Elder Scrolls
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Main article: Imperial Weapons

The Imperial Sword is a one-handed weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It serves as the primary melee weapon used by the Imperial Legion in Skyrim.

Physical appearance[]

It seems to vaguely resemble the historical Roman Gladius Hispaniensis, (or "Spanish Sword") which was the primary weapon of the Roman Legions until the 3rd Century A.D., a reference the Greco-Roman traits shown by the Empire throughout the series, especially after The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind onwards. The Imperial symbol is carved into the guard.


The Imperial sword can typically be found wielded by most Imperial Soldiers and Hold Guards in Imperial controlled Holds.

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The Imperial sword cannot be crafted, but it can be upgraded with a steel ingot at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


  • The damage and weight are identical to the Steel Sword, the only difference being its appearance and value.
  • In The Art of Skyrim, there are conceptual illustrations of two different types of Imperial swords. However, only one of them made it into the game.
  • It bears a strong resemblance to a gladius, a sword commonly used in ancient Rome. This would fit with the parallels the Empire shares with the Roman Empire.