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Drainheart Sword
Base Damage:
11 DamageIcon
3 WeightIcon
Base Value:
66 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Absorb 15 points of stamina.
Class: One-Handed, Sword
Upgrade Material: N/A
FormID: 000F71DD

The Drainheart Sword is a unique ancient Nord sword found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Drainheart Sword is one of four unique ghost weapons wielded by spectral variants of draugr. These can be encountered only in Labyrinthian during The Staff of Magnus quest, with the exception of the Ghostblade, found during A Love Beyond Death.

The other three weapons are the Drainblood Battleaxe, Drainspell Bow and Ghostblade.


It absorbs 15 points of stamina with each hit. As with most ghost weapons, it cannot be improved at a grindstone. It also has a limited number of charges unlike the Ghostblade, but can be disenchanted to gain the Absorb Stamina enchantment.


While not spectacular in the damage department, the drainheart sword could find use for a spellsword character. It has the same base damage as the elven sword but with a weight of only three, compared to the elven sword's weight of 13. The enchantment finds additional use here as spellswords can focus their attention on magicka and health instead of stamina while leveling up, using the limitless enchantment to replenish their stamina as it is used in battle.


This section contains bugs related to Drainheart Sword. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

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  •  PC   360   PS3  At an Arcane Enchanter, you will be able to "disenchant" this sword even if you already have the "Absorb Stamina" enchantment unlocked, thus giving you two "Absorb Stamina" enchantments in your list of available enchantments. Both "Absorb Stamina" enchantments can be stacked upon enchanting a new weapon.
  • When placed in a display case, it may be unable to be seen except from a certain angle.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Drainheart Sword

  • Drainheart sword

    6 messages
    • Re-did the mage's storyline, it does deplete. Tested with 3 swords. This is what happens when people mix up weapons, e.g. Ghostblade and Drainheart.
    • Yes, it's just an enchantment. I disenchanted mine. It has a finite amount of charges, it isn't a bug.
  • Drainheart sword

    4 messages
    • keep the drainheart, but dont put it on a weapon rack, or in a case..... the skin textures on unique weapons has problems with decorations......
    • thanks. looks like i'll just keep it in a chest :)

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