A dagger is a light one-handed weapon consisting of a short blade and hilt. Although daggers don't do as much per-hit damage as swords, daggers often have a (40%) faster attack speed and allow the character to be more nimble. Effectiveness and the amount of damage in using daggers is governed by the Blade skill and the Strength attribute.
Since daggers have a (40%) shorter reach than a longsword, it is suitable for close-quarters fighting, when you want to avoid hitting other friendly NPCs or creatures. Also, since a dagger is usually the weakest variant of a weapon material in a set, it is usually the first weapon of that set you are likely to find once you have reach the appropriate level.
Note that a dagger, being the smallest of all wieldible weapons, is also the weakest for blocking, as it is a fact in the game, that weapons larger than the blocking weapon will let damage through, i.e. a claymore will easily penetrate a daggers block (although damage is still absorbed)
- "Base Value" refers to the actual value without mercantile or disposition affecting it.
- "Max. Damage" refers to the maximum amount of damage an item can do, assuming maximum stats and skill.
- "Health" refers to a weapon's durability, "speed" refers to a weapon's attack speed, and "reach" refers to how close an opponent must be in order to be struck with a weapon.