Best Weapons In Skyrim

Brent Mccoy
• Sunday, 01 November, 2020
• 16 min read

We'll give a little extra context for our rankings in each section, but bear in mind we're considered damage-per-second here, too, so in many cases weight is just as important as raw damage! Standard items like Cedric weapons, meanwhile, can always be found through either random loot or crafting.

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This specific type of crossbow is available to craft or buy after finding the schematic in one of the sis “Ancient Technology” quests. Crossbows, whilst generally more powerful than bows in terms of damage, take a fair bit longer to fire each shot.

They can also be equipped with exploding bolts of various damage types, too, which stack with any enchantments on the crossbow itself. Zephyr is found in the Deemed ruin Arkngthamz during the Dawn guard quest “Lost to the Ages”.

The Nightingale Bow is found in the Inner Sanctum after you've defeated Arch-Curate Arthur in the Dawn guard quest “Touching the Sky”. Note that with bows, there is generally a trade off between rate of fire and damage, and the choice depends on your play style.

For stealth characters, higher damage bows like the Dragon bone, Cedric, and Nightingale bows are preferred, as they give you a greater chance of taking characters out in one hit from stealth and remaining undetected. For archers who expect to get in the mix a little more, attack speed is preferred, with bows like Zephyr and Ariel's bow, to help you maximize the stagger effect of your Perks, and deal sustained damage as quickly as possible in extended combat.

Daggers have the highest attack speed and lowest base damage to all weapons in Skyrim, but that doesn't mean they should be ignored. Meh runes Razor is a reward for completing the quest “Pieces of the Past”, if you opt to kill Sinus Vesuvius.

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Swords are, as you'd expect, the most popular weapons in Skyrim thanks to their versatility and balance of both speed and damage. They're the fastest non-dagger one-handed weapons, but have lower damage than their mace and war axe counterparts.

It is only possible to obtain during the Dark Brotherhood quest “Hail Si this” on board The Katarina, where it's lodged, Excalibur-like, right at the very top of the ship's prow. Same with Stalin, this time with the bonus enchantment damage making it a stronger choice overall.

Great swords operate as the fastest, but lowest base damage weapons of the two-handed class. The Blood ska Blade is located next to Gratin Aurelius' corpse in Bloodshed Barrow, during the Dragon born quest “The Final Descent”.

It can only be obtained from Altar, by their gaining him as a follower and taking it from him for free, pick pocketing it from him, or killing him and looting his corpse. If you're on PC, we have a list of console commands and cheats, and you can learn about the remastered version and how to install mods with our Skyrim guide.

Finally, with Switch owners, we have Skyrim amino support explained to help unlock special Zelda-themed items. The heaviest of heavy weapons, war hammers are the slowest to swing but deal the greatest amount of damage per hit.

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Funky mods aside, it’s a pretty good game on its own, too, as it is full of exploration, politics, dangerous dungeons, and bosses, with a leveling system many modern RPGs take notes from. To do everything you want in Skyrim, though, requires you to find or craft the perfect weapon, as it’s a world full of dangerous enemies.

However, it is its passive ability to do 1.2x damage to elves, some of the most powerful enemies in the game, which is the reason why it deserves its spot. To get it, you’d have to complete the Glory of the Dead quest, in which it’s used to open a locked tomb and returned to its original owner’s resting place.

It’s a high-level quest, and you’d have to make sure to take out Sinus Vesuvius at the end of it, or he just goes home and the dagger becomes unobtainable. To get your hands on this one, you’d have to complete the Thieves’ Guild quest Hard Answers, and obtain the sword from Karla; one of the three Nightingales.

Even if the bow and arrow mechanics in Skyrim are far from the most polished compared to modern games, they’re still one of the most powerful ways to fight dragons as well as level up your Stealth skills. Another dagger in the game that’s particularly dangerous for its size, the Blade of Woe is owned by Astrid; the leader of the assassin organization Dark Brotherhood.

With base damage of 12 and an ability to absorb 10 points of health, it’s one of the most powerful weapons to be found in the game. Another weapon belonging to one of the powerful Cedric Princes Meridian, Dawn breaker is a rare and unique one-handed sword that deals base damage of 12.

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While pretty high on its own, particularly for lower-level players, what makes it one of the most powerful weapons in the game is its specific ability to fight the those who never rest, like Drug or vampires. On top of the 10 points of burning damage for 10 seconds to all enemies, it triggers an area-of-effect explosion if the foes are from beyond the grave.

