For other uses, see Dark Brotherhood Assassin.

Dark Brotherhood Assassins are enemies that appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The assassins may appear as random encounters when traveling in the wilds, and can be of any race. They will attack without any warning. Killing them allows the Dark Brotherhood Assassin's Note to be looted.



  • Their armor cannot be looted.
  • They can be triggered even if the Dragonborn has begun the Dark Brotherhood questline.
  • They prefer to dual wield.
  • They wear light armor, and move quickly.
  • They are muffled because of their boots, and tend to backstab.
  • They can be noticed attempting to hide many yards away, and approached to initiate combat, similar to a sabre cat.
  • Many of these assassins are Argonians or Khajiit.
  • They sometimes spawn in pairs.


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  • Encounters

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    • Almost every time I go outside of the major cities, I have Kahjits and Argonians coming after me. I don't even remember killing anyone. like wtf
    • I had just completed a quest for the bandits up on Snowpoint Tower(?) over by Dawnstar and Winterhold. Frankly, I didn't even notice him, ...
  • why cant I join

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    • I got attacked by the assasin and now the courier who gives you the note won't appear why
    • To join the Dark Brotherhood, you'll need to speak to Aventus Aretino in...