Weapons in Oblivion fall into three classes, organized around the three weapon skills: Blade, Blunt, and Marksmanship. Blade and blunt weapons come in both one-handed and two-handed varieties, whereas marksmanship (bows) can only be used with both hands.
This page only lists the base (unenchanted) weaponry available in Oblivion. There are several other pages that also provide information on weapons. If the weapon you are looking for is not listed on this page, you may want to check one of these other resources:
Search Box: Type the name of the weapon into the search box on the left and click the search icon to find the weapon.
For all of the weapons listed on this site, the provided damage values are the weapons' base damage (BaseWeaponDamage in the following formula). The actual damage your character will do with a weapon is derived from the base damage according to your character's weapon skill, your character's Strength, and the weapon's current health, according to this formula (see the Complete Damage Formula for full details):
The Skill in this calculation is modified first by the player's Luck. As usual, the Strength and ModifiedSkill values are constrained between 0 and 100.
When calculating damage done by bows, you must change the Strength attribute to Agility.
This modified value is the amount of damage you will see listed for a given weapon in your inventory
The maximum damage that can be done with a weapon (i.e., for Strength=100, Skill=100, and 125% weapon health) is actually almost 20% higher than BaseWeaponDamage; therefore the Damage values quoted in all of the following tables are not equivalent to the maximum damage possible with that weapon.
WeaponHealth degrades by (0.06 * BaseWeaponDamage) with each weapon strike. For example, a Daedric Longsword with base damage of 24 will lose (0.06 * 24) = 1.44 points per strike.
Most items are spawned from lists based on the player's level. The following table describes the minimum level at which a weapon type begins to show up in randomly generated loot; lower level weapons will also randomly appear. Enchanted versions of weapons will begin to appear two levels later; see Generic Magic Weapons for details. See Leveled Lists for details on how these lists are used to determine the probabilities of individual items appearing. Note that non-random items also exist, and include steel and silver weapons that are available even to a level 1 character.
This table applies to the vast majority of the randomly generated weapons you will encounter; weapons on NPCs and creatures are based upon the loot column. There are very few places where randomly generated weapons will appear at lower levels than listed in the table.
Fine Iron and Fine Steel weapons never appear in random loot; glass, ebony, and daedric quality weapons are never available from vendors before plug-ins. Although Fine Iron and Fine Steel quality weapons will not be found as random loot, they will frequently be found on NPCs whose inventories are not randomly generated (in particular, guards).
If you have installed a certain version of the Unearthing Mehrunes Razorofficial plug-in, there is a bug that affects all standard Daedric War Axes: the base damage is reduced to 8 (not 22) and the axes will crumble to dust when you pick them up off the ground.