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Why is this question a dupliate of this? I'm not asking if the attack is weaker, but if the animation is slower. Seems different to me.

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    There might be some overlap here, but I don't think an answer to the open question would necessarily answer yours (and the current answer doesn't as far as I can tell). I think these are both good candidates to remain open; a little duplication isn't bad. Dec 27, 2011 at 21:54

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Your question is a subset of what is covered in the other question. The other question asks about anything that would reduce effectiveness, and having a slower attack rate would be one of those things.

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  • When dual wielding, is there a damage penalty to the offhand weapon He seems to be asking specifically about damage
    – user16223
    Dec 27, 2011 at 21:17
  • @Joe "Do weapons and spells in the off-hand suffer from reduced effectiveness?" Dec 27, 2011 at 21:27
  • A loss of attack speed is a loss of damage. The fact that it comes in the form of fewer attacks, rather than less damage per attack is, at the end of the day, purely semantic. I apologize if my question was unclear in that respect when I asked it. Regardless, the answer remains the same. (Actually, there is a slight benefit to the attack speed of the dual-strike attack if you are dual wielding with a dagger in the offhand and a slow weapon like a mace in the mainhand, but that's another story.) Dec 27, 2011 at 22:05

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