Skyrim Classes & Builds: Combat

Updated on December 23, 2016
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COMBAT CLASSES

These classes, created for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, focus primarily on combat, and are named accordingly. Every class listed here is a combat orientated build that is an available pre-made class for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. However, each class has been altered somewhat, in an effort to re-create these same classes in Skyrim. The Combat Classes include: Barbarian Class, Crusader Class, Knight Class, Rogue Class, and Scout Class.

When first starting out, with one of these combat classes, you will not immediately have access to the Standing Stones listed; as a general rule, for every class on this page, the immediate stone to choose from the initial Guardian Stones should be The Warrior Stone.

Fearsome brutes who inspire fear and dread in the hearts of their enemies. Like a storm, swift and powerful. Finding little use for heavy armor, they rely on smashing their foes into the ground.

-- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

BARBARIAN

Barbarians are brutal and fearless warriors, who enjoy roaming the wilderness, and living off the land. They hunt often, and use animal remains to create weapons and armor. Due to their enormous strength they are accustomed to swiftly taking down their foes.

Standing Stones: The Lady Stone.
Primary Offense:
Dual Waraxe, Warhammer.
Primary Defense:
Light Armor.
Class Type:
Combat Class.
Skills:
Smithing, Light Armor, One-handed, Block, Two-Handed.


-Skill & Perk Tree-
Level Needed to Obtain All Perks: 50
Extra Perks: 30 (perks end at level 80)
(Perks are randomly ordered)

  • Smithing: Steel Smithing, Elven Smithing, Advanced Armors, Glass Smithing, Dragon Armor.
  • Light Armor: Agile Defender (5), Custom Fit, Unhindered, Wind Walker, Deft Movement, Matching Set.
  • One-handed: Armsman (5), Fighting Stance, Hack and Slash (3), Bladesman, Dual Flurry (2), Critical Charge, Savage Strike, Dual Savagery, Paralyzing Strike.
  • Block: Shield Wall (1), Deflect Arrows, Elemental Protection, Power Bash, Deadly Bash, Disarming Bash.
  • Two-handed: Barbarian (5), Champion's Stance, Skullcrusher (3), Devastating Blow, Great Critical Charge, Sweep.

A combatant who wields the power of brute strength and medicinal knowledge. Cheating death after every fight, they rely on their keen knowledge of restoration to fight yet again.

-- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

CRUSADER

Crusaders are strong warriors, who fight for holy purposes, and are extremely difficult to harm; they rely on spiritual protection to save them from death at a moment’s notice, and to provide them with protection against the elements and injury.

Standing Stone: The Lord Stone.
Primary Offense:
Mace & Magic, Greatsword.
Primary Defense:
Heavy Armor, Restoration.
Class Type:
Combat Class.
Skills:
One-handed, Two-handed, Destruction, Heavy Armor, Restoration.


-Skill & Perk Tree-
Level Needed to Obtain All Perks: 50
Extra Perks: 30 (perks end at level 80)
(Perks are randomly ordered)

  • One-handed: Armsman (5), Fighting Stance, Bone Breaker (3), Critical Charge, Paralyzing Strike.
  • Two-handed: Barbarian (5), Champion's Stance, Deep Wounds (3).
  • Destruction: Novice Destruction, Apprentice Destruction, Adept Destruction, Expert Destruction, Master Destruction.
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaut (5), Fists of Steel, Cushioned, Conditioning, Well Fitted, Tower of Strength, Matching Set, Reflect Blows.
  • Restoration: Novice Restoration, Respite, Regeneration, Necromage, Apprentice Restoration, Recovery(2), Restoration Dual Casting, Adept Restoration, Expert Restoration, Avoid Death, Master Restoration.

The most noble of all combatants. Strong in body and in character.

-- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

KNIGHT

Knights follow the code of chivalry, and are noble, honorable, and charismatic; this often makes them desirable to others, especially those of the opposite sex, and helps them to receive better prices when bartering. Their words give courage to friends, and their sword instills fear within the heart anyone who crosses them.

Standing Stone: The Steed Stone.
Primary Offense:
Sword, Greatsword.
Primary Defense:
Shield, Heavy Armor.
Class Type:
Combat Class.
Skills:
One-handed, Block, Two-handed, Heavy Armor, Illusion, Speech.


