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
This 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
Yet 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).
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.
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).
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
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
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).
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.
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.
Any other weapons you think should have made the list? Let me know in the comments below!
10. Sniper 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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!