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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 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 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), Dunmer 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 your vision, even if you zoom 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 ebony mail will auto-activatate when nearing a hostile target, such as the Falmer, before you reach them making for a excellent auto-alarm to signify a auto hostile enemy (bear, saber cat, falmer, etc.) is near.
  • The Ebony Mail has less defense then regular ebony armor, but is better in some aspects such as how it has unique enchanments.
  • this is not reccomended for magic skill farming on enemies like those in the torturing chamber and any of the imperial legates or stormcloak captains as it does auto-poison damage at a medium radius.
  • overall recommended for players within the levels 20-50 as it can be replaced by very high ranking armors (daedric armor, dragon armors, enchanted ebony armor).


  •  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 DLC installed, the player will often have "unshrouded" eyes and scars that display through the dark silhouette generated by this armour. 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.


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