ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (2022)

There are a total of 10 different ESO races available. The ESO races guide should help you determine what kind or race you want to pick. Each of the races in ESO has different and unique racial passives that we will explain in this article. There are a total of three Alliances in the Elder Scrolls Online, each of those have different races. We will also explain what race you preferably should choose for which setup. Racial passives in ESO are very important. There is also a way to unlock all races for any Alliance, which I will explain below.

  • Daggerfall Covenant
    • Breton
    • Redguard
    • Orc
  • Aldmeri Dominion
    • Altmer (Highelf)
    • Bosmer
    • Khajiit
  • Ebonheart Pact
    • Nord
    • Dunmer (Darkelf)
    • Argonian
  • Other Races
    • Imperial
  • What race for which setup?
  • All Races for any Faction

Daggerfall Covenant – ESO Races

Breton, Redguard, Orc

Daggerfall Covenant is a Faction in Elder Scrolls Online. The Daggerfall Covenant is a compact between the peoples of northwest Tamriel—Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs—that forms an alliance of mutual defense, with a vision of establishing peace and order across Tamriel. Indeed, the kings of the Covenant take the Remans as their model, claiming to be the spiritual heirs of the Second Empire.

So this is the modern Daggerfall Covenant, an alliance of the Redguards of northern Hammerfell, under King Fahara’jad; the Orcs of the mountainous northeast, under King Kurog of Orsinium; with the Breton King Emeric of High Rock presiding from his palace in Wayrest. At its best, it is a noble alliance of honorable and chivalrous peoples, representing all the best aspects of the First and Second Empires. And from this solid foundation, perhaps a third, even mightier Empire shall arise, providing all the peoples of Tamriel the benefits of mutual respect, vigorous trade, and reverence for the Divines.

Breton Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (1)Breton racial passives have a strong focus on magicka. Increased max magicka, increased spell resistance and magicka ability cost reduction makes them a good magicka based race often used on magicka damage dealers and healers.

  • Opportunist – Increases yourAlliance Pointsgained by 1%.
  • Gift of Magnus: Increases your Max Magicka by 2000.
  • Spell Attunement: Gain 2310 Spell Resistance and 130 Magicka Recovery.
  • Magicka Mastery: Reduces the Magicka cost of your abilities by 7%.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Breton” in the Breton Skill-line Overview Page.

Redguard Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (2)Redguards are the masters of sustain. Their cost reduction passive on all weapon abilities and their Adrenaline Rush passive increase your sustain more than any other race. It can also be wise to use a more weapon abilities focused setup as a Redguard to benefit from the cost reduction even more. Also do not forget, the cost reduction also affects your weapon type ultimate!

  • Wayfarer – Increases the duration of eaten food by 15 minutes.
  • Martial Training: Reduces the cost of your Weapon abilities by 8%.Reduces the effectiveness of Snares applied to you by 15%.
  • Conditioning: Increases your Max Stamina by 2000.
  • Adrenaline Rush: When you deal Direct Damage, you restore 1005 Stamina. This effect can occur once every 5 seconds.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Redguard” in the Redguard Skill-line Overview Page.

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Orc Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (3)Orcs are one of the stronger stamina race both for pve and pvp. 1000 Max Stamina and 256 Weapon Damage both scale up even further with modifiers and on top of that they also get a 1000 Health boost. Other than that they also benefit from faster running speeds which makes them very fierce in pvp.

  • Craftsman –Increases your craftingInspirationgained by 10%.
  • Brawny: Increases your Max Stamina by 1000.
  • Unflinching Rage: Increases your Max Health by 1000. When you deal damage, you heal for 2125 Health. This can occur once every 4 seconds.
  • Swift Warrior: Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 258. Reduces the cost of Sprint by 12% and increases the Movement Speed bonus of Sprint by 10%

You can learn more about the ESO race “Orc” in the Orc Skill-line Overview Page.

Aldmeri Dominion – ESO Races

High Elf, Woodelf, Khajiit

Aldmeri Dominion is a Faction in Elder Scrolls Online. When word reached the High Elves of Alinor that the Imperial City had fallen under the control of the human supporters of Molag Bal, the Aldmeri Dominion was formed. The High Elves reached out to the neighboring races of Wood Elves and Khajiit with a plea that their combined forces might prevent the younger races of Tamriel from bringing disaster to the world, as they had so many times in the past.

