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Ebony Ore is a crafting material found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Ebony ore is used to make Ebony Ingots at a smelter. Once made into ingots, it can be used to make Ebony Armor and weapons as well as Daedric Armor and weaponsDragonbone Weapons if Dawnguard is installed, and finally Nordic Carved Armor and weapons if Dragonborn is installed.

Due to its rarity, it is a good idea to collect it from as many locations as possible (particularly Gloombound Mine) and as early in the game as possible so that the ore veins can replenish themselves after 30 game days have passed. Note that entering the mine before it has replenished will reset the timer to zero, so save before entering when checking whether or not ore has respawned.

Ebony Ore veinsEdit

Ebony ore veins are mined with a pickaxe. Each vein, when mined, gives the player 3 ores (a common misconception is that only 2 are gained because, when mining, it only says that you get the ore on the 3rd and 9th hit when you actually get them on the 6th hit as well - you can hear the sound effect, but there is no written notification). There are also 3 chances to produce a precious gem.


Ebony Ore can be mined or purchased from Blacksmith merchants after the Dragonborn reaches level 27:


Source Weight WeightIcon Gold GoldIcon Ingot Weight WeightIcon Gold GoldIcon
Ebony Ore (2) 2 120 Ebony Ingot 1 150


  • In real life, ebony is a dense black wood found in Africa and India inside certain species of trees and is mainly used for ornamental purposes.


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  • Ebony ore possibly emits a gas?

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    • I believe that when he says he can smell more ebony in the mine, but not reach it he means that he knows there is more ebony ore there in ...
    • Yeah, it's probably just figurative language. He just thinks that there is more ebony in the mine.
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    • They made ebony a metal so that you could smelt it in a furnace.

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