Dark Age of Camelot Grab Bag Q&A

EA Mythic's Joanne Laroche has added yet another entry to the long-running Dark Age of Camelot Grab Bag Q&A series on the Camelot Herald.
Q. I have discussed this with many people whether or not there is a "hidden" weapon skill for the Berserker, Blademaster and Mercenary associated with their dual wield lines. Is there a different weapon skill value for the main weapon spec that is shown in game vs. a dual wield weapon skill?

A. The Balancinator also known as the time traveler reports: The easiest way to answer this question is by going back in time. From a Grab Bag in 2007:

What does weaponskill have to do with damage?

Weaponskill is a tricky beast. Technically, it has nothing to do with damage, as the displayed value of weaponskill on your character sheet is not actually used in any calculations. It does, however, use a lot of the same factors that are used to determine damage. So in most cases, a higher weaponskill will mean you're doing more damage.

Why doesn't your weapon skill increase with dual wielding skills?

You're using two weapon types that have two different weapon skills. Only one can be displayed on the paper doll, and that one happens to be the base weapon type for what you have equipped in your main hand. Your weaponskill is actually increasing; you just don't see it reflected in the number displayed on your paper doll.