A claidhmore is an especially massive variant of the two-handed sword. Its enormous bulk provides 40 points of natural critical weighting to the weapon, making the claidhmore the weapon of choice of many adventurers.
Two-Handed Weapons are weapons which require both hands to grasp, thus can not be used with a shield. The weapons which belong to this group resemble weapons from many of the other groups. However, there is a distinct difference in the sheer size and weight of these weapons. In general, two-handed weapons hit a great deal harder and do more damage than one-handed weapons. The trade-off is less defense offered by a shield.
Claidhmores are on the high end of the damaging weapons in the Two-Handed Weapons skill. In addition, they have the potential to cause a substantial amount of critical damage to those who are on the receiving end of the weapon.
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Standard claidhmores have a weapon weight of 12 lbs.
Old Style vs. New Style
The main differences between old-style and new-style claidhmores are that old-style has a -10 AS (thus a laen claidhmore would be 3x - 2x = 1x or +5 AS) and a +10 AvD (versus new-style.) These factors essentially even out. Additionally, new-style claidhmores lend a higher DS to many stances, but have a lower damage factor against some armor.
Inspecting a new-style claidhmore:
Inspecting an old-style claidhmore: