In the two-handed tree, there are perks called Sweep and Warmaster.

  • Description of Sweep: sideways power attacks with two-handed weapons hit all targets in front of you.
  • Description of Warmaster: backwards power attacks have a 25% chance to paralyze the target.

So, how do I perform sideways and backwards power attacks? How do I know I performed any of those two (animation, angle of swing or something else)?

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Sideways power attacks are initiated by moving to the left or right while holding attack.

Similarly, backwards power attacks are initiated by moving backwards while holding attack.

  • I am stuck on this. I am using a PC. If I hold down right mouse button while doing nothing else I get a vertical power attack. If I press A or D (strafe left or right) and then press the right mouse button, my movement stops and I get again a vertical power attack. I can't seem to move and do a power attack, so I can't see how to do a horizontal one. Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 14:43
  • Answer: you cannot do a horizontal attack if you are sneaking. This wasn't clear from anything I had read before. Commented Jun 14, 2013 at 19:33

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