It’s a reward from Meridian for completing The Break of Dawn quest, though be careful about fighting with it in close quarters if your chosen race is vampire, as it affects all characters of this kind. A unique glass sword that’s got an icy look compared to the glassy one fans usually come across, Chill rend is a pretty powerful weapon.

At its highest at above level 45, Chill rend does Frost damage to 30 points and has a chance to paralyze foes. For those who have played the previous games in the series, especially Morrow ind, Molar Bad would be a pretty familiar name.

If you’re interested in being a mage and are just starting out, the College of Winter hold quest lines are the fastest way to level up. As we said above, this one is recommended only for higher level players, as you’d need to fight and defeat a pretty powerful Dragon Priest to get it.

Aside from being a great expansion in itself, Dawn guard adds plenty of new lore and items that players can go out and explore. For one, its base damage to 13 is one of the highest in the game for bows, making it a great weapon on its own.

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Besides crafting it at a forge, you can also obtain it after defeating one of the three Keepers in Soul Cairn; a plane in Oblivion that can be accessed during the quest Chasing Echoes. Depending on your level, the sword can deal a damage to 16, which makes it a formidable weapon once you put some enchantments on it.

To get it, you must loot the corpse of Mirfak after, of course, defeating him in the final quest of the expansion called At the Summit of Apocrypha. Though for new players, coming across a dragon is not a pleasant experience, especially if they’re overpowered ones who can take you out in pretty much one shot.

For older players, dragons are still some of the most dangerous foes to encounter if you’re not prepared, which is where Dragon bane comes in. It can be found in the Sky Haven Temple during the quest Aldrin’s Wall, along with the full set of Blades armor.

It would take a bit of fighting, though, as it’s only available to players who are level 20 and have completed the Dragon Rising quest. While it’s not easy downing old comrades, once you get in the groove of it, you will realize just how powerful that multiplier stat can become very fast.

While the base game has many powerful items of its own, it’s really the expansions that introduce overpowered weapons. Aside from its base damage to 13, the bow has a 50% chance of absorbing 25 points of health, magic, and stamina.

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Notice the “and” instead of ‘”or,” which means that in a fight, there’s a pretty good chance of you utterly destroying your foe by depleting their resources and strengthening yourself quite rapidly, no matter who they are. Below is a list of the top 15 best weapons to keep in your arsenal to be prepared for any battle.

The Dragon born wields Meh runes' Razor in “block mode”. Originally crafted by Meh runes Dagon (Cedric prince) and given to the Hero of Dagger fall as a reward for eliminating the frost Sandra.

Several groups form after the Oblivion Crisis with the intent of fighting Sandra, including who would become the “Keepers of the Razor”. The Keepers of the Razor find the weapon and split it into three pieces.

2% chance to instantly kill enemy regardless of health or armor Does not require soul gem recharging Find the fragments; pommel (Dead Crone Rock), blade shards (Cracked Tusk Keep), hilt (Jorge’s house in Mortal) Return the fragments to Sinus.

Place the fragments on the table and speak to Meh runes Dagon. * The order in which the fragments are found does not affect the completion of the quest.

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When used, it casts a random effect on the target, which can be either beneficial or malignant. This weapon is earned by completion the quest “The Mind of Madness”.

Has a variety of effects Chance of instant kill, which is especially helpful against powerful enemies Can be used on followers to level them up Speak to Fall or, if your relationship with him is not high enough, one of the castle maids to obtain the key to the Pelagic wing.

Return to the tea party and speak to Sheogorath to receive the Wabbajack. The Ebony Blade changes owners several times prior to being discovered by Earl Balgruuf the Greater.

Ask for rumors at The Mannered Mare in White run until you are told about Balgruuf’s children acting strangely. Unlock the door and receive the Ebony Blade from Befall.

Navigate through the manor and secret tunnels (accessed through a suspicious cabinet). The Dragon born shoots a blood cursed arrow at the sun with Ariel's Bow.

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Ariel’s Bow is an ancient artifact believed to have been wielded by Ariel (Even variant of Aka tosh) against Orphan’s (god of mortals, responsible for the existence of NIR) forces during the Ehlnofey wars (Dawn Era). You can obtain this unique bow by completing the quest “Touching the Sky”.

Make your way to Ariel’s Shrine using either a shortcut (accessed by using the pull chain nearby) or following the path. Draw water from the basin and enter the Forgotten Vale.

According to legend, the chieftain threw the hammer across Tamil, deciding that the clan would settle wherever it landed (Hammer fell). The chieftain raises the city of Grenfell, the western deemed capital.

