The Elder Scrolls: Blades Weapons Guide – Heavy, Light, Versatile

The Elder Scrolls: Blades will see you battle many unique beasts of all sizes, in the dungeons and other perilous places to roam in the game. Therefore, you should have got a sound knowledge of how every weapon in the game works and which one suits your playstyle. In our TES: Blades Weapons Guide, we discuss the stats of each weapon along with its cost and any other requirements to be fulfilled.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades Weapons

Weapons in The Elder Scrolls: Blades either deal damage of a slash nature, a bashing one or lastly a cleaving strike.

The former category holds swords and daggers while hammers and maces will deal bashing damage. Axes are the only weapon that inflicts cleaving damage.

All weapons are categorized into three categories i.e. Heavy, Light, and Versatile. These groups dictate differences when it comes to the range, start-up, and damage on the use of the weapon.

Heavy Weapons

Battleaxes, Warhammers, and Greatswords all have one thing in common: they deal massive damage.

The chances of critical hits are often higher with such two-handed weapons and should you land such a strike, you can whittle down an enemy’s health considerably.

Moreover, Heavy Weapons have a good block rating which is a good thing since you won’t be able to yield another defensive equipment like a shield.

With that said, Heavy Weapons are slow for initiating attacks and chaining combos together yields little benefits. The main idea is to look for gaps between the enemy’s attack and take the opportune moment to deliver a heavy blow.

Weapon Damage Cost Materials Required
Iron Battleaxe 30 440 10 Iron Ingots
Iron Greatsword 30 440 10 Iron Ingots
Iron Warhammer 30 440 10 Iron Ingots
Steel Battleaxe 45 990 10 Steel Ingots + 7 Iron Ingots
Steel Greatsword 45 990 10 Steel Ingots + 7 Iron Ingots
Steel Warhammer 45 990 10 Steel Ingots + 7 Iron Ingots
Silver Battleaxe 63 1,606 10 Silver Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots
Silver Greatsword 63 1,606 10 Silver Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots
Silver Warhammer 63 1,606 10 Silver Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots
Orcish Battleaxe 79 2,912 10 Orichalcum Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots + 6 Iron Ingots
Orcish Greatsword 79 2,912 10 Orichalcum Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots + 6 Iron Ingots
Orcish Warhammer 79 2,912 10 Orichalcum Ingots + 7 Steel Ingots + 6 Iron Ingots
Rueful Axe
  • 119 Regular Damage
  • 128 Stamina Damage
  • Target’s Max Health Reduced by 22
  • 20% Increased Damage to Skeevers, Wolves and Bears
N/A N/A

Light Weapons

The opposite of Heavy Weapons, these compromise damage dealt for speed of attacks and combo opportunities. Critical Strikes are also not as favorable as it won’t add that much to the output damage.

Since these are one-handed weapons, you can equip a shield for a more defensive approach. The idea is to chain multiple strikes to get the combo meter going and dishing out decent damage that way.

Weapon Damage Cost Materials Required
Iron Dagger 18 330 8 Iron Ingots
Iron Hand Axe 18 330 8 Iron Ingots
Iron Light Hammer 18 330 8 Iron Ingots
Steel Dagger 27 737 8 Steel Ingots + 5 Iron Ingots
Steel Hand Axe 27 737 8 Steel Ingots + 5 Iron Ingots
Steel Light Hammer 27 737 8 Steel Ingots + 5 Iron Ingots
Silver Dagger 36 1,199 8 Silver Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots
Silver Hand Axe 36 1,199 8 Silver Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots
Silver Light Hammer 36 1,999 8 Silver Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots
Orcish Dagger 45 2,184 8 Orichalcum Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots + 4 Iron Ingots
Orcish Hand Axe 45 2,184 8 Orichalcum Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots + 4 Iron Ingots
Orcish Light Hammer 45 2,184 8 Orichalcum Ingots + 5 Steel Ingots + 4 Iron Ingots

Versatile Weapons

These weapons borrow some ideas from Heavy Weapons and some from Light Weapons.

You can switch between two playstyles with Versatile Weapons as you can either use the weapon with conjunction with a shield or wield it like a two-handed weapon for increased damage.

These aren’t favorable for either critical hits or combo strikes but can be used to adapt to different circumstances and situational conflicts.

Weapon Damage Cost Materials Required
Iron Longsword 26 385 9 Iron Ingots
Iron War Axe 26 385 9 Iron Ingots
Iron Mace 26 385 9 Iron Ingots
Steel Longsword 38 862
  • 9 Steel Ingots
  • 6 Iron Ingots
Steel War Axe 38 862
  • 9 Steel Ingots
  • 6 Iron Ingots
Steel Mace 38 862
  • 9 Steel Ingots
  • 6 Iron Ingots
Watcher’s Longsword 48 N/A Hero Pack
Silver Longsword 60 1,401
  • 9 Silver Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
Silver War Axe 60 1,401
  • 9 Silver Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
Silver Mace 60 1,401
  • 9 Silver Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
Orcish Longsword 73 2,548
  • 9 Orichalcum Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
  • 5 Iron Ingots
Orcish War Axe N/A N/A
  • 9 Orichalcum Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
  • 5 Iron Ingots
Orcish Mace 73 2,548
  • 9 Orichalcum Ingots
  • 6 Steel Ingots
  • 5 Iron Ingots
Bloodthirst
  • 93
  • Restores Health by Damage Done Up to 2 Points. If at Full Health, It’s Repaired by 1 Point.
N/A N/A
Exemplary Glass Longsword of Arcing
  • 142 Regular Damage
  • 29 Shock Damage to Health and Magicka
N/A N/A
Legendary Majestic Orcish Mace of Frost
  • 118 Regular Damage
  • 25 Frost Damage to Health and Stamina
  • Target’s Max Health Reduced by 20
  • Up to 18 Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
N/A N/A

If we had to pick some recommendations for you, we’d advise you to stick with swords as they’re the most accessible weapons and deal decent damage to the enemy without requiring much effort.

The Watcher’s Longsword, acquired from the Hero Pack, is a very quick sword that you can also use for chaining combos for additional damage.