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One-Handed | Skills

This page of the TES V: Skyrim World Atlas provides information on One-Handed Weapons. These skills are associated with the warrior and Archer archetypes. In this guide, we will explain how to develop these skills and which related best features are worth unlocking.

To increase this skill, you need to perform successful attacks with a one-handed weapon (in one or two hands). The growth of the skill depends on how much damage the hero has dealt with each hit.

The main purpose of developing this skill is to increase the damage value of one-handed weapons.

There are 21 available perks, with the best ones being Armsman, Fighting Stance, and Critical Charge.

When using one-handed weapons, it is important to decide whether you want to use all types of weapons or focus only on certain types (for example, only on war axes). It is recommended to find a favorite category of weapons and stick with it, especially because there are certain perks that improve their damage. Additionally, smithing and enchanting can transform even less powerful weapons into something much better.

If you prefer to use one-handed weapons frequently, you will have to decide whether to use one weapon or two. If you prefer to have two weapons at the same time, examine the right side of the constellation, as there are some useful perks there. If you prefer to have one weapon, you may use the other hand to carry a shield or to have a magical spell ready (a shield is obviously a better choice if your character is supposed to be a full-blooded warrior).

  • ARMSMAN
  • HACK AND SLASH
  • BONE BREAKER
  • BLADESMAN
  • FIGHTING STANCE
  • SAVAGE STRIKE
  • CRITICAL CHARGE
  • PARALYZING STRIKE
  • DUAL FLURRY
  • DUAL SAVAGERY

ARMSMAN

This perk has five ranks, with each rank better than the previous one.

Requirements (rank 1): None.

Requirements (rank 2): One-handed skill increased to at least 20 points.

Requirements (rank 3): One-handed skill increased to at least 40 points.

Requirements (rank 4): One-handed skill increased to at least 60 points.

Requirements (rank 5): One-handed skill increased to at least 80 points.

Description (rank 1): Deals 20% more damage with one-handed weapons.

Description (rank 2): Deals 40% more damage in total with one-handed weapons.

Description (rank 3): Deals 60% more damage in total with one-handed weapons.

Description (rank 4): Deals 80% more damage in total with one-handed weapons.

Description (rank 5): Deals 100% more damage in total with one-handed weapons.

It is recommended to unlock new perks regularly from this group to increase the effectiveness of your attacks.

HACK AND SLASH

This perk has three ranks, with each rank better than the previous one.

Requirements (rank 1): One-handed skill increased to at least 30 points. Unlocked Armsman perk (rank 1).

Requirements (rank 2): One-handed skill increased to at least 60 points.

Requirements (rank 3): One-handed skill increased to at least 90 points.

Description (rank 1): Can cause additional bleeding damage while using one-handed war axes.

Description (rank 2): Can cause additional bleeding damage while using one-handed war axes.

One-Handed Weapon Perks in Skyrim

This guide focuses on the various perks available for one-handed weapons in the game Skyrim. Each perk has specific requirements and benefits that can enhance your gameplay.

BONE BREAKER

This perk has three ranks that each improve upon the last. To unlock rank 1, you must have at least 30 points in one-handed skill and have unlocked the Armsman perk. To unlock rank 2, you must have at least 60 points in one-handed skill. To unlock rank 3, you must have at least 90 points in one-handed skill. The perk allows you to ignore a percentage of enemy armor while using one-handed maces.

Comments: These perks are most useful when using maces on a daily basis. They provide a significant advantage against armored enemies, with the highest rank allowing you to ignore 75% of an enemy’s armor.

BLADESMAN

Similar to the Bone Breaker perk, Bladesman has three ranks that improve with each unlock. To unlock rank 1, you must have at least 30 points in one-handed skill and have unlocked the Armsman perk. To unlock rank 2, you must have at least 60 points in one-handed skill. To unlock rank 3, you must have at least 90 points in one-handed skill. Bladesman increases your chances of inflicting critical damage while using one-handed swords.

Comments: These perks are best suited for players using swords on a daily basis. Though the critical damage increase is not significant, unlocking all three ranks will provide a 20% chance of inflicting critical damage.

FIGHTING STANCE

To unlock this perk, you must have at least 20 points in one-handed skill and have unlocked the Armsman perk. Fighting Stance reduces the amount of stamina needed to perform one-handed power attacks by 25%.

