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For other weapons in this set, see Imperial Weapons.

The Imperial Sword is a one-handed weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It serves as the primary melee weapon used by the Imperial Legion in Skyrim.


It seems to vaguely resemble the historical Roman Gladius Hispaniensis, (or "Spanish Sword") which was the primary weapon of the Roman Legions until the 3rd Century A.D., a reference the Greco-Roman traits shown by the Empire throughout the series, especially after The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind onwards. The Imperial symbol is carved into the guard.


The Imperial sword can typically be found wielded by most Imperial Soldiers and Hold Guards in Imperial controlled Holds.

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The Imperial sword cannot be crafted, but it can be upgraded with a steel ingot at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


  • The damage and weight are identical to the steel sword, the only difference being its appearance and value.


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