I'm playing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and I just noticed something I've never seen before. On my Hand-to-Hand skill description, there is a hand with a number 4 in the lower right corner:

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It's there even when I have nothing equipped, no non-birthsign active effects, and none of my other skills (minor or major) have it. I'm an Imperial.

What does it mean? (I'm not uisng any mods)

  • I've searched all over for the answer to this. Zero info found. It could be damage dealt, race build bonus, or item bonus.
    – user182008
    Commented Apr 9, 2017 at 3:08
  • Isn't it the power of your hand to hand damage? Try adding something that would increase your hand to hand damage and check if that value changes.
    – vianna77
    Commented Apr 9, 2017 at 4:29

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This is the base damage of your weapon — your fists — and is rated on the same scale as the base damage of other weapons.

The damage currently done when your character uses Hand to Hand can be seen in the skills section of your journal: if you highlight Hand to Hand, the number visible next to a fist icon is the damage.

Your fists' base damage is derived from your Strength and your HtH skill level, so it will improve as you advance. A base damage of 4 is a point less than what's dealt by an Iron Dagger. (The benefit being that HtH deals fatigue damage as well, and doesn't weigh anything.) More information is in the Hand to Hand Oblivion skill article in the UESP.

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