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For other uses, see Daedric Artifacts.
"Questing heroes of all stripes seek after the fabled Daedric artifacts for their potent combat and magical benefits."
―Haderus of Gottlesfont, from Modern Heretics[src]

Of the seventeen Daedric Princes, sixteen have an artifact attributed to them in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Before these artifacts can be obtained, however, specific tasks called Daedric quests must be performed. Three of these Daedric quests involve the reward being a choice between two artifacts, those quests being the "The Black Star," "Ill Met by Moonlight," and "A Daedra's Best Friend."


Azura's Star or The Black Star

This reusable soul gem is awarded for completing "The Black Star" quest.

Azura's Star has the ability to trap white souls, or those of non-sentient creatures. These souls can be used for enchanting and for recharging previously-enchanted weapons.

The Black Star has the ability to trap white and black souls, or those of sentient beings, instead of only black souls. It functions like a Black Soul Gem which traps all souls up to the Grand level, in it.

Azura's Star
TESV The Black Star Crop


This One-Handed sword is awarded for completing "The Break of Dawn" quest.

Dawnbreaker sets enemies on fire, while also dealing more damage to undead like draugr and vampires and has a chance to make undead explode into blue flames upon death, which damages and causes nearby undead to flee, in the same sense as Bane of the Undead.


Ebony Blade

This Two-Handed sword is awarded for completing "The Whispering Door" quest.

The Ebony Blade absorbs 10 points of health from enemies per hit, but can be upgraded only by slaying friendly characters (such as a person whose favor has been completed).

For every two such characters killed the weapon increases in power, adding two to the strength of the absorb health, up to the maximum of 30. Due to coding errors, it levels up two-handed, but benefits from one-handed perks. This has been fixed with patch 1.9.


Ebony Mail

This piece of unique armor is awarded for completing "Boethiah's Calling" quest.

The Ebony Mail is a heavy armor cuirass that is enchanted with the muffle effect and inflicts 5 poison damage per second to nearby enemies. It also produces a shadowy effect while sneaking. This is the only piece of armor other than boots that has been known to be enchanted with muffle, making it very useful for upgrading Sneak.

Ebony mail

Mace of Molag Bal

This unique one-handed weapon is awarded for completing "The House of Horrors" quest.

The weapon not only damages 25 points of stamina and magicka per hit, it also steals the soul of an enemy if they die within three seconds. Paired with Azura's Star or the Black Star, the Mace's enchantment can be self-sufficient.


Rueful Axe or Masque of Clavicus Vile

The Rueful Axe is a unique battleaxe given to the player after Barbas is returned to Clavicus Vile during the quest "A Daedra's Best Friend." Clavicus Vile allows the Dragonborn to keep his axe, but only if they kill Barbas with it. The axe has an enchantment that deals 20 points of stamina damage.

The Masque of Clavicus Vile is a unique Heavy Armor helm is awarded for completing the quest, but only if the Dragonborn chooses to give Vile his axe instead of using it to kill Barbas.

Masque of Clavicus Vile holds the following enchantments:

  • Prices are 20% better
  • Speech increased by 10 points
  • Magicka regenerates 5% faster

Mehrunes' Razor

This unique dagger is awarded for completing the "Pieces of the Past" quest.

Mehrunes' Razor's enchantment has a 1.98% chance to instantly kill any opponent, with the exception of Miraak and Karstaag .


Oghma Infinium

The Oghma Infinium is a powerful tome of knowledge that is awarded for completing the "Discerning the Transmundane."

When read, the Oghma Infinum will grant a permanent 5-point boost to all skills related to any one of the three major guardian constellations: the Warrior, the Mage, and the Thief.

Skyrim oghma infinium

Ring of Namira

This ring is awarded for completing "The Taste of Death" quest.

The Ring of Namira grants the user with a 50-point Stamina boost and the bonus of feeding on corpses granting +50 health and +50% health regeneration.


Sanguine Rose

This unique staff is awarded for completing "A Night to Remember" quest.

The Sanguine Rose summons a leveled Dremora to fight for the wielder for sixty seconds.


Savior's Hide and/or Ring of Hircine

Either of these items is a potential reward for completing "Ill Met by Moonlight" quest, in a certain manner. Through the use of an exploit, it is possible to acquire both artifacts.

Savior's Hide is a unique light armor cuirass that may be obtained if Sinding is killed at the conclusion of the quest. It provides the following benefits

  • Increases Magic Resistance by 15%.
  • Increases Poison Resistance by 50%.

The Ring of Hircine may be obtained if Sinding is helped during the quest. Its enchantment grants the wearer unlimited werewolf transformations per day, assuming that the wearer is already a werewolf.

Savior's Hide (Skyrim)

Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key is the only Daedric Artifact known not to count for the achievement, Oblivion Walker. It is obtained during the Thieves Guild quest "Blindsighted."

The key is a decorative, unbreakable lockpick. It may be kept indefinitely so long as the player elects to delay progress any further in the Thieves Guild questline.

