Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

For other uses, see Deer.
"The wilds of Skyrim are teeming with deer. They are docile creatures, but serve as food for much of the province's more savage beasts."
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Deer are passive animals found throughout Skyrim.


Male and Female variant

They are light grey, and if looking closely it's possible to notice the difference between male and female: The females are slightly smaller and are more slender than the males, and have small antlers, resulting in receiving small antlers as a drop from females and large antlers as a drop from males.

They are fragile targets that are easily dispatched due to their low amount of health. However, if the Dragonborn succeeds in attacking one without killing it, it will flee rather than fight back, which can often be achieved by using a weak ranged spell or low level bow/arrows.

If the Dragonborn is careful and does not disturb the deer, they can be found grazing or slowly wandering around. The moment the deer spots the Dragonborn, they will attempt to run regardless as to whether or not the one is acting aggressively. They can then be easily picked off with a well-placed arrow.

The Fury or Frenzy spells can be used to make it hostile. If this is done, the deer will attack, but they deal very little damage.

General Stats[]



  • They can run very fast, potentially making it difficult to kill them before they escape


  • Low health
  • Cannot cause damage to enemies

Damage types[]

  • Physical

Soul level[]


This section contains bugs related to Deer (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  /  XB1  ,  PS3  /  PS4  ,  PC  /  MAC  ,  NX  /  PS5  ,  XS  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Occasion when fleeing after attack, deer may randomly slide up objects at impossible angles, such as with trees or rocks.
  • If a deer is attacked by a wolf or any other animal, its pelt and/or venison may be missing when looting its body, though whether this may be intentional to indicate that the pelt and meat were too damaged to be of use is unknown.
  •  PS3   After engaging in a fight out in the wilds where deer can be found, sometimes a red dot indicating an enemy will be seen on the compass. If it is followed then it will lead to a random deer nearby. this also seems to happen with foxes, and sometimes both become "hostile," but flee like normal.
  • If a deer flees into water, it may move around wildly and then disappear completely.