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Top Ten – Elder Scrolls Weapons

Note: Most of my Elder Scrolls experience comes from Oblivion and Skyrim, so that’s the perspective from which this is being written.

10. Mace of Molag Bal

SR-item-Mace_of_Molag_BalThis mace is given out by the Daedric prince Molag Bal in Oblivion for provoking a pacifist into murdering you, and in Skyrim for beating and killing a priest (Molag Bal isn’t a nice guy). However, this mace is worth it, as it will attack the victim’s melee and magic capabilities.

9. Mehrune’s Razor

SR-item-Mehrunes_RazorAnother Daedric artifact, while this dagger may seem weak, it is devastating against any Daedra and armour, and in Skyrim it even has a chance to kill any target instantly. Handy to have as a backup.

8. Goldbrand

OB-item-GoldbrandYet another Daedric weapon here, Goldbrand features only in Oblivion this time, and is rewarded for competing in a tournament against every race in Tamriel. This sword holds the distinction of being the most powerful one-handed weapon in the game (Umbra has a higher base damage, but Goldbrand’s fire enchantment makes it a generally far more effective).

7. Dragonbane

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The first non-Daedric weapon on the list now, and the Dragonbane, featuring in Skyrim, does exactly what you’d expect from a game filled with dragons, kills them good. Found in Sky Haven Temple, this Akavari katana will do an extra 40 damage to any dragons, and an extra 10 points of shock to anything else that gets in your way. Useful, even if you’re not fighting dragons.

6. Northwind

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Another Akavari katana, Northwind is more or less a more conservative version of Dragonbane (though this features in Oblivion, not Skyrim). 20 points of cold damage to all opponents is no bad thing (frost damage being my favourite, just saying).

5. Volendrung

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A weapon that looks absolutely demonic, Volendrung is the two-handed mace of the Daedric pring Malacath. While in Oblivion it drained health, paralysed and was a beast of a warhammer in terms of sheer damage, in Skyrim it was toned down a little, absorbing stamina instead.

4. Blade of Woe

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This little ebony dagger starts out from humble beginnings, with no enchantments at all, but by the end of Oblivion’s dark brotherhood questline will be your go-to-melee-sneak-attacking weapon of choice.

 

3. Ebony Blade

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Another ebony weapon, what can I say, they’re good. Ebony blade was good in Oblivion (absorbing health and silencing spell-casters), but it got great in Skyrim (absorbing more and more health the more people it slays).

2. Shadowhunt

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Although it was a bit bugged, when it was working properly this bow was, for my money, my favourite weapon in Oblivion. Perfect for taking out foes at range in any scenario, it did extra damage to health and magicka, turned the undead, and applied a weakness to poison as well. Truly a great bow.

1. Chillrend

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Seeing as I said my favourite Elder Scrolls element was frost, it should come as no surprise that this would top the list, a glass sword tinted pale blue as ice, instead of the usual stock green. While in Oblivion it was a perfect shortsword for most situations, dealing plenty of frost damage to take out anyone and anything (and being light and quick too), once again the weapon was beefed up in Skyrim, gaining the paralyse ability too. A must-have.

And it just looks so epic here in Skyrim.

And it just looks so epic here in Skyrim.

Any other weapons you think should have made the list? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Top Ten – Zombie-killing Weapons

10. Sniper Rifle

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Exactly the wrong situation for a rifle.

The weapon of choice for the single, isolated zombie, the sniper rifle requires skill, but is all but useless in close-range.

9. Cricket Bat

If used by Shaun, super-effective.

If used by Shaun, super-effective.

Strong, durable, and with a good weight behind it, a cricket bat is a must-have if fighting in London. Or if you’re near a shed and have run out of old records and cutlery.

8. Chainsaw

Zombies: Getting their own back.

Zombies: Getting their own back.

Many people love the chainsaw, and with good reason, it sure is effective at slicing up zombies (or Leon Kennedy). I would have ranked it higher, if not for a little thing called fuel.

7. Golf Club

Always look your best when under the strains of the apocalypse.

Always look your best when under the strains of the apocalypse.

This one is similar to the cricket bat, but can be swung faster and is made of metal. Can’t be a bad thing. Plus, look dapper while surviving? Must be a plus.

6. Car

After the first few hits, I assume the grill would take no more zombies.

After the first few hits, I assume the grill would take no more zombies.

Never forget, a car is not just used for transport. A zombie in the middle of the road? Getting out is a risk, so run it down!

5. Plants

Looks like a bellsprout, but is far more effective.

Looks like a bellsprout, but is far more effective.

The plants are on our side, at least. A team of mutant sunflowers, mushrooms and flowers will stand you in good stead. Presuming you have a garden to put them in.

4. Mines/Explosives

Zombie_DynamitePrevention is better than cure, and the apocalypse is no exception. If you have to hold up in a house and have a bit of time, lay your traps down!

3. Handgun

Having Ocelot on your side can only be a good thing. Until he betrays you to take down The Patriots.

Having Ocelot on your side can only be a good thing. Until he betrays you to take down The Patriots.

Nothing better than a good sidearm. The last thing you want is to be stuck needing a reload and having no backup weapon the the zombie who’s all up in your business.

2. Axe

I-[AXE]-ZOMBIES---(MENS)The final melee of the list, an axe will be your best melee weapon long-term. Useful for beheading the undead and breaking down obstacles in your path.

1. Shotgun

The more, the better.

The more, the better.

Let’s face it, the shotgun is your best friend come the zombie invasion. Powerful and easy to use, good at close to mid range. It’s a must have.

Any good ones you think I’ve missed? Let me know in the comment below!

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