All our favorite races from the Elder Scrolls universe are available in the mobile game The Elder Scrolls: Blades. This means that, since we can only choose one race, that we’re up for some tough decisions to make.
But in today’s article, we will share with you our opinion on what’s the best race / class in Elder Scrolls Blades, how to change races if yo change your mind and the details about all the other races that you can choose from. Because, sometimes, it’s better to just have them all readily available in an article and not have to scroll through them yourself.
The variety of the classes available in Blades is not huge, with two main possible approaches to the game: a melee combat, damage dealing oriented character or one that focuses more on spells and spell casting. However, there’s still a bit more nuance with races and we’ll try to cover everything in today’s article.
So let’s get to work and check out our complete guide to the Elder Scrolls Blades classes, as well as the best race to play as in the game.
Elder Scrolls Blades Classes Overview
+5% Armor and +5% Damage with abilities. A race that mixes defensive bonuses (the armor bonus) with more offense-oriented ones (extra damage from abilities). A good choice overall, but we think that there are better options available.
15% Poison Resistance and +5% Stamina regeneration. These bonuses are too specific and only useful in some parts of the game, therefore this is not a recommended race.
15% Poison Resistance and +5% Damage with abilities. Again, not the most impressive bonuses out there – while none are bad, you could gain more both long and short term from other types of bonuses.
+5% Health Regeneration and +5% Damage with small/light weapons. This is an interesting race to play as. Health regeneration is not incredibly useful in most stages (although for the Abyss, it’s really useful), while smaller weapons require more hits eventually. Still, a good race.
10% Spell Resistance and +5% damage with Longswords, War Axes and Maces. We consider the weapon damage boost really useful, but the Spell Resistance also makes Bretons useful in specific situations, usually in the later stages of the game.
15% Fire Resistance and +5% Damage with Spells. Honestly, the only real option that you have if you want to focus heavily on magic.
15% Shock Resistance and +5% Magicka regeneration. Also spell-oriented, but there are better bonuses out there than faster regeneration of your ability to cast spells…
+5% Health Restored from Healing Effects and +5% extra damage with Longswords, War Axes and Maces. While it’s good to have the damage bonus, it would’ve also been a lot better if the first skill was different.
+5 Armor Rating and +10 Poison Damage. Another race that’s focused more on the defensive aspect, which is not really the best approach in this game.
15% Frost Resistance and +5% damage with Greatswords, Battleaxes and Warhammers. The frost resistance is a bit too specific, while the larger swords are not immediately available. So not the best choice early on in the game.
What is the best race in Elder Scrolls Blades?
Before we answer this question, we should say that classes / races are influenced by the way you spend your skill points gained when you level up. In other words, your chosen race becomes stronger if you invest your skill points in such a way that they boost the race’s advantages even further.
We are going to write guides about these builds and how to invest your skill points to build a great character, but until then you’re on your own to figure out the best way to spend skill points to make your chosen race even better.
Now with these out of the way, let me tell you that our favorite race in Blades is… the Imperial. You get to deal extra damage with your weapons (and it’s easy to get the bonus as soon as you start playing), while the extra health gained from the various sources in the game is useful in more challenging dungeons.
If you want a character with a greater focus on magic use (which is not the best route, in our opinion, in Blades), your only real option is the Dark Elf. The additional damage beats the slightly faster spell casting offered by the High Elf, making them the best choice for magic fans.
How to change your race in the game?
The best thing about Elder Scrolls: Blades is that it allows you to change your class / race for free. So if you change your mind and decide that the race you have initially chosen is not the one you want to keep playing as, you can simply visit the lunatic Theodor Gorlash in the town and you’ll be able to change it.
It is free at least once – haven’t tried to change races yet as I am perfectly happy with the Imperial, so you’re not stuck playing a race you don’t really like forever. But this might change in the future and costs might be associated with changing your race, so try to make a choice you’re happy with from the beginning.
Now that we’ve talked about all the classes / races in the game, don’t hesitate to check out our Elder Scrolls Blades tips and tricks article with even more useful advice for new (and veteran) players.
But back to races now – what do you think about our choices? Do you agree, or you prefer playing a different race in the game?