Talker, mage, healer and alchemist: the Breton of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim are your magical handimans!
- Dragonskin: for 60 seconds per day you can absorb 50% of the magicka fired at you
- You start out with the Conjure Familiar spell
- Magic Resistance of 50%
- +5 to Illusion
- +5 to Speech
- +5 to Alchemy
- +5 to Alteration
- +5 to Restoration
- +10 to Conjuration
About this Skyrim Race
The Bretons are quite gifted in the magic department. So if you pick this race then you’re likely to go magicka all the way.
Talking about Magic: if you’re facing fellow magicians (Necromancers anyone?) then you’re at an advantage: you can’t be hurt as much by your 50% magicka resistance. And if you’re in dire need of Magicka just enable your Dragonskin trait (once per day) and you can just absorb 50% of the magicka of the spells fired at you. Now that’s efficient!
Basically you could see your Breton as an aircraft carrier: conjure up a friend and send him into battle instead of you. Bretons have a large bonus in Conjuration in the form of a +10 skill bonus. Use that to your advantage! In the beginning of your life as Breton you can immediatly conjure Familiars (big dogs basically) to help you or functions as a lightning rod so you can get out of a bad situation.
You can use your benefit to Illusion with the Breton to do some fun stuff: instill fear in your enemies to just scare them off. You could Charm shopkeepers to give you a better deal or you can just vanish altogether with the Invisibility spell.
If your Breton character has been hurt then you’re perfectly capable of healing yourself using Restoration. Don’t forget that Restoration also influences your ability to cast Wards to guard you from magicka!
Your Breton’s Alteration bonus will help you both defend yourself and do some nasty stuff to those who oppose you. The school of Alteration houses the Magic Resistance spells such as Resist Frost, Resist Fire, Resist Shock and Resist Magicka. You might want to cast any of those before going into combat. Should you need to get out of combat quick you can cast Paralyze and watch your enemies fall to the ground.
Alchemy can be used to make some money on the side and make some helpful potions so you’ll perform better. Creating poisons won’t really help you as a mage but it can help if you also have an offensive skill which uses actual weapons (Archery, One-Handed, Two handed).
And hey, if nothing else work you can always use your Speech bonus to talk your way out right? No seriously, this will help you with getting a better deal at shops and it will influence people into telling you what you want to them to tell you. This way you can even avoid combat from time to time.
Weakness of the Bretons
The one thing missing in Bretons is a prime offensive ability. You can use Conjuration offensively in a sense, but you can’t seem to truly defend yourself if you don’t raise the level of any offensive skill. You’d do best to start out early with leveling one of the following skills:
- One Handed
- Two Handed