ESO Race: Dark Elf

Learn about the Dark Elf race in The Elder Scrolls Online. Each ESO race comes with its own unique passives. What do Dark Elves offer?

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Dark Elves As An ESO Race Option

Dark Elves, also known as Dunmer,  are part of the Ebonheart Pact faction in The Elder Scrolls Online.  This faction was created by a pack between the Dark Elf, Nord, and Argonian races.  The symbol Ebonheart Pact is a dragon.  The colors of the Pact are red and black.

Lore says that despite the three races hate for each other, the alliance was formed by necessity as they recognized the threat from unified enemies.  Players selecting this faction will begin in Bleakrock Isle after their escape from Coldharbour.

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Historial Background Of The Dark Elves

The Dark Elves are originally from Morrowind in eastern Tamriel.  That homeland was invaded many times by the Nords, and others, turning the Dark Elves into seasoned warriors.  They have a natural ability of all things magic and a great intellect and make skillful sorcerers.

Lore tells us that Dunmer are ash-skinned and typically red-eyed elves.  ‘Dark’ to some may mean evil, but it was actually interpreted as meaning dark-skinned, or gloomy.  The combination of the Dark Elf intellect and strong agile physiques produce superior warriors and sorcerers. 

It is said on the battlefield, Dunmer are noted for this skill with swords, bows, and destruction magic.  While others call the Dark Elves proud, ruthless, and cruel, they are grim, aloof, and reserved.  They also distrust all other races.

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In-Game Race Description And Passives

Within the game, Dark Elves are described as: The racial skills of the Dark Elves reflect their intellect and agility, giving them bonuses in dual-wielding, flame and lava resistance, weapon and spell damage, and base magicka and stamina. These bonuses allow them to adapt to anything.

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This passive is unlocated at the player level of 1.  It increases experience gain with the Dual Wield skill line by 15% and reduces damage taken from environmental lava by 50%.

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Activated and upgraded with skills points, this passive provides the following benefits:

  • Level 5 – increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 600
  • Level 15 – increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 1200
  • Level 30 – increases Max Magicka and Max Stamina by 1910
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Resist Flame

Activated and upgraded with skills points, this passive provides the following benefits:

  • Level 10 – increases Flame Resistance by 1540
  • Level 20 – increases Flame Resistance by 3080
  • Level 40 – increases Flame Resistance by 4620
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Activated and upgraded with skills points, this passive provides the following benefits:

  • Level 25 – increases Weapon and Spell Damage by 86
  • Level 35 – increases Weapon and Spell Damage by 127
  • Level 50 – increases Weapon and Spell Damage by 258
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Builds Recommended For This Race

These links are to the Xynode Gaming builds for The Elder Scrolls Online featuring this race as either a main choice or an alternative suggestion.

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