The art of combat using one-handed weapons such as daggers, swords, maces, and war axes. Those trained in this skill deliver deadlier blows.
One-Handed is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is one of the six skills that fall under The Warrior play-style. One-Handed directly affects the damage the player deals with one-handed weapons. The perks obtained in this skill tree only affect one-handed weapons. Due to a glitch, this includes the Ebony Blade, and Headsman's Axe, both of which are Two-Handed weapons.
The One-Handed tree gives the player the opportunity to increase their damage output through wielding two one-handed weapons simultaneously. This is referred to as "dual-wielding". While this potentially doubles damage output, it also removes the ability to block any attacks. It is advisable, though not necessary, to back up a dual-wielding playstyle with defensive skill trees, such as Heavy Armor or Restoration. A technique for "dual-wielding" is to hold both attack buttons to perform a power attack but before it is performed press both the attack buttons again, which results in a stamina-free power attack. Alteration can also hold advantages using various forms of mage armor.
Despite not adding towards the One-Handed skill, unarmed attacks do benefit from some One-Handed perks, including the Dual Wielding perks. Perks from other skills that affect one-handed weapons (such as the Backstab perk from the Sneak skill) do not seem to affect unarmed attacks, however.
The following are the weapons that benefit from this skill:
This is a list of One-Handed weapons that can be crafted by the player at a Forge.
- Dagger - Iron, Steel, Orcish, Dwarven, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, Dragonbone, Stalhrim, Nordic.
- Mace - Iron, Steel, Orcish, Dwarven, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, Dragonbone, Stalhrim, Nordic.
- Sword - Iron, Steel, Orcish, Dwarven , Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, Dragonbone, Nord Hero, Stalhrim, Nordic Sword.
- War Axe - Iron, Steel, Orcish, Dwarven, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, Dragonbone, Nord Hero, Stalhrim, Nordic.
This is a list of weapons the cannot be crafted by the player. They are either received as a quest reward or looted throughout the world. They may or may not be unique.
- Dagger - Alessandra's Dagger, Blade of Sacrifice, Blade of Woe, Bloodthorn, Borvir's Dagger, Keening, Kahvozein's Fang, Mehrunes' Razor, Nettlebane, Rundi's Dagger, Shiv, Skyforge Steel, Valdr's Lucky Dagger, Dragon Priest Dagger.
- Mace - Mace of Molag Bal, Rusty Mace.
- Sword - Amren's Family Sword, Ancient Nordic, Bolar's Oathblade, Blades Sword, Ceremonial Sword, Chillrend, Dawnbreaker, Dragonbane, Drainheart Sword, Eduj, Falmer, Forsworn Sword, Gauldur Blackblade, Ghostblade, Grimsever, Hjalti's Sword, Imperial, Nightingale Blade, Red Eagle's Fury, Red Eagle's Bane, Scimitar, Silver, Skyforge Steel, The Pale Blade, Queen Freydis's Sword, Windshear
- War Axe - Ancient Nordic, Falmer, Forsworn, Notched Pickaxe, Okin, Poacher's Axe, Skyforge Steel
With very few exceptions, many of these can be upgraded at a grindstone.
The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up.
n/a, 20, 40, 60, 80
|One-Handed weapons do 20% more damage (+20% per additional rank)|
|Fighting Stance||One-Handed 20, Armsman||Power attacks with one-handed weapons cost 25% less stamina|
|Hack and Slash (3)||One-Handed 30, Armsman||Attacks with war axes cause extra bleeding damage (Additional ranks raise the bleeding damage)|
|Bone Breaker (3)||One-Handed 30, Armsman||Attacks with maces ignore 25% of armor (+25% per additional rank), this includes the armor provided by flesh spells and wards.|
|Bladesman (3)||One-Handed 30, Armsman||Attacks with swords have a 10% chance of doing critical damage (+5% per additional rank, does not apply to daggers)|
|Dual Flurry (2)||One-Handed 30, Armsman||Dual wielding attacks are 20% faster (35% for second rank)|
|Savage Strike||One-Handed 50, Fighting Stance||Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage with a chance to decapitate your enemies|
|Critical Charge||One-Handed 50, Fighting Stance||Can do a one-handed power attack while sprinting that does double critical damage|
|Dual Savagery||One-Handed 70, Dual Flurry||Dual wielding power attacks do 50% bonus damage|
|Paralyzing Strike||One-Handed 100, Savage Strike, Critical Charge||Backwards power attack has a 25% chance to paralyze the target|
Skill Effect on One-Handed Weapon DamageEdit
The One-Handed skill directly increases the damage dealt with One-Handed weapons. For each skill level, weapon damage increases by 0.5%. This increase is multiplicative with bonus damage from the Armsman perk and weapon improvements.
