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There are many Races in Kenshi, including races for animal characters. Animal races are not listed on this page.

Playable Races

These races can be selected during the start of the game. Some Game Starts have further restrictions on which races can be chosen, but many allow players to choose from all seven options on this list.

Players cannot choose these races at the start of a game, but members of these races can become Playable Characters in certain circumstances.


Unplayable Races

These races are used for characters which cannot be recruited. As such, they require Modding to be used as a player character.


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Species Human Shek Hive Skeleton
Green Scorch Shek Prince Worker Soldier Skeleton P4 Unit Soldierbot
Health Stats
Combat Move Speed 1 1 1 1.2 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.9
Bleed Rate 1 0.9 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1
Heal Rate 1 1.1 0.8 1 1 1 2 3 3
Hunger Rate 1 0.9 1.25 0.5 0.5 0.6 Do not require food Do not require food Do not require food
Max Speed 120 120 110 140 140 130 110
Blood 75 - 150 75 - 150 75 - 150 50 50 50 100 100 100
Limb HP 100 100 125 80 75 100 200 200 200
Armour Slots
Hats YES YES MOST[1] MOST MOST NO NO NO NO
Shirt YES YES YES LIMITED LIMITED LIMITED NO NO NO
Shoes YES YES YES NO NO NO NO NO NO
Attributes
Strength 1 0.9 1.1 0.8 0.8 1 1 1 1
Toughness 1 1 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1 1 1
Dexterity 1 1.1 0.8 1.2 1.2 1 1 0.8 1
Perception 1 1 1 1.2 1 1 1 1 1.2
Skills
- Weapons -
Katanas 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.8 1
Sabres 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hackers 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Heavy Weapons 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.2 1 1
Blunt 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Polearms 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
- Combat -
Melee Attack 1 1 1.2 1 1 1.2 1 1 1
Melee Defence 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dodge 1 1.2 0.8 1 1 1 0.8 0.8 0.8
Martial Arts 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0.8
- Ranged -
Turrets 1 1 1 1 1.2 1 1.2 1 1
Crossbows 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Precision Shooting 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
- Thievery -
Stealth 1 1.2 0.8 1.2 1.2 1 0.8 0.8 0.8
Lockpicking 1 1 1 1.2 1 1 1 1
Thievery 1 1 0.8 1.2 1.2 1 0.8 0.8 0.8
Assassination 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
- Athletics -
Athletics 1 1.2 0.8 1.2 1.2 1 1 1 1
Swimming 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
- Sciences -
Field Medic 1 1 1 1.2 1 1 1 1.2 0.8
Engineer 1 1 1 1 1.2 0.8 1 1.2 1
Robotics 1 1 0.8 1 1 0.8 1.2 1.2 1
Science 1.2 1 0.8 1.2 0.8 0.8 1 1.2 1
- Trades -
Weapon Smith 1 1.2 1 1 1 0.8 1 1.2 1
Armour Smith 1 1.2 1 1 1 0.8 1 1.2 1
Crossbow Smith 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Labouring 1 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.2 1 1 1 1
Farming 1.2 0.8 0.8 1 1.2 0.8 1 1 1
Cooking 1.2 0.8 1 1 0.8 0.8 1 1 1
  1. Shek characters can equip all headgears with the exception of the Cap, Hachigane, Side-Angle Hachigane, and Wool Hat.
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