I am having trouble calculating how much damage my character can do in one attack. I get multipliers from various sources:

  • 100 one-handed skill(because 100 skill lvl = 1.4x to the base damage. See the formula for some information)
  • 5 perks for Armsman(double damage).
  • no weapon bonus damage enchantment items.
  • sneak attack (x15 with daggers).
  • shrouded gloves from dark brotherhood (makes the sneak attack 30x.)
  • dualwielding legendary daedric daggers(thats base damage of about 21 each).
  • power attacking(double damage with 50% bonus from dual wielding perk (also does standing power attack get thrown in while sneaking?).
  • getting a critical hit(double damage if I'm not mistaken).
  • and if I'm not forgetting anything using the Berzerker orc power(doubles damage).

My question is, what kind of damage multiplier am I looking at here?

According to the UESP page on weapons in Skyrim, the damage formula is:

displayed damage = (base damage + smithing upgrade)
                 * (1 + 0.4 * skill/100)
                 * (1 + perk % damage boosts)
                 * (1 + % damage from items)
  • Sneak attack w/ dagger + the backstab bonus will make for a 30x damage. Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 19:35
  • i thought the 15x damage was /w the backstab bonus? anyway when damage gets doubled a la power attack or dual wielding power attack, how does that add up? i did some calculations and got a 720x multiplier, which can't be right because with some serious cheese you can get into 10's of thousands of damage in one hit Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 19:38
  • The stealth perk brings daggers up to 15x. The Shrouded Gloves double that, to 30x. This multiplier is shown on-screen when you sneak attack with a dagger - the other multipliers aren't displayed, but they should stack, and yes it quickly reaches ridiculous amounts of damage. Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 19:43
  • thanks raven, im going to test this out tonight and give an answer based on my findings. Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 19:46
  • Daggers are a poor choice to test this with. There's currently a bug that prevents them from fully benefitting from Fortify 1H enchants and effects. Commented Nov 25, 2011 at 20:15

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While wielding a daedric dagger, having 100 one handed(all perks) and 100 sneak(all perks), the daedric dagger's base damage showed as 33. From the dagger's sneak attack(only 15x damage) it caused around 500 damage. Then I applied a power attack and it caused 1,000 damage. Then my orc used berzerk and a single strike caused 2,000 damage.

I could do some more testing (like getting shroud gloves, dual wielding with a power attack doesnt do a single hit unfortunately), and having bonus one handed damage enchants(it modifies the displayed base damage btw), but I think this is enough to show that multipliers stack (15x + 2x = 30x + 2x = 60x) instead of combine(15x + 2x = 16x + 2x = 17x).

  • still not sure about power attacks and perks while sneaking. i used the console and setav health 10000 to someone and gauged the damage by how much the bar decreased. the damage is an estimate at most but still a large amount. Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 15:00
  • you can measure actual damage by getav health, but its definitely multiplicative, at least for the backstab gloves.
    – l I
    Commented Dec 1, 2011 at 14:57
  • One handed enchants do not affect a daggers damage, neither do one handed skill perks.
    – Rick
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 9:32
  • 1H skill perks do modify dagger damage, but 1H enchants do not(a bug). A more helpful bug is that Fortify Marksman potions buff damage to all weapons.
    – Jtenorj3
    Commented Jan 10, 2021 at 4:52

I know the sneak ones stack for sure.

You can see this easy by getting the Dark Brotherhood gloves. It'll tell you that you did 30x damage.

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    thats obvious, because the gloves say it doubles the sneak attack bonus Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 14:03

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