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 do less damage than any other weapon in their respective weapon sets, they swing faster than any other weapon and consume the least amount of stamina, and have a higher 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.
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.
- Main article: Block (Skyrim)
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|