For other uses, see Dagger.
"Ah, the sneaky type, eh? I think we can fix you right up."
―Eorlund Gray-Mane[src]

The dagger is a light, One-Handed weapon with a short blade and hilt that is found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Although they have the lowest damage and shortest reach of any other weapon in their respective weapon sets, they swing the fastest, consume the least amount of stamina, and have the highest sneak attack multiplier.


Even though daggers do not do as much damage per hit as other One-Handed weapons like the Sword, Mace, or War Axe, the dagger's attack speed is faster, allowing the wielding character to be more nimble and making the dagger a very suitable weapon for the Thief. Since the dagger has a shorter reach than most other weapons, it is suitable for fighting in close quarters and avoiding hitting friendly characters or creatures accidentally. Of course, because of their low damage, daggers are best used when dual-wielded, or in conjunction with another, stronger weapon or spell.

Weapon damage

When dual wielding daggers with the Assassin's Blade perk and Shrouded Gloves, the daggers sneak attack can do a total of 30x damage.

Even though they are One-Handed weapons, daggers are uniquely unaffected by Fortify One-Handed enchantments. Whether this is an oversight, a glitch or an intended decision is not clear.


Main article: Block (Skyrim)

The dagger, being the smallest of the wield-able weapon, is the weakest one to use for blocking, since weapons larger than the blocking weapon will force damage through, i.e. a Greatsword will easily penetrate a dagger's block, although some damage is still absorbed by the dagger.

Attributes by dagger

Most daggers have an attack Speed of 1.3 and a maximum Reach of 0.7. These two statistics are consistent for all daggers regardless of material; therefore, they are not included in the table below.

Name DamageIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Upgrade Perk Item ID
Alessandra's Dagger 5 1 10 N/A - 00043E1E
Blade of Woe 12 7 880 None required Steel 0009CCDC
Blade of Sacrifice 10 4 144 Ebony Ingot None 00079B1D
Bloodthorn 8 2.5 183 Steel Ingot Steel 000A4DCE
Borvir's Dagger 8 4 18 Refined Moonstone Elven 000ECD54
Daedric Dagger 11 6 500 Ebony Ingot Daedric 000139B6
Dragonbone Dagger DG 12 6.5 600 Dragon Bone Dragon xx014fcb
Dragon Priest Dagger 6 5 9 N/A - 0001C1FE
Dwarven Dagger 7 3.5 55 Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven 00013996
Ebony Dagger 10 5 290 Ebony Ingot Ebony 000139AE
Elven Dagger 8 4 95 Refined Moonstone Elven 0001399E
Glass Dagger 9 4.5 165 Refined Malachite Glass 000139A6
Iron Dagger 4 2 10 Iron Ingot None 0001397E
Kahvozein's Fang 6 5 9 N/A - 000D0758
Keening 8 4 5 N/A - 0006A13C
Mehrunes' Razor 11 3 860 Ebony Ingot None 000240D2
Nettlebane 6 10 5 Ebony Ingot None 0001C492
Nordic Dagger DR 8 3.5 115 Quicksilver Ingot Advanced xx01cdae
Orcish Dagger 6 3 30 Orichalcum Ingot Orcish 0001398E
Rundi's Dagger 5 2.5 18 Steel Ingot Steel 000ECD53
Shiv 5 2 5 N/A - 000426C8
Skyforge Steel Dagger 8 2.5 25 N/A - 0009F25D
Stalhrim Dagger DR 10 4.5 395 Stalhrim Ebony xx01cdb5
Steel Dagger 5 2.5 18 Steel Ingot Steel 00013986
Valdr's Lucky Dagger 5 2.5 15 Steel Ingot Steel 000B994E


Start a Discussion Discussions about Daggers (Skyrim)

  • Dragonbone Dagger attack speed

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    • Atvelonis is correct. The point that the article was trying to make is that the dragonbone dagger is higher DPS than the Blade of Woe because...
    • The factor that tips the scales in favor of the Dragonbone Dagger is that it comes unenchanted. It's entirely possible to disenchant ...
  • Daggers and Fortify One-Handed

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    • Just gotta say, playing Skyrim Special Edition on steam with latest update and no relevant mods - this is now incorrect information. Fort...
    • Tried on Shadowmere Legendary Mode, with and without enchanted gear, same damage with dagger and gloves. So yeah. The Fortify One-Handed encha...