Badgers are small omnivores that live in Elsweyr and the Gold Coast. They primarily eat burrowing rodents, though given the chance, they'll steal chickens, bantam guar and kwama scribs from farms. They are cranky and irritable, and thus make terrible pets. Three species of badger are known: the red copperback badger, the brown brindle badger and the black Colovian badger.
Baliwogs are aquatic-dwelling creatures that frequent the lakes, rivers and bogs of the Shivering Isles. Their meat is a common local dish to the residents of the Shivering Isles. A fully-grown adult Baliwog can deliver a nasty blow from its claws, a swing from its tail or a potentially deadly bite from its razor-sharp teeth. It spreads many diseases and can regenerate health when exposed to water. They are related to Grummites and Scalons.[UOL 1]
A small lesser Daedra resembling a winged humanoid with mottled gray skin, a tail full of ridged spikes, pointed ears and horns on their heads. Banekin are associated with Molag Bal and use powerful shock spells in combat. They can speak Tamrielic, and are sometimes used as familiars by powerful wizards. Banekin are agile daedra. Aside from being able to use their claws and tails full of ridged spines, they can use spells to weaken their foes as well as make them nauseous.
Bantam Guar are small, docile creatures native to Morrowind, that are part of the scuttler family. They are also commonly called "ugly chickens" due to their appearance and behavior, and like chickens, are raised for eggs and meat. Despite the name, they are not related to guar. They are, however, related to cliff racers and cliff darters. Unlike their cousins, bantam guar cannot fly.
Snake-like creatures that inhabited the forests of Valenwood prior to the Aldmer's arrival to the province. Their eyes are used in academical concoctions to cure paralysis. Basilisk Powder is a type of explosive powder capable of poisoning those caught in its range, though it is unknown if it is derived from or merely after basilisks. Brassilisks are named similarly, as they are mechanical imitations of snakes.
Bats are found flying in caves and dungeons, traveling in groups. They are associated with Vampires, as Vampire Lords can transform into a cloud of bats, or use bats to attack enemies in combat. See also: Giant Bats.
Bears are large, vicious predators that will attack people if found infringing on their territory. They are impressive creatures, much larger than the average adventurer, especially when standing up on their rear feet. Bears have two main types of attack: biting, or standing up on the rear legs and mauling you with their paws. They live either in the wilderness or in their cave lairs.
A small insect.
A smaller species of bear found throughout the woodlands of Tamriel. Some Spriggans have the ability to magically summon bears to defend themselves or attack passersby. Bretons are known to use Black Bear musk oil as a fragrance.
- Variations: West Weald Black Bear
The fastest of the five breeds of domesticated horses available in Cyrodiil. Black horses have also been sighted in the wilds of Skyrim.
Blue sandcrabs are light blue crabs that live on the shores of Stonefalls.
Bloodfiends are feral vampires.
Bog Blights are Argonian zombies that can be found in Murkmire. They are usually found near Argonian grave-stakes and may rise if the grave-stakes are disturbed. They are known to rush people and then explode, possibly a result of their corpses being left out in the swamp water.
A massive skeletal creature.
Bonelords are a form of revenant that is usually found protecting the tombs scattered throughout Morrowind. Bonelords can curse their opponents' attributes (Endurance/Speed), are immune to Normal Weapons, and resistant to frost, poison, and shock.
Bonewalkers are a form of revenant that guards the tombs throughout Morrowind and can be summoned by magic users. Though not as powerful as other undead, the Bonewalker is feared for the terrible curses it can bestow upon its foes. Bonewalkers are resistant to frost, poison, and shock attacks.
- Variations: Lesser Bonewalker, Greater Bonewalker
Foul beasts, not of this earth. These are creatures brought into existence by black magic. They are a mockery of the true and good wolves that roam this land.— Risi Ice-Mane
- See also: Draugulf
Bounders are horned bipedal creatures native to the Bend'r-mahk region of Hammerfell. They are similar in appearance to wormmouths, with their mouth being almost as large as the rest of the body. Bounders have the ability to paralyze their opponents. Their skin is known to have powerful alchemical effects.
Brassilisks are fabricants resembling snakes. They are created from interconnected metallic squares, with exposed copper wiring that allow for their snakelike movements. Some are created with wings to mimic the Sep Adder. They are a popular choice as pets among the denizens of the Clockwork City. They can be powered by either soul gems, animo cores, or steam power.
Bright Moons Lunar Moth
Bristlebacks or Tusked Bristleback are large tusked boars that can be found on Solstheim, and are known for their amazing ability to reflect magical effects used against them. They are often used by Rieklings as mounts.
A larger, more dangerous species of bear. Like other bears, they are typically resistant to the cold and frost type spells.
Bulls are male cattle, which are herbivorous livestock. They are often raised on farms and can be slaughtered for their meat. In Tamrielic folklore traditions, a bull's ossified member is considered as a charm for good fortune and can be found across Tamriel. To the Ra Gada, the symbol of a winged bull was considered to be important enough to placed in their tombs. The aforementioned symbol is also seen in the Adabal-a, where Morihaus is referred to as a winged bull. Among the Reachmen, the Bull-Heart Warriors use their skulls in rituals, while the Dreadhorn Clan considered the bull to be their emblem after beginning their alliance with the Minotaurs and embellished their belongings with bull symbolism.
Butterflies are diurnal insects with colorful wings. Nets are sometimes used to catch them. Migratory monarch butterflies are a common sight across all of southern Tamriel, and are seen in the northern provinces during summer. In contrast to the Ancestor Moth, which represents the past, monarch butterflies are said to represent the souls of the present. Blue butterflies are common in Skyrim. Butterflies are often associated with Sheogorath, and serve as a sign of his influence.
The Argonians of Black Marsh are known to eat butterflies. Live butterflies are served in a woven tray with a netted lid (referred to as "ajum"). They are best served with the wings intact, though many outsiders that try butterflies opt to remove the wings before consumption. The art of Iuheeez ("wing folding") is a culinary practice wherein Argonian chefs use their claws to bend and fold a live butterfly's wings into tiny, edible sculptures. Green Slipper-Tails are described as the sweetest species of slipper-tail butterflies, and taste like honey-grass with a sweet but chalky finish.
- Colovian Badger pet description
- Valeyn's Familiar's appearance during Vision Quest
- Kyne's Challenge: A Hunter's Companion; High Rock, Banekin
- Morrowind Fauna, Part One — Holia Asellio
- Pocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition: The Wilds Remain: Valenwood — Imperial Geographical Society, 3E 432
- Bounty Hunter class abilities
- Bear Musk Oil item description in ESO
- Letter to Faral — Mongannor
- Goat-Hair Butterfly Net item description in ESO
- Monarch Butterfly pet description
- Butterfly Kite contraband description in ESO
- Elazura and Naraku's dialogue in ESO: Elsweyr
- A Culinary Adventure, Volume 2 — Rallaume Lemonds, Culinary Crusader
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.