Quick Look: One-Handed
One-Handed determines the damage you deal with One-Handed weapons. Perks in this tree also further increase your damage, allow you to perform different and more powerful power attacks, recieve passive bonuses with different weapon types and dual weild more effectively.
One-Handed weapons are the best way to deal damage in the entire game. Justify 'the best', you say? Okay, you can deal the most damage in the lowest amount of time with One Handed weapons. One-Handed weapons attack faster than Two-Handed weapons, meaning that it’s easier to hit with them, and even better, with a One-Handed weapon you can also use a Shield in the off-hand (for impervious defense) or a spell, or if you really want the damage boost, another weapon. It’s got power, speed, and versatility, what more could you want?
At the bare minimum, everybody should invest in five ranks of "Armsman" to make the best weapons in the game even better. "Fighting Stance" makes power attacks use less Stamina, and "Savage Strike" gives you a damage boost with standing power attacks (the ones you’ll probably use the most). After this, you can let preferences take over.
Depending on whether you prefer axes, maces or swords invest three ranks into either "Hack and Slash", "Bone Breaker" or "Bladesman". You can also consider throwing points into "Dual Flurry" and "Dual Savagry", if you are enarmored with the thought of dual wielding. Dual wielding trades defense for offense - you’ll deal more damage, bit it removes your ability to block entirely. All in all, though, sword-and-board is safer and plenty strong, the trade-off for power just doesn’t seem worth the investment.
You level up One-Handed by… hitting things with One-Handed weapons. Really, there’s no quick way to do this, but don’t worry, there’s lots of enemies to hit in the game, and you’ll need to do so fairly often. In the beginning of the game, you can beat up your immortal fellow Helgen escapee (Hadvar or Ralof) to level up this skill as much as you wish, in a non-threatening situation.
|Amren||Adept (Lv. 15 - 50)||Whiterun, Amren's House (or outside)|
|Athis||Expert (Lv. 51 - 75)||Whiterun, Jorrvaskr|
|Chief Burguk||Master (Lv. 76 - 90)||Dushnikh Yal (Orc stronghold south-east of Markarth)|