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Ebony Mail (Skyrim)

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For other uses, see Ebony Mail.
Not to be confused with Ebony Armor (Skyrim).

Ebony Mail
Ebony mail
Base Armor:
45 ArmorIcon
28 WeightIcon
Base Value:
5000 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
You are able to move more quietly, and opponents that get too close take 5 points poison damage per second
Class: Heavy Armor, Cuirass
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: Ebony Smithing
ID: 00052794

Ebony Mail is a unique piece of heavy armor found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is the artifact of the Daedric Prince Boethiah.


Ebony Mail is looted from the body of Champion of Boethiah at Knifepoint Ridge during the quest "Boethiah's Calling". 


Ebony Mail can be upgraded at a workbench with an Ebony Ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, and benefits from the Ebony Smithing perk, which doubles its improvement.


Wearing this piece of armor grants the following skill bonuses:

The poison ability has a few considerations:

  • This effect is only active while crouching or during combat.
  • Once activated, the user is shrouded in darkness, simulating the effect of hiding in the shadows.
  • Brawling while wearing the Ebony Mail will cause the opponent to become poisoned. This will count as a "non-brawl" attack, causing guards and other bystanders to become hostile as well.
  • While active, this effect will appear in the Active Effects list as Ebony Mail Muffle.
  • Many undead enemies will not be affected by the poison, making it mostly useless in vampire lairs or Nordic Ruins.

This is a unique enchantment, thus it cannot be disenchanted.


  • Ebony Mail is the only non-boot piece of apparel with the muffle ability.
  • If the Dragonborn is a Vampire, their eyes will glow through the black smoke effect while wearing the armor. (Only if Dawnguard DLC is installed)
  • Using the Ebony Mail while attempting to sneak-snipe with a bow can cause some difficulty, as the smoky shadow effect blocks your vision, even if you zoom in.


  •  PC   360   PS3  When attacking dragons, sometimes their soul cannot be absorbed while wearing the Ebony Mail. It also sometimes continues to emit the poison aura even when there are no enemies around.
  •  PS3   It is possible for Boethiah's Embrace to remain active after switching armor.
  •  360   PS3   Multiple copies of Ebony Mail may be obtained by looting all the armor off the body of Boethiah's Champion and raising his body with the Dead Thrall spell. His armor will respawn upon fast traveling or entering a new cell.
  •  PC   360   PS3  It can be duplicated by the Mannequin glitch, but it will lose all upgrades done to the armor.
  • If dropped, it may show up as "stealing" it when you try to pick it up again.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ebony Mail (Skyrim)

  • Ebony armor and ebony mail

    3 messages
    • In vanilla Skyrim it does not count so you will not get the bonus. However there are mods that change that. So if you are on PC you can eas...
    • thanks for the answer but unfortunately im on xbox... but i am a lvl 86 argonian illusionist assassin with plenty of armor variants to choose from
  • Ebony mail disappearing

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    • Why'd you let DB Init borrow it anyway?
    • wrote:Why'd you let DB Init borrow it anyway? I mean, it's a legendary one-of-a-kind product of Daedric atrificing, who would let go...
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