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Skyrim:Ebony Blade

Ebony Blade
Ebony Blade
Base Damage 11
Speed 0.7
Weight 10
Value 2000
Level 36+
Category Greatsword
Class Daedric Artifact
Variants -
Skill Two-Handed
Unique Yes
Item ID 000EA29C
Game/DLC Skyrim

The Ebony Blade is one of the best Two-handed swords due to its extremely powerful and unlimited use absorb health enchantment that scales in damage from 10-30. This page includes a guide on how to charge the Ebony Blade fully and the best targets to kill.

The Ebony Blade is also one of the 17 Daedric Artifacts required for the Oblivion walker Achievement/Trophy in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Weapon Enchantment

The Ebony Blades unlimited enchantment increases in power from defeating allies and never needs to be recharged. Initially it starts with a 10-point Absorb Health enchantment but scales to 30 points.

Absorbs Health from base 10 to max 30, upgraded by killing friendly NPCs

How to Get the Ebony Blade?

Where to find the Ebony Blade Location?

To get the Ebony Blade location in Skyrim you must complete the quest The Whispering Door. The player must be level 20 before the quest can be started.

  • First finish the quest "Dragon Rising" by investigating the dragon attack at the Western Watchtower outside Whiterun.
  • Head to the Bannered Mare in Whiterun and converse with Hulda about rumours to start the quest "The Whispering Door."
  • Ask about Balgruuf's strange children in Dragonreach
  • Find out what's wrong with Nelkir
  • Listen to the whispering door in Dragonreach's basement.
  • Talk to Nelkir and he will tell you that Farengar Secret-Fire has the key to the whispering door.
  • Obtain the key from Farengar by, pickpocketing it while he sleeps.
  • Open the whispering door with the key.
  • Retrieve the Ebony Blade.

It is possible to obtain the Ebony Blade early at level 1 by glitching through the Whispiering Door in Dragonreach's basement. But doing so will break the quest and stop you from ever dropping the Ebony Blade until the Whispering Door quest is completed in the future. In order to finish the quest you can place the ebony blade on a weapon rack and then pick it up to finish the objective to "retrieve the Ebony Blade" and complete the quest.

How to Empower the Ebony Blade Enchantment

The Ebony Blade starts with a 10-point Absorb Health ability, which gets stronger by defeating friendly characters. If you eliminate every two such characters, the Absorb Health ability increases by four points up to a maximum power of 30 points of Absorb Health. It requires 10 kills to reach full power.

Only 'allies' that trust you will count towards increasing the power of the Ebony Blade. Characters who say: "You've been a good friend to me, that means something" or "It's a fine day with you around" are considered to count towards enhancing the Ebony Blade.

The best Targets for the Ebony Blade

Instead of killing a potentially useful follower, you should instead target the following less essential characters in Skyrim that will be considered allies once you have finished their related quest, at this point they will count towards enhancing the Ebony Blades power.

  • The Ebony Blade can be charged fully if you complete the quest The Forgemaster's Fingers which can be started at any Orc Stronhold. After the quest is finished the inhabitance of the Orc Stronhold will count as allies, if you kill all the miners and orc inhabitants within the strongholds it will charge the ebony blade fully.
  • Alfhild Battle-Born can be slain after selling her vegetables.
  • Pavo Attius and Gat gro-Shargakh after they pay you to clear the enemies within Kolskeggr Mine Mine.
  • Many of the Farmers and woodcutters around Skyrim who you can sell firewood, mined ore, or crops via a dialogue option (not the barter menu) will become friendly after you have sold them enough goods, at this point they can be killed to charge the sword.

Smithing.png Smithing Guide

Enchanted weapons require the Arcane Blacksmith Perk to upgrade.

Crafting Materials Upgrade Materials Smithing Level Smithing Perk
Cannot be crafted Cannot be upgraded - None

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 Ebony Blade is not a leveled weapon.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
36+ 11 10 2000 Absorbs Health from base 10 to max 30, upgraded by killing friendly NPCs 000EA29C

Two-Handed Weapon Categories

All Unique Greatswords

Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill DLC
Balgruuf's Greatsword Skyrim Balgruuf's Greatsword.webp 17 0.7 17 200 Cannot be enchanted 000946FC 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Two-Handed Skyrim
Bloodskal Blade Skyrim Bloodskal Blade.webp 21 0.7 16 500 Releases energy blast with power attacks that deals 30 damage XX01A578 1+ Silver Ingot Cannot be Upgraded Two-Handed Dragonborn
Ebony Blade Skyrim Ebony Blade.webp 11 0.7 10 2000 Absorbs Health from base 10 to max 30, upgraded by killing friendly NPCs 000EA29C 36+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Stormfang Skyrim Stormfang.webp 17 0.7 17 1175 Target takes 30 points of shock damage, and half as much Magicka damage XX026B0B 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Two-Handed Dragonborn
Umbra Skyrim Umbra.webp 24 0.7 23 4647 If target dies within 20 seconds, fills a soul gem. Absorb 25 points of health. Absorb 25 points of stamina XX000D62 1+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club
Ice Blade of the Monarch Skyrim Ice Blade of the Monarch.webp 17 1 17 1360 Target takes 30 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina FEXXX815 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club
Chrysamere Skyrim Chrysamere.webp 25 0.7 20 3288 When equipped grants 15% resist fire, 10% absorb magic, slow health regen during combat FEXXXD63 1+ Ebony Ingot, Ruby Ebony Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club
Shadowrend (Greatsword) Skyrim Shadowrend Greatsword.webp 25 0.7 23 2500 Target is 15% weaker to magic for 30 seconds FEXXXD63 1+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club

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