Racial Passives and Best Race for Each Role

This video is a complete guide to racial passives in the elder scrolls online horns of the reach patch.  In addition, the video covers what races are best for each role in the game, as that is more important than the class you choose to play. If you want a race that can do a little of everything though, the video will also tell you the best races that exceed in all areas! The goal of this is to help you make the most informed decision when you are creating your characters in ESO!

DO NOTE: The imperial is only accessible from getting the Imperial upgrade through the crown store for your account.


  1. Daggerfall Covenant
    1. Orc
      1. Craftsman: Increases experience gain with the Heavy Armor Skill line by 15% & Increases your crafting Inspiration gained by 10%.
      2. Brawny: Increases Max Health and Max Stamina by 6%
      3. Unflinching: Increases Healing Received by 5% and Health Recovery by 20%
      4. Swift Warrior: Increases your damage with melee weapon attacks by 2% & Reduces Sprint cost by 4% and increases Sprint speed by 3%
    2. Breton
      1. Opportunist: Increases experience gain with the Light Armor Skill line by 15% & increases your Alliance Points gained by 1%.
      2. Gift of Magnus: Increases Max Magicka by 10%
      3. Spell Resistance: Increases Spell Resistance by 3960
      4. Magicka Mastery: Reduces the Magicka cost of your abilities by 3%
    3. Redguard
      1. Wayfarer: Increases experience gain with One-Handed and Shield Skill line by 15% & increases the duration of eaten food by 15 minutes.
      2. Exhilaration: Increases Stamina Recovery by 9%
      3. Conditioning: Increases Max Stamina by 10%
      4. Adrenaline Rush: Your melee attacks restore 3% of your Max Stamina and this can occur every 5 seconds.
  2. Ebonheart Pact
    1. Argonian
      1. Amphibian: Increases experience gain with the Restoration Staff Skill line by 15% & increases your swimming speed by 50%.
      2. Resourceful: Increases your Max Magicka by 1% & whenever you drink a potion you are restored 4% of your Max Health, Magicka, and Stamina
      3. Argonian Resistance: Increases Max Health by 9% and Poison and Disease Resistance by 1485.
      4. Quick to Mend: Increases your healing done and received by 5%.
    2. Nord
      1. Reveler: Increases experience gain with the Two-Handed Skill line by 15% & increases the duration of any consumed drink by 15 minutes.
      2. Stalwart: Increases Max Stamina by 6% and Health Recovery by 20%.
      3. Resist Frost: Increases Max Health by 9% and Cold Resistance by 2079.
      4. Rugged: Increases damage reduction by 6%.
    3. Dark Elf
      1. Ashlander: Increases the experience gain with the Dual Wield Skill line by 15% & reduces your damage taken by environmental lava by 50%.
      2. Dynamic: Increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 6%.
      3. Resist Flame: Increases Max Magicka by 3% and Flame Resistance by 2079.
      4. Destructive Ancestry: Increases your Flame Damage by 7% and your Frost and Shock Damage by 2%.
  3. Aldmeri Dominion
    1. High Elf
      1. Highborn: Increases experience gain with the Destruction Staff Skill line by 15% & increases your experience gained by 1%.
      2. Spellcharge: Increased Magicka Recovery by 9%.
      3. Gift of Magnus: Increases Max Magicka by 10%
      4. Elemental Talent: Increases your Flame, Frost and Shock Damage by 4%.
    2. Wood Elf
      1. Acrobat: Increases experience gain with the Bow Skill line by 15% & decreases your fall damage taken by 10%.
      2. Y’ffre’s Endurance: Increases Stamina Recovery by 21%.
      3. Resist Affliction: Increases your Max Stamina by 6% and Poison and Disease Resistance by 1485.
      4. Stealthy: Reduces your detection radius in Stealth by 3 meters and increases damage done while in Stealth by 10%.
    3. Khajiit
      1. Cutpurse: Increases the experience gain with the Medium Armor Skill line by 15% & increases your chance to successfully pickpocket by 5%.
      2. Nimble: Increases your Health Recovery by 20% and Stamina Recovery by 10%.
      3. Stealthy: Reduces your detection radius in Stealth by 3 meters and increases damage done while in Stealth by 10%
      4. Carnage: Increases Weapon Critical by 8%.
  4. Other
    1. Imperial
      1. Diplomat: Increases experience gain with the One-Handed and Shield Line by 15% & increases your gold gained by 1%.
      2. Tough: Increases Max Health by 12%
      3. Conditioning: Increases Max Stamina by 10%
      4. Red Diamond: Your melee attacks have a 10% chance to restore 6% of your Max Health


  1. Stamina DPS
    1. PvE: Redguard, Khajiit
    2. PvP: Redguard, Wood Elf, Khajiit, Orc
  2. Magicka DPS
    1. PvE: High Elf, Breton, Dark Elf
      1. Dark Elf is the best for Magicka DK though.
    2. PvP: Same races as PvE, but is more a matter of personal preference and not as much of a numbers game.
      1. Argonian is also an amazing choice for PvP due to the sustain it offers.
  3. Tank
    1. PvE: Argonian, Imperial, Nord, Orc
    2. PvP: Same as PvE.
  4. Healer
    1. PvE: Argonian or Breton
    2. PvP: Same as PvE
  5. Jack-of-All-Trades
    1. PvE/PvP: Argonian, Imperial, Dark Elf