For other uses, see Breton.
"In addition to their quick and perceptive grasp of spellcraft, even the humblest of Bretons can boast a resistance to magical energies. They are particularly skilled at summoning and healing magic."
―In-game description

Bretons are humans with a touch of elven ancestry and they populate the province of High Rock, where the second game of the series, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, takes place. They are capable mages with high Magicka resistance but have few other distinctive features. They are considered an intelligent race in Tamriel, known for a proficiency in abstract thinking.


The Bretons, like much of the humans, originated from Atmora. Unlike said humans, however, the Breton bloodline has some elven ancestry. When Ysgramor and his sons came to Tamriel, they founded the great city of Saarthal. On the Night of the Tears, the Snow Elves (who previously had an alliance with the new Nords/Humans) sacked and burned the great city. During the attack, the elves took many slaves; some took them west to High Rock and others took them south. Eventually, the humans bred with elves, and this is what created the race of Bretons. 

Physiology and cultureEdit


Bretons are the elven hybrids of Nedic and Aldmeri ancestry. Because of this, Bretons physiologically appear similar to human races. Their magical talents find explanation in their mer blood.


Excelling magically, Bretons make excellent mages and easily escalate through the ranks of the Mages Guild and Arcane University. Several of the guild's highest ranks, including Arch-Mage, Master-Wizard, and Wizard are held, mostly, by Bretons. Eloquent and linguistic by nature, Bretons also make excellent merchants, using their magical expertise to open shops that sell magical wares. The Gilded Carafe, run by Claudette Perrick, is an example of this.

Character creationEdit

Attribute modifiersEdit

Attributes Male Female
Agility 30 30
Endurance 30 30
Intelligence 50 50
Luck 50 50
Personality 40 40
Speed 30 40
Strength 40 30
Willpower 50 50

Skill bonusesEdit

Skill Modifier
Alchemy +5
Alteration +5
Conjuration +10
Illusion +5
Mysticism +10
Restoration +10

Special abilitiesEdit


"Pale skin, snotty expression. You're a Breton! The masters of magicka, right? Hmph. You're nothing but a stuck-up harlot with cheap parlor tricks. Go ahead, try your magicka in here. Let's see you make those bars disappear. No? What's the matter? Not so powerful now, are you Breton? You're not leaving this prison 'til they throw your body in the lake. Oh, that's right. You're going to die in here, Breton! You're going to die!"
Valen Dreth[src]

A Breton mage, casting Buoyancy on herself.

Bretons are a fairly balanced race. Their lowered Endurance is somewhat compensated by their resistance to magic, although the female lowered strength is somewhat fatal. The magicka boost and skill bonuses make for a powerful mage. Illusion is supported by the magicka boost to balance out a Breton into a good sneak. The Breton strategy in battle is simple: Use destruction spells at the beginning to devastate the opponent until you run out of magicka, then take out a blade and finish them off, using restoration to heal off whatever willpower gives back.

Suggested classesEdit

  • Bretons' natural magicka resistances make them capable Battlemages and Witchhunters. Bound weaponry and armor make excellent use of the Breton's Conjuration affinities, compensating also for their lack of weapon- and armor-based skills. For Battlemage characters, especially females, The Lady helps bolster Willpower and Endurance, the latter governing the Heavy armor skill crucial for battlemages, as well as governing health.
  • Bretons make excellent raw mages. They excel at all magical talents. Female and male Bretons gain bonuses to Willpower as well as Intelligence.
  • Alteration's Open Lock spells and Illusion's Invisibility make Bretons effective mage-thieves.

Useful birthsignsEdit

  • The Mage: useful to add to the magicka boost and make your destruction stronger and longer lasting. Basically all the Breton race is used for is aided by the addition of magicka, at all levels.
  • The Apprentice - The normally fatal 100% magic weakness is lowered by the Breton's magic resistance, which makes the Breton wield insane magic power with only a 50% weakness to magic.
  • The Warrior - The 10+ Endurance will help the low health and couple nicely with the magic resistance into a good tank, whilst the strength makes for a strong warrior to wield destruction as an effective way to start a battle from afar.


Because Bretons are based on the real-life ethnic group, their names mirror the French names of these Breton. Although not as common, they use many British and Anglo-Saxon names also. Examples include:

Male namesEdit

Female namesEdit

Notable BretonsEdit

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