Skyrim: 30 Best Weapons [Expert Recommendations]

Skyrim has more than 300 weapons available, but only a few of them are worthy to be called the best of the best.

  1. There is a variety of weapons available in Skyrim. The sheer number of weapons and how difficult some of them are to obtain makes it impossible for the players to test out all of them. Often the players use a weapon that might seem strong on paper but is weak in reality. That is why you should know what are the best Weapons in all of Skyrim.

Best Skyrim Weapons

WeaponsBest ForTypeWeightDamage
Auriel’s BowThe Perfect Weapon For VampiresBow11.015.0
Blade Of WoeHighest Base Damage DaggerDagger7.028-50
Bloodscythe & SoulrenderWeapon With Health Absorbing And Armor Weakening EnchantmentSword10.013.0
Bloodskal BladeHigh Damaging Two Handed GreatswordGreatsword16.021.0
Bow Of ShadowsGreat Weapon For A Stealth ArcherBow18.019.0
Champion’s CudgelWeapon With A High Damage Dealing EnchantmentWarhammer27.024.0
ChillrendHighest Base Damage One-Handed SwordSword16.015.0
DawnbreakerBest Weapon For Battling UndeadsSword10.025.0
Dawnguard Rune AxeGreat Additional Damage Dealing EnchantmentWar-Axe13.011.0
DragonbaneHigh Damage With Extra Damage Dealing EnchantmentSword10-1410-14
Dragonbone DaggerBest Damage Dealing DaggerDagger6.512.0
Dragonbone War AxeBest Base Damage War AxeWar Axe21.016.0
Drainblood BattleaxeLightest Battleaxe With A Health Absorption EnchantmentBattleaxe5.021.0
Dwarven Black Bow Of FateA Powerful Damage Dealing BowBow10.013.0
Ebony BladeA Sword With Unlimited Enchantment ChargesSword10.011.0
Enhanced Dwarven CrossbowHigh Base Damage CrossbowCrossbow21.022.0
Glass Bow Of The Stag PrinceA Bow Made For Hunters And Alchemy FansBow14.016.0
Harkon’s SwordSword With Health and Magicka Absorbing EnchantmentSword9.08.0
Mace Of Molag BalVery Powerful Early Game WeaponMace18.016.0
Miraak’s SwordHighest Base Damage SwordSword3.012-16
Nightingale BowA High Damaging Bow With A Target Freezing EnchantmentBow18.019.0
OkinLightest War Axe With A Frost Damage Inflicting EnchantmentWar Axe11.012.0
Sanguine RoseBest Weapon For Encountering Multiple EnemiesStaff10.00.0
Staff Of MagnusBest Staff Choice For MagesStaff8.00.0
The LonghammerThe Fastest Swing Speed LonghammerWarhammer18.021.0
The Rueful AxeA Lightweight Axe With Stamina Damage Inflicting EnchantmentBattleaxe10.022.0
VolendrungGreat Damage and A Stamina Absorption EnchantmentWarhammer26.025.0
WindshearWeapon With Paralyzing Enemies EnchantmentSword10.011.0
WuuthradHigh Base Damage And A Deadly Enchantment For ElvesBattleaxe25.025.0
ZephyrOne Of The Fastest Draw Speed BowBow10.012.0

Auriel’s Bow

The Perfect Weapon For Vampires
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Auriel’s Bow 13 11 1,000 Gold 20 points of Sun damage. Undead targets take triple damage. Acquired during the main questline of Dawnguard ‘Touching the Sky’.
  • Why I Chose This: The potency this weapon provides against the undead is exceptional.

The first enchantment deals fire damage, and the second inflicts Sun damage on undead thrice, making it a potent bow. Upon acquiring it, special arrows become available: Sunhallowed Arrows emit damaging beams of light and cause AoE sun damage on direct hits. Bloodcursed Arrows obscure the sun, creating a false night where Vampires can attack towns for a day.

The Bow of Auriel is best weapon in Skyrim Special Edition
The Bow of Auriel. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Has unique Arrows that further enhance its utility.
  • Perfect for Vampires as it will cover the sun.
  • Can be used to fire powerful beams of light at opponents.
  • You will get only 20 arrows at a time from Serana or Gelebor.
  • Auriel’s Bow has moderate Base Damage for bows

How To Get

From my experience, it is acquired in the Touching The Sky quest. You will have to go to the Darkfall Cave. There, at the end of the Cave, you kill the Arch-Curate Vyrthur. Then Gelebor will reward you with the Auriel’s Bow.

Blade Of Woe

Highest Base Damage Dagger
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Blade Of Woe 12 7 880 Gold Absorb 10 points of Health. Looted from Astrid’s dead body.
  • Why I Chose This: The high base damage dagger in the game and the ability to absorb HP.

The Blade of Woe features high base damage and absorbs 10 Health per hit, making it effective against armored foes. Dagger users can benefit from the Stealth tree’s perks, dealing up to 15x damage with one strike, offering potent damage potential for stealthy players.

In-game Blade of Woe
The Blade of Woe. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Highest Base Damage among all Daggers.
  • Requires no Ingots to upgrade.
  • You can Pickpocket it from Astrid for acquisition.
  • Mediocre enchantment.

