Skyrim: Best One-Handed Weapons [Top 25]

Here are the best one-handed weapons in Skyrim that will help you win deadly boss fights in Skyrim

There are many skills in Skyrim that are advantageous when battling enemies. One of them is the ability to one-hand weapons, meaning wielding them with just a single hand. It is incredibly useful and does come in handy when fighting bigger bosses. The damage inflicted is doubled since you can wield two single-handed weapons simultaneously. When you have the best one-handed weapons on your side, you won’t have any trouble progressing in Skyrim.

Key Takeaways
  • You can use one-handed weapons to form combos that can deal double the amount of damage.
  • In the swords category, Miraak’s sword is probably the best one-handed weapon due to base damage.
  • Daggers can be used to get stealthy kills, and the Dragonbone dagger is probably the best one for the job.
  • Based on just Damage, the Dawnguard Rune War Axe is the best of all War Axes. 
  • The Mace of Molag Bal is easily the best Mace of all but is a little hard to get, especially in the early levels.

Swords 

Most of the swords in the game can be easily seen and recognized as they are basically these long-bladed sharp-edged edge weapons. They have a decent damage power with a good reach while cutting down opponents. Many of the swords can be easily upgraded through various different points on the map. They’re usually found are blacksmiths and are upgraded through various materials so that you can make the best one-handed weapon in Skyrim

Grimsever 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Grimsever
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When you first glance at the glass sword, you can just see why it is named the Grimsever. The Grimsever is the best of the early game weapons in Skyrim and is agreed upon by many of the people on Reddit. It can be retrieved through the early quests of the game. There is a unique way of getting the Grimsever since it is found only once you start the “Retriever Grimsever” mission. The quest is specifically for the Mjoll, The Lioness.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword
Weight14
Upgrade MaterialRefined Malachite
Base Damage12
Base Value350
Additional EffectsTarget takes 15 points of Frost Damage to Health and Stamina
PerkGlass Smithing

Once you begin the mission, you can easily spot it early on without going through much trouble. When you have killed your opponents along with the spilled blood marks on the ground, you will find the Grimsever. It is found near the Mzinchaleft Gatehouse, which is revealed at the start of the mission. Most of the players just give the Grimsever to Mjoll and which was intended, but after the mission, they can get it themselves. 

Damage-wise, the Grimsever tends to have a Frost effect on its enemies, and it works by depleting their health and stamina. It gives about an Extra 15 Damage to the opponents through the Frost, and it gives that along with the Original 12 damage. For these reasons alone, you may build the one-handed Grimsever as it is used best as an early-game weapon in Skyrim. 

Bolar’s Oathblade

The Bolar’s Oathblade
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Now, this is what we call a true sword in its own right. The beautiful katana has its own melody of killings apart from just its visual aesthetics. On the go, it has the normal base damage of 11 and just a weight of 10. If you are not impressed with that, it also tends to have the extra 25 damage to the stamina of the opponents. The abilities of the one-handed sword come along with the power of making monsters of level 12 or below move about from the battlefield.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword
Weight10
Upgrade MaterialQuicksilver Ingot
Base Damage11
Base Value1014 
Additional Effects25 points of Stamina and Damage.

Creatures and people up to level 12 can flee from combat for 30 sec.

PerkSteel Smithing

The black leathered sword can be easily retrieved from the Bloated Man’s Grotto. It is located beneath the Shrine Of Talos. You might find it alongside the Oath of Talos. The lore of the weapon leads back to Bolar himself and was used during the infamous attack on the Cloud Ruler Temple. Even with the abilities of the Oathblade itself, there is no shame in carrying a shield alongside. It will give you the extra defense needed. 

The Oathblade is best to use when you have to kill vampires found in the early game, and you can also double the one-handed weapon in Skyrim and can be found early game. You will receive the best combat experience with the Oathblade, and this is just the start of the amazing fights in Skyrim. You will just need to make the best one-handed build for the weapon in Skyrim, and you can get help from multiple forums on Reddit

The Pale Blade 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim The Pale Blade
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Well, it is a weapon that doesn’t “Pale” in comparison to the other best one-handed weapons in Skyrim. Pun intended. The Pale blade has a dark gothic appearance and definitely overpowers the initial creatures in the game. Early on, you can use the one-handed weapon to kill multiple foes in Skyrim. It is said because of its amazing initial damage of 11 in Skyrim, along with the weight of just 10. The damage is enough to knock back enemies easily.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight12-15
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot
Base Damage8-11
Base Value169-914
Additional Effects25 points of Frost Damage.

