In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, combat can be as varied as the player wishes. In addition to a wide variety of weapons, spells and scrolls, the player can also use poisons. There is also a wide variety of apparel to choose from which can mitigate damage taken and in some cases, increase the damage dealt.
Press , , or to draw your weapons. Press to sheathe them again.
To perform a power attack, hold or on the PC ( or on the PS3 and or on the Xbox). Power attacks do significantly more damage than regular attacks and have a chance of staggering enemies. Move in different directions (left, right, back, or forward) to execute different power attacks.
All power attacks cost stamina. If your stamina is too low, any power attacks you attempt become regular attacks instead.
Once an opponent is staggered by a power attack, follow up with a quick succession of regular attacks for the kill. Once combat has ended, or if you need to run, always sheathe your weapons so you can move more quickly.
Types of combat
Unarmed combat is mostly used in brawls with NPCs although it is the default behaviour if the player character has no equipped weapon. Two of the playable races, Khajiit and Argonian, have some base unarmed damage given that both races have claws of some sort.
- See also Brawl
Archery is ranged two-handed combat.