorgon Snake (Daggerfall)

Gorgons are creatures known for their snake-like appearance. The Tsaesci are described as inverted gorgons in Vivec's seventh Sermon.[41] Circa 3E 405, severed gorgon snakes were circulated in the Iliac Bay region, where they were used to brew potions that improve the consumer's climbing abilities.[42]

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The Goshawk is a bird native to Hammerfell and sacred to Tava,[43] the Redguard Spirit of the Air.[44] In the old capital of Hegathe there is a large mural in the Shrine of Tava called the Fresco of the Goshawk, which depicts Tava in a nest with her mate. According to legend, a Goshawk's cry awoke Prince Ar-Azal from a prophetical dream. He then left for the mural and found that it now depicted two mates. He saw this as a sign to unite the Crowns and Forebears.[43] Goshawk are known to nest themselves on the High Temple tower in Satakalaam.[45]

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A grahl

Grahl, sometimes called "ice trolls", have regeneration and vulnerability to fire in common with their mainland namesake. They are often found in the ice caves of Solstheim. The Skaal consider them something of an enigma; their true nature is a mystery to them. Grahl eyeballs are valued for their alchemical properties, some grahls are known to have a third eye.[46]

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A gravelclaw

Gravelclaws are a species of terrestrial crab found in Upper Craglorn. Gravelclaw meat is tender, juicy and tasty, and has a pleasant aroma that many wild predators find irresistible. Its is commonly used by hunters to bait traps.[47]

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Cyrus, transformed into a gremlin. Note the red vest.

Gremlins are small, harmless creatures related to goblins, whom they can often be found living alongside. While seen as unpleasant by most, they usually aren't met with violence like most goblin-ken. Instead, they are typically shooed away or otherwise dismissed, though some show them kindness. Gremlins have their own language, known as gremlin tongue, which is not usually understood by other races, though some words in it are coincidentally similar to other words in Tamrielic. They are sometimes derogatorily called Orc-rats or Squeakers.

Gremlins have been used as slaves by the Altmer and as familiars by some wizards in the Mages Guild. A number of gremlins and other goblin-ken lived in the original city of Orsinium. Gremlins were also known to live in the Goblin Caverns of Stros M'Kai. Cyrus the Redguard was once transformed into a gremlin by Archmage Jaganvir of Stros M'Kai. While transformed, Cyrus, without needing to learn it, could only speak in gremlin tongue.

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Grievous Twilight[edit]

A Grievous Twilight

Grievous Twilights are large, intelligent winged Daedra that are a corruption of the winged twilights. They have clawed limbs, black horns, bluish-purple skin, glowing blue eyes, spiked tails, and possess the ability to teleport, making them formidable foes. They have a brutish masculine form, and unlike winged twilights, their wings are separate limbs from their arms. They are often found serving Molag Bal, but they can also be found under Nocturnal.

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A Gristlewing

Gristlewings are ragged, skeletal birds. They seem to congregate in places where death is prominent: they appeared in the Imperial City while it was ravaged by the Daedric forces of Molag Bal during the Planemeld.[48] They also flocked around the Gray Host during their resurgence in 2E 582, and at Mount Kilkreath after it was ravaged by a Harrowstorm.[49] Gristlewings were also present in Grayhaven.[50]

The Erabenimsun Tribe fletches their arrows with with gristlewing plumes if they're available.[51]

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A Grummite

Grummites are violent, primitive humanoids native to the Shivering Isles. They are a species of amphibious frog-like beastfolk with a complex life cycle and incredible regenerative abilities when in water or rain. Like other creatures native to the Isles, Grummites take differing forms depending on whether they inhabit Mania or Dementia.

For more information, see the lore article.


A gryphon

Gryphons (also spelled Griffin or Griffon) are large winged creatures that live primarily on the Summerset Isle, within the province of the Summerset Isles, though they can also be found in the province of Elsweyr and possibly the provinces of High Rock and Hammerfell. They are generally found across the mountains of Summerset, primarily around Eton Nir, and specifically at the northeast point at Gryphon Aerie. They can be described as a combination of a lion and an eagle, though they bear more of a resemblance to an eagle on four legs. Gryphons are fiercely territorial. They will attack anyone who intrudes upon their nests or hunting grounds. Gryphons are predators and eat live prey. Gryphons aren't picky eaters, and will capture anyone foolish enough to traverse their hunting grounds. Young gryphons are known as fledglings. Salamanders, deer and cows are among the animals that may find themselves hunted by a hungry gryphon. Gryphons often make their nests on the sides of mountains or upon cliffs. They occasionally drag their prey back to their nests.

Gryphons are revered by the High Elves. The Altmer fear the gryphon's ferocity, but respect their strength and freedom. In some parts of Summerset, such as Sunhold and Cloudrest, the gryphon is sacred. In ancient times, many High Elves considered gryphons unsuitable to be mounted, but now the city-states of Cloudrest and Sunhold are known for their tamed gryphons, which are a part of their iconography.

