I've got a question about the Khajiit's unarmed attacking ability. Somehow, and I don't know how, I was able to attack unarmed one-handed, attacking with the right hand while being able to block with the left hand. It surprised the heck out of me, because I didn't know I could do it. When he blocked, he closed his left hand over his right fist and took the block with his forearm, I guess. Right now, he is wearing steal guantlets, but I don't know if that matters. What that a happy glitch that will never happen again, or is there a way I can get that back, because that totally rocked!

  • If there was a separate animation I'd be surprised if it was a glitch, unless it happened to be two of the usual animations overlapping somehow. Haven't heard about unarmed blocking, though.
    – Alex
    Apr 23, 2012 at 10:49
  • Do you mean with your bare hands? Or a weapon Apr 25, 2012 at 13:15

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According to the UESP wiki,

If nothing, a shield or a torch is equipped in the left hand, or if a two-handed weapon is equipped, incoming attacks can be blocked by holding the Left Hand (block) control. [emphasis mine]

And the Elder Scrolls wiki says

Block with one-handed weapons is also possible if left hand stays unoccupied. [sic]

While this second reference may imply you need a weapon in your right hand to block, I think the emphasis is on the second part of the sentence - if left hand stays unoccupied.

So it looks like you can block while unarmed after all!

  • Eh? But how did I do it? It's funny, because while fighting a falmer, somehow he lost his weapon and was doing the unarmed blocking thing to block me, so I was like, see? He's doing it? How did I do it? I'm not crazy after all!
    – Stan
    Apr 26, 2012 at 2:07
  • @Stan that first quote says you can block "by holding the Left Hand (block) control." Tried that?
    – Alex
    Apr 26, 2012 at 8:07
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    If both hands are unarmed, then the normal behavior for Left Hand button is left hand punch, not block. This is an interesting glitch. I'll try to duplicate this, but I have never seen or heard about this before.
    – Anderson
    Apr 28, 2012 at 14:12

I found out how to do this glitch - just go to a torch and block while unarmed, then unequip torch and you're blocking. You do have to hold block.


I recently came across this glitch & while experimenting found out how to do it. I was a vampire with vampiric drain equipped in the left hand. I saved & went onto a different game where I wasn't a vampire. When I went back to my first game vampiric drain was not equipped but the hand was held open in fp view. I could then block with my left hand. Did this several times, it worked consistently but the blacking animation is the same as blocking with a dagger


You can use the Dual Wield Parrying mod to block while dual-wielding, unarmed or with a spell in your left hand.

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