How To Get

Personally, I’ve discovered that you can obtain the Blade of Woe through a few different methods. First, pickpocket it from Astrid, preferably at higher levels. Alternatively, acquire it in the quest ‘With Friends Like These’ by killing Astrid and looting the blade. Lastly, it becomes available for you to collect near the end of the ‘Death Incarnate’ quest.

Bloodscythe & Soulrender

Weapon With Health Absorbing And Armor Weakening Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Bloodscythe 13 10 1,859 Gold Absorbs 15 Health and has a chance to weaken the target’s armor when wielded with Soulrender. Wielded by Haknir Deathbrand at Glydenhul Barrow.
  • Why I Chose This: The superiority this weapon provides against mages and armored foes is second to none.

For players who favor dual-wielding weapons and seek an edge against Magicka users, the next best weapon in Skyrim Special Edition offers a compelling option. This weapon not only deals damage but also absorbs Health and Magicka while reducing the target’s defenses, making it an effective choice for quickly dispatching magical foes.

Combo of Bloodscythe and Soulrender in Skyrim's best weapons.
The Bloodscythe and Soulrender combo. [Image by: eXputer]

Stats: Soulrender

  • Base Damage: 13
  • Weight: 10
  • Base Value: 1,000 Gold
  • Enchantment: When wielded with Bloodscythe, absorb 15 Magicka has a chance to lower the target’s magic defense.
  • Location: Looted from Haknir Death-Brand’s skeleton in Gyldenhul Barrow.
  • The Enchantments can prove deadly for enemies.
  • Their Enchantments are perfect against mages or heavy armor enemies.
  • Useless, if not dual-wield.

How To Get

Bloodscythe and Soulrender are found in Gyldenhul Barrow during the Deathbrand quest. Bloodscythe is obtained before facing Haknir Death-Brand’s ghost, while Soulrender is acquired after defeating him. These one-handed swords have 13 base damage and weigh 10, completing the Pirate King armor set upon quest completion.

Bloodskal Blade

High Damaging Two Handed Greatsword
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Bloodskal Blade 21 16 500 Gold Releases energy blast with Power Attacks that deal 30 damage. Found on Gratian Caerellius’ remains in Bloodskal Barrow during ‘The Final Descent’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The perfect weapon for swordsman builds and devastating damage-dealing capabilities.

If you are going with a swordsman build then from my experience the Bloodskal Blade is one of the best Two-Handed Greatswords for you. It can deal quite high damage in close combat with enemies. But, there is an additional benefit to its enchantment. It will throw out an arc of red energy in your desired direction.

In-game Bloodskal Blade.
The Bloodskal Blade. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Gives range attacks to melee players.
  • You can Stagger opponents.
  • It doesn’t run out of charge.
  • Cannot be disenchanted.
  • You can’t improve above flawless quality on a grindstone without potions or enchanted items.

How To Get

It becomes available in The Final Descent quest. You’ll find it in the Bloodskal Barrow when you find Gratian Caerellius’ corpse. While acquiring it, you’ll have to use it in one of the puzzles to finish the quest. That in my opinion will be a great introduction to the weapon’s ability.

Bow Of Shadows

Great Weapon For A Stealth Archer
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Bow Of Shadows 19 18 2,500 Gold Weapon draw is 20% faster and casts invisibility for 30 seconds. Acquired during the mod quest ‘In the Shadows’.
  • Why I Chose This: The ideal weapon for stealth archers and the invisibility enchantment which helps a bunch against unnecessary encounters.

The Bow of Shadows is a top choice for stealth archers in Skyrim. Its enchantment grants invisibility for 30 seconds when drawn, allowing for sneaky maneuvers. Additionally, its 20% faster draw speed can be handy in tight situations. You acquire this bow by defeating an assassin.

unique Bow of Shadows.
Bow of Shadows. [Image by: eXputer]
  • You can use its invisibility enchantment to evade unnecessary counters.
  • It has the third-highest base damage among all bows.
  • The Bow of Shadows only becomes available through a quest mod.
  • Sometimes, its invisibility might not work due to a bug.

How To Get

You come across it in the quest ‘In The Shadows’. In that quest, the Steward of Whiterun tells you of a plot to uncover the potential assassination of Jarl Balgruuf. As you go through the quest, you end up in Whiterun, where you must find the Assassin. You can loot the bow from his body when the assassin is killed.

Champion’s Cudgel

Weapon With A High Damage Dealing Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Champion’s Cudgel 24 27 1,767 Gold 50% chance for each element of Fire, Frost, or Shock to do 25 points of damage. Defeat and loot General Falx Carius during the ‘March of the Dead’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The formidable combat capabilities this weapon provides with a very strong enchantment.

The Champion’s Cudgel has quite a good base damage for a Warhammer, which shows it doesn’t lack in that section. With each strike you perform with it, there is a 50 percent chance it will do 25 points of any or all three elemental attacks. Remember, that is all on top of the Cudgel’s base damage. All in all, from my experience, even one hit will have your opponents running on their heels.

powerful champion's cudgel.
The Champion’s Cudgel. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Has a powerful enchantment.
  • It can be disenchanted to learn the effects.
  • Can’t be improved unless you get the Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.

How To Get

You’ll get the Champion’s Cudgel in the ‘March of the Dead’ quest. When you progress through the quest and get to Fort Frostmoth, you’ll come across General Falx Carius. He’ll be wielding the Champion’s Cudgel so be wary when fighting him to defeat him to loot the Warhammer.

