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Puncture is an active skill in the One Hand and Shield skill line in The Elder Scrolls Online.


Deals 7 Physical Damage, reduces target's Armor by 40% for 12 seconds, and taunts target for 15 seconds.


  • Unlocked at One Hand and Shield rank 2.
  • Requires 1 skill point.


After reaching rank 4 in this skill, it is possible to Morph it:


  • Increases your armor by amount reduced.
  • Update 5: This ability now provides armor if used while blocking.[1]
  • Update 6: This ability now applies the buff Minor Resolve for 12 seconds.[2]

Pierce ArmorEdit


  • Update 2: As of Update 2, all One Hand and Shield abilities now require you to have a one-handed weapon and a shield equipped in order to activate them.[3]
  • Update 5: Reduced the cost of this ability by approximately 30% [1]
  • Update 6: Puncture now applies the buff Major Fracture for 12 seconds.[2]



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