Fortify One-Handed EnchantmentsEdit
One-handed weapons receive increased attack power from boots, bracers, necklaces and rings enchanted with the Fortify One-Handed enchantment. However, Daggers are uniquely unaffected by these enchantments.
- Amren (Common): Whiterun
- Athis of The Companions (Expert): Jorrvaskr
- Chief Burguk (Master): Dushnikh Yal in The Reach
Books and questsEdit
The following books also increase the player's skill:
- 2920, Morning Star, v1
- Fire and Darkness
- Mace Etiquette
- Night Falls on Sentinel
- The Importance of Where
- Oghma Infinium
The following miscellaneous quests increase the One-Handed Skill:
- Retrieve Amren's family sword for Amren in Whiterun. This also increases Block.
- Retrieve Hjalti's sword for The Ghost of Old Hroldan at Old Hroldan Inn. This also increases Block.
- Find Rjorn's Drum for Giraud Gemane in The Bard College in Solitude. This also increases all other combat-oriented skills such as Heavy Armor and Smithing.
- Help Wulf Wild-Blood in Skaal Village find out what became of his brother. This also increases Block, Archery and Heavy Armor.DB
- Before beginning to level, it should be noted that the Hack and Slash perk's effects stack, making war axes the most effective weapon against armored enemies because the bleeding damage is not affected by armor and continually stacking it will kill enemies very quickly.
- Gaining progress towards the next skill up is determined by the base weapon damage and not the number of hits or the damage done. Thus, the best weapon to use for leveling is a base Daedric Dagger, due to its damage and speed. Drinking Fortify One-handed by 75% potions, using Fortify One-handed enchantments, smithing weapons to legendary and multiplying their damage by x5, or sneak attacking by x15 does't benefit the leveling. Also as these methods damage the target faster, using these are not advised while leveling One-handed. These findings are based on extensive controlled environment testing and are accurate.
- One of the fastest ways to level up is to equip a plain Daedric Dagger, Amulet of Talos, obtain the Blessing of Talos, use the Elemental Fury shout, then hammer the attack button against Shadowmere. The player will make three to four swings per second while the shout is active.
- Leveling from 94 to 95 is done in 170 hits with Daedric Dagger and takes approximately three minutes if the player is hitting Frost or Shadowmere , and much more if they are hitting an enemy. Thus it is advised to put this hard to level skill on the player's training priority list.
- Due to Mehrunes' Razor having a small chance to instantly kill any creature, the player should not use this weapon if they plan to level the skill by attacking followers.
- When the player comes across the bear while escaping Helgen at the beginning of the game the player's companion (Hadvar or Ralof) will not progress forward so an easy way to rank the player's one handed skill is to attack him. He will never die in this way. Doing this while the player is crouched behind him will also rank their sneak skill as well. The player can also do this in the first room in Helgen Keep if they went with Ralof OR Hadvar. Right as the heavily armored Imperial dies, they should loot the key and Ralof is stuck until they decide to open the gate. For Hadvar, instead of looting the chest as he instructs, take the sword off of the rack next to the chest and use it. Note that pulling the chain to open the door will bypass Hadvar's advice to wear the equipment in the chest, and he will continue through the keep as usual.
- Hitting immortal characters when they kneel due to near death condition, doesn't count towards leveling. It's better to let them to recover, or even heal them (which levels Restoration (Skyrim)) if the player is planning to level by this method.
- Becoming Harbinger of The Companions will allow training to expert level with Athis, the player can also have him as a follower which allows all the gold spent training to be returned (take it from his inventory).'
- Arguably, the most important perk is the Armsman, for it increases the player's damage by 20% per rank.
- Another way how to level One-Handed skill is to conjure an Atronach or Familiar and kill it over and over again (this also levels Conjuration (Skyrim)).
- Attacking a summoned Atronach may cause it to attack the player in return. Also, as with regular Atronachs found in the open world, summoned ones can damage the player and any surrounding NPCs when they explode on death.
- Attack a follower, wait for their health display to disappear, repeat. Lower level skills will benefit most from this (also works with bows and two-handed weapons).
- A good way to train the One-Handed skill is to first set the game difficulty to Master. Then summon a Spectral Assasin after finishing the Dark Brotherhood questline. Kill the Spectral Assasin and wait for 24 hours. Summon him again and repeat. The Spectral Assasin might start to attack the player but if they are at a high enough level, it will not matter.
|Skills in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim|
|The Mage||Alteration · Conjuration · Destruction · Enchanting · Illusion · Restoration|
|The Thief||Alchemy · Light Armor · Lockpicking · Pickpocket · Sneak · Speech|
|The Warrior||Archery · Block · Heavy Armor · One-Handed · Smithing · Two-Handed|