The High Elves were the original settlers of Tamriel and created the common tongue used throughout the continent today. They are also naturally proficient with magic. The Wood Elves inhabit the thick, near-impenetrable forests of Valenwood. They are supreme hunters, guides, and masters in sneaking and thievery. They are also the most gifted archers in all of Tamriel. The Khajiit, a proud feline race, are fearsome warriors, proficient with bladed weapons. They stand proudly at the forefront of every battle. The power and determination of the Aldmeri Dominion should not be underestimated.

High Elf (Altmer) Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (4)High Elf are one of the stronger magicka based races. 2000 Max Magicka and 258 Spell Damage also scale further with modifiers. On top of that one of the passive reduces damage taken by 5% while you are using an ability with a cast or channel time.

  • Highborn –Increases your experience gained by 1%. Increases experience gain with theDestruction Staff Skill lineby 15%.
  • Spell Recharge: When you activate an ability, you restore 625 Magicka or Stamina, based on whichever is lowest. This effect can occur once every 6 seconds. When you are using an ability with a channel or cast time, you take 5% less damage.
  • Syrabane’s Boon: Increases your Max Magicka by 2000.
  • Elemental Talent: Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 258.

You can learn more about the ESO race “High Elf” in the High Elf Skill-line Overview Page.

Wood Elf (Bosmer) Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (5)Wood Elf racial passives have a strong focus on stealth based gameplay style. 2000 Max Stamina and 258 Stamina Recovery that can be further increased with modifiers. They are also very good at detecting enemies thanks to the increased detection radius. On top of that they also gain faster movement speed and increased penetration after a dodge roll, which makes them especially dangerous on stamina Nightblades.

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  • Acrobat – Decreases your fall damage taken by 10%. Increases experience gain with the Bow Skill line by 15%.
  • Y’ffre’s Endurance: Increases your Stamina Recovery by 258.
  • Resist Affliction: Increases your Max Stamina by 2000 and your Poison Resistance by 2310.
  • Hunter’s Eye: Increases your stealth detection radius by 3 meters. Increases your movement speed by 5% and your Physical and Spell Penetration by 950.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Wood Elf” in the Wood Elf Skill-line Overview Page.

Khajiit Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (6)Khajiit racial passives are both good for magicka and stamina based setups. Both stamina and magicka benefits from the extra Critical Damage buff. On top of that they also get 915 Max Health, Magicka and Stamina. Which is not a lot but it still matters. Khajiit are also the prime race for gankers, as the Critical Damage modifier really pushes up the critical hits on enemies. They are also harder to detect than other races due to the detection radius reduction by 3m.

  • Cutpurse – Increases your chance to so successfully pickpocket by 5%. Increases the experience gain with the Medium Armor Skill line by 15%.
  • Robustness: Increases your Health Recovery by 100 and your Stamina and Magicka recovery by 85.
  • Lunar Blessings: Increases your Max Health, Magicka, and Stamina by 915.
  • Feline Ambush: Increases your Critical Damage and Critical Healing by 12%. Reduces your detection radius in Stealth by 3m.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Khajiit” in the Khajiit Skill-line Overview Page.

Ebonheart Pact – ESO Races

Nord, Dark Elf, Argonian

Ebonheart Pact is a Faction in Elder Scrolls Online. Jorunn, of Eastern Skyrim, is acting High King of the Great Moot, but he does not rule absolutely. His decisions must be ratified by all three races in a unique form of governance called The Great Moot. He is down-to-earth, humorous, and has an iron will to succeed.

Nord Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (7)Nord racial passives have a strong focus on tanking based passives. Increased Max Stamina and Health, extra Physical and Spell Resistance and also more Cold Resistance. On top of that they also get one of the most important passives, extra Ultimate regeneration. Ultimate regeneration is always important, be it in PVP or PVE.

  • Reveler –Increases experience gain with theTwo-Handed Skillline by 15%. Increases the duration of any consumed drink by 15 minutes.
  • Stalwart: Increases your Max Stamina by 1500. When you take damage, you gain 5 Ultimate. This effect can occur once every 10 seconds.
  • Resist Frost: Increases your Max Health by 1000 and Frost Resistance by 4620.
  • Rugged: Increases your Physical and Spell Resistance by 2600.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Nord” in the Nord Skill-line Overview Page.

Dark Elf (Dunmer) Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (8)Dark Elf racial passives let you play both Stamina or Magicka based setups. Dark Elves are one of the strongest races for both magicka and stamina based setups. They also get flame resistance, which can be helpful if you are a Vampire (because Vampires take extra fire damage).

