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18 Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Weapons And Where To Find Them

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has so much loot that no two players are likely to have similar inventories. Weapons are important, but the question is, which weapon you should choose?

There is not such thing as a “best weapon” in Skyrim due to the fact that some careful use of enchantments and mechanics can make any weapon viable at any difficulty. Some of the most famous weapons in the game are the unique ones. Special weapons that can be found in specific places or through certain quests. Each weapon has its own properties, a unique name, and an enchantment that will give it some special power.

We recommend you explore and see what you can find, and here are some of our favorite weapons in Skyrim for each type, and the places you can find them. There are over 10 unique dagger weapons in the game, but our focus is on the ones we think are excellent. If you are a stealth-driven character in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, these could prove as important weapons for some time. Here is a list of the best 18 Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Weapons including Daggers, Maces, Swords, Axes, Hammers and Bows and also a tip where you can find them:

Mehrune’s Razor

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This is a decent little dagger weapon due to its base damage stat of 11, but the important part is the enchantment. Any hit with Mehrune’s Razor has a chance to kill almost instantly, which has proven as an excellent power in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. To get this dagger, you need to complete the quest “Pieces of the Past” and at the end of it kill Silus Vesuius. You can do this quest once you get to level 20 via a courier, or through hanging out around Dawnstar. NPCs will mention Silus’ museum which is where you have to go if you want to trigger the mission.

Blade of Woe

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This particular dagger is more powerful than Mehrune’s Razor with a base damage stat of 12, and this weapon enchantment is useful for close range fights – each hit gets 10 points of health. This dagger can be received from an NPC during the Death Incarnate quest in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which is a part of the Dark Brotherhood faction’s quest line.  You can also follow the early steps of the quest line and kill Astrid. You will then be able to take the Blade Of Woe (weapon) from her body, but you will no longer be able to join this brotherhood.

The Best Maces: There is a more scant number of unique maces weapons in the game, but some of them are pretty impressive. Maces weapons are for people who are looking to build a real powerhouse of a character. Of these unique maces weapons only one is impressive, but it is a good one.

The Mace of Molag Bal

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This artifact is powerful, with a base damage stat of 16. It comes with an enchantment that deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka as well as the health damage you will do. If the target dies within 3 seconds, you will fill a soul gem. The Mace will be given to you if you complete the Daedric Quest House of Horrors in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the city Markarth, an old man called Tyranus will ask you to help him find an abandoned house. As soon as you enter this house, the quest  will start.

The Best Swords: Swords are the most common weapons you will find in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and there are a few unique weapons that are all over the world. There are a lot of weapons than we can cover, but we have narrowed down just a few of our favorites and the places you can find them.

Miraak’s Sword

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The original Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim players do not know of this Sword since it was added in the Dragonborn CLD, but it is good. It absorbs stamina due to its enchantment and it has got a solid damage stat. In order to get it, you need to start the Dragonborn quests by traveling to the island of Solstheim in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Once you get ready, two cultists will attempt to murder you. After several quests, you will end up on the last Dragonborn quest, the Summit of Apocrypha. You will be able to grab this weapon as a loot off a corpse towards the end of this quest. It is a long process, but it is worth it.


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This is a glass sword weapon and it is great for enemies weak to frost damage. Its enchantment deals out frost damage and paralyzes enemies on top of a decent base damage output.  The Thieves Guild leader Mercy Frey in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim holds this weapon. The easiest access is to find it in Frey’s house during the Thieves Guild quest ” The Purist”. It is displayed in a case and as an expert lock that is waiting to be picked up. This is a leveled weapon, so how good it will perform is determined by your level.


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The Dragonbane’s weapon enchantment does extra damage to dragons, while it will deal shock damage to all other enemies. This sword is aligned, so its performance will be partly resolved by your level when you first enter its location. The Dragonbane sword is found in the Sky Haven Temple along the quest Alduin’s Wall – which is an important step in the game’s main story. There is a room off to the side of the main chamber of the temple, there is some blades armor.

Soulrender and Bloodscythe

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Two more weapons are added in the Dragonborn DLC, these swords are designed to be dual wielded together. When they are together, they gain powerful improvement to absorb magic and health, while lowering a target’s defenses against further physical and magic attacks. You need to complete the Dragonborn quest line to reach Solstheim. Once level 36 or higher, you will find a copy of a book, Deathbrand. Into Tel Mithryn or Raven Rock temple, you will get both of these weapons through the resultant quest.

Gauldur Blackblade

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This weapon is leveled, its effectiveness will be determined by your level when you enter its location. The best version of this weapon is at level 36. It is a good sword and also it can be upgraded, and has a health-healing enchantment by default. Because it is an ancient sword weapon, the dwarven smithing perk will guide you to make it even more dangerous. The sword can be picked up during the Forbidden Legend quest. You can start this quest by reading Lost Legends. This will start the quest to investigate the legend of Gauldur. If you do not find this book on your way, you can find it on a dead adventurer’s body in Reachwater rock. Later on, you will end up in the ruins of Golgunthur. There you will start a fight, and if you win, the sword is the prize.

