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Base Damage:
8 DamageIcon
1 WeightIcon
Base Value:
300 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Does 3 points of extra damage, ignoring armor.
Class: One-Handed, Sword
Upgrade Material: 3 Ectoplasm
Perk: None
FormID: 00094A2B

Ghostblade is a unique ancient Nord sword, and one of the four unique ghost weapons.


The Ghostblade can be obtained in Ansilvund after defeating Lu'ah Al-Skaven and the reanimated bodies of Fjori and Holgeir during the quest "A Love Beyond Death." It bears resemblance to the Drainheart Swords found on draugr ghosts encountered within Labyrinthian.


Its enchantment deals three extra points of damage that ignores armor, similar to maces. In addition, the enchantment has unlimited uses and needs no recharging, although the weapon cannot be disenchanted.


Ghostblade is the second lightest weapon in the game, beaten only by the fork and knife, and it serves well as a backup weapon, due to its high damage and armor piercing effect.


The Ghostblade can be upgraded with three samples of ectoplasm and the Arcane Blacksmith perk; however, it does not benefit from any Smithing perks, meaning that it can't be improved past Flawless without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to Fortify Smithing.


This section contains bugs related to Ghostblade. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3  This weapon can not be properly placed on a weapon rack, plaque, or display case, as it will disappear.
  •  PC   360   PS3  When placed on the ground or somewhere else there is a chance Ghostblade will disappear.
  •  PC   360   PS3  If placed in the Master bedroom in the Dawnstar Sanctuary, it can be taken by initiates, from whom it can be reobtained. If Babette takes the weapon, it becomes unobtainable.
  • Despite its default enchantment, Ghostblade can sometimes be enchanted at an enchanting table. Only one enchantment can be put on it regardless of related perks, and it can not be renamed. If you change its name at the enchanter, it will still appear as "Ghostblade" in your inventory and it won't display the enchantment you put on it.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Ghostblade

  • Ghost blade

    5 messages
    • I'm not sure, but it seems like the most likely effect.
    • 1. It's a magical weapon. 2. It ignores armor, IOW armor bypass. 100% armor penetration resulting in minimum 3 pts health damage per strike. 

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