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Valdr's Lucky Dagger
SteelDagger SK
Base Damage:
5 DamageIcon
2.5 WeightIcon
Base Value:
15 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
25% chance of a critical hit.
Class: One-Handed, Dagger
Upgrade Material: Steel Ingot
Perk: Steel Smithing
FormID: 000B994E
"Ari gave me this dagger when we first started hunting together. Always said it brought her luck. You should be the one to carry it now."

Valdr's Lucky Dagger is a unique steel dagger found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Valdr's Lucky Dagger is owned by a Nord hunter named Valdr who received it as a gift from his good friend Ari. During a failed incursion into Moss Mother Cavern, Ari and their friend Niels were killed by a spriggan, leaving Valdr wounded and unable to return home.


During Hunter and Hunted, assisting Valdr in killing the remaining spriggans in Moss Mother Cavern so that he may bury his friends will prompt him to bestow the dagger as a reward and a gift of thanks.


The dagger's inherent properties grants a 25% chance of a critical hit with each strike. The effect itself is not considered to be an enchantment, so the weapon cannot be disenchanted to learn the effect. In addition, it is affected by Elemental Fury.

Critical hitsEdit

While the 25% chance of a critical hit may appear beneficial, the effect is less impressive at higher levels as critical hits only affects the base damage of the weapon. A critical hit multiplies the damage of an attack by 1.5. This means a critical hit with this dagger will only add 2.5 points of damage to the existing hit. One-Handed skill, perks or smithing improvements do not increase critical damage:

  • 5 (base damage) x 1.5 (critical hit) = 7.5 (total damage).
  • 7.5 - 5 = 2.5 (extra damage gained from a critical hit).


When combined with the Assassin's Blade perk and Ancient Shrouded Gloves, the critical hit triggered by a sneak attack combined with a critical hit can be very devastating, along with its light weight and easy smithing, making it a deadly weapon for assassins.


It can be upgraded with a steel ingot at a grindstone and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement. The Arcane Blacksmith perk is not required as the dagger is not actually enchanted.


  • The sheathing sound of this dagger is the one from one handed sword instead of the one used for daggers.
  • Critical hit damage also stacks with sneak attack bonus.


This section contains bugs related to Valdr's Lucky Dagger. 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  When placed into a weapon rack, the dagger may become stuck, unable to be retrieved.
  •  PC   If Valdr is attacked by an enemy before he finishes talking at the end of the quest, the dagger will still be put into the player's inventory. After the enemy is defeated, he will restart his speech and give the player a second dagger.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Valdr's Lucky Dagger

  • Valdr's Lucky Dagger

    4 messages
    • I'm still wondering about this dagger as well does the 2.5 mean a 2.5 multiplied damage when dealing a critical hit?
    • No, it means 2.5 extra damage. A critical hit reads the base damage for the weapon (5 for the Lucky Dagger) and adds half that value to the dam...

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