Chillrend

Highest Base Damage One-Handed Sword
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Chillrend 10-15 11-16 552-1,442 Gold Target takes 5-30 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina. Chance to paralyze the target for 2 seconds. Stolen from Mercer Frey’s Manor during the quest ‘The Pursuit’.
Best weapon in Skyrim 2022 Chillrend.
The Chillrend. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: The highest damage this weapon provides at level 46.

Chillrend is one of the most powerful one-handed swords in Skyrim, boasting the highest base damage when obtained at player level 46 or higher. Its base damage scales with the player’s level, making it essential to acquire it at a higher level for maximum effectiveness. Waiting until level 46 or above ensures optimal damage output from both the sword and its enchantment.

  • Second highest base damage among all One-handed Swords.
  • Deadly against enemies that take extra frost damage.
  • Benefits from Glass Smithing.
  • Perfect to dual-wield with the Dawnbreaker.
  • You must wait until level 46 or higher to get the best variant.

How To Get

During The Pursuit quest in Riften, head into Mercer Frey’s house and steal his plans. Inside, you’ll discover a secret office with Mercer’s belongings, including the potent Chillrend sword. Pick it up.

Dawnbreaker

Best Weapon For Battling Undeads
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dawnbreaker 12 10 740 Gold Burns for 10 points, and when killing undead, a chance to cause a fiery explosion that turns or destroys nearby undead. Acquired during ‘The Break of Dawn’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The way this weapon is able to deal with undead enemies and its explosive capabilities.

For those who enjoy exploring crypts and battling undead in dungeons, I discovered that there’s no superior weapon than the Dawnbreaker.

This rare one-handed sword is acquired after aiding a Daedric Prince in the game. While its base damage may not be exceptionally high, its enchantment sets it apart. It inflicts burning damage on enemies and detonates upon striking the undead, making it the ideal sword for hunting vampires or defeating draugrs.

Sword
The Sword Dawnbreaker. [Image by: eXputer]
  • It can be dual-wielded with Chillrend to make the perfect combo.
  • A deadly enchantment against Vampires and undead.
  • Burns everyone else with 10 damage.
  • Low Base Damage.
  • Can’t be improved above flawless without Smithing potions or enchantments.

How To Get

To obtain this sword, complete Skyrim’s quest, “The Break of Dawn,” featuring Meridia’s Beacon. After defeating the necromancer Malkoran, Meridia will instruct you to claim the Dawnbreaker and then this sword becomes yours.

Dawnguard Rune Axe

Great Additional Damage Dealing Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dawnguard Rune Axe 11 13 175 Gold Enchantment does additional sun damage based on the number of undead killed. Acquired during the “Lost Relic’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The way this weapon is able to deal massive sun damage to the undead.

If you don’t feel that the Dawnbreaker is the best one-handed weapon in the game to hunt down Vampires or Undead, the next one definitely is. That is the Dawnguard Rune Axe with a unique enchantment. It is not designed to deal damage traditionally. Its enchantment is the main damage-dealing part of the Axe.

The TL:DR version of the Enchantment is that it is capped at 100, and in our testing, the number counter didn’t reset. Now, it might be different for you as several different bug fixes are available for the game. Do let me know how it went with you.

War Axe Dawnguard
The Dawnguard Rune Axe. [Image by: eXputer]
  • The Enchantment will deal 10 to 100 Sun damage to the undead.
  • The kill counter doesn’t reset.
  • Improved using Steel Ingot.
  • Useless for everyone other than the undead.

How To Get

The Dawnguard Rune Axe becomes available in a rather rare quest. It is named the Lost Relic, which becomes available after you have completed several different Radiant side quests. Then, Florentuis Baenius will give you the Lost Relic quest, and in the end, you will get the Axe as the reward.

Dragonbane

High Damage Katana With Extra Damage Dealing Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dragonbane 10-14 10-14 789-2596 Gold 20-40 points of extra damage to dragons and 10 points of shock damage to others. Located at the Sky Haven Temple during the main quest ‘Alduin’s Wall’.
  • Why I Chose This: The great effectiveness it has against dragons.

The Dragonbane, as the name suggests, is a Dragon killer. It is a Katana that the Blades used in the past to assist the Dragonborn. From my experience, the enchantment on the Sword is the real deal.

It can deal high damage to the dragons. But it doesn’t become useless when you’ve dealt with all the dragons, and it will also deal 10 damage to others. To get the highest base damage of the sword and the highest extra damage from the enchantment, you must ensure you’re at least level 46.

powerful dragonbane.
Dragonbane, the Dragon Killer. [Image by: eXputer]
  • The enchantment is deadly against Dragons.
  • Deals 10 points of Shock Damage to everyone other than the dragons.
  • Can get double Smithing improvement with Steel Smithing.
  • The Base Damage and enchantment are level-dependent.
  • You’d have to be at least level 46 to get the best variant.
  • It can’t be broken down to learn enchantment.

How To Get

You’ll get it in the main questline “Alduin’s Wall”. You’ll find it in the main chamber in the Sky Haven Temple. At that time, you can pick it up with the Blade Armor because it will be considered stealing after the quest ends. Pick up both the Sword and the Armor to become the true Dragonborn.

Dragonbone Dagger

Best Damage Dealing Dagger
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dragonbone Dagger 12 6.5 600 Gold None Acquired through Smithing.
  • Why I Chose This: The custom enchantment option this weapon has coupled with the high damage.