Creatures and people up to level 16 flee from combat for 30 seconds.

PerkSteel Smithing

Along with the not-so-minute damage of 11, it also has frost damage of 25 points. The enchantment comes in handy when fighting the fiery creatures of the game. The ancient Nord sword can be found on the body of Ra’jrr. You have to have the heart to retrieve it. It is located inside the Frostmere Crypt. It can only be retrieved after he is killed by the Pale lady. The Pale Lady will be calmed after you place the sword on the pedestal. 

She will leave once you do that. You don’t really want to do that if you want the sword. In order to make the sword your own, you would have to kill the Pale Lady. She will always reappear if you pick the sword from the pedestal. Better to just kill her and have a nifty weapon by your side. 

Dawnbreaker 

The Dawnbreaker
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This Daedric Artifact has one of the best lore in the game currently, as it dates back to the Meridia. She was the prince of Daerdia, and all the nation compared her to the relics of light and energy. So basically a deity with the befitting title of “Lady Of Infinite Energies.” Not much of a bad character she was but she had some good deep inside her, making her choice of weapon worth enough to wield. Her quest to find a champion leads her to Dawnbreaker.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight10
Upgrade MaterialEbony Ingot 
Base Damage12
Base Value740
Additional EffectsBurn for 10 points.

If killing undead, a chance to cause an explosion that destroys nearby undead.

PerkNone

Players of Skyrim can have the Dawnbreaker after they are down with the mission known as the “Break Of Dawn“. The blade is visually stunning, and it can be seen why it is called the Dawn Breaker. It has a sunlight emitting type gem fixed in the middle of the handle with multiple rings beholding it. The guard gives an aesthetic view to the weapon, and the sunlight-emitting gem is useful as well. It can light them up in darker areas as a torch can.

It has both the attributes of a Steel sword and a Glass sword. Its weight is incredibly light as it is 10. It has the damage power of a whopping 12 points. It has an amazing enchantment as it leads to an explosion of defeated bodies. That has splash damage to nearby enemies, and opponents also get dealt a 10-point fire damage. 

Bloodscythe And Soul Render 

Two Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Bloodscythe And Soul Render
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It may seem like you are hacking, but wielding the weapons of this standard together can lead to victory against every big enemy. They might not look much when seen visually, but they can pack quite a punch with their attributes combing together. You can get the best result when you use the one-handed weapon built together in Skyrim. They both have their own unique specs to them, especially when we are talking about their enchantments.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight10
Upgrade MaterialOne-Handed, Sword 
Base Damage13
Base Value1859
Additional EffectsWhen wielded with Soulrender, it absorbs 15 health and has a chance to lower the target’s armor.
PerkDaedric Smithing

Their enchantments work together as a whole and only give you that extra advantage when you keep them together at hand. Their Lore contains a story of the infamous pirate known as Haknir Death-Brand. He favored them over any weapon ever to exist. They have the attributes of both Steel and Ebony swords. It makes the weight just 10 with great damage of 13. Now you understand why the Nord pirate had them as a weapon of his choice.

You can get the weapons after the completion of the “Deathbrand” mission. The player will get to experience the double combo effect of the weapons as their special enchantments tend to take 15 health from the opponents. There is a chance of depleting the enemy’s defenses by 50 as well. Just combine both swords with good armor.

Chillrend

The Chillrend
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Definitely, without any question, the best one-handed weapon in the sword category in Skyrim is the Chillrend. Many of the forums on Reddit agree that Chillrend is one of if not the best one-handed weapons. The lore of the icy weapon leads back to Mercer Frey who was the leader of the Thieves Guild. Chillrend is a legendary weapon and its highest version can be obtained only after passing level 46.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight16
Upgrade MaterialRefined Malachite
Base Damage15
Base Value1442
Additional EffectsTarget takes 30 points of Frost Damage.

Chance to paralyze for 2 seconds.

PerkGlass Smithing

It makes the lower version of the sword an early game one-handed weapon in Skyrim. If you want to retrieve the weapon, you would have to complete “The Pursuit”. It is located near the Riftweald Manor. The weapons aesthetic is unquestionable. It is similar to the green glass sword except it is actually really blue with a gold handle to it. The main stats of the weapon are amazing, as it gives damage of 15. It is quite heavy as its weight is 16. 

