Blade of Winterhold is a semi-unique weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This weapon is one of several Thane weapons awarded after becoming Thane of the respective hold, in this case Winterhold Hold.


All of the weapons properties except the name are randomly generated.



The weapon's appearance matches that of a generic weapon of the same type and material. The weapon will also bear a colored glow and pattern appropriate to the enchantment.


The Blade of Winterhold is awarded by the Jarl of Winterhold, Korir (or Kraldar) after becoming an honorary Thane. To become Thane the following conditions must be met:


  • Completion of a miscellaneous quest to find the Helm of Winterhold for Korir.
  • Assisting the people of Winterhold.


  • Assisting the people of Winterhold.


This weapon is semi-unique and may not be crafted, however an identical version can be crafted with the generic material and a matching enchantment applied. The weapon may also be titled with the same name during enchanting.

The upgrade material is dependent on the material that the weapon was generated with.


  • This weapon serves as the badge of office for the Thane of Winterhold.
  • If a reload is performed and the weapon is received again, it will be the same. To circumvent this problem, save the game outside of Winterhold Hold. Then, after reloading the save, simply fast travel to Winterhold Hold, speak to the Jarl, exhaust the relevant dialogue, and the weapon received will have different attributes than the previous attempt.
    • Even at higher character levels, iron material weapons are still among the possible outcomes.


This section contains bugs related to Blade of Winterhold. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes the weapon granted is not a blade but a mace. However it's still called the "Blade" of Winterhold.


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