The Dragonbone Dagger has high base damage among all daggers. And it surely is a powerful one in the game. Only the Blade of Woe has as high damage as it. But it takes the edge on attack speed. As it has no built-in enchantment, you can get any enchantment you want on the Dagger. 

The Dragonbone Dagger.
Dagger made of Dragon Bone. [Image by: eXputer]
  • It has the highest base damage among all daggers.
  • It can have any enchantment you want.
  • Requires 100 Smithing to make it.
  • Uses hard-to-obtain raw material, Dragon Bones.

How To Get

If you want to make the Dragonbone Dagger, you must get into it. You’ll have to level up your smithing to level 100 for that. Then you’ll unlock the Dragon Armor perk, allowing you to make the said Dagger. Once you have acquired the perk, you will then need the following components.

  • 1x Dragon Bone
  • 1x Leather Strip

Dragonbone War Axe

Best Base Damage War Axe
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dragonbone War Axe 16 21 1,700 Gold None Acquired through Smithing.
  • Why I Chose This: The high base damage this weapon provides with custom enchantments.

Another item from the Dragon Armor set has made it to our list of Best Weapons available in Skyrim, even in 2023. We’re talking about the Dragonbone War Axe.

You’ll find that it is the highest base damage of War Axes in the game. But, there is a slight catch; it is also the heaviest of them all. But we’re sure that weight will be secondary by the time you acquire it. With all that, you can get a custom enchantment, in my opinion making it a deadly War Axe.

War Axe of Dragonbone
The Dragonbone War Axe. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Highest Base Damage in War Axes.
  • You can add any enchantment to it.
  • Heaviest War Axe.
  • Requires Smithing level 100.

How To Get

As mentioned, the Dragon Armor perk becomes available later in the game. You’ll need 100 Smithing to unlock the Dragon Armor perk.  With the Perk ready, make sure you have these components ready.

  • 1x Dragon Bone
  • 1x Ebony Ingot
  • 2x Leather Strips

With all that, you can move on to crafting it. As I mentioned a while ago, you can acquire it from an NPC, too. That is if you are completing the Beyond Death quest. In it, you’ll come across 3 Keepers in Soul Cairn. One of which wields the Dragonbone War Axe.

Drainblood Battleaxe

Lightest Battleaxe With A Health Absorption Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Drainblood Battleaxe 21 3 266 Gold Absorb 15 points of Health Acquired during ‘The Staff of Magnus’ quest by defeating the spectral Draugr.
  • Why I Chose This: The lightest battleaxe which allows for increased mobility and hp absorbing enchantment.

The Drainblood Battleaxe, a Ghost Weapon, is one of four with unique enchantments. Unlike Ancient Nord weapons, these are lighter and deadlier. The Drainblood Battleaxe has excellent damage for its weight of just 5 points. It boasts a superb enchantment, but there’s a catch we’ll explain shortly.

Drainblood weapon.
The unique Drainblood Battleaxe. [Image by: eXputer]
  • You can disenchant to learn its enchantment.
  • Is the lightest Battleaxe.
  • Can’t be upgraded.
  • Only has one charge, which is fixed in Unofficial Skyrim Patch 1.31.

How To Get 

This unique Battleaxe is not a random find. To obtain it, complete the special quest ‘The Staff of Magnus’ in Labyrinthian, where it’s easy to miss.

The catch: the Battleaxe has just one charge, requiring a soul gem for a refill. Despite this, it’s a powerful weapon, providing a satisfying feel. Some players report the enchantment may not require a Soul Gem to recharge, depending on the game version.

Dwarven Black Bow Of Fate

A Powerful Damage Dealing Bow
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Dwarven Black Bow Of Fate 13 10 1,446 Gold 50% chance for each attribute to absorb 25 points of Health, Stamina, and/or Magicka During ‘The Kagrumez Gauntlet’ quest, it is found in the Treasure room.
  • Why I Chose This: A powerful bow that is able to use its enchantment to absorb different attributes.

Obtain the Dwarven Black Bow of Fate, a unique and powerful bow, by completing a challenging puzzle. It boasts a deadly enchantment, potentially eliminating enemies in one shot. A must-have for Archer builds. While its base damage is surpassed by some bows, its enchantment shines a chance to absorb 25 points of any or all attributes with each hit, albeit rarely.

ancient bow made by dwarven technology.
The powerful Dwarven Black Bow of Fate. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Has a powerful enchantment that absorbs different attributes.
  • It can be upgraded at a grindstone using Arcane Blacksmith and Dwarven Smithing perk.
  • Quite hard to acquire.
  • Can’t be disenchanted.

How To Get

It is acquired in The Kagrumez Gauntlet quest. In the quest, you’ll have to go to Kagrumez, the Dwarven ruins. There, you’ll have to complete a few puzzles, and then after defeating waves of enemies, you’ll get to a treasure room. There will be the Dwarven Black Bow of Fate, among many other treasures, in the Treasure Room.

Ebony Blade

A Sword With Unlimited Enchantment Charges
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Ebony Blade 11 10 2,000 Gold Absorbs the life essence of your foes. Strengthened by the blood of deceit. Acquired after completing the quest ‘The Whispering Door’.
  • Why I Chose This: The enchantment this weapon provides is great as it allows for enhanced strength by absorbing the life essence of foes.

