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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Greg Wright
First Published: 31-05-2012 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:15 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 01-10-2020 / 02:28 GMT

Quick Look: One-Handed

Suggested Perks Ranks
Armsman 5
Fighting Stance 1
Savage Strike 1

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?

Perk Picks

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.

Leveling Tips

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.


Trainer Skill Level Location
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)

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, Switch, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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