Because of the weight, you would have to pair it with more of the light armor in the game. You can level up the weapon time by time, so its Stats get improved. While fighting enemies, the weapon’s enchantments get kicked in, giving 30 Frost damage. There may be a chance of paralysis in the enemy for nearly two seconds. At its max level, the Chill Frost damage can be increased to a whopping 45 plus. 

Dragonbane 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Dragonbane
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Yet another katana blade in the game that can be really damaging when used right. We have put the Dragonbane instead of the Dragonbone, which is also remarkable but lacks heavily due to its weight. The Dragonbane looks a lot like the Akaviri katana. Apart from being familiar to you, it also has an amazing effect due to its enchantments. The sole purpose of the Dragonbane is delivered from its name. It is meant to defeat the Dragons found in the game.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight10-14
Upgrade MaterialQuicksilver Ingot 
Base Damage10-14
Base Value970-1560
Additional EffectsObtain extra 20-30 damage to dragon points.

10 points of shock damage to others.

PerkSteel Smithing 

Dragonbane is more of a lighter sword with the damage it tends to give at every strike. It has a weight of 14 with a damage of 14. Both in the way of complimenting and balancing each other out. There are about two methods of giving damage to your opponents via the weapon. If you are fighting a creature that is not a dragon, it will receive Shock damage of 10. When fighting an actual dragon, it is dealt with a damage of 40. It is more than enough to kill a dragon. 

You can afterward even take the Dragon Priest Mask from a dragon’s lair after defeating the dragon. You can easily retrieve the Dragonbane after the completion of the “Alduin’s Wall” mission.

Windshear 

The Windshear
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An incredibly fast and agile sword that can even match up to the likes of Excalibar is the Windshear. You can retrieve this one-of-a-kind best one-handed early game weapon in Skyrim from the Dark Brother’s quest known as the “Hail Sithis!” You can clearly see it hanging out on the beam and wooden plank of the ship known as the Katariah. You can get the ship during the mission or even afterward. The weapon highly resembles the weapon known as the Scimitar.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight10
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot 
Base Damage11
Base Value40
Additional EffectsBash attacks made with this weapon have a chance of knocking enemies down.
PerkSteel Smithing 

You won’t be that impressed by the initial statistics of the weapon, but you can definitely upgrade for the desired results. Many users on Reddit have described the gun as the best quick one-handed weapon build because of its bashes. That is mainly because of its incredible enchantment in the game and which can actually be considered a little broken in the game. The enchantment drives from the bash attacks of the weapon.

When you are performing a block bash, there is a 40% that the opponent might get paralyzed in the process. There is a 100% stagger rate for the weapon each time it is swung at an opponent. It even has a chance of knocking down opponents due to its enchantment of bashes. The staggering effect of the weapon is what makes it such a high-ranking weapon. 

Miraak’s Sword 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Miraak’s Sword
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Now for the incredibly creepy-looking bulky sword, we will be talking about Miraak’s Sword. The battle army directly working under the deities fit the sword. It is a remarkable choice for a weapon especially early game when you are in dire need of the best one-handed weapon builds in Skyrim. You can only retrieve the weapon from Miraak himself once you defeat him in battle and kill him. It will be extremely hard but worth it in the end because you get the sword.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight3
Upgrade MaterialEbony Ingot, Daedra Heart
Base Damage12-16
Base Value410-1250
Additional EffectsAbsorb 15 points of Stamina
PerkDwarven Smithing 

You would have to defeat him at Miraak’s Temple and at his home turf. The weapon has the most base damage among all swords and is definitely the lightest among them as well. Its abilities need to be recharged from the quarried stone and other soul gems in the game. Its enchantments also help to take 15 Stamina off of your opponents, which isn’t really that crazy but definitely helpful. The visual aesthetics of the weapon is amazing.

It has a green monster tentacle wrapped around the main edges of the swords. It has an animation that elongates whenever you try to hit an opponent. Whenever it needs to recharge, it tells you directly. It is more like a dagger rather than a sword since it has a damage of 16 with a weight of 3. These statistics are amazing for an early game one-handed weapon to build in Skyrim, on which most social media platforms like Reddit agree. 