The Ebony Blade absorbs 10 Health from opponents, but you must kill a few friendly characters to unlock this ability. Ensure they aren’t important NPCs; it’s best to target completed quest characters or less vital NPCs like Farmers. You’ll need to eliminate 10 NPCs to achieve 30 points of Health Absorption.

While its base damage is modest, comparable to an Iron Greatsword’s 16 base damage, the Ebony Blade’s primary feature lies in its enchantment.

the best weapon in skyrim ebony blade.
The Ebony Blade. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Unlimited enchantment charges.
  • Will keep you alive for longer in a fight.
  • It swings fast for a two-handed sword.
  • You can end up killing important NPCs.
  • Low Base Damage for a two-handed sword.
  • It can’t be upgraded.

How To Get

The Blade is acquired in the quest The Whispering Door. It becomes available after you have completed the Dragon Rising quest and are of level 20. Once you have completed the quest, you will get the last object to retrieve the Ebony Blade. Retrieve it, and you will have a deadly weapon with you.

Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow

High Base Damage Crossbow
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow 22 21 550 Gold Attacks with this crossbow ignore 50% of Armor Purchased from Sorine Jurard at Fort Dawnguard once you complete ‘Ancient Technology’ quests.
  • Why I Chose This: The ability of this weapon to fight against heavy armored enemies with ease.

In Skyrim, you’ll discover numerous potent weapons, some originating from the Dwarves. Although the Dwarves are long gone, their technology and ruins have left remarkable items, like the Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow. Crossbows, introduced in the Dawnguard DLC, are not part of the vanilla game. The Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow is one of the game’s most powerful weapons due to its high base damage and enchantment.

With its significant base damage, a single shot can severely wound opponents. The enchantment is even more devastating, as it bypasses half of the most powerful opponents’ defenses.

Get Enchanced Dwarven Crossbow.
The Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow [Image by: eXputer]
  • Useful against heavy armor-wearing enemies.
  • You can enchant it to make it even more powerful.
  • Can be upgraded using the Dwarven Smithing perk.
  • All crossbows take a longer time to reload.

How To Get

Obtain the Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow during the Ancient Technology quest by collecting schematics for Sorine Jurard. She’ll craft it after you retrieve schematics for six different items.

Additionally, if you didn’t side with Harkon in the ‘Bloodline’ quest, you can later learn to craft it yourself. To do so, visit Fort Dawnguard’s Blacksmith’s forge and gather the following components:

  • 1x Dwarven Crossbow
  • 2x Quicksilver Ingots

Glass Bow Of The Stag Prince

A Bow Made For Hunters And Alchemy Fans
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Glass Bow Of The Stag Prince 16 14 375 Gold Wielder receives an increasingly powerful blessing for every 20 animals killed by the bow Pickpocketed from Falas Selvayn at Ramshackle Trading Post.
  • Why I Chose This: The ideal pick for hunters which allows for great/powerful blessings.

If you ask me, the Glass Bow of the Stag Prince suits hunters and alchemy enthusiasts. With relatively high base damage and a fortifying enchantment, it allows for substantial damage with one shot.

Its enchantment, the Blessing of the Stag Prince, grants you 5 Health and Stamina points for every 20 animals you kill, maxing out at 80 animals killed for a total of 25 points in both attributes.

Stag Prince's Glass Bow.
The unique Glass Bow. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Increases Stamina and Health by 25 points.
  • Enchantment is easy to upgrade.
  • One of the hardest weapons to get.

How To Get

The Glass Bow of the Stag Prince, considered one of the game’s most challenging weapons to obtain, is wielded by Falas Selvayn. He can be found at Ramshackle Trading Post between 12 AM and 5 PM, but you can’t buy it from him or loot it.

To acquire it, you can use exploits such as the Misdirection Perk to pickpocket the equipped item or give him a better weapon to make him unequip it. From my experience, there are various other exploits that can be used to obtain the bow.

Harkon’s Sword

Sword With Health and Magicka Absorbing Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Harkon’s Sword 8 9 1,472 Gold Absorbs 15 points of Health, Magicka, and Stamina if wielded by a vampire Loot from Harkon’s body during the ‘Kindred Judgment’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: An ideal choice for vampires as this weapon is able to absorb hp, magicka, and stamina.

Harkon’s Sword is a one-handed sword with 8 base damage but becomes highly effective for vampires due to its unique enchantment. This enchantment absorbs 15 points each of Health, Magicka, and Stamina, but only works if wielded by a vampire. While its base damage may not be impressive compared to other weapons, its ability to cripple opponents with a single hit makes it a valuable weapon for vampire characters.

The Harkon's Sword.
Best weapon for Vampires. [Image by: eXputer]
  • You can pickpocket it from Harkon.
  • Lets you absorb all stats as a vampire.
  • Quickly runs out of charges.
  • Useless if you’re not a vampire.

How To Get

To obtain Harkon’s Sword in the Dawnguard DLC, progress through the main questline until you reach the “Kindred Judgment” quest where you’ll encounter Harkon. You can acquire the sword by either killing Harkon and looting it from his body or pickpocketing it from him, although this requires a higher level due to its stats and value. Once obtained, it’s ideal for use in a Vampire build and can even be dual-wielded with other weapons to amplify damage.

Mace Of Molag Bal

Very Powerful Early Game Weapon
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Mace Of Molag Bal 16 18 1,257 Gold Deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka. If the target dies within 3 seconds, fills a soul gem After completing ‘The House of Horrors’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: Provides great versatility and early-game advantages.

