The Targe of the Blooded is a unique heavy shield found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Its appearance is that of a basic wooden shield, adorned with large spikes and studs. The spikes on the shield inflict a wound—when an enemy is bashed—which bleeds for five seconds. The bleeding damage stacks if the target is bashed over and over. It is one of the weaker heavy shields in the game, being comparable to an iron shield, thus it seems to be intended for use as a secondary weapon while still providing some defense.


The Targe of the Blooded is carried by a hostile Redguard named Umana in the Dwemer Ruin of Alftand. She is encountered at the end of Alftand, where she begins fighting with an Imperial named Sulla Trebatius after some conversation with him.


The Targe of the Blooded can be upgraded at a workbench with a steel ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk, though it does not benefit from any Smithing perks. This means the shield cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to fortify Smithing.


Bashing with this shield inflicts this penalty on the target:

It cannot be disenchanted to learn its effects.

Unlike the perk that causes bleeding damage that is inflicted by waraxes (which only effects enemies that can bleed), the Targe of the Blooded's effect also inflicts "bleeding damage" on enemies that don't bleed, such as Draugr and Dwarven Automatons. The damage from continuously bashing also stacks, and continues to work if the targeted enemy is in the "bleedout" state.


  • The damage and duration are similar to that of Frostbite Venom, though the venom inflicts damage at 5 per second, and also damages stamina.



This section contains bugs related to Targe of the Blooded. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • Selling the Targe of the Blooded to any merchant may cause a copy to appear in the inventory several days later.
  • This item does not appear to be able to duplicate on a mannequin (via the Lakeview Manor glitch), possibly as it is a unique item.


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