Nightingale Blade 

The Nightingale Blade
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The black gothic blade Nightingale actually represents the protectors known as the Nightingales themselves. Their sole purpose is to protect the shrines dedicated to the Daedric Prince. It is a sort of secret society inside the Thieves Guild in which there are multiple Shrines of the Prince, who is the deity of Luck and Darkness. Apart from very interesting lore, the weapon has many aspects to itself, especially when we are speaking of the enchantments of the weapon.

ClassOne-Handed, Sword 
Weight15
Upgrade MaterialEbony Ingot
Base Damage14
Base Value1665
Additional EffectsAbsorb 25 points of Health and Stamina
PerkNone

The blade belonged to the previous Nightingale and lead of the Thieves Guild known as Gallus. All of the players will only obtain the weapon after the completion of the “Hard Answers” mission, specifically the Thieves Guild. The estimated value for the weapon in the game is 1665, which may be a lot but definitely worth the stats of the weapon. It has a sort of unbalanced strength as it merely has a 14 damage with a 15 weight. 

The true potential, as said before, lies in the enchantment of the weapon in which every time you hit an enemy, you receive about 25 health and stamina from your opponent. That is an incredibly overpowered skill to have in Skyrim. You can check on Reddit for the max potential for the early-game one-handed weapon sword in Skyrim, The Nightingale. 

Daggers

The most versatile pieces of weaponry that you can use in Skyrim are the daggers. They are miniature versions of swords that are short and handy when it comes to killing. They are incredibly fast and, in fact, faster than all forms of weaponry like Swords, Axes, and Maces. When it comes to having a stealthier kill, you should always opt for a dagger as it does the job quicker. The only place it lacks is the base damage it does when compared to the others.

Bloodthorn 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Bloodthorn
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It is a nifty little dagger that does the job of killing very easily and swiftly, especially when it comes to closer ranges. Judging by its name, you can probably guess how deadly it can be, and it is best used early in the game as you can one-handed weapon build it earlier in Skyrim. The steel dagger can be retrieved from the balcony at Hag’s End. It is a sort of tomb which is located directly north and towards the east of Markarth.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger
Weight2.5
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot
Base Damage5
Base Value183
Additional EffectsIf the target dies within 3 seconds, it fills a soul gem 
PerkSteel Smithing 

The dagger can be quite useful in situations where stealth is mandatory, and a quick kill is required to progress. It may be just a dagger, but it can hold its own against bigger opponents. You can better surprise attacks, especially if your character specializes in stealth. Therefore you must take out opponents carefully because it can be quicker than most weapons you are used to. It just has a damage of 5 but its minute weight of just 2.5 helps you deal a heck of damage.

There can be a lot of scarcity of soul gems in the game, so the enchantment of the dagger especially helps with that. The condition is that you have to kill the opponent in under three seconds of your attack. Once you have done that, the soul gem will fill up. 

Valdr’s Lucky Dagger 

The Valdr’s Lucky Dagger
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Upon first glance at the dagger, you may assume it is just a normal-looking one. The steel dagger might surprise you with its statistics which resemble the Bloodthorn in many ways. It has a little damage of 5 with a light weight of 2.5, and the best part about it is that you can access it early in the game. This makes it the best early-game one-handed weapon in Skyrim that you can make a build of.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger 
Weight2.5
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot
Base Damage5
Base Value15
Additional Effects25% chance of a critical hit
PerkSteel Smithing 

The best part about the dagger is the enchantment of the weapon. Many people on Reddit agreed that you make a nice build off of the best early-game one-handed weapon. The enchantment at the core gives a 25% chance of scoring a critical hit on your opponent. With those odds by your side, you will definitely win the early battles. Valdr’s Lucky Dagger is upgradeable, and you can turn into a beast of a weapon.

You can require the weapon easily in the game because you just have to get off from Valdr. But before that, you must find him in the Moss Mother Cavern. Once you do, Valdyr will willingly give you the dagger since he is injured and wants to die. 

Dragonbone Dagger 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Dragonbone Dagger
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Of all the daggers available, Dragonbone Dagger is definitely the best one-handed weapon that you can build. It is made from the bones of dragons and is a deadly little weapon in your hand. When you first look at the dagger, it won’t seem much visually since it has a small handle. The blade kind of resembles a feather but attack-wise, definitely not. Once you have increased your smithing level to 100, you will be able to have a crack at making the weapon itself.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger 
Weight6.5
Upgrade MaterialDragon Bone
Base Damage12
Base Value600
Additional EffectsWith the right amount of set points, you can make a good enchantment for it
PerkDragon Armor

When you have done that, you would just need a leather strip and a dragon bone. You will be able to create the Dragonbone Dagger off of just that. As mentioned before, you would just need to upgrade the weapon with the help of a grindstone and Smithing Perk. Just like the Blade of Woe, the damage of the Dragonbone is 12, which is the most of any dagger in the game. The weight of the dagger is just 6.5, making it quick as well.  

