Hello there, Nords, today we take you through Nord training school, getting you up to speed with martial practices over here in Skyrim. Are you planning on plating a Warrior, perhaps a Rogue, or a Battle Mage, or something entirely different? Well, if the answer is yes, we will guide you through the best one0handed Skyrim weapon.
Note, this article is taking into account anyone who is playing the Skyrim Special Edition, along with the Skyrim 10th Anniversary edition, which launches on November 11. If you’re new to the game or getting rekindled with one of the most popular RPGs of all time, this will get you up to speed in no time.
Best one-handed Skyrim weapons
Blade of Woe
Blade of Woe is one of the most iconic weapons in Elder Scrolls. The blade is part of the Dark Brotherhood (as are quite a few weapons on this list). You can grab the weapon by stealing it from the Dark Brotherhood’s Astrid or by finishing the “With Friends Like These” quest. The great thing about this weapon is it grants the player 10 life on hit, making it a cheeky weapon on harder difficulties.
Chillrend is an ice-themed sword, that has a chance to paralyze opponents. Not to mention it is one of the coolest weapons in the game. Whenever you unsheath the blade from its cabers, ice reigns down from the weapon, hissing as ice cracks and thaws. The weapon is fairly easy to come across, as you can earn it from Mercer Frey, the leader of the Thieves Guild. If you complete the quest, The Pursuit, inside Riftweald Manor, you will get to keep it. Alternatively, you can steal it from a locked box inside the manor. Moreso, the weapon scales as you level up, so you can grab it at level one, and make it your main one-handed weapon.
Paladins, Clerics, rejoice, as there is a weapon for your chivalric, holy warriors. The Dawnbreaker is appreciably golden themed, reflecting the seven in its design. But, while it is visually appealing, it does have its benefits. The sword is a go-to for anyone crusading against all that is unholy and evil in Skyrim. Skeletons and Vampires will take extra damage against you, and will have a chance to ignite in a fiery blaze, turning to ash before your very eyes. Note the power of the sword is from a Daedric Prince, one that is not entirely evil mind you. If you’re interested in this weapon, you can acquire it by completing the Break of Dawn quest.
Dragonbane is a sword that, as you can imagine, is all about killing Dragons. The weapon grants an extra 40 Damages as you strike at Dragons. The weapon isn’t entirely useless against non Draconic foes either, as it will deal 10 shock damage to those foes instead. Don’t forget to fill those soul gems and replenish its power.
If you want the strongest damage dealing weapon among the one-handed class, then you might like Miraak’s Sword. Moreso, it has three weights, making it only slightly slower than the Dragonborn Dagger and the Blade of Woe. If you want a Rogue playthrough, you should grab this spooky tentacle weapon, along with the Dragonborn Dagger or Balde of Woe.
Windshear is quite a powerful Scimitar, perfect for a character looking to roleplay as a Redguard. You can grab yourself the Winshear by finishing the Hail Sithis quest from the Dark Brotherhood. When you get to the quest, you unlock the Katariah ship, which you can go to during the quest, or after if you are only just learning about this now. The Scimitar boasts 11 Damage, and 10 Weight, and is upgradeable via Steel Smithing. If you’re interested in upgrading this weapon and making it better as your progress, this is one of the best one-handed Skyrim weapons to keep you company.