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For other uses, see Elk.

Elk are passive animals found in Skyrim. Elk are very common and, with the right hunting tactics, fairly easy to kill, though they have slightly more health than deer.


They can often be seen running from other predators such as bears and hunters. Although normally passive, the elk will still attack the Dragonborn if under the influence of a Spriggan or spells like Fury are cast on it and if the Dragonborn is the closest thing to the elk. Elk can also be seen wandering together with deer.

Elk can be reanimated with the conjuration spell Raise Zombie. They do not aid their summoner in combat, but can be used as a distraction.



  • Male elk are larger, have darker fur, and have larger antlers than females.
  • While its antlers do not resemble the modern day elk, it is likely modeled after the now extinct Megaloceros or Irish Elk.


This section contains bugs related to Elk (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.
  •  PS3   If the elk is shot in the head with a bow that has an enchantment on, it will not have hide when looted.
  •  360   PS3   Sometimes, elk can run along the ground underwater.
  •  360   Sometimes, when an elk is killed, it will turn vertically with its head in the ground and become impossible to loot.

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