This page details the ten playable races in Elder Scrolls Online, as well as the many non-playable NPC races you can encounter.
There are ten playable races in ESO. Each race has a home province (with the exception of Orcs), as well as an alliance that they are a member of. The races can be organized by what alliance they are loyal to:
|Aldmeri Dominion||Daggerfall Covenant||Ebonheart Pact||Other|
All playable races have an associated skill line that complements their lore, such as the Dunmer proficiency with fire based magicka. The skill lines also give a bonus to one weapon or armor type which also complements their lore, such as the Nords bonus to Two Handed weapons.
Many of the above 'other bonuses' do not unlock until player level 25 or above. Details can be found on each race's associated page.
There are a number of other races throughout the game that are not available for you to play as (although some are available as polymorphs):
- Dark Seducer
- Draugr (Dragon Priest)
- Golden Saint
- Pumpkin Spectre
- Scarecrow Spectre
- Sea Giant
- Sea Sload
- Your choice of Alliance when creating your character, usually dictated by race, is the single biggest influence on how your game will differ compared to other players.
- The Imperials are only a playable race for those with the Imperial Edition of the game.