For other uses, see Altmer.

The Altmer, or High Elves, are a playable race in the The Elder Scrolls Online. They are members of the Aldmeri Dominion, along with the Bosmer and Khajiit, though they can appear in other Alliances for those who pre-ordered the game.[1]

The High Elves were one of the original settlers of Tamriel and created the common tongue used throughout the continent today.[1] They consider themselves descended from the gods, and superior to all other mortals. Elegant and sophisticated, many Altmer, as they're known in the Summerset Isles, are naturally proficient with magic.[2]

Official descriptionEdit

The High Elves, or Altmer, arrived in Tamriel thousands of years ago from Old Aldmeris. They see themselves, perhaps justifiably, as the ruling race of Tamriel. They are a highly cultured people, known for their breathtaking architecture and massive libraries of histories and creative works. They tend to be isolationists, largely remaining on Summerset Isle, and only emerge when they perceive a great threat to their homeland. They are powerful mages and warriors, and the de facto leaders of the Aldmeri Dominion.[1]

Passive racial abilitiesEdit

Destruction Talent
Highborn – Increases your experience gain with the Destruction Staff Skill line by 15%. Increases your experience gain by 1%.
Spellcharge – Increases Magicka Recovery while in combat by __%
  • Rank 1: 3% (Unlocked at Altmer Level 5)
  • Rank 2: 6% (Unlocked at Altmer Level 15)
  • Rank 3: 9% (Unlocked at Spellcharge Rank II)
Gift of Magnus
Gift of Magnus – Increases maximum Magicka by__%
  • Rank 1: 4% (Unlocked at Altmer Level 10)
  • Rank 2: 7% (Unlocked at Gift of Magnus Rank I)
  • Rank 3: 10% (Unlocked at Gift of Magnus Rank II)
Magicka Mastery
Elemental Talent – Increases damage with Cold, Fire, or Shock effects by __%
  • Rank 1: 2% (Unlocked at Altmer Level 25)
  • Rank 2: 3% (Unlocked at Elemental Talent Rank I)
  • Rank 3: 4% (Unlocked at Elemental Talent Rank II)


Royal familyEdit

The Altmer consider themselves to be descended in an unbroken line from the Divines who created Nirn, but none more so than the royal family of Alinor. The King or Queen of Alinor rules over the Summerset Isles, basing their decisions on the precedents laid down in the Scrolls of Praxis; a tradition known as Ceremoniarchy. For a requisite 3,555 days, an heir to the Throne of Alinor will study Altmeri Regal Praxis and Ceremoniarchy at the Sapiarchs' Labyrinth. When the King or Queen ascends to Aetherius, the heir must speak an eighty-eight day Coronation Liturgy that will elevate them to the Throne of Alinor. It is the right of the eldest heir to assume the throne, as affirmed by the High Justiciar.[3]

Protocol and proprietyEdit

Altmer props

Altmeri painting and props

Impressions are important to the Altmer, and there are several rules about proper behavior at a High Elven dinner table that guests are expected to follow. Using the wrong utensil for a certain food is considered barbaric, and utensils should never be rested on the edge of any vessel. The head of the table is always allowed to lead any discussion, and only the most prestigious attendee at any function can eat the most food. Finally, one should never watch another while they chew, or refill their own glass. It is expected of each individual to refill the glass of the diner to their left when it is low.[4]

Notable AltmerEdit

Personality and characteristicsEdit

Many of the Dominion's High Elves may sometimes view themselves to be superior to the other races. Some will refer to their two allying races as cannibalistic savages (Bosmer) and cat scum (Khajiit).




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Elder Scrolls Online Alliances: Aldmeri Dominion
  2. The Elder Scrolls Online - Character Customization
  3. Ayrenn - The Unforeseen Queen
  4. The Elder Scrolls Online Interactive Map of Tamriel: Auridon