Two Handed is the art of combat using two handed-weapons, such as greatswords, battle axes, and warhammers. Those trained in this skill deliver deadlier blows.

This skill is good for Barbarian/Warrior type classes. If you are playing a mage or a thief, you should probably not be looking at this skill, as Two Handed weapons are slower (problem for thief) and cost a lot of stamina (problem for mage)

Level up the two-handed skill by hitting enemies in combat with a two handed weapon (just swinging the weapon and missing does not increase the skill)


Expert Trainer: Torbjorn Shattershield (Windhelm)
Master Trainer: Vilkas (Whiterun)


Two handed weapons do 20/40/60/80/100% more damage
Requires: Two-Handed 0/20/40/60/80

Note: This perk gives you a huge passive damage boost to your two handed weapon which already does a lot of damage. Spend points on this perk whenever possible

Limbsplitter (1/2/3)
Attacks with battle axes cause extra bleeding damage
Requires: Barbarian, Two-Handed 30/60/90

Note: Take this only if your character will be using Battleaxes

Deep Wounds (1/2/3)
Attacks with greatswords have a 10/15/20% chance of doing critical damage
Requires: Barbarian, Two-Handed 30/60/90

Note: If you use Greatswords, take this perk as soon as you can

Skull Crusher
Attacks with warhammers ignore 25/50/75% of armor
Requires: Barbarian, Two-Handed 30/60/90

Note: This perk does not have any effect against an unarmored opponent. But is still a useful perk that will let you defeat an armored enemy faster, so if you wield a Warhammer you should take this skill.

Champion's Stance
Power attacks with two-handed weapons cost 25% less stamina.
Requires: Barbarian, Two Handed 20

Note: Very useful skill as it lets you do a lot more power attacks before running out of stamina. Take this as soon as possible

Greater Critical Damage
Can do a two-handed power attack while sprinting that does double critical damage
Requires: Champion's Stance, Two-Handed 50

Devastating Blow
Standing power attacks do 25% bonus damage with a chance to decapitate your enemies
Requires: Champion's Stance, Two-Handed 50

Note: The decapitation is not an instant kill, it just means that when your opponent dies, instead of just dieing he will also be decapitated. Cool visual effect, skill worth taking just for that.

Sideways power attacks with two handed weapons hit all targets in front of you
Requires: Greater Critical Damage or Sweeping Blow, Two Handed 70

Backwards power attack has a 25% chance to paralyze the target
Requires: Sweep, Two handed 100