The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Character Building Guide: One Handed Skill

With so many customization option given by the game, creating your character is not going to be too hard. We have taken a good look at each of the races available and understood that each one of them comes with its own strengths and weaknesses: some are better suited at being warriors while others are better at magic or stealth.

In creating your character and getting him or her ready for battle and adventure you’ll probably need some good understanding on how skills work. Skills determine your proficiency at everything that can be done in the world of Skyrim. Unlike previous The Elder Scrolls game, skills aren’t determined by the character class: the specialization of skills comes with the Perks system.

All Skills improve depending on the action you do: improving some of them can be somewhat tedious. There are other ways to improve skills without having to repeat some actions over and over: you can improve them by getting your hand on a Skill Book or find some Trainers who will help you improve specific skills.

Trainers can only train you five times per level: to get them to train you again you will have to raise you level. This limit doesn’t apply to a single trainer but to all: if you have already trained three times with a single trainer, you can only train two more times with another trainer. To start training again you will have to level up.

Some followers will also be able to train you: this actually comes with an advantage since you can get your money back by going through their inventory.

There’s also another trick to earn some good XP if you have the horse Shadowmere: this horse cannot be damaged by magic, direct and ranged attacks. Keep attacking him to earn some easy XP.

One Handed Skill

The One Handed Skill tree gives you perks which will improve your performance with one handed weapons. This one one of the most useful skill trees to invest into since most character builds end up using a one handed weapon. Even if you’re creating a magical build you’ll still probably going to use a one handed weapon: in this case investing in Stamina reduction becomes even more important since not only you will be doing more damage but also stun improtected enemies, giving you more time to cast spells or even escape from a dangerous enemy. Some of the One Handed Skill perks will also improve your dual wielding capabilities.


  • Armsman (1-5)

One-Handed weapons do 20% more damage.(+20% each time)

  • Hack and Slash
  • LV 30

Attacks with war axes cause extra bleeding damage.

  • Fighting Stance 
  • LV 20

Power attacks with one-handed weapons cost 25% less stamina.

  • Savage Strike
  • LV 50

Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage with a chance to decapitate your enemies.

  • Paralyzing Strike 
  • LV 100

Backwards power attack has a 25% chance to paralyze the target.

  • Critical Charge 
  • LV 50

Can do a one-handed power attack while sprinting that does double critical damage.

  • Bone Breaker 
  • LV 30

Attacks with maces ignore 25% of armor.

  • Bladesman 
  • LV 30

Attacks with swords have a 10% chance of doing critical damage.

  • Dual Flurry
  • LV 30

Dual wielding attacks are 20% faster.

  • Dual Savagery 
  • LV 70

Dual wielding power attacks do 50% bonus damage.

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