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  • Ashlander –Increases the experience gain with theDual Wield Skillline by 15%. Reduces your damage taken by environmental lava by 50%.
  • Dynamic: Increases your Max Stamina and Magicka by 1910.
  • Resist Flame: Increases your Flame Resistance by 4620.
  • Ruination: Increases your Weapon and Spell Damage by 258.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Dark Elf” in the Dark Elf Skill-line Overview Page.

Argonian Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (9)Argonian racial passives are focused on healing and tanking. Increased resource return when you drink a potion, increased max health, increased disease resistance and increased healing done. Argonians are often used on tank setups due to their passives. The Resourceful passive also makes them one of the best races in order to improve sustain tremendously.

  • Amphibian – Increases your experience gain with Restoration Staff skill line by 15%. Increases swimming speed by 50%.
  • Life Mender: Increases your healing dome by 6%.
  • Resourceful: Increases your Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 1000. When you drink a potion, you restore 3125 Health, Magicka, and Stamina.
  • Argonian Resistance: Increases your Max Health by 1000 and your Disease and Poison Resistance by 2310.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Argonian” in the Argonian Skill-line Overview Page.

Other ESO Races

There are also other races that don’t strictly belong to any of the alliances.

Imperial Race

ESO Races & Racial Passives - Pick the best Race for your Character (10)Imperial racial passives are focused on stamina and health. Increased Max Health and Max Stamina gives them a big extra piece of resources compared to other races. Having that much Health makes it possible to run Gold sustain Food, which will make resource management easier. They also get 3% cost reduction, which applies to everything, including Ultimates.

  • Diplomat – Increases experience gain with One Handed and Shield Line by 15%. Increases your gold gained by 1%.
  • Tough: Increases your Max Health by 2000.
  • Imperial Mettle: Increases your Max Stamina by 2000.
  • Red Diamond: Reduces the cost of all your abilities by 6%.

You can learn more about the ESO race “Imperial” in the Imperial Skill-line Overview Page.

What ESO race should I use for my setup?

Each build on our website always has recommendations for what eso race you should pick. However, here are some general recommendations and explanations for pve:

Tanks Race Choice

Best choice: Nord, Argonian and Imperial

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Nords are great for extra ultimate regeneration and extra resistance. Argonians have good allrounder stats and also increased sustain due to the potion drink passive. Imperials are nice if you are looking for a lot of extra max stats and extra cost reduction.

Healer Race Choice

Best choice: Breton, High Elf, Khajiit and Argonian

Breton, High Elf, Khajiit and Argonian are all very good healer races. Bretons have the overall best sustain by far. High Elf, Khajiit and Argonians are also very good choices for healers because of their magicka based passives.

Magicka Damage Dealer

Best choice: High Elf, Dark Elf, Khajiit, Breton

High Elf and Dark Elf have the highest overall damage due to their Spell Damage and Max Magicka passives. Khajiit have a really good crit passive and Bretons have really good sustain but a bit lower dps.

Stamina Damage Dealer

Best choice: Dark Elf, Orc, Khajiit, Wood Elf, Redguard, Imperial, Nord

Dark Elves, Orcs and Khajiits are the best picks for a stamina based damage dealer because of their passives. Wood Elf, Redguard, Imperial and Nord are also viable options though.

PVP?

In PvP the builds and races are usually more diverse than in PVE, therefore it is quite tricky to suggest races. I recommend checking out the pvp builds itself which always have recommeded races listed up.

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How to unlock all ESO races for every faction

I highly recommend buying the “All races any faction perk“, this will allow you to use any race in any faction. So you are not locked to the certain alliances. For example this way you could use a Redguard in the Ebonheart Pact, even tho Redguard is usually in the Daggerfall alliance.

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What is the best race to choose in ESO? ›

ESO: Best races for classes
RaceClass
Altmer (High Elf)Necromancer, Sorcerer, Templar
ArgonianNightblade, Templar, Warden
Bosmer (Wood Elf)Dragonknight, Nightblade, Warden
BretonNecromancer, Sorcerer, Templar
6 more rows
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Is Breton a good race in ESO? ›

Breton Race

Breton racial passives have a strong focus on magicka. Increased max magicka, increased spell resistance and magicka ability cost reduction makes them a good magicka based race often used on magicka damage dealers and healers.

What is the best race for DPS in ESO? ›

The best race currently for Stamina DPS in The Elder Scrolls Online is Dark Elf or Khajiit. Both of these races parse extremely close to one another in end-game DPS settings.

