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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition


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This page details an overview of the Block skill in Skyrim, including recommended perks, leveling tips, and where to find Block trainers.

Block, Skyrim.

Block Overview

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 perform power bashes, deflect arrows with your shield, resist elemental damage with your shield, move faster while blocking, knock enemies down while sprinting, and slow time when enemies perform power attacks, giving you more time to react to them. A lot of useful perks for a melee focused build, then.

Recommended Perks

Suggested Perks Ranks
Shield Wall 1
Deflect Arrows 1
Elemental Protection 1
Block Runner 1

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. Of these, the Elemental Protection perk 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 much faster with your shield raised, allowing you to reach enemies while maintaining a solid defence.

If you plan to use a shield, the aforementioned perks are definitely worth getting. As for the other perks, their value is somewhat dubious. The Quick Reflexes perk is perhaps the most useful outside the above, as it slows time when an enemy performs a power attack, usually giving you ample time to 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 not always the best option in combat.

Leveling Tips

Block levels up as you block attacks - the more damage from the attack, the faster Block levels up. Simple enough, just rubber-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 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.

Block Trainer Locations

Trainer Skill Level Location
Njada Stonearm Expert (Lv. 51 - 75) Whiterun, Jorrvaskr
Chief Larak Master (Lv. 76 - 90) Mor Khazgur (Orc stronghold far to the west of Solitude)
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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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