The Best War Axes They are a less refined all-out-combat weapon than the sword, but there are some unique ones that are available in Skyrim.


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Okin is a cool looking war axe. It deals frost damage to health and stamina and has a base damage stat of 12. It can be upgraded and can have upgrades that are doubled with the steel smithing perk. To get this axe, you will do the Silenced Tongues quest. You can find it by killing Volunruud and take a look around. There you will find notes that will begin the quest. Eventually, you will get this weapon as an award.

Dawnguard Rune Axe

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This weapon can be found as a part of the Dawnguard DLC pack. It gives sun damage to the undead. The amount of the damage increases with every undead that you have killed with the axe since the last sunrise. It also has some solid damage output. To get this, you need to get involved with the Dawnguard DLC. You will come across the quest Lost Relic. These are radiant quests where you are sent to find a random artifact, but you will eventually get this item.

The best Battleaxes, Greatswords and Warhammers: There are less two-handed unique weapons in Skyrim than single handed swords alone. Because of that, we grouped them together. So down below are our personal favorite picks.

Wuuthrad Battleaxe

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If you are against elves, then this is the weapon for you. It does more damage to elves and has a cruel base damage stat of 25. It also looks amazing. You will start the quest Glory of the Dead and in order to do that you will have to join The Companions faction. Glory of the Dead is the final quest of it. Once you put the Wuuthrad on the statue and activate the statue, you will get it, which was previously a temporary acquisition.

Rueful Axe

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This weapon is described as an axe powerful enough to have fun with. It has a base damage stat of 22 and deals out stamina damage as well. It can be upgraded too. The axe can be found in the Daedric quest A Daedra’s Best Friend. Once you are level 10 or above, you will find Lod near Falkreath’s entrance. You also need to kill Barbas with the axe. And then you keep it as a reward.

Bloodskal Blade

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This useful great sword releases an energy blast whenever you do a powered up attack. The blast has a 30 damage stat. You will start the main Dragonborn quest and then head to Raven Rock Mine for this side quest. Have a talk with Crescius in the entrance to the mine and the quest The Final Descent beings. You will find the blade next to the remains of Gratian afterward in the quest.

Volendrung Warhammer

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This enormous hammer has an evil look and has absolutely brilliant base damage stat of amazing 47. It absorbs stamina and it is very useful for a weapon of this size and its deadly nature. You will get this weapon as a reward from the Daedric Prince as a part of the quest The Cursed Tribe. To start this quest, you will head to the orc stronghold of Largashbur. You have to try to save the life of the orc Ugor, who will later help you with the quest.

Dawnguard Rune Hammer

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This is not the most powerful hammer with a base damage stat of 22, but the enchantment is exciting. If it hits a surface, it places a rune on it, and the rune explodes to deal fire damage when an enemy touches it. All you have to do to get it is to keep doing the Lost Relic quests that come as part of the Dawnguard. These quests are random, but eventually one of them will give you this hammer as a reward.

The best bows: Bows are useful for anybody who is not a meathead run-in-and-swing type in Skyrim and sometimes is useful for those people too. There are some useful enchantments too.

The Nightingale Bow

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This bow belongs to Karliah, a member of the thieves guild and a follower of the Dragonborn for some quests. Its enchantments allow you to freeze and shock the target. It is a leveled weapon, so the strength will be impacted by the level you have when you get it. The best version is at level 46. To get it you will have to join the Thieves Guild and follow the quest line. Just before the end of the series, you will get the quest called Blindsighted. This bow is a reward for finishing the quest. Finishing it gets you the skeleton key too.

Glass Bow of the Stag Prince

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This bow is not only about the name, its also comes with an enchantment that blesses you for every 20 animals you murder with the bow. The blessing maxes out, but it provides boosts to health and stamina while the bow is equipped. You can obtain this bow from Falas Selvayn at the Ramshackle Trading Post. That is on the island of Solstheim, so it is a part of the Dragonborn DLC.

Gauldur Blackbow

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The Gauldur Black bow is a leveled weapon, which means that the effectiveness will be determined by your level when you enter its location. The best version is at level 36. It has a sister sword and the bow absorbs magicka with the enchantment that comes along with it. The bow can be yours during the quest Forbidden Legend. To start this quest you need to read the book Lost Legends – this will start the quest and investigate the legend of Gauldur. If you do not find this book naturally, you will find it on a dead adventurer’s body in Reachwater rock. This quest will lead you to Geirmund’s Hall where you will fight with Sigdis Gauldurson. If you win, the bow is your reward.


18 Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Weapons

ES V Skyrim Weapons Guide

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