Is khajiit a good race ESO? ›

The Khajiit Racial Passives are a bit of mixed bag, and really facilitates any kind of play, though perhaps not quite as good as some other Races. Being harder to detect when Sneaking, and increased chance of Pickpocketing, marks the Khajit as a Stealthier character. This helps with some questing, stealing, and PvP.

Is Race important in ESO? ›

While Race is not the most important component of your Build in ESO, their Passives do have an impact, particularly in more challenging content or PvP. Many players start out not knowing what commitment level they will have to the game, and often times they become much more “hardcore” than they originally intended.

Which class should I play ESO? ›

Available to Unlock
ClassMagicka DDHealer
DragonknightExcellentMediocre
TemplarGoodExcellent
WardenExcellentExcellent
NecromancerGoodGreat
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Is a Breton Nightblade good? ›

Is a Breton Nightblade good? A Breton is really good at magicka DPS or healing, as their passives support these builds the most.

What race is best for dragonknight in ESO? ›

Dark Elf. Dark Elf is probably ESO's best race for Dragonknight in terms of DPS, as you get a lot of stat bonuses that will help with dealing more damage and survivability. The Dark Elf provides you with an extra 1910 magicka and stamina, and an increased 258 spell and weapon damage, along with 4620 flame resistance.

Are Bretons good mages? ›

Bretons are a race of both human and elven ancestry. They populate the province of High Rock. They are excellent mages with high magic resistance, but have few other distinctive features.

What race is best for stamina Nightblade? ›

Wood Elves are natural-born hunters, and the perfect choice as the best race for a Nightblade PvP Stamina build.

Is ESO Worth playing 2022? ›

Despite its age and the dozens of high-profile titles launching this year, ESO is still worth playing in 2022. Whether you're looking for your next competitive fix or a relaxing way to unwind after a busy day, ESO offers a wealth of content for players of all types.

What is the best race for a healer in ESO? ›

The best race currently for Healing in The Elder Scrolls Online is Breton. This race is especially well-suited for healing due to having one of the best cost reduction passives in the game as well as bonus Maximum Magicka AND Magicka Recovery. The Breton essentially has every stat you need for healing non-stop.

Can Khajiit be vampires? ›

The ability to become a vampire is based on contracting a Sanguinare Vampiris, a disease to which the Khajiit have no more immunity than any other race, which is to say none. The ability to become a Vampire Lord is by pact with Molag Bal.

Which race is best for each class ESO? ›

For tanks, the best races are generally considered to be Nord, Imperial, and Argonian. For healers, Breton and Argonians are generally considered best, but Altmer are a really solid choice as well. For Stamina DPS, Orc is the hands-down best option, with Dunmer and Khajit slightly behind.

Why Khajiit are the best? ›

Another intense advantage Khajiit have over most other races is that they are naturally very dexterous and speedy. It makes them excellent rogues and difficult targets to face in battle. They are quick, dangerous, and powerful when they want to be.

Is a Dark Elf or Wood Elf better? ›

With your Wood Elf, you have pretty much the entire Stealth path made for you based on perks. With the Dark Elf, you have a good mix of magic and stealth to make things even more interesting. So, if you want the straight up natural assassin that doesn't focus on magic, I suggest the Wood Elf.

What race is best for Templar ESO? ›

Imperial. As you might expect, Imperial takes the trophy as ESO's best race for Templar Tank. You could potentially run a Nord to get the extra 2600 physical and spell resistances and be a hair behind the Imperial in terms of meta playability, but the Imperial is currently too good to pass up.

Are Nords good in ESO? ›

The Nords are a strong and hardy race in The Elder Scrolls Online. The racial skills of the Nords include bonuses to two-handed weapons, duration of effects from drinks, physical, spell and frost resistance, ultimate generation, as well as base health and stamina.

What is the hardest class in ESO? ›

Stamina Nightblade is one of the most popular classes to play in ESO, but it's also one of the most challenging to play well, and especially to play solo.

What is the easiest class to play in ESO? ›

Finally, our number one class for Beginners in ESO is here and that's the Sorcerer Class! Sorcerers have some of the most powerful skills and passives in the game but what really separates them from other classes in ESO is the how most of these skills give you either automatic damage or automatic healing.

What is the least played class in ESO? ›

What is the least played class overall?
  • 395. Dragon-knight.
  • 160. Templar.
  • Sorcerer.
  • 380. Warden.
  • 240. Necromancer.
  • 144. Nightblade.
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Which is better Nightblade or Templar? ›

If you want to make a damage dealer the Templar has the easiest rotation. Nightblade is overall more challenging to play, but if you're into the stealth, sneaking, stealing and that sort of play it's by far the best option.

