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Also known as Cyrodiils, Cyrodilics, Cyro-Nordics and Imperial Cyrods, the well-educated and well-spoken Imperials are the natives of the civilized, cosmopolitan province of Cyrodiil. Imperials are also known for the discipline and training of their citizen armies, and their respect for the rule of law. Though physically less imposing than the other races, the Imperials have proved to be shrewd diplomats and traders, and these traits, along with their remarkable skill and training as light infantry, have enabled them to subdue all the other nations and races and erect the monument to peace and prosperity that comprises the Glorious Empire. Their hegemony has waxed and waned throughout the eras, and most historians refer to three distinct Empires, the ends of which each mark a new epoch in Tamrielic history.

For more information, see the main lore article.

In-Game DescriptionEdit

Natives of Cyrodiil, they have proved to be shrewd diplomats and traders. They are skilled with combat and magic. Anywhere gold coins might be found, Imperials always seem to find a few more. They can call upon the Voice of the Emperor to calm an enemy.


  • Imperial Luck ability (FormID 000eb7eb): Anywhere gold coins might be found, Imperials always seem to find a few more, constant
    • 100% chance of 2-10 extra gold in all chests that normally contain gold, as well as to the corpses of various gold-dropping enemies, such as bandits, dragons, draugr, Falmer, Forsworn, giants, and rieklingsDB.
  • Voice of the Emperor greater power (FormID 000e40ca): Calms nearby people for 60 seconds, once per day
    • Pacify, 99 pts in 75 ft for 60 secs on Self
    • The power only affects NPCs, and despite being similar to the Illusion Pacify effect, does not benefit from any Illusion perks.
  • Height: 1.00



Imperials' skill bonuses are perfectly balanced between a mage type character and a warrior type. They have lesser bonuses to the Heavy Armor and One-handed skills, but also have bonuses to their Destruction and Restoration skills, making either path, or a combination of the two, equally attractive. Despite the Imperials' reputation as diplomats and businessmen, they receive no bonuses to Speech in Skyrim. This is a departure from other titles where Imperials are heavily favored toward speech and bartering.

The Voice of the Emperor greater power is useful at most levels. The magnitude is high enough to affect everyone in the vanilla game until level 81+. The calmed enemies can also enable you to use the wait feature to fully restore your health, magic, and stamina (you may consider waiting a full 24 hours, so you can use the Voice power again if needed).


  • Unlike the other races that have a +10 bonus in a school of magic, Imperials do not start with an extra spell associated with that school.


  • At the very beginning of Before the Storm (just after exiting the cave under Helgen Keep), all races get the Imperial Luck ability, the only difference being that Imperials can see it among active effects.
    •   This bug can be manually fixed for non-Imperial characters by using the console command set ImperialLuck to 100 to disable the perk, which persists between saves.