Hints taken from the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Page
One of the most frustrating things when I first started the game was
continually losing at sword fights... even the easiest opponent could
often beat me. Here are a few tips I've picked up along the way that may
1. Patience: This is really the key thing in any fight. The game is not
a shoot-'em-up action game where you need quick reflexes to survive.
Rather, a good wit and a little strategy go much further. Often I lose or
am badly wounded when I try to rush my victory. A good offense is a good
defense, they say.
2. Practice: Your first stop when you start the game should be the
Draggin' Tale inn. After you talk to your friend Tobais and the barkeep
Dreekius, the chaps sitting at the table drinking can be easily convinced
into a fight. You lose no health while fighting them, and it is good
experience combating multiple opponents. Please note that these lads are
quite drunk and are about the worst fighters in Stros M'Kai.
3. Jumping: An interesting move is attacking while jumping. If you can
get the timing right you kill some foes without them being able to attack.
The maneuver goes something like: Defend Off-Jump-Attack-Defend On. This
works best when you are downhill from your opponent; otherwise you'll have
to attack later on during the jump. If you are hit before or while you
start jumping, your attack will always miss, I find. You will have to
adjust your attack time when in the air. I've found that while fighting on
level ground, I have to attack at the top of my jump. As long as your
opponent does not attack you on the way up or before you attack him, it
appears that he cannot hit you.
4. Facing Your Opponent: This sounds simple enough, but can be tricky
when fighting multiple opponents. They will usually sound off whenever
they switch, but I've seen people attack me from behind without much
warning. It took me a few fights to get to know where to face to most
effectively hit and defend.
5. Auto-Defend: This lifesaver will make Cyrus perfectly defend any
incoming attacks if you aren't doing anything else at the time (although I
think you can move around). I'd recommend using this at least for a while
when starting the game. Once your fighting skills increase, you can turn
this off (using F7) and see how truly skilled you are.
6. Slash: The single slash is one of your basic moves. It is quick,
which minimizes the amount of time you're not defending, but is
7. Thrust: I find this move (Forward+Attack) to be one of the better
attacks, mostly due to its speed and range. If you miss, you can quickly
go back on the defense and it reaches farther than a slash.
8. Lunge: This has a further range than the thrust, but I find it harder
to pull off on the keyboard. Also, if you miss you are more vulnerable to
Your survival in Stros M'Kai depends primarily on your health, your health
depends on your supply of healing potions, and those potions depend on
your spare gold. Further, gold can buy lots of other useful things, some
of them required at one time or another. Here's a few places to find some
1. Guards and other monsters generally carry some gold, if your sword
skill is up to getting it.
2. Kotaro, the bald guy sitting on the docks, can give you a job paying
100 before, and 200 after you deliver an amulet from N'Gasta to Richton.
3. In the lower harbor tower (near the docks with stairs leading to a
2nd story door), a chest in the bottom floor contains some gold.
4. In the town of Saintsport at the south end of the island is a house
with some gold and potions lying around. There is also some gold lying
outside in the town. Watch out for the crazy person here who will attack
5. South, down the shore from Saintsport, is a shipwreck with some
gold...and another crazy person to attack you.
6. North from the shipwreck is a skeleton of a large creature with some
gold lying around.