Comments: This perk is most effective when unlocked early in the game, as it allows you to use power attacks more frequently without quickly draining your stamina.

SAVAGE STRIKE

To unlock this perk, you must have at least 50 points in one-handed skill and have unlocked the Fighting Stance perk. Savage Strike increases the damage dealt by one-handed power attacks by 25% when standing still.

Comments: This perk is useful for players who prefer to remain stationary while attacking. It can also result in a decapitation of the target, but only if the target was already supposed to die from the attack.

CRITICAL CHARGE

To unlock this perk, you must have at least 50 points in one-handed skill and have unlocked the Fighting Stance perk. Critical Charge allows you to perform one-handed power attacks while running, which may inflict double critical damage.

Comments: This perk is useful for players who prefer to move around while attacking. It can provide a significant increase in critical damage, but it’s up to the player to decide if it’s more useful than Savage Strike.

Opinions: It’s recommended to consider the Critical Charge perk for warriors since they have to approach their targets in order to start attacking them. However, if you prefer to stay in one spot, it’s better to choose Savage Strike instead. It’s important to note that not every charge will result in double critical damage, but it happens often enough to make purchasing this perk worth it (especially if you’re dual wielding since the chances are increased for each weapon separately).

PARALYZING STRIKE

Prerequisites: One-handed skill must be increased to 100 points and either the Savage Strike or Critical Charge perk must be unlocked.

Description: This perk gives you a 25% chance of paralyzing your targets with backwards one-handed power attacks.

Opinions: This perk isn’t very useful, so it’s recommended to focus on unlocking other perks from this category (preferably those with multiple ranks).

DUAL FLURRY

This perk has two ranks and the second rank is better.

Prerequisites (rank 1): One-handed skill must be increased to at least 30 points and the Armsman perk (rank 1) must be unlocked.

Prerequisites (rank 2): One-handed skill must be increased to at least 50 points.

Description (rank 1): This perk gives you a 20% increase in speed when dual wielding.

Description (rank 2): This perk gives you a 35% increase in speed when dual wielding.

Opinions: Both perks in this category improve your abilities on the battlefield when using two weapons, regardless of whether you’re relying on normal or power attacks.

DUAL SAVAGERY

Prerequisites: One-handed skill must be increased to at least 70 points and the Dual Flurry perk (rank 1) must be unlocked.

Description: This perk increases the damage dealt by 50% when performing power attacks with two weapons.

Opinions: This is a very useful perk, especially if you plan on using two weapons for most of the game. It also has the added benefit of being combined with Savage Strike (when standing) and/or Critical Charge (when running).

FAQ

1. What are some practical uses for learning one-handed skills?

Learning one-handed skills can have practical applications in many aspects of daily life. For example, if someone has a disability or injury that limits the use of one hand, learning one-handed skills can help them become more independent with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and driving. Additionally, learning one-handed skills can be useful for musicians who play instruments like the guitar or piano, as well as for athletes who participate in sports like tennis or basketball. Overall, the ability to perform tasks with one hand can increase a person’s independence and improve their quality of life.

2. What are some common one-handed skills that people can learn?

There are many one-handed skills that people can learn, depending on their interests and needs. Some common one-handed skills include typing, cooking, using tools like scissors or knives, playing musical instruments, and participating in sports like basketball or tennis. Additionally, there are specialized one-handed skills that people with disabilities or injuries may need to learn, such as how to use a prosthetic limb or how to adapt a car for one-handed driving. With practice and determination, anyone can learn one-handed skills and become more independent and self-sufficient.

3. What are some tips for learning one-handed skills?

Learning one-handed skills can be challenging, but with a few tips, anyone can improve their abilities. First, it’s important to start with simple tasks and gradually work up to more complex ones. This can help build confidence and prevent frustration. Additionally, using adaptive tools or devices can make learning one-handed skills easier. For example, someone learning to type with one hand may benefit from using a specialized keyboard or software. Finally, seeking out support from others who have learned or are learning one-handed skills can be helpful. Online forums and support groups can provide useful tips and encouragement. With practice, patience, and the right tools, anyone can learn one-handed skills and improve their quality of life.

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