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Base Damage:
10-14 DamageIcon
10-14 WeightIcon
Base Value:
970-1560 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
20-40 points of extra damage to dragons
10 points of shock damage to others
Class: One-Handed, Sword
Upgrade Material: Quicksilver Ingot
Perk: Steel Smithing
FormID: -

Dragonbane is a leveled unique Blades Sword found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  Because the sword is leveled, the magnitude of the enchantments, base strength and value are based upon character level


It strongly resembles an Akaviri Katana, the sword that the Blades used during the Third Era. The hilt (or tsuka) is wrapped in strips of black leather and the guard (or tsuba)  is brass in the shape of a stylized coiled serpent.


It can be obtained in Sky Haven Temple during the quest "Alduin's Wall". It is located on a table in an atrium just off to the left of the main chamber, along with a full set of Blades armor.


Dragonbane's unique enchantment causes a leveled amount of extra damage to dragons and Shock Damage to others; this is not the same as other shock damage enchantments, however, since it does not do any damage to Magicka. This weapon cannot be disenchanted to learn its effects.

Dragonbane also has a unique visual effect where sparks of electricity fizzle along the length of the blade.


Dragonbane can be upgraded with a quicksilver ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


The damage, weight, value as well as the magnitude of the enchantment are based on the Dragonborn's level the first time Sky Haven Temple is entered. The best possible version is available at level 46.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment ID
1-18 10 10 970 20 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F1AC1
19-26 11 11 1298 25 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CD
27-35 12 12 1510 30 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CE
36-45 13 13 2105 35 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CF
46+ 14 14 2766 40 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71D0


  • The level 46+ version has the same damage rating as a Daedric Sword and is lighter.
  • PC Users can type player.additem 000FF9F2 1 into the console and let the game's level system randomly choose which version of the weapon to add.
  • If the sword is not taken during the quest Alduin's Wall, it will count as stolen, along with the Blades Armor, until Paarthurnax is killed.
  • This might be a possible reference to the sacred sword in Valkyrie Profile, also named Dragonbane.


This section contains bugs related to Dragonbane. 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  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Dragonbane's unique visual effect is only visible on the left side of the blade. This effect cannot be seen in first person view if Dragonbane is in the player's left hand unless they are moving left, right or forward.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Dragonbane

  • Overpowered Dragonbane ?

    4 messages
    • Playing on novice isn't suggestable for apparent reasons.
    • Probably because your one-handed skill is high and the sword does an extra 40 damage to dragons.
  • The dragonbane

    5 messages
    • IncinerateChicken wrote:Maybe next time, search "Dragonbane" in that handy dandy little search box on the upper right. Or, even better, ...
    • Ionseeker wrote:You get it during the main questline, during the quest "Alduin"s Wall". It is a leveled weapon, meaning the higher your level w...

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