Quick Look: Block
Block increases the damage you deflect with and without shields… but most of the perks in the tree are dedicated to shields. Investing perks into block will allow you to slow time when enemies perform power attacks, perform power bashes, deflect arrows with your shield, resist elemental damage with your shield, move faster while blocking, and knock enemies down while sprinting.
Despite not being the "shield" skill per se, the perks in the Block tree do benefit shield almost exclusively. "Shield Wall" requires you to spend a point in it, but one perk is all you should give it, as the rate of return plummets for later ranks. "Deflect Arrows" will negate damage from arrows unlucky enough to hit your shield, but it’s really just a necessary step to the better perks. Speaking of which, "Elemental Protection" will reduce elemental damage you receive by 50%, making your shield a potent defensive item against mages and dragon breath. This perk itself isn’t worth much without "Block Runner", however, as it allows you to move drastically faster with your shield raised - no point in having great defense if you can’t reach any enemies.
If you plan to use a shield, the aforementioned skills are definitely worth getting. As for the other skills, their value is fairly dubious. "Quick Reflexes" does indeed slow time when a fow power attacks, usually giving you ample time to simple dodge out of the way. "Power Bash" and all the power bash related perks are very hard to recommend, however, as it’s just basically a power attack with your shield. Performing a normal shield bash works fine to stun enemies (especially if you’re smacking a naughty dragon trying to shout death at you), and if you’re going to waste the Stamina require to perform a power attack, it might as well be with a proper weapon. "Shield Charge" is also kind of fun, as it allows you to sprint with your shield raised and knock down anything in your path… fun, but unnecessary.
Block levels up as you block attacks - the more damage of the attack, the faster Block levels up. Simple enough, just ubber-band your trigger button or weigh down your keyboard/mouse button and let an enemy swing at you, preferably while you’re backed into a corner so they can’t get around your shield, or knock you around the level. This is so simple, in fact, that you can do this pretty much as soon as you get out of Helgen, if you’re so inclined. Just make sure your health regeneration is better than the enemy’s damage output and you’ll be fine. Obviously this will be easier once you have better armor, as the less damage you take/more Health you have, the more dangerous foes you can use to build up your Block skill.
|Njada Stonearm||Expert (Lv. 51 - 75)||Whiterun, Jorrvaskr|
|Chief Larak||Master (Lv. 76 - 90)||Mor Khazgur (Orc stronghold far to the west of Solitude)|