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Skyrim:Blade of Woe

Blade of Woe
Blade of Woe
Base Damage 12
Speed 1.3
Weight 7
Value 880
Level 1+
Category Dagger
Class Daedric Artifact
Variants None
Skill One-Handed
Unique Yes
Item ID 0009CCDC
Game/DLC Skyrim

The Blade of Woe is a unique that belongs to Astrid the leader of the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim. The Blade of Woe is the best dagger in Skyrim since it has a higher base damage than a Daedric Dagger and less weight than the Dragonbone Dagger. It's possible to get multiple copies of the Blade of Woe as early as level 1.

Weapon Enchantment

The Blade of Woe's weapon enchantment absorbs 10 points of health with each hit, since daggers have a fast attack speed of 1.3 it can help sustain the Dragonborn during combat. This also gives the weapon a total base damage of 22, with the enchantment effect ignoring the enemies armor.

You cannot cannot re-enchant this weapon. You can find full breakdown and information of all Weapon Enchantment Effects.

Absorb 10 points of health

How to Get The Blade of Woe Guide

Where to find the Blade Of Woe Location

You can find multiple copies of the Blade of Woe despite it being a unique weapon.

  • You can get the Blade of Woe when you meet Astrid as early as level 1, during or after the Dark Brotherhood quest With Friends Like These. You can either pickpocket the blade of woe by using the Misdirection perk, Or a high level weapon disarm Shout can be used on Astrid forcing her to drop the weapon so you can pick it up. If you obtain the Blade of Woe early using either method you will then obtain a second Blade of Woe at the end of the quest Death Incarnate.
  • The normal method of obtaining The Blade of Woe is to complete the Dark Brotherhood quest Death Incarnate. After the quest Astrid will reward you with the Blade of Woe.

Gameplay Tips

  • The Blade of Woe is the best dagger you can get early in Skyrim. It used to be the best dagger in the game but the Creation Club added two daggers which are stronger: Fang of Haynekhtnamet and the Madness Dagger. Both daggers have a base damage of 13 instead of 12 but are arguably considerably harder to obtain early compared to the Blade of Woe.
  • The Blade of Woe's enchantment has a charge of 500 and a cost of 40, so you can only use it 12 times before it needs to be recharged with a Soul Gem. It is however possible to get unlimited weapon charges by equipping four items with a 25% Fortify Destruction effect for a total of 100% reduction.
  • Thanks to the Blade of Woe having a small total charge capacity, it can be almost be fully charged with a petty soul gem!

Smithing.png Smithing Guide

Due to a bug the blade of woe can be upgraded at a grindstone without the need for any ingots. If you have the Steel Smithing Perk you can double the Blade of Woes damage improvement. Enchanted weapons require the Arcane Blacksmith Perk to upgrade.

Crafting Materials Upgrade Materials Smithing Level Smithing Perk
Cannot be crafted None required - Steel Smithing

Item tier.png Weapon Levels

Some weapons in Skyrim are Levelled. The power of a levelled weapon is based on your charcters level when you get them. Some get stronger in both physical and magical aspects, while others only improve their enchantments. These items don't get better as your character levels up.

The Blade of Sacrifice is not a leveled weapon.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
1+ 12 7 880 Absorb 10 points of health 0009CCDC

One-Handed Weapon Categories

All Unique Daggers

Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill DLC
Alessandra's Dagger Skyrim Alessandra's Dagger.webp 5 1.3 1 10 Cannot be enchanted 00043E1E 1+ Cannot be upgraded None One-Handed Skyrim
Blade of Sacrifice Skyrim Blade of Sacrifice.webp 10 1.3 4 144 Cannot be enchanted 00079B1D 1+ Ebony Ingot None One-Handed Skyrim
Blade of Woe Skyrim Blade of Woe.webp 12 1.3 7 880 Absorb 10 points of health 0009CCDC 1+ Cannot be upgraded Steel Smithing One-Handed Skyrim
Bloodthorn Skyrim Bloodthorn.webp 8 1.3 2.5 183 If the target dies within 3 seconds, it fills a soul gem 000A4DCE 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Skyrim
Borvir's Dagger Skyrim Borvir's Dagger.webp 8 1.3 4 18 Enchantable 000ECD54 1+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing One-Handed Skyrim
Kahvozein's Fang Skyrim Kahvozein's Fang.webp 6 1.3 5 9 Yields Dragon Hearthscales 000D0758 1+ Cannot be upgraded None One-Handed Skyrim
Keening Skyrim Keening.webp 8 1.3 4 5 Chance to absorb 10 points of health, magicka and stamina on hit 0006A13C 1+ Cannot be upgraded None One-Handed Skyrim
Mehrunes' Razor Skyrim Mehrunes' Razor.webp 11 1.3 3 860 Hits have a small chance to instantly kill 000240D2 1+ Ebony Ingot None One-Handed Skyrim
Nettlebane Skyrim Nettlebane.webp 6 1.3 10 5 Cannot be enchanted 0001C492 1+ Ebony Ingot None One-Handed Skyrim
Rundi's Dagger Skyrim Rundi's Dagger.webp 5 1.3 2.5 18 Cannot be enchanted 000ECD53 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Skyrim
Valdr's Lucky Dagger Skyrim Valdrs Lucky Dagger.webp 5 1.3 2.5 15 25% chance of a critical hit 000B994E 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Skyrim
Ancient Nord Dagger Skyrim Ancient Nord Dagger.webp 5 1.3 3.5 5 Enchantable XX000E44 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Honed Ancient Nord Dagger Skyrim Honed Ancient Nord Dagger.webp 8 1.3 9 8 Enchantable XX08A1ED 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Nord Hero Dagger Skyrim Nord Hero Dagger.webp 8 1.3 2 55 Enchantable XX08A1E4 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Rulnik's Dagger File:Skyrim Rulnik's Dagger.webp 8 1.3 3.5 115 10 points of extra damage to Spriggans FEXXXECE 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None One-Handed Creation Club
Fang of Haynekhtnamet File:Skyrim Fang of Haynekhtnamet.webp 13 1.3 6.5 1446 Target takes 25 points of shock damage, and half as much Magicka damage XX000ED3 Dragon Bone Dragon Smithing One-Handed Creation Club

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