"The weapon crumbles to dust in your hands."
―Message to Hero when attempting to collect the sword[src]

The Ayleid Long Sword is a unique Elven Longsword in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, that can only be encountered during "The Ultimate Heist." When trying to take the weapon, it will crumble.


To acquire one of these "rare" items, the Hero will have to obtain Frostcrag Spire or Arcane University recommendations and must be completing "The Ultimate Heist" quest of the Thieves Guild at the part where the Ayleid Guardians come to life. The Hero must create a Charm spell that does Charm 100 points for any number of seconds. When the guardians (statues) come to life, the Hero must use the charm spell on them. Immediately after, they must kill them to obtain the weapon. Otherwise, it will crumble in the Hero's hands. The sword weighs 36 WeightIcon.

It is also possible to acquire this item if the Hero kills the guardians while sneaking and loot the body at the exact moment that the killing blow is struck.

  • Being invisible or wearing items enchanted with Chameleon may make this easier.
  • It may be necessary to place the Ayleid Long Sword in a storage container and then take it back out before equipping it; otherwise, the weapon may still crumble in the Hero's hands.