Gryphon's feathers are circulated in the Iliac Bay region and have alchemical properties. The feathers can also be used to make tools such as brooms, and down feathers are used to make pillows. Gryphon feathers have an iridescent vane, and are prized by the Bosmer. Unfertilized yolks from gryphon eggs, as well as secretions including saliva, can be used to make skincare products. Gryphon vellum is a popular material among Altmer monks for making illuminated texts, and it has a unique texture due to the feather-dimpling. In Summerset, it is illegal to collect gryphon eggs for the purpose of selling them somewhere off the island.

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A guar

Guar (/ɡwɑːr/) are large bipedal reptilians native to Morrowind and Black Marsh. They are the primary domesticated herd animal of these provinces, and are not usually aggressive. Characterized by their endurance and intelligence, guar are used mostly as pack animals and beasts of burden, although certain breeds are used as mounts. Although usually associated with the Dunmer, guar have a special relationship with Argonians and the Dunmer traditionally employ Saxhleel slaves as guar-herds and handlers. A young guar is called a calf or guarling.

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A Guzzard

Guzzards are a species of featherless carrion bird[52] found in Upper Craglorn. They have beaks, sharp teeth, talons, bat-like wings, and red eyes. Their tails are smooth and have no plumes. They have short crests on their heads, and spikes lining their back.[53]

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  1. ^ Eustacia's dialogue in Dawnstar
  2. ^ Events and Message Boxes throughout the quest in Dawnstar
  3. ^ Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Blessed Isle: Alinor and the SummersetsImperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
  4. ^ The FaerieSzun Triop
  5. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: The Summerset Isles: AuridonFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  6. ^ a b Ghoul description from Arena's manual
  7. ^ Ghoul's Tongue in Daggerfall
  8. ^ Lady Honnorah af-Lahreq Answers Your QuestionsLady Honnorah af-Lahreq
  9. ^ March of the Ra Gada quest in ESO
  10. ^ a b The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: Black MarshFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  11. ^ Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion — David S. J. Hodgson
  12. ^ Churasu's Alchemy JournalChurasu
  13. ^ Wasp Husk quest item description from ESO
  14. ^ Gossamer Winglet monster trophy item description from ESO
  15. ^ Wasp-Wing Betrothal Veil item description in ESO
  16. ^ The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector's Edition Strategy Guide — Garitt Rocha, David S.J Hodgson
  17. ^ Shadow Veya's appearance in ESO: Summerset
  18. ^ Shadow Knight Nassuphae in Arpenia in ESO: Blackwood
  19. ^ Differences in appearance in Shadow Veya's two forms in ESO: Summerset
  20. ^ Origin of Shadow Veya in ESO: Summerset
  21. ^ Gloomspore Bear Cub's description in ESO
  22. ^ Gloomspore Crate in ESO
  23. ^ Presence of Gloomspore Bears, Gloomspore Senches and Gloomspore Wolves in Blackreach
  24. ^ Gloom Wraiths in ESO: Shadows of the Hist
  25. ^ Glowing Frogs in ESO
  26. ^ Glow Raven appearance and locations in ESO
  27. ^ Glyptodons in ESO
  28. ^ Crafting Motif 80: Shield of Senchal Style — Centurion Ancrus Vesnentia of the Shields of Senchal, Thirteenth Legion
  29. ^ Suroniir's dialogue in ESO
  30. ^ The Living Woods
  31. ^ Bark and Sap
  32. ^ Corrupted Spriggans have a similar appearance to Gnarls and drop Gnarl Bark
  33. ^ Legends card category
  34. ^ The names of various Taverns in Daggerfall
  35. ^ The Argonian Account, Book 1Waughin Jarth
  36. ^ Mounted Extinct Flightless Bird contraband item in ESO
  37. ^ Iridescent Boneshaver Cloak contraband item in ESO
  38. ^ Ivory-Handled Gooblet Cat Toy contraband item in ESO
  39. ^ Appearance of goose poultry nodes and the Carcass, Fresh Goose furnishing in ESO
  40. ^ Remy Bertault's dialogue in ESO
  41. ^ 36 Lessons of Vivec, Sermon 7Vivec
  42. ^ Gorgon snake ingredient in Daggerfall
  43. ^ a b The Worthy Ar-Azal, His Deeds
  44. ^ Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  45. ^ Blessed, Blessed SatakalaamThe Unveiled Azadiyeh, Songbird of Satakalaam
  46. ^ Grahl-Eye Gem Purse item description in ESO
  47. ^ Succulent Gravelclaw Meat item description in ESO, and the definition for the word "succulent"
  48. ^ Gristlewing's appearance at the Imperial City Prison in ESO: Imperial City
  49. ^ Gristlewing's appearance at Harrowstorms and around Kilkreath Temple in ESO: Greymoor
  50. ^ Gristlewing's appearance at Grayhaven and near Druadach Redoubt in ESO: Markarth
  51. ^ Crafting Motif 48: Ashlander StyleSannemmu Khamishi, Wise Woman of the Erabenimsun Tribe
  52. ^ Naryu's Journal/Imperial CityNaryu Virian
  53. ^ Guzzard appearance 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.