Our next weapon, the Mace of Molag Bal, belongs to a sinister Daedric Prince known for causing chaos. It’s a black mace with a green enchantment, adorned with numerous spikes. Despite its lower base damage compared to the Dragonbone Mace’s 17, the Mace of Molag Bal weighs 6 points less and boasts a potent built-in enchantment.

 Mace belonging to Molag Bal.
Powerful Mace of Molag Bal. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Does 25 points of damage to Magicka and Stamina.
  • If acquired early in the game, it can be quite powerful.
  • Can be used by mages.
  • Fills a Soul Gem if the target is killed within 3 seconds.
  • NPCs may hate you if it is equipped.
  • It can’t be upgraded above flawless.

How To Get

You’ll acquire the Mace of Molag Bal once you have finished The House of Horrors quest. It is the same quest that starts once you enter the Abandoned House in Markarth. In the quest, if you follow Molag Bal’s instructions and kill Logrolf with the Rusted Mace, you will get the Mace of Molag Bal. And with that, the quest will end.

Miraak’s Sword

Highest Base Damage Sword
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Miraak’s Sword 12-16 3 410-1250 Gold Absorb 15 points of Stamina Acquired from Miraak after defeating him during the ‘At the Summit of Apocrypha’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The highest base damage among all the swords plus how lightweight it is.

Miraak’s Sword, belonging to the antagonist of the Dragonborn DLC, boasts the game’s highest base damage and weighs just 3 points. It’s arguably Skyrim’s best sword, and it grows tentacles with each hit without altering the sword’s range.

The sword’s base damage varies from 12 to 16, depending on your character’s level. For maximum damage (16), undertake the quest when your character is above level 60, while its enchantment remains consistent.

Miraak's Sword in Skyrim.
Unique sword of Miraak. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Has the highest base damage.
  • The Enchantment’s charge can be filled with a ‘petty soul gem’.
  • Unique animation with each attack.
  • You will have to be at least level 60 to get the best variant.
  • Requires Daedra Heart to upgrade.

How To Get

To obtain the sword, complete the Dragonborn DLC by finishing the quest ‘At the Summit of Apocrypha’ and defeating Miraak, a Dragonborn who misused his powers and returned from the Realm of Apocrypha to cause havoc. Along with the sword, you’ll obtain Miraak’s Staff and his outfit.

Nightingale Bow

A High Damaging Bow With A Target Freezing Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Nightingale Bow 12-19 9-18 470-3700 Gold Freezes the Target for 10-30 points and shocks the target for 5-15 points Acquired by completing the ‘Blindsighted’ quest for Thieves Guild.
  • Why I Chose This: The scalability factor plus, high damage, and a powerful enchantment.

The Nightingale Bow scales with the player’s level, making it a powerful early-game weapon. However, for maximum damage and enchantment benefits, wait until you reach level 46 or higher. At lower levels, its base damage is 12, but it increases to 19 at level 46. Similarly, its enchantment grows from 10 points Frost and 5 points Shock to 30 points Frost and 15 points Shock at level 46+.

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The Nightingale Bow. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Has the third-highest Base Damage if acquired at player level 46 or higher.
  • Comes equipped with a powerful enchantment.
  • It is level dependent and you need to be level 46 or higher to get the best variant.
  • The Enchantment can’t be disenchanted to learn.
  • You can’t upgrade the bow.

How To Get

The Nightingale Bow, as the name suggests, belongs to the Thieves Guild. And you acquire the bow once you have completed the quest Blindsighted. In the quest, you have to retrieve the Skeleton Key from Mercer Frey, who uses it for his personal gains. Once you have retrieved the key, you can talk to Karliah, who will then reward you with the Bow. 

Okin

Lightest War Axe With A Frost Damage Inflicting Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Okin 12 11 150 Gold Target takes 10 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina Acquired from Kvenel the Tongue in the Volunrudd ruins during the quest ‘Silenced Tongues’.
  • Why I Chose This: The combo potential this weapon has with a powerful enchantment.

One of the weapons that belong to the Ancient Nord Legends is the Okin. You can call Okin’s damage the average Base Damage for a War Axe as it is not special. But remember, it has the lowest weight in War Axes. Its enchantment is a powerful one. That can damage both Health and Stamina.

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The powerful axe Okin. [Image by: eXputer]
  • An important piece of Nordic history.
  • Has a good enchantment.
  • Is found with the Eudj which makes a great combo.
  • The Base Damage is mediocre.

How To Get

You can acquire the Okin War Axe in the quest Silenced Tongues. In that quest, you will have to enter Volunruud. There you’ll have to go through several different objectives and then open the Elder’s Cairn. After that, you’ll have to defeat Kvenel, who will then drop the Okin.

Sanguine Rose

Best Weapon For Encountering Multiple Enemies
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Sanguine Rose 0 10 2,087 Gold Summons a level-dependent Dremora to fight for the wielder for 60 seconds Given by Lord Sanguine after the completion of ‘A Night to Remember’ quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The ability of this weapon to summon dremoras which allows you to take on multiple enemies.

The Sanguine Rose is a unique Daedric Artifact in Skyrim, conjuring a Dremora ally for a short duration. While it may be less useful for Master Conjurers, its enchantment remains potent. The summoned Dremora’s strength scales with your level, with the most powerful Dremora, the Dremora Valkynaz, summoned at level 46 or higher. When considering staves, prioritize enchantments over base damage.

