The dagger is a light, One-Handed weapon with a short blade and hilt that is found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Although they have the lowest damage and shortest reach of any other weapon in their respective weapon sets, they swing the fastest, consume the least amount of stamina, and have the highest sneak attack multiplier.
Even though daggers do not do as much damage per hit as other One-Handed weapons like the Sword, Mace, or War Axe, the dagger's attack speed is faster, allowing the wielding character to be more nimble and making the dagger a very suitable weapon for the Thief. Since the dagger has a shorter reach than most other weapons, it is suitable for fighting in close quarters and avoiding hitting friendly characters or creatures accidentally. Of course, because of their low damage, daggers are best used when dual-wielded, or in conjunction with another, stronger weapon or spell.
Even though they are One-Handed weapons, daggers are uniquely unaffected by Fortify One-Handed enchantments. Whether this is an oversight, a glitch or an intended decision is not clear.
The dagger, being the smallest of the wield-able weapon, is the weakest one to use for blocking, since weapons larger than the blocking weapon will force damage through, i.e. a Greatsword will easily penetrate a dagger's block, although some damage is still absorbed by the dagger.
Attributes by dagger
Most daggers have an attack Speed of 1.3 and a maximum Reach of 0.7. These two statistics are consistent for all daggers regardless of material; therefore, they are not included in the table below.
- The Elder Scrolls: Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Elder Scrolls Online
|Weapon classes in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|Arrows • Bolts (DG) • Bows • Crossbows (DG) • Battleaxes • Daggers • Greatswords • Maces • Swords • War Axes • Warhammers|
|Ancient Nord Weapons • Daedric Weapons • Dragonbone Weapons (DG) • Dwarven Weapons • Ebony Weapons • Elven Weapons|
Falmer Weapons • Forsworn Weapons • Glass Weapons • Imperial Weapons • Iron Weapons • Lunar Weapons • Nord Hero Weapons • Nordic Weapons (DB)
Orcish Weapons • Silver Weapons • Skyforge Steel Weapons • Stalhrim Weapons (DB) • Steel Weapons
|Staves • Enchanted Weapons • Unique Weapons • Console Commands|
|Archery • One-Handed • Two-Handed|