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There are 27 skills in Morrowind, each of which determines how well you can perform various tasks. Each skill is governed by an attribute; there are three to five skills governed by each attribute (except Luck). Each class has five major skills, five minor skills, and seventeen miscellaneous skills. Each time your character increases any combination of major or minor skills ten times, they become eligible to gain a level. Each skill also belongs to one of three specializations. The numbers in parentheses are what the game uses to identify the skill. Skills are raised by using them, by paying for trainers, by reading skill books, and occasionally as quest rewards. Skills can be permanently damaged (though retrainable) by jail time, and – in theory – by the Damage Skill effect, though the latter is not encountered as an effect used against the player character except in early, unpatched versions of the game.

The base starting value of each skill is 5, but player choices regarding race and class modify those starting values. Each of the five major skills receive +25, and each of the five minor skills receive +10. Each skill governed by the character's chosen Specialization receives an additional +5. Each Race receives additional bonuses to starting skill levels. The highest possible starting value for a skill is 50.

Attribute Skills Governed by Attribute
Endurance MW-icon-skill-Heavy Armor.jpg Heavy Armor MW-icon-skill-Medium Armor.jpg Medium Armor MW-icon-skill-Spear.jpg Spear
Strength MW-icon-skill-Acrobatics.jpg Acrobatics MW-icon-skill-Armorer.jpg Armorer MW-icon-skill-Axe.jpg Axe MW-icon-skill-Blunt Weapon.jpg Blunt Weapon MW-icon-skill-Long Blade.jpg Long Blade
Agility MW-icon-skill-Block.jpg Block MW-icon-skill-Light Armor.jpg Light Armor MW-icon-skill-Marksman.jpg Marksman MW-icon-skill-Sneak.jpg Sneak
Speed MW-icon-skill-Athletics.jpg Athletics MW-icon-skill-Hand-to-hand.jpg Hand-to-hand MW-icon-skill-Short Blade.jpg Short Blade MW-icon-skill-Unarmored.jpg Unarmored
Personality MW-icon-skill-Illusion.jpg Illusion MW-icon-skill-Mercantile.jpg Mercantile MW-icon-skill-Speechcraft.jpg Speechcraft
Intelligence MW-icon-skill-Alchemy.jpg Alchemy MW-icon-skill-Conjuration.jpg Conjuration MW-icon-skill-Enchant.jpg Enchant MW-icon-skill-Security.jpg Security
Willpower MW-icon-skill-Alteration.jpg Alteration MW-icon-skill-Destruction.jpg Destruction MW-icon-skill-Mysticism.jpg Mysticism MW-icon-skill-Restoration.jpg Restoration
Luck (none)


  • The following skills from Daggerfall are not included as skills in Morrowind:
    • Backstabbing: Replaced with a flat sneak attack damage bonus
    • Climbing: Characters can no longer climb, but higher Acrobatics allows ascending steeper slopes
    • Creature language skills: The sole instance where your character knowing another language is important is decided by a simple Intelligence check.
    • Critical Strike: No longer occur randomly in battle, although sneak attacks grant damage multipliers
    • Dodging: Superseded by Unarmored and Agility
    • Etiquette: Merged into Speechcraft
    • Medical: Diseases are now automatically diagnosed
    • Pickpocket: Subsumed by Sneak
    • Lockpicking: Merged into Security
    • Running: Merged into Athletics
    • Jumping: Merged into Acrobatics
    • Stealth: Merged into Sneak
    • Streetwise: Merged into Speechcraft
    • Swimming: Merged into Athletics
    • Thaumaturgy: Spells shifted to other schools