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Khajiit (listen ) are cat-like people who come from Elsweyr, known for high intelligence and agility. These traits make them very good thieves and acrobats, but Khajiit are also fearsome warriors. However, they are rarely known to be mages. Khajiit mostly stay on land, but piracy and Skooma trade does draw some to work as sailors.

Khajiit anatomy differs greatly from both men and elves, not only because of their fur, tail, and sometimes toe-walking stance, but also their digestive system and metabolism. Khajiit, Argonians, and Imga are the so-called "beast races" of Tamriel because of these large differences. Khajiit have a lifespan similar to that of humans. There are no well-documented cases of cross-breeding between Khajiit and other races, though there are rumors of such a thing. The foreign appearance and behavior of Khajiit make them common targets of racial discrimination.

For more information, see the main lore article.

In-Game DescriptionEdit

Hailing from the province of Elsweyr, they are intelligent, quick, and agile. They make excellent thieves due to their natural stealthiness. All Khajiit can see in the dark at will and have unarmed claw attacks.


  • Claws ability (FormID 000aa01e): Khajiit claws do 12 points of damage in addition to their base damage value of 10 points for unarmed combat.
    • Although the in-game text says "Khajiit claws do 15 points of damage.", the actual effect magnitude is only 12 points.
    • The game data also describes the effect as "Khajiit claws do four times the damage of a man's punch."
  • Night Eye lesser power (FormID 000aa01d): Improved night vision for 60 seconds, multiple times per day.
  • Fortify WarmthCC (FormID FE000872): Your Khajiit blood improves your resistance to cold environments by 15 points.
  • Raw DietCC (FormID FE000877): Your Khajiit blood allows you to eat raw meat without risk of disease.
  • Height: 1 (M), 0.95 (F)



Khajiit, like Argonians, make good thieves due to their bonuses in skills typically associated with stealth-oriented classes. Night Eye is a handy lesser power while dungeon-crawling or for seeing at night, when many thieves do their work. Their claw bonus helps in brawls, and, combined with the Fists of Steel perk, makes unarmed combat viable.

In combat, players have the opportunity to take advantage of the Khajiit's bonuses to one-handed and ranged weapons, and their strong bonus to Sneak makes sneak attacks accessible at early levels.

Khajiit may be taunted with "You'll make a fine rug, cat!" and "You remind me of my cousin's cat. Killed that too!" in combat. Upon finding a dead body they may also say "I'll claw the eyes out of whoever did this!"


  • The Khajiit Claws racial bonus to unarmed damage stacks with other sources of damage increase, such as perks like Fists of Steel and equipment like the Gloves of the Pugilist.
  • As Khajiit lack the relevant dialogue, you cannot marry them even through use of the console, although it can be utilized to transform a marriageable NPC into a Khajiit. If the player is a Khajiit, marriage is still possible with any marriageable NPC.
  • Due to technical and time limitations of development, all Khajiit (NPCs as well as Khajiit PCs) depicted in Skyrim have plantigrade feet and comparable height to Imperial and Breton races suggesting they are of the Cathay furstock.
  • Khajiit ears flatten and turn backward and they bare their teeth when enemies are detected and/or are in battle; the same happens to player character Khajiit in hostile situations, just like real world cats.


  • Khajiit tails may sometimes continue to move after death. This is more common with dead bodies that were put in areas for show, such as finding a dead body in a jail cell in a dungeon, and not as common with actual NPCs that are killed. If a Khajiit, the player's tail will often continue to move after death.
  • Khajiit tails may sometimes stop moving at all after death, freezing in the place where they were in the moment of death.