Elder Scrolls: Blades Enemy Weaknesses & Resistances Guide

We're taking a look at which enemies have weaknesses to certain damage types and what resistances they have in Elder Scrolls: Blades!

Our Elder Scrolls: Blades Enemy Weaknesses & Resistances Guide features all the information you'll need to know on how to take down the enemies you'll be facing during quests, jobs, and in the Abyss! Most enemies have a weakness to a certain weapon type, but also they'll have weaknesses to certain elemental damage. It's best to use the right weapon or spell for the occasion, especially when you get into the deeper parts of the game.

Each enemy type you fight against will likely be weak to a certain weapon type like Bashing, Cleaving, or Slashing. Some, however, aren't weak to weapon but are weak to elemental damage like Fire, Frost, Poison, and Shock! We have a table below that has the weaknesses of each enemy type you'll come across with their corresponding weaknesses and what they are resistant to!

Blades Enemy Weaknesses & Resistances List

Now, just because an enemy has a certain weakness or resistance doesn't mean you need to switch out your weapons every fight! It will help though once you get later into the game and every bit of damage counts.

Each weapon does a different type of damage, Swords deal Slashing, Axes are for Cleaving, Hammers and Maces deal Bashing damage. The elemental damages can be either done with spells, or they can be imbued on your weapon.

Enemy Type Weaknesses Resistances
Ancient Dragon Slashing, Shock Cleaving, Fire, Frost, Poison
Bandit Poison Fire, Shock
Bear Shock, Slashing Bashing, Frost, Poison
Dragon Slashing, Frost Cleaving, Fire, Poison
Dremora Raider Frost, Slashing Cleaving, Fire, Poison
Dremora Warlock Frost, Slashing Cleaving, Fire, Poison
Goblin Caster Bashing, Frost Fire, Shock
Goblin Warrior Bashing Poison
Mercenary Poison Cleaving, Fire, Frost
Necromancer Poison Fire, Frost
Nether Lich Fire, Slashing All Others
Outcast Cleaving, Shock Bashing, Fire, Poison
Skeever Fire Poison, Shock
Skeleton Bashing, Shock Fire, Poison, Slashing
Spider Cleaving, Frost Poison, Shock, Slashing
Spriggan Cleaving, Fire Bashing, Frost, Shock
Thalmor Agent Poison Fire, Shock, Slashing
Troll Bash, Fire Frost, Shock, Slash
Warmasters Cleaving, Poison Frost, Shock
Wight Cleaving, Fire Bashing, Poison, Shock
Wisp Fire Bashing, Cleaving, Frost, Poison, Slashing
Wispmother Fire Bashing, Cleaving, Frost, Poison, Slashing
Wolf Shock, Slashing Bashing, Fire, Frost
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  1. how does the second resistance affected by the breath type? for instance, fire is resistant to fire, or fire will be resistant to ice?

  2. Don’t know if it’s helpful to anyone but having tested assorted weapons against the frost Atronach it’s most susceptible to my elven long sword of burning. A fireball and 4 or 5 swings of the sword drop them quickly. So I’m guessing the at least have no resistance to slashing damage and are weak against fire. Which stands to reason.

  3. Undead Dragon is weak to Bashing Fire.

  4. I hit level 19 and everything scaled to the point where even one skull missions are kicking my ass. I must be doing something wrong. I just got wailed on by a troll who was healing faster than I could damage it.

    1. Also try a healing poison. And, strange as it sounds, if you can deal a lot of sock and drain it, that also stops its Regen.

    2. What kind of gear were you using? I know the glass ceiling you’re talking about, I’ve hit it too, but I just realized my main armor wasn’t tempered at all…
      Could that be your problem as well?

    3. Hit Trolls with a mace or hammer of fire. Also get a shield of fire. The odd fireball helps.

      1. Also helps to time a shield bash or recovery strike
        with its double armed attack

  5. Weakness and resistance guide is good but a list of how the enemy’s attack would also be great.

    1. I’ll look into doing that.

  6. This list is great to start on and really helpful for a beginner, but is missing some of the tougher enemies who have different resistances to their earlier counterparts. For example goblin berserker is resistant to frost.

    1. “Dragons” are vulnerable to Slashing and Frost while resisting Bashing, Fire and Poison.
      “Ancient Dragons” are vulnerable to Slashing and Shock while resisting Bashing and Poison but their second Elemental resistance is based on the Ancient Dragon’s breath element.

    2. Thanks, we’ll look into this more!

  7. I recommend putting a folder or something into the game as a guide or index so we can come back to this when we really need it. Maybe under the chest tab? But it would be really helpful