The dagger is enchantable, meaning with the right amount of set points, players can make a nice Enchantment for it. You can set up two enchantments for the Dragonbone Dagger.

Mehrunes’ Razor 

The Mehrunes’ Razor 
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A way lighter Daedric weapon with the speed of a dagger, we have Mehrunes’ Razor. The dagger has great meaning to the followers of the Daedric Prince since it is a rare artifact. The Mehrunes Dagon can only be retrieved during the ongoing quest “Pieces Of The Past.” In that quest, you have to directly kill off Silus Vesuius and in doing so you will get the artifact you so require. There are a total of four pieces of artifacts you have to collect beforehand.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger 
Weight3
Upgrade MaterialEbony Ingot
Base Damage11
Base Value880
Additional EffectsHits have a small chance to instantly kill
PerkNone

The dagger has good damage of 11, which is great in comparison with other speedy daggers in Skyrim. It’s not even the damage that makes this the best one-handed weapon in the early game of Skyrim. The enchantment is primarily the reason for that as deduced by many Reddit users that sorted it as the best one-handed weapon build. There is a slight 2% chance of killing the opponent at a moment’s notice. 

That one lucky shot can kill pretty much any enemy you can think of in Skyrim easily. The enemy may even include in the final bosses of the game, but there is that slight chance every time. Apart from the great damage, the dagger also has a low weight of 3, which helps because you need that speed. If you pair it with the Dual Flurry perk you will be able to have the best one-handed weapon dagger build in the game.

Blade Of Woe 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Blade Of Woe
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Now one of the darkest and most beautiful-looking weapons in the game is the Blade Of Woe. Of course, who other than the leader of the Dark Brotherhood will have this magnificent dagger? On many Reddit forums, people have voted for it to be the one-handed weapon dagger in Skyrim. It has similar damage to the Dragonbone damage and puts up with it at being the best. It has a damage of 12 and a weight of 7, which is amazing for a dagger of this standard.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger 
Weight7
Upgrade MaterialNone
Base Damage12
Base Value880
Additional EffectsAbsorb 10 points of Health 
PerkSteel Smithing 

There are two ways you can get the weapon itself. The first way is to retrieve it from a site called the Astrid, specifically the Dark Brotherhood’s Astrid. The other way is to just wait for the entire completion of the “With Friend Like This” mission. Funnily enough, if you try to do both these steps respectively, there is a glitch that happens. You will be able to acquire two of the blades, which you can then use to defeat enemies with double the damage. 

The enchantment of the weapon helps take about 10 of the health from the opposing enemy. If you want the speed of the dagger to increase significantly, pair it with the Dual Flurry perk. 

Dragon Priest 

The Dragon Priest
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It is one of the more unique-looking daggers in the game. Even most users on multiple Reddit channels agree is the best one-handed dagger weapon in Skyrim, build and look-wise. The dagger is simply magnificent and has a dark lure to begin with. At the beginning of the Dragon era, the Dragon Priests used to use it for their sacrifices. Their rituals were done to serve their lord, and ever since, the dagger has been lost. It is extremely rare weaponry.

ClassOne-Handed, Dagger
Weight5
Upgrade MaterialCannot be upgraded
Base Damage6
Base Value9
Additional EffectsNone
PerkNone

There are just a few locations where you can find the Dragon Priest Dagger. The first place to find the dagger is at the Forelhost, as the dagger is held by the Dragon Cult. Simply steal it from them. The second way is just to explore the region near Ysgrammor’s Tomb, and inside the sarcophagus, you will find it. Similarly, you can explore the region of Volunrund and definitely find it there. You can find it in Harkon’s room in the Castle of Volkihar. 

Another way is to go to Colette Marence’s room in the College of Winterhold and explore it. The little hustle for it is easily worth it since the main specialty of the dagger is its enchantment. The drawback of the weapon is that you cannot craft it. You also cannot upgrade it. 

