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Ebony Mail (Skyrim)

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

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 can be 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 effect.
  • If the Dragonborn is a Vampire, their eyes will glow through the black smoke effect while wearing the armor (Only if Dawnguard is installed), Dunmer and Argonian eyes will also be visible, along with any scars
  • Using the Ebony Mail while attempting to sneak-snipe with a bow can cause some difficulty, as the smoky shadow effect blocks the vision, even if one zooms in.
  • Despite the enchantments that may benefit stealth-oriented characters (and thus most likely skilled in Light Armor), Ebony Mail is classified as heavy armor and may not greatly assist in combat if detected.
  • The enchantment will activate when nearing a hostile target, making for an excellent auto-alarm system to signify a hostile enemy is near.


This section contains bugs related to Ebony Mail (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PS3   When brawling, the poison effect causes 40 bounty to that hold.
  •  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.
  •  360   With Hearthfire installed, the player will often have "unshrouded" eyes and scars that display through the dark silhouette generated by this armor. Without the affliction of Vampirism or Lycanthropy.
  •  PS3   The Ebony Mail can disappear if given to Malborn in the "Diplomatic Immunity" quest. It may not be in the chest at the Thalmor Embassy when you get there.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ebony Mail (Skyrim)

  • Does the ebony mail count as ebony armor?

    2 messages
    • I have this perk called "matching armor" that makes the dragonborn have +25% armor rating when wearing matched set of armor. It would be rea...
    • Yes, the ebony mail counts for your matching set bonus if you have on all ebony armor.
  • Ebony Mail fulfilling Matching Set

    3 messages
    • The information provided on wiki might be incorrect depending on your setup (patches, mods and dlcs and mods you have installed). Unoffic...
    • The Ebony Mail was made part of the matching set for Ebony Armor with the 1.9 official patch.

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