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The art of blocking an enemy's blows with either a shield or weapon. Blocking reduces the damage and staggering from physical attacks.

Block is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is one of the six skills that fall under The Warrior character type.

DescriptionEdit

The Block skill works slightly differently from Oblivion's Block skill.

Having skill in the Block combat art allows the Dragonborn to parry or absorb melee and archery attacks with shields and two-handed weapons. Block with one-handed weapons is also possible if left hand stays unoccupied. Successful blocks reduce damage.

Blocking is not possible while dual wielding weapons, dual casting spells or having a weapon in one hand and a spell in the other. It's not available with bows either, although bows are still able to be used for bashing.

Blocking is not automatic, but equipping a shield gives a bonus to the overall defense rating. Blocking is more reaction-based in Skyrim.

It is possible to block with one-handed weapons and daggers, but they will be significantly less effective than using a shield or two-handed weapon. Additionally, the perks Deflect Arrows and Elemental Protection do not seem to work without using a shield. All other perks will apply to weapon blocking.

It can be activated by clicking and holding down the right mouse button (PC), the left trigger (Xbox 360) or L1 (PS3).

Governing Guardian Stone: The Warrior

Books and questsEdit

The following books provide a permanent skill up to block:

The following Miscellaneous Quests increase the block skill:

TrainersEdit

PerksEdit

The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up:

Perk (Ranks) Requirements Description Two-Handed Weapon Compatible
Shield Wall (5) None for first rank; each rank past the first requires 20 points in Block each, up to Block 80 for Rank 5. Blocking is 20% more effective (+5% per additional rank) Yes
Deflect Arrows Block 30, Shield Wall Arrows that hit the shield do no damage No
Quick Reflexes Block 30, Shield Wall Time slows down if you are blocking during an enemy's power attack Yes
Power Bash Block 30, Shield Wall Able to do a power bash Yes
Elemental Protection Block 50, Deflect Arrows Blocking with a shield reduces incoming fire, frost and shock damage by 50% No
Deadly Bash Block 50, Power Bash Bashing does five times more damage Yes
Block Runner Block 70, Elemental Protection Able to move faster with a shield or weapon raised Yes
Disarming Bash Block 70, Deadly Bash Chance to disarm when power bashing Yes
Shield Charge

Block 100, Block Runner

Sprinting with a shield raised knocks down most targets

No

(But refer to bug section)

TriviaEdit

  • If an elemental weapon is equipped, such as a fire or frost damage weapon, Shield Bash will do the elemental damage to enemies as well.
  • The Quick Reflexes perk is one of the most useful perks available for sword-and-shield characters (and isn't too bad for two-handed either), and it can effectively reduce the challenge of melee combat to zero. Most opponents will use power attacks more often than not, and they will thus be subject to the massive slowdown and opportunity for disruption that Quick Reflexes affords.
  • If the Dragonborn has high level armor equipped and a low block skill, the damage received while blocking may exceed the damage they get if no block is attempted. This is most often seen when a high level Dragonborn has made block legendary.

BugsEdit

  •  PS3   Since 1.5 patch, Shield Charge may no longer function.
    • Fix: With Dragonborn installed, reset all the perks in the skill tree, and then spend them again.
    • As of the 1.9 patch, with the legendary perks, the Shield Charge malfunction may be fixed by resetting the skill to 15, then reacquiring the Shield Charge perk.
  • Shield Charge's knock-down may appear delayed after the impact, and there doesn't seem to be much of a resistance when running through. This makes it confusing to efficiently use, as the Dragonborn virtually runs through enemies, wondering if they just knocked one down or aimed badly. Also, especially in tight corridors, enemies can get knocked behind walls or inside of stairs, making the usual recovery of items impossible as the body becomes unselectable. The Dragonborn can also become glitched from this, making the landing sound after a jump all the time, even when just regularly walking.
  • There is a bug with Shield Charge that allows sprinting forever with the shield raised. When sneaking, raise the shield (block) and then start to sprint. Even though still in sneak, the Dragonborn will start to run as they normally would. When their stamina meter is depleted, they will continue sprinting anyway.
  • Bug where bashing would not actually count as a bash. This would cause problems with the stagger effects, and the disarming bash perk. It would also cause bashes to level the one handed skill not the block skill. It does however still cause damage to enemies like a regular bash. Fixed this by saving, going to Dashboard, and restarting the game/ Restarting the game on PC. (Xbox, PC)
  • Confirmed bug - During Quick Reflexes, dodging an enemy power attack by moving to the side and/or killing the enemy while their power attack is still in progress may allow a greatly extended slow time effect, allowing up to a minute of slowed time.
  • A variation of the above, if multiple enemies power attack at once or in short succession, the slow time effect may be extended indefinitely, at least until the next loading screen. Disrupting power attacks with shield bash may occasionally cause this.
  • When shield charging a great distance, the green effect that activates while shield charging may suddenly deactivate, making the ability to knock enemies away impossible.
  • After shield charging, the shield charge effect (the green aura) may be permanently activated when not shield charging, which means both hostile and non-hostile characters may be knocked back even as the Dragonborn just walks by, increasing their bounty. Loading an earlier save does not help. The game must be closed and restarted in order for the effect to go back to normal.
  • When shield bashing skeevers (with either a shield, weapon, torch, etc.) it pushes them back substantially. When done in tight spaces such as caves it can cause them to phase into walls, ceilings, and floors. This can, in turn, cause a lot of problems such as preventing waiting, resting, and movement.
  • There is a bug that allows a Silent Roll to be done without said Sneak perk. When sneaking, hold sprint, and while moving forward raise then lower the shield.
  • It is possible to perform shield charge without having a shield equipped. To do that just repeatedly press block with a weapon equipped when sprinting at the enemy.
  •  PC   When Block Runner has been taken and the block skill is made legendary the effects of Block Runner may be still active.
  • Block Runner may enable the Dragonborn to move faster while sneaking. If they raise their shield while sneaking, they will move the s​ame speed they do if they have their shield up when not crouched.

Leveling BlockEdit

  • Although the Dragonborn may naturally level the Block skill during their adventures, there are faster ways to level this skill. The increments in which the block skill increases is dependent on the strength of the enemy and not necessarily how much damage is taken.
    • An easy method is possible after obtaining Shadowmere from the Dark Brotherhood questline. Shield bash on Shadowmere to quickly level up.
  • (360 tested) Another way to level up block quickly is, if you are a higher level and can regenerate stamina and health quicker than they can attack, you can back someone into a corner and wrap an elastic band around the left trigger to keep blocking and let the person constantly hit you. (best place to do it is at silent moons camp, kill the first two guys and sneak towards the last guy near the door just push his back up to the door and walk away. have fun doing something else while you level up as much as you want, legendary the skill and repeat just make sure to be back to level up each time and assign your perk and stat you want to raise)
  • Go to either an Imperial or Stormcloak camp anywhere around the map. Kill off all the guards except for the named leader (as they can not be killed). Walk to the corner of a tent and just hold the left trigger to block.

See alsoEdit

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