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Unique Sanguine Rose staff. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Summons a powerful level-dependent Dremora.
  • Useful for mages and warriors who aren’t focusing on Conjuring spells.
  • If wielded by a follower, the Dremora can hit you if attacked.
  • You’ll get weaker Dremora if you’re at a lower level.

How To Get

You can get the Staff in the quest ‘A Night to Remember’. In the quest, Sam Guevenne will ask you for a drinking contest, later on, through a series of objectives, where you will have to find Sam after going through several different locations. You’ll finally find Sam in Morvunskar. There he will reveal that he was the Daedrick Prince Sanguine. He will then give you the Daedric Artifact, the Sanguine Rose.

Staff Of Magnus

Best Staff Choice For Mages
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Staff Of Magnus 0 8 5 Gold Absorb 20 Magicka per second. If the target is out of Magicka, absorb Health instead. Acquired during the “Staff of Magnus” quest.
  • Why I Chose This: The versatility, large charge capacity, and effectiveness it provides against mages.

Mages in Skyrim have limited weapon options, but one standout choice is The Staff of Magnus, obtained through a series of quests. While it has no physical damage like other staves, its enchantment is exceptionally potent. This enchantment absorbs the targeted opponent’s health and, once depleted, transfers to the staff wielder.

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The Staff of Magnus. [Image by: eXputer]
  • It is quite deadly against Mages.
  • You can use it against all enemy types.
  • Holds a large amount of charge.
  • Will require powerful soul gems to recharge.

How To Get

You’ll get the Staff of Magnus during the College of WIinterhold’s quests. There, you’ll have to go through a series of quests until you get to the Staff of Magnus quest. In the Quest, your goal is to retrieve the Staff of Magnus in Labyrinthian. During that time, you’ll also acquire the Drainblood Battleaxe, among other Ghost Weapons. The Dragon Priest Morokei carries the Staff. You’ll have to defeat him and then loot it from his body.

The Longhammer

The Fastest Swing Speed Longhammer
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
The Longhammer 21 18 90 Gold Rahd’s hammer, the reduced weight, allows it to be swung more quickly Retrieved at Liar’s Retreat beside Rahd’s dead body.
  • Why I Chose This: The fastest Warhammer plus the balanced base damage and weight distribution.

Orcish weapons, renowned for their lethality, represent the warrior race well. The Longhammer, a unique Orcish weapon, stands out. From my experience, while it may not be as powerful as a typical Orcish Warhammer, it offers distinct advantages. It maintains the same damage while being significantly lighter.

The base damage may not excel for a Warhammer, but it aligns with typical Orcish Warhammer values. What sets the Longhammer apart is its unique enchantment: it boasts the fastest swing speed among all Warhammers.

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The Longhammer has a fast attack. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Fastest Warhammer in the game.
  • It can be further enchanted.
  • You might not find the Warhammer at its location due to a bug.

How To Get

You’ll find the Longhammer in a quest named Lair’s Retreat. In the quest, you’ll have to investigate what happened at the said Lair. When you’re investigating, you’ll find that the Lair got attacked by Falmers. You’ll then have to defeat all of the Falmers and then locate Rahd. You’ll find that he was attacked by Falmers and used as a sacrifice. Claim his Longhammer.

The Rueful Axe

A Lightweight Axe With Stamina Damage Inflicting Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
The Rueful Axe 22 10 500 Gold Does 20 points of Stamina damage. Gained for killing Barbas in ‘A Daedra’s Best Friend’.
  • Why I Chose This: The high damage, lightweight, and the ability for it to drain stamina.

The Rueful Axe is a powerful Battleaxe in Skyrim, offering above-average base damage and a relatively low weight. Its enchantment, which drains 20 points of the enemy’s stamina with each hit, is highly effective in hindering opponents’ mobility and defensive capabilities. Utilized strategically, this axe can greatly enhance combat effectiveness.

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Rueful Axe in Skyrim. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Deals high damage to Stamina.
  • It can’t be upgraded above flawless.
  • It is slower than most Battleaxes.

How To Get

To obtain The Rueful Axe, explore the Falkreath region, where you’ll learn of a talking dog named Barbas. Complete the quest “A Daedra’s Best Friend,” which involves killing the dog, as instructed by Clavicus Vile, to receive the axe. Despite its low weight, it’s slower than most other weapons in the game, unlike the faster Longhammer.

Volendrung

Great Damage and A Stamina Absorption Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Volendrung 25 26 1843 Gold Absorb 50 points of Stamina Gained by completing the quest ‘The Cursed Tribe’
  • Why I Chose This: The 2nd fastest Warhammer which also excels in dealing with NPCs.

The Volendrung, which is also known as the Hammer of Might, is a powerful Daedric Artifact. You’ll find that the Volendrung has appeared throughout the Elder Scroll series. It is a powerful legacy weapon.

Volendrung has the fourth-highest Base Damage among all Warhammer. Also, it is the second fastest Warhammer in Skyrim, only behind The Longhammer. But that isn’t the highlight of it. Its enchantment is what makes it unique. It has quite a high value of absorption, and with a few hits, your opponents’ stamina will deplete.

