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- The art of combat using two-handed weapons such as greatswords, battleaxes, and warhammers. Those trained in this skill deliver deadlier blows.
Two-Handed is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and is one of the six skills that falls under The Warrior play-style. Two-handed skill is raised by the use of large weapons that are wielded with two hands. Due to the use of both hands, a spell or another weapon cannot be used while a two-handed weapon is equipped. When using two-handed weapons, the weapon can be used to block incoming attacks. Two-handed weapons do significantly more damage, but they take more time to swing and their power attacks use more stamina than any other type of weapon.
Two-handed weapons have a larger range than one-handed weapons.
Comparisons with other gamesEdit
Staves no longer require two hands to wield.
Books and questsEdit
- Words and Philosophy
- Battle of Sancre Tor
- Song of Hrormir
- The Legendary Sancre Tor
- Oghma Infinium – when the Path of the Warrior is taken, each combat skill increases by 5, including Two-Handed.
The rewards for the following miscellaneous quests increase the Two-Handed Skill:
- Solve Octieve San's debt problem in Solitude.
- Retrieve Rjorn's Drum for Giraud Gemane in the Bards College in Solitude. This quest also increases Block, One-Handed, Smithing, Heavy Armor, and Archery.
- Torbjorn Shatter-Shield (Expert): Windhelm
- Vilkas of The Companions (Master): Jorrvaskr, Whiterun
- Fura Bloodmouth (Master): Castle Volkihar DG
- Wulf Wild-Blood (Master): Skaal Village DR
The following are the confirmed weapons that benefit from this skill:
This is a list of Two-Handed weapons that the player is able to craft at a Forge given the appropriate perks.
- Battleaxe – Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, DragonboneDG, Nord Hero, StalhrimDR, NordicDR
- Greatsword – Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, DragonboneDG, Nord Hero, StalhrimDR, NordicDR
- War Hammers – Iron, Steel, Dwarven, Orcish, Elven, Glass, Ebony, Daedric, DragonboneDG, StalhrimDR, NordicDR
This is a list of Two-Handed weapons that are not able to 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.
- Battleaxes – Ancient Nordic, Wuuthrad, Skyforge Steel, Drainblood, Headsman's Axe**, Rueful Axe, The Woodsman's Friend
- Greatswords – Ancient Nordic, Silver, Skyforge Steel, Ebony Blade**, Bloodskal BladeDR
- Warhammers – Aegisbane, The Longhammer, Trollsbane, Volendrung, Dawnguard Rune HammerDG, Champion's CudgelDR
The following are perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up.
|Barbarian (5)||Two-Handed 20/40/60/80||Two-Handed weapons do 20% more damage (+20% per additional rank)|
|Champion's Stance||Two-Handed 20, Barbarian||Power attacks with two-handed weapons cost 25% less stamina|
|Limbsplitter (3)||Two-Handed 30, Barbarian||Attacks with battle axes cause extra bleeding damage (Additional ranks raise the bleeding damage)|
|Deep Wounds (3)||Two-Handed 30, Barbarian||Attacks with greatswords have a 10% chance of doing critical damage (+5% per additional rank)|
|Skull Crusher (3)||Two-Handed 30, Barbarian||Attacks with warhammers ignore 25% of armor (+25% per additional rank)|
|Devastating Blow||Two-Handed 50, Champion's Stance||Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage with a chance to decapitate your enemies|
|Great Critical Charge||Two-Handed 50, Champion's Stance||Can do a two-handed power attack while sprinting that does double critical damage|
|Sweep||Two-Handed 70, Devastating Blow OR Great Critical Charge||Sideways power attacks with two-handed weapons hit all targets in front of you|
|Warmaster||Two-Handed 100, Sweep||Backwards power attack has a 25% chance to paralyze the target|
The two-handed skill directly increases the damage dealt with two-handed weapons. For each skill level, the damage increases by 0.5%. This increase is multiplicative with damage increase from the barbarian perk and weapon improvements.
Comparison to dual-wielding or weapon+shieldEdit
A two-handed build is balanced between dual wielding and shield builds in both attack and defense. Both hands are reserved for an offensive weapon, giving improved damage over "sword and board" shield builds, however not as high as dual wielding against single foes (with the Sweep perk, 2-handers can deal the highest damage in specific crowded situations).
One major advantage of 2h over dual wielding is blocking, and particularly activating the Quick Reflexes perk in the Block skill tree, which causes the game to enter slow motion whenever an enemy power attacks.
In crowded situations, a two-handed build with the Sweep perk can be much more survivable than a dual wield build, causing stagger to whole groups of enemies in front of the player and activating Quick Reflexes nearly nonstop.
- Upon delving into any ruins which contain vampires and necromancers, using the "Devastating Blow" perk will prove to be useful, as beheaded enemies cannot be raised through Conjuration, thus leading to less enemies that the Dragonborn will have to face.
- The "Devastating Blow" perk will also work if a Kill Camera is activated, even with weapons that do not normally behead humans, elves and beastfolk, such as warhammers.
This section contains bugs related to Two-Handed (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Sometimes, when an enemy is decapitated, they will not die and will keep fighting.
- "Decapitated" enemies may not actually lose their heads.
- Greatswords and other two-handed weapons may sound incorrect e.g. A person with a warhammer hitting the wall for the first time will sound like as if the wall was being hit with a one-handed sword.
- When standing close to an enemy with no space in between, and with another NPC behind the enemy, striking may make the weapon phase through the target and hit the NPC behind the enemy.
- The strike from the Critical Charge perk can be used repeatedly at sprint speed, even when all stamina is drained.
- After decapitating an enemy with a helmet, the helmet may stay hovering over the body as if the head had never left.
- Character Level will be used up. The skill level, however, will not advance until the Dragonborn pays a second time. When leveling up via trainer, two attempts are required to reach level 29. On the first attempt, gold will be paid, and one of the five times that the Dragonborn can train for their
- Occasionally, when equipping and unequipping a two handed weapon from the favorites shortcut, the game may glitch and cause the weapon to be held in one hand, leaving the left hand with nothing equipped. When this happens, the Dragonborn will be unable to swing the weapon, thus rendering the left hand useless. To fix this, sheath the weapon and fast travel, then unsheath the weapon afterwards.
|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|