War Axes 

The War Axes in Skyrim are pretty balanced when considering how damaging they are when compared to swords. They are faster than the maces and can be the difference between life and death fighting with the bigger beings. The swing of an axe is damaging, so it is best to use them against bigger opponents like the dragons. Round the blacksmith places, the War Axes can be upgraded at least most of them. 

Dragonbone War Axe 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Dragonbone War Axe
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At his point, even you may as well know the significance of the Dragonbone material, as it tends just to make every weapon better. It is superior to any material there is in the game, and that is why it makes such great weapons. If we talk about the Dragonbone War Axe, it is no less as it tends to deal heavy amounts of damage in a short frame of time. The Dragonbone War Axe is the most balanced version of a weapon of all the other Dragonbone-based weapons.

ClassOne-Handed, War Axe
Weight21
Upgrade MaterialDragon Bone
Base Damage16
Base Value1700
Additional EffectsEnchantable
PerkDragon Armor 

A Reddit forum based an argument over the significance of Dragonbone material for weapons, and the Dragonbone War Axe is considered the best one-handed weapon in Skyrim. It has a huge damage of 16, meaning you can just swing and defeat enemies in no time. As said before that the War Axes can be enchanted, so you may just take those perks. If you manage to upgrade the weapon well and make it enchanted, it can become the best build of a one-handed weapon. 

It is difficult to gather up the Dragonbone needed to make the weapon, so it can be considered its Drawback. Plus, the heaviness of the material kind of counteracts the damage a bit as well. 

Stalhrim War Axe 

The Stalhrim War Axe
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Another rare material-formed Axe that can obliterate opponents in a matter of seconds is the Stalhrim War Axe. The Stalhrim resource tends to be extremely pretty as well with its shade of blue. These Stalhrim artifacts have great power and potency when compared to the normal resources. It is a rare ore, though, which makes it a difficult job to craft one. You can craft the axe by just combining two leather strips and two Stalhrim ores.

ClassOne-Handed, War Axe
Weighth 16
Upgrade MaterialStalhrim
Base Damage15
Base Value1180
Additional EffectsIts frost damage enchantment is 25% stronger when placed with the items crafted from Stalhrim
PerkEbony Smithing

The player must also go through the “A New Source Of Stalhrim” mission so that they can get the ores. You must complete the whole quest in order to get it. If you are an enchanter from the start, you must know that the Axe is great with frost-damage enchantments. An equipped Frost Damage enchantment is 25% stronger when placed on items crafted from Stalhrim Ores. In terms of just sheer base damage, the Axe has a damage of 15 with a weight of 16.

Your strategy with the Axe should primarily be to enchant it well enough to compete with other weapons. In order to build the best one-handed weapon build for the Axe, pair it with the Augmented Frost perk. The perk truly brings out the power of the weapon. 

Dawnguard Rune 

The Dawnguard Rune
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Now onto the even more powerful axe, we have the Dawnguard Axe, which is a great weapon for the mass destruction of creatures. The base damage for the weapon is 11, and a weight of 13, and these stats are pretty low compared to the others. However, you do have to consider the fact the Sun damage does to the undead. It does about 10 points worth of damage which is pretty insane if you think about it. With this ability, you can see how well it does against them.

ClassOne-Handed, War Axe 
Weight13
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot 
Base Damage11
Base Value175
Additional EffectsDoes 10+n sun damage to undead where n is the number of undead killed with the axe since last sunrise 
PerkSteel Smithing 

Every time you kill an undead opponent, you will get one point. That one point will be a sun damage point that reaches 100. The ability caps at 100. Once you upgrade the weapon via the grindstone and add more perks, the cap of 100 can reach 110. There was a thread on Reddit that explains how you can pair the Axe with a dagger like the Blade of Woe to make the best one-handed weapon build in Skyrim. 

It also has an enchantment that does five more damage to the Vampires, which is an undead. The undead in Skyrim is Draugr Deathlords,  Vampires, and of course, the Dragon Priests. If you are fighting normal creatures, then the weapon is pretty ineffective. But the Sun damage bonus tends to be triple if you are fighting the undead. 

