I was wondering if it was necessary to wield spells in my offhand and daggers in my main hand to be an effective nightblade. I'm currently using spells with my right hand and daggers with my left hand. Problem is, the left hand attack animation is slow, and swings in one direction.

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Your main hand swings a weapon about 15% faster than your off hand. There's no difference for spells, so on that basis alone it's better to keep a weapon in your main hand.

Another advantage of keeping magic in your off hand is that you can use spells (like Flames or wards, for example) or keep them charged while non-power attacking.

For spellswords I'd really advise putting magic in your off hand. You can be effective however you'd like because the game isn't that hard, but there are really only downsides to moving your weapon to the off hand.


Attack animations are the same regardless of what hand. The only restriction is that you can't put a shield in your main hand. Other than that, use whatever you want in whatever hand with no downsides whatsoever.

  • Oh that's cool. One more thing though, will I get the assassination animation when sneak attacking with my left hand? Or is that only restricted to my right?
    – Muhaimmedu
    Mar 22, 2012 at 20:18
  • @Muhaimmedu That I'm not sure about. It's worth searching the site or asking another question about that if it hasn't been asked yet. Mar 22, 2012 at 20:19

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