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Volendrung in Skyrim. [Image by: eXputer]
  • The enchantment will stop NPC from running away.
  • Each power attack will absorb the lost stamina.
  • It is the second fastest Warhammer.
  • It becomes useless as you get to higher levels.
  • It can’t be upgraded.

How To Get

To obtain the Volendrung Warhammer, complete “The Cursed Tribe” quest by aiding the orc tribe in Largashbur and summoning a Daedric lord. During the quest, retrieve a specific hammer and place it at the Daedric Prince’s shrine. It will transform into Volendrung, which you must pick up immediately, as it cannot be retrieved later.

Windshear

Weapon With Paralyzing Enemies Enchantment
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Windshear 11 10 40 Gold Bash attacks made with this weapon have a high chance of knocking enemies down On The Katariah’s bow, where it is available during and after the quest ‘Hail Sithis!’
  • Why I Chose This: The ability to immobilize enemies with the upgradability factor.

One of Skyrim’s most elusive weapons is the Windshear, hidden in a seemingly random location. It’s a Scimitar with a unique, potent enchantment that immobilizes your opponents, rendering them unable to attack you for as long as you desire.

While the base damage isn’t particularly high, the Scimitar’s enchantment sets it apart. It provides a 39% chance to paralyze your enemies for 0.1 seconds, causing them to repeatedly stagger and struggle to regain their footing if timed correctly.

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The Windshear. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Can put enemies into a staggering loop if you keep attacking.
  • You can upgrade it using Arcane BlackSmith or Steel Smithing.
  • Hardest to acquire if you don’t know where to look for it.
  • It won’t be available if you decide to destroy the Dark Brotherhood.

How To Get

The Windshear is obtained during the “Hail Sithis!” quest in the Dark Brotherhood storyline, where your objective is to assassinate the Emperor. This quest marks the final contract-based task for the Dark Brotherhood. On The Katariah, the Emperor’s ship, you’ll find the Windshear on the main deck, near the ship’s bow, where it is embedded in the wood.

Wuuthrad

High Base Damage And A Deadly Enchantment For Elves
Weapon Name Base Damage Weight Base Value Enchantment Location
Wuuthrad 25 25 2,000 Gold Especially deadly to Elves At Ysgramor’s Tomb
  • Why I Chose This: The great effectiveness it provides against elves with high base damage.

The Wuuthrad War Axe boasts the third highest base damage among its peers, with only two other axes surpassing it, but they weigh significantly more. Additionally, its enchantment deals 1.2x extra damage specifically to elves, making it particularly lethal against Altmer, Bosmer, Dunmer, and Falmer foes.

The Wuuthrad.
It is one of the best weapons in Skyrim. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Useful against Falmer in Dwemer ruins.
  • It can be enchanted.
  • You can’t upgrade it with Smithing.

How To Get

In the quest Glory to the Dead, you’ll get the Wuuthrad crafted from the Eorlund Gray-Mane. For that, you’ll have to collect the shards of the Battleaxe. Now the last shard was with Kodlak Whitemane, which you’ll have to retrieve from his room. Then you will get the Wuuthrad crafted by Eorlund.

Zephyr

One Of The Fastest Draw Speed Bow

One of the fastest bows in Skyrim is the Zephyr Bow. It has a very short draw time which is faster than almost all bows in the game except for the Long Bow. It is a unique dwarven bow that belonged to Katria. The enchantment that you get with the bow ensures that it is quite useful for you. Its faster draw speed makes it quite useful if there is a gap between you and the enemy.

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Fastest Bow in Skyrim. [Image by: eXputer]
  • Why I Chose This: This weapon has one of the fastest draw speeds in the game and the rapid-fire capability on top of that.

Stats

  • Base Damage: 12
  • Weight: 10
  • Base Value: 670 Gold
  • Enchantment: Fires 30% faster than a standard bow.
  • Location: Dwemer Ruins of Arkngthamz
  • Zephyr has the fastest arrow drawing speed.
  • It is a permanent enchantment meaning it won’t run out of charge.
  • The Base Damage is low for a bow.
  • It can’t be disenchanted.

How To Get

Zephyr is acquired in a quest in the Dawnguard DLC. The Quest’s name is Lost to the Ages. In the quest, you’ll have to travel to the Dwarven ruins of Arkngthamz. There, you’ll encounter the ghost of Katria, which will tell you that she once explored these ruins. As you progress through the ruins, you’ll find her bow on a Log by a huge drop. You’ll have to pick up the bow carefully.

Alternative Picks

Here are some other weapons in Skyrim that I didn’t mention in my list due to specific reasons.

  • Rueful Axe: Higher base damage than most of the weapons but it’s very slow.
  • Ghostblade: Has an armor piercing effect but it is outclassed by other weapons.
  • Glass Sword: A good weapon for light-armor builds but has a slightly lower critical damage.
  • Staff of Paralysis: Has the spell of paralyzing the enemies for 10 seconds but the staff itself doesn’t do any damage.

With that, we conclude our list of Best Weapons of Skyrim Special Edition in 2023. A few of these allow you to make anyone your Wife, such as Serana. These mods can also alter the Armor Cap. Not only that, there are a lot of different methods to earn money. Using the Transmute Spell is one of the best methods for that.

A lot of these weapons have unique enchantments. One will turn you invisible, whereas the other will make literal sun strike the enemy and many more. Now whichever suits you will depend on your needs if you find any great weapon that we have missed let us know.

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