Place Sharon’s Hammer onto the shrine, where it will be transformed into Volendrung. The Dragon born uses Mirfak's Staff to spray poison tentacles at an opponent.

It can be looted from Mirfak’s remains after defeating him at the end of “At The Summit of Apocrypha”. This is the final quest in a series related to the Dragon born quest line.

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Mirfak, dragon priest of Holstein, comes into possession of a Black Book and enters into servitude of Hermes Morey (Cedric prince of knowledge and fate). Mirfak turns on his dragon masters and devours their souls using the shout in order to increase his own power.

Mirfak refuses to assist the ancient word heroes in defeating Aldrin and, instead, launches his own rebellion against dragons. Mirfak is defeated by another dragon priest, Valor, who restrained him to Sondheim.

Navigate through the chapters (6 total) until you are met by a dragon, Sahrotaar. Upon the fourth defeat, Hermes Morey appears and kills Mirfak.

Blood scythe and Soul render are unique scimitars that, when dual wielded, can have effects on enemy health, armor, magic, and magical defenses. They were originally owned by legendary pirate king, Hair Death-Brand.

Hair Death-Brand refuses to name a successor and, instead, placed a curse upon his crew, armor, and swords, making it so that no one could claim his treasure until he was bested in combat, even in death. Park Wind rime (ship’s quartermaster) is ordered to bury the four pieces of the Death brand armor (armor, boots, gauntlets, helm) across the four corners of Holstein.

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Alternatively, you may stumble on one of the chests and fight off the pirates guarding it to trigger the quest. Enter Gyllenhaal Barrow and mine through the Stalin blocking the sarcophagus on the right.

Enter Hair’s chamber through the iron door at the end of the hallway. Defeat Hair and his crew members in order to collect Soul render from his remains.

* The order in which the Helm, Armor, Boots, and Gauntlets are found does not affect the completion of the quest. Lord Harmon plans to use his daughter’s (Serena) blood (she is a Daughter of Coldharbour) to tip an even arrow and shoot it at the sun with Ariel’s Bow.

Valeria (Harmon’s wife and Serena’s mother) locks Serena, along with an Elder Scroll, in Dim hollow Crypt and flees to the Soul Cairn (plane of Oblivion inhabited by souls and undead). The Dragon born finds Serena and brings her to Castle Volkmar (Harmon’s home).

The Dragon born creates an energy blast with the Bloodshed Blade. The blade is found by Gratin Aurelius (miner) before he is killed by the drug.

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After defeating him, you will see a word wall and Black Book (triggers a separate quest). Follow the stairs and use the pull chain to open a stone door and get back to Holstein.

Molar Bad is the Cedric prince of domination and enslavement of mortals. Upon arrival in Market, you will be met by Tyrants, a Vigilant of Standard, who is investigating the house as he believes it to be a site of previous Sandra worship.

Speak to Tyrants and follow him into the basement of the abandoned house. The Champion’s Cudgel is a unique two-handed war hammer that is obtained from General Fall Marius after defeating him in “March of the Dead”.

Captain Fall Marius is the Imperial commander of Fort Frost mouth. Fall is captured by Cedric Lord Airline and forced to take part in a series of trials related to the Blood moon Prophecy.

Rescue Captain Teeth from the ash spawn and speak to him. Find the note called “Declaration of War” near Old Attics Farm and give it to Teeth.

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Enter Fort Frost mouth and defeat the ash spawn. The Sanguine Rose is a unique staff that, when cast, will summon a tremor to fight for you for 60 seconds.

Find Sam Guidance in a random tavern and speak to him. Speak to Tennis in Roadstead and assist him in finding his goat, Glenda.

Speak to Sold in White run and find the wedding ring for her. * It is possible to skip the tasks assigned to you by the priestess, Tennis, and Sold through either bribing or persuading if your Speech skill is high enough.

Dragon bane is a unique one-handed sword that once belonged to the Blades, a faction of dragon slayers that has since disbanded. It is found in Sky Haven Temple during “Aldrin’s Wall”.

Very helpful in completing the Dragon born quest line and defeating dragons Does shock damage to all enemies Escort Eastern (found in The Rat way) to the Sleeping Giant Inn in River wood to talk to Delphine.

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Dragon bane can be found inside the temple while Eastern is examining the wall. The Dawn breaker is a unique one-handed sword found inside the Statue to Meridian after completing “The Break of Dawn”.

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