Skyforge Steel 

The Skyforge Steel
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Skyforge Steel – Image Captured by us

For the Skyforge Steel War Axe, you may have to your move your way about more in the game. You have to move toward Mead Hall in Whiterun to find the great Eorland Gray-Mane, who will help create the Skyforge Steel weaponry. Skyforge Steel is no ordinary steel. It is stronger, and it is durable; it is Better. IT IS BETTER. Apart from the obvious Homelander pun, the Skyforge Steel material weapons are a force to be reckoned with.

ClassOne-Handed, War Axe
Weight12
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot 
Base Damage12
Base Value80
Additional EffectsGet you nice Enchantables with right amount of points
PerkSteel Smithing 

In order to gain access to the material and craft the axe, you must first have gained the trust of Eorland. To do that, you must first join his cult called companions, and only then, after a few levels, will you be asked to make a weapon of your choice. You have to really prove yourself to him in order for it to happen. Once it does, you will have access to the Steel Forge War Axe. 

The Steel Forge Axe does huge damage of 12 to the opponents it is used against. That is a lot more than what most Axes can do. If you make the axe, you won’t be able to use the material to craft another weapon again. 

Cleaver Of St. Felms

The Cleaver Of St. Felms
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Cleaver Of St. Felms – Image by eXputer

Onto the Anniversary edition weapon for Skyrim is the Clever of St. Felms. It is an incredibly powerful Axe that is ranked 2nd on the tier list of the best one-handed Axe weapons in Skyrim on Reddit. It is actually one of the few weapons that have pretty balanced statistics. The axe has better base damage than most of the famous Axes like Daedric and Ebony. The axe is also unique in the way that it has different attributes than most axes.

ClassOne-Handed, War Axe
Weight17
Upgrade MaterialDwarven Metal Ingot
Base Damage14
Base Value2508
Additional EffectsBurn the target for 30 points, targets on fire take extra damage.

Absorb 25 points of Magicka.

PerkDwarven Smithing

The weapon can become a serious problem for the bosses if it is paired with a Battlemage character. That is because its enchantments complement the character well. The enchantment is that the axe deals about 30 fire damage and 25 Magicka. That is exactly why it should be paired with the mage. It is definitely the best one-handed axe weapon used to make the perfect build. That can happen if you especially pair it with the daggers. 

In order to retrieve the weapon, you must go by the Ghosts of the Tribunal mission. It is started once you enter Solstheim. You would have to find your way in order to get the weapons access in the game. Once you do, the Cleaver of St Felms will be on the Vesparth.

Maces 

The rare kind of weapon is the Maces, as they are very few in quantity in the game. Maces are basically huge, lengthened handles with a different head each time. The head can be a spiked-up one or just a dulled one with great width. These extreme heads of theirs make them slower in comparison to other forms of weapons. But they do have the most base damage as compared to each type of weapon in the game. 

Lunar Iron Mace

The Lunar Iron Mace
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It is pretty much an excellent weapon of choice with its superior power over bigger enemies. The category of Lunar weapons is pretty unfamiliar to many players of the game. Dragonbone Skyforge Steel isn’t the only amazing material in the game. The weapons are not only visually stunning but have practicality in the overall base strength. When you have monsters that lack speed but have insane monster-like strength, Lunar Iron Mace can sure come in handy.

ClassOne-Handed, Mace
Weight13
Upgrade MaterialIron Ingot 
Base Damage9
Base Value168
Additional EffectsBurns the target for 20 points, when the moons are out
PerkNone

If you choose the weapon early on, you may find it a bit inconvenient since most of the early weapons we have mentioned can give a better result. But to take things into perspective mid-game is what to strive for here. When you are at the level, you have the option to upgrade the Mace so that it can truly show its potential on the battlefield. That is why it can be considered a reliable weapon at this stage.

In order to retrieve the Lunar Iron Mace, you must first head over to the Silent Moons Camp. You will find it once you walk north from the Whiterun. Eventually, you will, of course, have to fight off some bad guys. That will be a piece of cake, but you do have only to get here when you are at a good high level. The Mace has a base level damage of 9 and has a very cool enchantment to it. When you fight at night with the full moon, your enemies will get 20 burning damage. 

Horksbane 

The Horksbane Axe
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Horksbane – Screenshot Captured by eXputer

It is an extremely different kind of weapon because of its unique powers at hand. Most of the weapon’s abilities are determined by their enchantments. The Horksbane has a sort of enchantment that is used against the Horkers found in the game. Most of the lure surrounding this weapon is very interesting since the weapon was made out of hatred for the Horkers. It isn’t per se a weapon of mass destruction, but it can sure help when dealing with Horkers.

