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Blade of Woe (Skyrim)

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Blade of Woe
TESV Blade of Woe crop
Base Damage:
12 DamageIcon
7 WeightIcon
Base Value:
880 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Absorb 10 points of health
Class: One Handed, Dagger
Perk: Steel Smithing
FormID: 0009CCDC
For other uses, see Blade of Woe.

The Blade of Woe is a unique one-handed dagger carried by Astrid, leader of the Dark Brotherhood.



The Blade of Woe can be upgraded with the Arcane Blacksmith perk at a grindstone without any ingots. Nonetheless, it benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


Higher attribute-wise than the Daedric dagger, the Blade of Woe is exceptionally strong.

The dagger's enchantment has only six base charges. The amount of charge consumed by striking with the dagger lowers as Destruction level increases, assisting magic-based classes. It is actually possible to make the weapon use no charges by equipping four items with a 25% Fortify Destruction effect for a total of 100% reduction (this also works with many other enchantments).

The enchantment is very weak compared to the potential of one crafted by the Dragonborn. With an Enchanting skill of 100, without using potions that have the Fortify Enchanting effect, an Absorb Health enchantment can do up to 20 damage and have many more charges available.


  • Skyrim's Blade of Woe's appearance is dramatically different from its counterpart in Oblivion. It more closely resembles Sufferthorn, as it not only has a similar shape, but it also damages Health as well.
  • Small specks of dried blood can be seen along the upper part and tip of the blade.
  • It has the highest base damage for a dagger in Skyrim, but with Dawnguard installed, it is the same as the dragonbone dagger.


This section contains bugs related to Blade of Woe (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , and  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The dagger has the slower attack speed of a sword, though it maintains the weight and damage expected of a dagger. The Dual Flurry perk raises it to standard dagger attack speed, though the other weapon still receives the full speed buff.
  •  PC   360   PS3  If the Dark Brotherhood is completed after the main questline is completed, the Blade of Woe may be irretrievable.
  •  PC   360   PS3  It may reappear at the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary beside Astrid's body making it possible to get two without pickpocketing.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Sometimes the Blade of Woe will appear in the wall to the left of Astrid.
    •  PC  The command "tcl" can be used to take it anyway.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Blade of Woe (Skyrim)

  • Lost my Blade of Woe in Imperial quest?

    3 messages
    • Assuming the dungeon doesn't completely reset, it should be. Although finding a dagger after being disarmed can be difficult. Just hope it did...
    • You could just spawn a new one if you're using PC
  • Display Case Issues

    6 messages
    • wrote: Sky Above,Voice Within wrote:It happens to a bunch of items that are simply left on the space.If you play on PC, there'...
    • It happens to me too. Very annoying. No mods for me since I play on xbox :(

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