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Nightingale Blade (Level 46+)
Nightingale Blade
Base Damage:
14 DamageIcon
15 WeightIcon
Base Value:
1665 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Absorb 25 points of health and stamina
Class: One-Handed, Sword
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: None
FormID: 000F6527

The Nightingale Blade is a leveled, unique, one-handed weapon that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It once belonged to the Nightingale and former Thieves Guild Guildmaster Gallus Desidenius.


Karliah gives the blade to the Dragonborn as a reward for completing the Thieves Guild quest Hard Answers.


The blade bears a unique enchantment called Nightingale's Talon. This enchantment cannot be learned or applied to other items, though one who has the Extra Effect perk in Enchanting can place Absorb Health and Absorb Stamina on another weapon to emulate the Nightingale's Talon effect:

  • Absorb Health: 5-25 points (amount varies between those numbers as the weapon is enhanced absorbing 5 at first and 25 when fully upgraded)
  • Absorb Stamina: 5-25 points (amount varies between those numbers as the weapon is enhanced absorbing 5 at first and 25 when fully upgraded)


The Nightingale Blade can be upgraded with an ebony ingot with the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However, it does not benefit from any Smithing perks. This means that the weapon cannot be improved past its original quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted apparel or blacksmith's potions to Fortify Smithing.


The damage, weight, value and magnitude of the enchantment is based on the Dragonborn's level when the weapon is obtained. The best possible version is available at level 46.

Level DamageIcon WeightIcon GoldIcon Effect Charges/cost=uses ID
1 - 18 10 11 426 Absorb 5 points of health and stamina 500/28=17 0007A917
19 - 26 11 12 851 Absorb 10 points of health and stamina 1000/62=16 000F6524
27 - 35 12 13 1424 Absorb 15 points of health and stamina 2000/96=20 000F6525
36 - 45 13 14 2248 Absorb 20 points of health and stamina 3000/145=20 000F6526
46+ 14 15 1665 Absorb 25 points of health and stamina 3000/55=54 000F6527


  • The Nightingale Blade has the same sheath as Dawnbreaker and Chillrend.
  • At level 46, it has the same base damage as the Daedric sword. Although it may be wise to gain the previous version of this blade due to a bug regarding tempering (see bugs section for details).


This section contains bugs related to Nightingale Blade. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The highest level version of the Nightingale Blade does not show up in the improvement menu after interacting with a grindstone. All other versions do show up and can be improved.
    •  PC   To avoid the bug above, edit the improvement recipe of the blade using the Creation Kit : open, in Items / Constructable Object, TemperWeaponNightingaleBlade05 and set Created Object to NightingaleBlade05 (instead of NightingaleBlade04, a false value) ; save the change in a plugin (a .esp file) and active this one when starting the game. Or install the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
  • There is a bug that allows players to acquire multiple copies of the Nightingale Blade. This occurs as a result of Karliah not returning to the Thieves Guild for the quest The Pursuit (another glitch). The fix is to return to the Dwemer Museum, repeat the quest Hard Answers and bring a new copy of the Charcoal Rubbing of the translation to the Frozen Hearth. When spoken to, Karliah will give the player a second Nightingale Blade (assuming the quest was already completed once).
  •  PC   360   PS3  The Nightingale Blade can slip through display cases or fall off weapon racks.

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