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SKILL LINE

ONE HAND AND SHIELD

ONE HAND AND SHIELD

Category: Weapon
Other skill lines in Weapon : Bow, Destruction Staff, Dual Wield, Restoration Staff and Two Handed

The One Hand and Shield skill-line is part of the "Weapons" category in the Elder Scrolls Online. The One Hand and Shield skill-line has active skills that you can activate during combat and passive skills that are always active as long as you have  One Hand and Shield weapon slotted. The skill-line is also often referred to as Sword & Board (S&B) by the ESO community.

How do you unlock the One Hand and Shield skill-line?


The One Hand and Shield skill-line is granted to you after killing an enemy with a One Hand and Shield weapon. You can use any random One Hand and Shield weapon that you bought or picked up from a monster to uncover the One Hand and Shield skill-line. 

How do you level up the One Hand and Shield skill-line?


To level up the One Hand and Shield skill-line in the Elder Scrolls Online you have to either equip an One Hand and Shield weapon or slot skills from the One Hand and Shield skill-line. Having more One Hand and Shield skills slotted on your active bar will increase the amount of experience that you gain towards the skill-line. To level up the One Hand and Shield skill-line, you can simply kill monsters or complete quests to gain experience points. Reading books from bookshelves in the Elder Scrolls Online can also sometimes increase your level in the One Hand and Shield skill-line.

The damage numbers of the skills that you see below are used for comparison. The numbers are based on a naked level 50 character without any skills, passives, attributes and champion points allocated. Your damage numbers will change depending on what gear, skills, attributes, champion points, enchantments or buffs your character has.
Ultimate abilities
Shield Wall header Shield Wall Shield Wall
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Reinforce your shield, allowing you to automatically block all attacks at no cost for 6 seconds.
arrow Shield Discipline header Shield Discipline Shield Discipline
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Reinforce your shield, allowing you to automatically block all attacks at no cost for 8 seconds. Your One Hand and Shield abilities cost nothing while this effect persists.

Your One Hand and Shield abilities cost nothing while active.
arrow Spell Wall header Spell Wall Spell Wall
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Reinforce your shield, allowing you to automatically block all attacks at no cost and reflect all projectiles cast at you for 7 seconds.

You also reflect all projectiles cast at you.
Active abilities
Puncture header Puncture Puncture
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Thrust your weapon with disciplined precision at an enemy, dealing 1161 Physical Damage and taunting them to attack you for 15 seconds. Also inflicts Major Breach on the enemy, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948 for 15 seconds.
arrow Pierce Armor header Pierce Armor Pierce Armor
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Thrust your weapon with disciplined precision at an enemy, dealing 1199 Physical Damage and taunting them to attack you for 15 seconds. Also inflicts Minor Breach and Major Breach on the enemy, reducing their Physical Resistance and Spell Resistance by 2974 and 5948 for 15 seconds.

Also inflicts Minor Breach, further reducing the enemy's Resistances.
arrow Ransack header Ransack Ransack
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Thrust your weapon with disciplined precision at an enemy, dealing 1199 Physical Damage and taunting them to attack you for 15 seconds. Also inflicts Major Breach on the enemy, reducing their Physical and Spell Resistance by 5948 for 15 seconds. You also gain Minor Protection, reducing your damage taken by 5% for 15 seconds.

You also gain Minor Protection, reducing your damage taken.
Low Slash header Low Slash Low Slash
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Surprise an enemy with a deep lunge, dealing 1392 Physical Damage and afflicting them with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 5% for 12 seconds.
arrow Deep Slash header Deep Slash Deep Slash
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Surprise an enemy with a sweeping lunge, dealing 1799 Physical Damage to them and other nearby enemies. You reduce the Movement Speed of all enemies hit by 30% for 4 seconds. Also afflicts all enemies hit with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 5% for 12 seconds.

Increases the damage dealt. Now hits all targets near the initial enemy hit, and snares them.
arrow Heroic Slash header Heroic Slash Heroic Slash
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Surprise an enemy with a deep lunge, dealing 1438 Physical Damage and afflicting them with Minor Maim, reducing their damage done by 5% for 12 seconds. You gain Minor Heroism, granting you 1 Ultimate every 1.5 seconds for 12 seconds.

You gain Minor Heroism, increasing your Ultimate generation.
Defensive Posture header Defensive Posture Defensive Posture
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Bolster your defenses, gaining a damage shield that absorbs up to 4958 damage for 6 seconds. This portion of the ability scales off your Max Health. You reflect the next harmful Direct Damage projectile cast at you. This effect can occur once per cast.
arrow Absorb Missile header Absorb Missile Absorb Missile
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Bolster your defenses, gaining a damage shield that absorbs up to 4958 damage for 6 seconds. While the shield persists, you are healed for 2560 Health the next time a harmful Direct Damage projectile hits you. This effect can occur once per cast. This ability scales off your Max Health.

Projectiles that are absorbed by the damage shield heal you, rather than reflect.
arrow Defensive Stance header Defensive Stance Defensive Stance
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Bolster your defenses, gaining a damage shield that absorbs up to 4958 damage for 6 seconds. This portion of the ability scales off your Max Health. You reflect the next harmful Direct Damage projectile cast at you. This effect can occur once per cast. While you have a shield equipped, the amount of damage you can block is increased by 10% and the cost of blocking is reduced by 10%.

While slotted, you reduce the cost of block and increase the amount of damage you can block.
Shield Charge header Shield Charge Shield Charge
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Rush an enemy and ram them, dealing 1392 Physical Damage and stunning them for 3 seconds.
arrow Invasion header Invasion Invasion
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Rush an enemy and ram them, dealing 1393 Physical Damage and stunning them for 4 seconds. Stuns up to 50% longer based on the distance traveled.

Stuns longer based on the distance traveled.
arrow Shielded Assault header Shielded Assault Shielded Assault
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Rush an enemy and ram them, dealing 1393 Physical Damage and stunning them for 3 seconds. You gain a damage shield after the attack, absorbing 2479 damage for 6 seconds. This portion of the ability scales off your Max Health.

Gain a damage shield after the attack.
Power Bash header Power Bash Power Bash
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Strike an enemy full-force with your shield, dealing 2323 Physical Damage.
arrow Power Slam header Power Slam Power Slam
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Strike an enemy full-force with your shield, dealing 2399 Physical Damage. While slotted, blocking any attack grants you a stack of Resentment, which increases the damage of your next Power Slam by 5% for 5 seconds. This effect stacks up to 10 times.

Blocking any attack increases the damage of your next cast.
arrow Reverberating Bash header Reverberating Bash Reverberating Bash
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Strike an enemy full-force with your shield, dealing 1161 Physical Damage and stunning them for 3 seconds. After the stun ends, the enemy takes an additional 1161 Physical Damage.

Initial damage is halved, but stuns the target. After the stun ends, the enemy takes the damage again.
Passive abilities
Fortress header Fortress Fortress
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Reduces the Stamina cost of your One Hand and Shield abilities by 15% and reduces the cost of blocking by 36%.
Sword and Board header Sword and Board Sword and Board
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Increases your Weapon Damage by 5% and the amount of damage you can block by 20%.
Deadly Bash header Deadly Bash Deadly Bash
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Improves your standard Bash attacks, causing them to deal 1500 more damage and cost 40% less Stamina.
Deflect Bolts header Deflect Bolts Deflect Bolts
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Increases the amount of damage you can block from projectiles and ranged attacks by 14%.
Battlefield Mobility header Battlefield Mobility Battlefield Mobility
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Reduces the Movement Speed penalty of Bracing. Current penalty: 36%

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