ClassOne-Handed, Mace
Weight14
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot 
Base Damage10
Base Value250
Additional EffectsEffective against horkers
PerkSteel Smithing 

Most of the Horkers in Skyrim are easily killable but early on, the Horksbane does come in clutch. So it is safe to say it is that it can be best used early in the game because it is a one-handed weapon in Skyrim. If you want to have access to the weapon, then just simply head over to Horker Island. It isn’t a much smaller island compared to the others, so for reference, it is near Solstheim. Lurker around there, and you will eventually find the marker.

On the island, you will find the corpse of Saden who was the maker and previous owner of the Horksbane. He also hated the Horkers like all of you do. Just retrieve the Mace and fight the boss Horker known as Lord Tusk. It will be able to do a base damage of 10 but against Horkers, and it can do up to extra 20 damage. 

Lunar Steel Mace 

The Lunar Steel Mace
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Lunar Steel Mace – [Image credit: eXputer]
Yet again a lunar weapon that has the potential to stand tall against greater opponents. Dragons can be easily defeated through the raw power of the Lunar weapon. The material steel is more durable than iron mace. The iron mace itself is a very great weapon in itself, but the steel one is a much stronger adaptation. You can easily find the weapon in the same area as you found the iron mace, but the timing of that has to be great as well.

ClassOne-Handed, Mace
Weight14
Upgrade MaterialSteel Ingot 
Base Damage10
Base Value198
Additional EffectsBurn the target for 10-20 points, while the moons are out
PerkSteel Smithing 

The weapon can be found ahead of the Whiterun and on the Silent Moons Camp. Around the camp and forge, you can retrieve the weapon. You would again have the option to kick some bleep out of the bad guys. You would have the option of either getting the Steel one or The iron one. Visually the Lunar Steel is amazing. Looking at the sharp ends of the Mace gives you the idea of a strong godly weapon.

Another thing that you have to again keep in mind is to just keep higher levels, especially above 5. When you first come around the iron you will just be able to get, the iron version, and the steel won’t be available. 

Even the iron mace will be presented to you at a much lower level so just have a better level from the start. When you have an average level, you will be able to get both weapons at max potential. It has the same base damage and enchantment that the Lunar Iron Mace has.

Mace Of Molag Bal 

One Of The Best One-Handed Weapons In Skyrim Mace Of Molag Bal
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Now onto the best one-handed mace weapon that you can build, The Mace Of Molag Bal. A poll on Reddit had the agreement of most users that the Mace is the best one-handed weapon mace in Skyrim. It is another one of the special Daedric artifacts in the game that has the best potential in being your main goto weapon. When you look at the Mace itself, you know it is an extremely bad bleep weapon.

ClassOne-Handed, Mace
Weight18
Upgrade MaterialEbony Ingot
Base Damage16
Base Value1257
Additional EffectsDeals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka.

If the target dies within 3 seconds, it fills a soul gem.

PerkSteel Smithing 

The Mace is extremely useful at every interval of the game as it is absolutely destructive. You can wreck pretty much any boss in the game that you have to beat. The combination between the Molag and the shield brings balance to the build. The damage output of the weapon is higher than any mace in Skyrim. It has a damage of 16, which is probably enough to kill any enemy you face in Skyrim. 

Its given enchantment also helps to do 25 damage to the stamina and Magicka of opponents. If an enemy dies to you in three seconds with the help of the Mace then it’ll fill a soul gem. Now isn’t that useful? In order to get the weapon, you have to travel to Markarth, which is a city in Skyrim. Complete the quest alongside Tyranus. You will get to meet Molag Bal himself, and after completing his given mission, you will have the Mace Of Molag Bal.  

Final Words 

These are all the weapons best suited to make a double combo out of. You can even keep a shield by your side at all times or double the damage caused by the weapons. If you still prefer a bow over single-handed weapons, check out our guide on how to use the bound bow. If you get confused about the various Alchemy Recipes like Fortify Enchanting, we have got you covered. 

Also, make sure to check out our detailed guides over the major quests early in the game, like Blood On The Ice and In My Time Of Need

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Atik Younus


Atik is a Game Guides Writer at eXputer with plenty of experience under his belt. He has a knack for well-written stories and amazing combat mechanics. When not found going on adventures with Nathan Drake, he's usually found creating 3D artwork and writing code.

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