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Redguards in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

For other uses, see Redguards.

Redguards hail from the great desert province of Hammerfell. They are descended from a long line of warriors and mystic seers. Legend has it that Redguards are innately more proficient with the use of weaponry than any other race. They excel in all arts concerning blade and shield.

The most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel, the dark-skinned Redguards of Hammerfell seem born to battle. However, their pride and fierce independence of spirit makes them more suitable as scouts or skirmishers, or as free ranging heroes and adventurers, than as rank and file soldiers. In addition to their cultural affinities for many weapon and armor styles, Redguards are also blessed with hardy constitutions and fleetness of foot.


See also: Redguard#History

Fourth Era[]

A Redguard shown in a loading screen.

Hammerfell, the Redguard's homeland, had recently survived a massive invasion by the Aldmeri Dominion. Though they were aided by the Imperial Legion, the following peace treaty gave a large chunk of the region to the elves. The Redguards refused to accept those terms, and succeeded in reclaiming their homeland from the Dominion, which lead to the separation of Hammerfell from the Mede Empire as an independent nation. There is now distrust between the Redguards and the Imperials.

It is interesting to note that the Redguards pushed back the Elven armies twice before, and would have dominated Tamriel if not for the opposition in Cyrodiil during the Empire's formation. With the signing of the Second Treaty of Stros M'kai in 4E 180, the Aldmeri Dominion completely withdrew from Hammerfell. This makes Hammerfell the only country to have actually defeated the Aldmeri Dominion, and this largely without the aid of the Empire. The history of Hammerfell was filled with war until finally, because of forced cooperation between Forebears and Crowns, the civil war in Hammerfell has ended, which is likely to lead to a prosperous future.

Religion and culture[]

The main religion of Hammerfell is a mix between ancestor worship and faith in the traditional Yokudan pantheon. According to Trayvond the Redguard, in Hammerfell, they "don't much like spell casters, because Wizards steal souls and tamper with minds. If you use magic, you're weak or wicked." They are not fond of Conjuration, relating it to Necromancy, or Illusion, because it unwillingly alters the mind of an opponent. However, he does mention that he and other Redguards are rather fond of Destruction spells, as that school of magic suits their culture well.

Character creation[]

"The most naturally talented warriors in Tamriel, the Redguards of Hammerfell have a hardy constitution and a natural resistance to poison. They can call upon an Adrenaline Rush in combat."
―Racial description[src]

Skill bonuses[]

Starting spells[]

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Popular usage and unique gameplay[]

Nazir, a fierce warrior and Hammerfell native

As in previous Elder Scrolls games, the Redguards excel in combat. In Skyrim, unlike previous games, they are more magically inclined than Nords or Orcs. With Orcs as a possible exception, they make for the best defensive fighters due to having the best starting skill in One-Handed in addition to their skill in Block. Their poison resistance helps to withstand deadly biological agents of any kind, while the Adrenaline Rush ability allows for a continuous offensive onslaught. The fact that they also favor Alteration and Destruction alongside their traditional warrior abilities makes Redguards a great choice for a spellsword or battlemage.

Naming convention[]

Most Redguard names in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are based on Arabic names, such as Nazir ("observer"). This is a departure from previous installments in which Redguard names were commonly of western European origins.

Notable Redguards[]



  • The only female Redguard in the base game who can be married is Anwen. With Hearthfire installed, however, Rayya can be married.


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

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  • With the Creation Kit the skin tone of their face cannot be changed; it just goes to the lightest possible in game.

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