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Keening (Skyrim)

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Keening Skyrim
Base Damage:
8 DamageIcon
4 WeightIcon
Base Value:
5111 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Has a chance to absorb 10 Points of Health, Magicka, and Stamina on strike.
Class: One-Handed, Dagger
FormID: 0006A13C
For other uses, see Keening.
"The dagger...? By Akatosh, they didn't even wrap it correctly? You didn't touch it did you? Well no, of course you must have! Did you attempt to wield it? And you're not dead? Gods, it's a wonder it's in one piece!"
Arniel Gane[src]

Keening is a unique ancient Dwemer dagger found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It was crafted by Lord Kagrenac, Chief Tonal Architect of the Dwemer, during the First Era. He developed two additional tools, Sunder and Wraithguard, which were integral to accessing and harvesting the power from the Heart of Lorkhan buried under Red Mountain.


Keening can be acquired during the quest Arniel's Endeavor at one of the following radiant locations:


Keening has a unique enchantment called "Keening's Sting" that absorbs 10 Points of Health, Magicka, and Stamina on strike. Keening is not capable of being recharged with a soul gem. The enchantment has infinite uses in theory, but is incapable of being recharged, making it a single use enchantment, after which it is rendered on par with an Elven Dagger in terms of damage and weight.

One method to ensure the enchantment never drains is to wear enchanted apparel that grants a total of 100% or more Destruction spell cost reduction. On PC the command playerEnchantObject 0006A13C 000AA157 can be used.

Before completing the quest Arniel's Endeavor, Keening has a unique enchantment called "Mortal Wound", which lowers maximum health, stamina and magika by 5 points as long as it is equipped.


Keening can't be crafted at a forge or improved at a grindstone.


  • If Keening is sold and re-bought, a letter from Calcelmo may be received saying that he would like to buy it.
  • Keening is nearly transparent when facing light with it equipped, but when facing away from the light, causing the light to shine onto the side that can be seen, it appears more opaque.
  • Regardless of whether the weapon is equipped or not, after bringing it to Arniel, he'll be upset that it was used, and then surprised that the Dragonborn isn't dead, making a reference that the Wraithguard needs to be worn in the same hand that holds Keening to avoid death. The reason why there are no ill effects is never explained directly.
  • Keening is a weapon that is unable to be charged. Several unique weapons share this effect.


This section contains bugs related to Keening (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.
  • Arniel's Endeavor may not be able to be completed if the dagger is discovered prior to the quest.
    • This can be fixed by placing Keening on a weapon rack or in a display case and picking it up again.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Keening may disappear after completion of the quest, making it unavailable.
    • A possible solution is to run downstairs to the room directly under where Arniel was standing. The dagger may fall through the floor after the quest is completed, but can be picked up on the first floor.
  • Keening may fall off of weapon racks in many houses. It also may not be placed in some dagger display cases. When placed in the small display case in the Arch-Mage's Quarters, it may be found on the floor upon returning.
  •  PC   360   PS3  It may disappear or be stuck if an attempt is made to place it on a dagger rack in Hjerim.
  • If sold to a merchant its value will drop when sold. It can be bought back for 132 gold coins, and resold for its original value.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The shout Elemental Fury can be used on Keening.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Keening (Skyrim)

  • keening is broken

    3 messages
    • Enchanted weapons have a charge when you use them. Attacking a target takes some of the charge each time you hit them. Keening has been used...
    • Unfortunately once Keening's charge is gone thats it you can't recharge it like other enchanted weapons (without using mods or commands on a PC).
  • Mortal wound

    2 messages
    • I got Mortal wound from Keening on Skyrim because Wraithguard isn't on there ;-;
    • Equipping Keening before the quest Arniel's Endeavor is over will do that but at least its not almost guaranteed death anymore.

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