-Skill & Perk Tree-
Level Needed to Obtain All Perks: 50
Extra Perks: 30 (perks end at level 80)
(Perks are randomly ordered)

  • One-handed: Armsman(5), Fighting Stance, Bladesman(3), Critical Charge, Savage Strike, Paralyzing Strike.
  • Block: Shield Wall (5), Quick Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Elemental Protection, Block Runner, Shield Charge.
  • Two-handed: Barbarian (4), Deep Wounds (3), Champion's Stance, Devastating Blow, Great Critical Charge, Sweep.
  • Heavy Armor: Juggernaut (5), Fists of Steel, Cushioned, Well Fitted, Tower of Strength, Matching Set.
  • Illusion: Novice Illusion.
  • Speech: Haggling (4), Allure.

They use speed in combat rather than brute force. Persuasive in conversation, their tongues are as sharp as blades.

-- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

ROGUE

Rogues choose not to follow social norms, and instead live by their own rules. They are extremely charismatic, and able to persuade almost anyone to do as they desire. They are lovers who enjoy the company of many companions, and rarely settle down with one person exclusively. Rogue's enjoy a broad range of skills, and won't hesitate to use their daggers to put down anyone who stands in their way.

Standing Stone: The Lover Stone.
Primary Offense:
Dual Daggers, Sword.
Primary Defense:
Light Armor, Shield.
Class Type:
Combat Class.
Skills:
Alchemy, One-handed, Block, Illusion, Light Armor, Speech, Sneak.


-Skill & Perk Tree-
Level Needed to Obtain All Perks: 50
Extra Perks: 30 (perks end at level 80)
(Perks are randomly ordered)

  • Alchemy: Alchemist (1).
  • One-handed: Armsman (5), Fighting Stance, Dual Flurry (2), Critical Charge, Savage Strike, Dual Savagery, Bladesman (2).
  • Block: Shield Wall (3), Deflect Arrows, Elemental Protection, Block Runner.
  • Illusion: Novice Illusion.
  • Light Armor: Agile Defender(5), Custom Fit, Unhindered, Wind Walker, Deft Movement.
  • Speech: Haggling (5), Allure, Merchant, Investor, Fence, Master Trader, Bribery, Persuasion, Intimidation.
  • Sneak: Stealth (3), Backstab, Deadly Aim, Assassin's Blade.

Preferring the rolling countryside to the city life, they are gifted with the ability to evade, guard and protect themselves with great proficiency.

-- Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

SCOUT

Scouts are skilled observers and adventurers, often found roaming the land. They see the beauty in nature that may be overlooked by others, and enjoy the science of alchemy. Scout's often surprise their foes with poisoned blades, and have the advantage of knowing the land better than most.

Standing Stone: The Serpent Stone.
Primary Offense:
Sword (poisoned).
Primary Defense:
Alchemy, Light Armor, Shield.
Class Type:
Combat Class.
Skills:
Alchemy, Smithing, One-handed, Block, Light Armor.

-Skill & Perk Tree-
Level Needed to Obtain All Perks: 50
Extra Perks: 30 (perks end at level 80)
(Perks are randomly ordered)

  • Alchemy: Alchemist(5), Physician, Benefactor, Experimenter(3), Snakeblood, Purity, Green Thumb, Concentrated Poison, Poisoner.
  • Smithing: Steel Smithing, Elven Smithing, Advanced Armors, Glass Smithing.
  • One-handed: Armsman(5), Fighting Stance, Bladesman(3), Savage Strike, Critical Charge, Paralyzing Strike.
  • Block: Shield Wall(4), Quick Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Elemental Protection, Block Runner.
  • Light Armor: Agile Defender(5), Custom Fit, Unhindered, Wind Walker, Deft Movement, Matching Set.

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        3 years ago

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        Sarah Forester 

        4 years ago from Australia

        Really in depth page on Skyrim combat, last time I played a melee class I probably played like The Crusader you listed here.

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        LoliVampireLover 

        6 years ago

        Could you post some race suggestions for the classes? Also, wasn't there an Archer class for combat?

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        Jas 

        6 years ago

        The crusader class has got to be my favorite out of all of these. Though I was a little confused at first about how I was going to use two melee weapon types in one class, I found a way to make it work and I haven't looked back since. Protip

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        Hunt3r 

        6 years ago

        Scouts rely mostly on ranged combat, so a poisoned bow would be a more fitting weapon.

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        6 years ago

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        6 years ago from California

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        6 years ago from the wadi near the little river

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