What Armour should a Nightblade wear? ›

Nightblade Armor

Rather, players should select Medium Armor for the Nightblade. When worn, Medium Armor grants bonuses in: Sneak (improved sneak ability) Stamina (increased Stamina regeneration)

Which race is best for tank? ›

The best race currently for Tanking in The Elder Scrolls Online is Nord or Imperial. Both Races have strong tank-focused passives including increased Health, Stamina, Mitigation, Sustain and Utility.

What is the strongest race in Elder Scrolls? ›

Well, the Orsimer are obviously the strongest race. I would say that either the Bosmer or the Khajiit have the greatest agility, and Redguard is kind of a half way point between strength and agility (While probably being the 2nd strongest race as well). Undaril wrote: Well, the Orsimer are obviously the strongest race.

What is argonian good for? ›

Combined with their affinity for Restoration magic and starting Healing spell, the Argonians can make for tough tank-types. Even when taking advantage of their Light Armor boost, the Argonians' ability to quickly heal can overcome the difference between light and heavy armor.

What's better high elf or Breton? ›

High Elves tend to be better at offense, due to their bonus magicka to start with and their racial ability while Bretons are slightly better at defense, with their magic resistance and Dragonskin racial ability. However there is no reason you couldn't play an offensive Breton or a defensive High Elf.

Are Bretons half elves? ›

Anyways back on topic, they technically are both. On Breton page, it says they are called Manmer, or were descended from Manmer. Altmer(High Elves) had...."fun".....with Humans and created the Bretons, called Manmer. They were treated as middle-class citizens.

Can a Breton be a warrior? ›

During gameplay, Bretons make excellent warriors, as well as mages. Although they start focused heavily on magic, switching them to a combat style is incredibly effective. Dragonskin : Absorb 50% of magicka from hostile spells for 60 seconds. Magic Resistance : Breton blood grants a 25% resistance to magic.

What Race is best for necromancer ESO? ›

Using an Orc is still a great choice, but in the highest levels of play, the Dark Elf and Khajiit top the charts for best consistent damage. Khajiit may offer better burst potential, but the Dark Elf gives better consistent damage throughout fights without having to depend on critical hits.

What Race is stamina warden? ›

For the Stamina DPS Warden, the Bosmer (Wood Elf) wins out as the best lore-friendly choice. Wood Elves come with an extra 2000 stamina, 258 stamina recovery, 5% increased movement speed, and 950 physical and spell penetration.

Is ESO better than WoW? ›

If you want an MMO that offers a more realistic world with improved visuals and voice acting, then ESO is for you. However, if you want a well-developed game that has been building depth for years, then WoW is your answer. Also, you don't have to stick to one when you can try both.

Is ESO worth it to play solo? ›

Whether it's worth playing is up to you but the game has more than enough content to do solo. Not only is there plenty of story but also open world dungeons that are soloable, crafting, housing, etc. Once you get a handle on your class and make a good build, you can even solo world bosses and group dungeons.

Is Elder Scrolls Online solo friendly? ›

Yes, you can solo overland zones in ESO (Elder Scrolls Online). There are plenty of zones to explore and all the content you find there is made for solo players. Zones can be fully explored on your own and you can complete the quests that you find there on your own as well.

Is ESO Worth Playing 2022? ›

Despite its age and the dozens of high-profile titles launching this year, ESO is still worth playing in 2022. Whether you're looking for your next competitive fix or a relaxing way to unwind after a busy day, ESO offers a wealth of content for players of all types.

What is the best race for Nightblade in ESO? ›

The Khajiit is the perfect race for the Magicka Nightblade, as it gives you extra critical damage and better sustain, both of which heavily suit the class.

What is the best race for a healer in ESO? ›

The best race currently for Healing in The Elder Scrolls Online is Breton. This race is especially well-suited for healing due to having one of the best cost reduction passives in the game as well as bonus Maximum Magicka AND Magicka Recovery. The Breton essentially has every stat you need for healing non-stop.

What race is best for dragonknight in ESO? ›

Dark Elf. Dark Elf is probably ESO's best race for Dragonknight in terms of DPS, as you get a lot of stat bonuses that will help with dealing more damage and survivability. The Dark Elf provides you with an extra 1910 magicka and stamina, and an increased 258 spell and weapon damage, along with 4620 flame resistance.

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