Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

Bloodscythe is a unique scimitar that is more effective when dual wielded with Soulrender.


The blade, along with Soulrender, was once wielded by the legendary pirate king, Haknir Death-Brand. Upon his death, he cursed the blades before they were buried with him in Gyldenhul Barrow on Solstheim.[1]


Wielded by the spirit of Haknir Death-Brand in Gyldenhul Barrow at the conclusion of the quest "Deathbrand." Entrance to the tomb requires an ancient Nordic pickaxe, as stalhrim covers the entrance.


The enchantment will only work if Bloodscythe is dual wielded with Soulrender. The charges of the weapons are not dependent on each other. If Soulrender is wielded alone, Bloodscythe still loses charge.

Another point to note is that if one wears gear or a combination of gear that gives the enchantment effect "Fortify Destruction" 100%, Bloodscythe does not lose charge, but Soulrender does.


Wielding both Soulrender and Bloodscythe for dual wielded bonus will give light armor wearers a powerful match to the Deathbrand Armor set. The armor increases damage done with one-handed weapons for each piece of Deathbrand Armor equipped, up to a maximum of 40%, as well as giving an armor boost to make up for the lack of a shield.


This section contains bugs related to Bloodscythe. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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   The Soulrender will fit on weapon, shield racks, or display cases, but Bloodscythe might not and vice versa.
    •  PC (Fix)   Remove Bloodscythe using the console, then re-add the weapon.
  •  360   Bloodscythe and Soulrender will not perform their enchantments even when dual-wielded.
    • Solution: un-equip and re-equip both weapons.
  •  360   PS3   If left in a display case in the Dragonborn's house, the sword may disappear completely, unable to be reacquired.
  •  360   If the Bloodscythe is acquired, the Dragonborn dies and then goes back to the entrance of the room it sits in and save the weapon will become unobtainable. It will be visible, but it will be unable to be picked up.
    •  360 (Fix)   Quit to main menu, select continue game, and it will be fixed.