TESV Skeleton Key Crop

Skull of Corruption

This unique staff is awarded for completing the "Waking Nightmare" quest if Erandur is killed.

The Skull of Corruption deals 20 points of damage, but increases to 50 if powered with dreams collected from sleeping people. Casting the staff at them while sleeping will gather five dreams for the staff. Casting at a character while they are awake, however, will be treated as an attack.

The staff has a range of effect on it and also has a unique screen illusion when casting.



This unique shield is awarded for completing "The Only Cure" quest.

When blocking, it produces a Ward-like effect that protects the user from fifty points of magic damage. It does not, however, protect users against Dwarven steam attacks.



This unique warhammer is awarded for completing "The Cursed Tribe" quest in Largashbur.

Volendrung, also known as the Hammer of Might, absorbs fifty points of Stamina per hit. It is essentially a giant stamina sponge, as many two-handed weapons use a lot of stamina for their power attacks.



This unique staff is awarded for completing "The Mind of Madness" quest.

The Wabbajack casts an unpredictable spell whose effect ranges from transforming enemies into other creatures to casting a random destruction spell to even fully healing enemies.


Daedric artifacts - weapons

Name DamageIcon WeightIcon Gold Enchantment
Dawnbreaker 12 10 740 +10 Fire Damage; may cast Bane of the Undead upon killing an undead
Ebony Blade 13 10 2000 Absorb Health 10–30 (damage increases by 2 for every 2 friends that the player kills), unlimited charges
Mace of Molag Bal 17 18 1257 25 Magicka Damage, 25 Stamina Damage, Soul Trap
Mehrunes' Razor 11 3 860 Small chance to kill instantly
Sanguine Rose 0 10 2087 Summons a Dremora for 60 secs, or 120 secs if the Conjuration perk Atromancy is selected. Also can summon one additional Dremora if the player has the Twin Souls perk.
Skull of Corruption 0 10 1680 20 Damage, or 50 if powered with dreams from sleeping people


25 26 1843 Absorb 50 Stamina
Wabbajack 0 10 1565 Random spell effect, instant kill, heals target or changes target into another random creature or item.
  • The attack of the weapon is the same level the Dragonborn was upon receiving it.

Daedric artifacts - apparel

Name DamageIcon WeightIcon Gold Enchantment
Ebony Mail 45 28 5000 Muffle while sneaking and a continuous 5 poison damage with an area of effect on hostiles. Emits a black "shroud" effect while sneaking.
Ring of Hircine 0 0.3 400 Unlimited daily Werewolf transformations (only works if the player is a Werewolf)
Ring of Namira 0 0.3 870 +50 Stamina. Feeding from NPC corpses raises Health by 50 and Health regen by 50% for 4 hours
Savior's Hide 26 6 2679 Resist Magic 15%, Resist Poison 50%
Spellbreaker 38 12 225 While blocking, creates a ward that protects against spells for up to 50 points. (It also protects against shouts, from the likes of the Draugr Deathlord, Draugr Scourge, etc.) Renews every second. Also blocks shouts from dragons. Cannot protect against Dwarven automaton steam attacks.
Masque of Clavicus Vile 23 7 1277 Prices are 20% better, +10 Speech, and Magicka regenerates 5% faster.

Daedric artifacts - other items

Name WeightIcon Gold Enchantment
Azura's Star / The Black Star 0 1000 Reusable Grand Soul Gem / reusable Black Soul Gem
The normal Azura's Star is unable to capture black souls but can capture all other souls, while "The Black Star" can capture all souls (although Nelacar will say it can only hold black souls)
Oghma Infinium 1 2500 One-off +5 skill increases to the Dragonborn's choice of Combat, Magic, or Stealth skills. Through a glitch, it can be used to level up more skills.
Skeleton Key 0.5 0 Unbreakable lockpick that must be returned at the end of the Thieves Guild quest.

(There is a lockpicking perk for unbreakable normal lockpicks.)


Daedric Influence (Achievement)
Daedric Influence
Acquire a Daedric Artifact
Points 10 Gamer points
Bronze trophy

Oblivion Walker (Achievement)
Oblivion Walker
Collect 15 Daedric Artifacts
Points 30 Gamer points
Silver trophy


  • For the Oblivion Walker Achievement/Trophy, fifteen of the artifacts must be owned by a single character, not spread out through multiple characters' save games. However, it is not necessary to have all 15 at the same time, only to have obtained them at one point.
  • The Skeleton Key does not count towards Oblivion Walker.
  • It is still possible to do the "The Whispering Door" quest after completing the Stormcloaks' side of the war by starting the quest as normal, however the former Jarl of Whiterun will be located in the Blue Palace in Solitude, so a trip there to talk to the Jarl must be made, after this the quest will go as normal.
  • It is possible to get both of Hircine's artifacts (see "Ill Met by Moonlight") and both count towards the Oblivion Walker achievement. This could help if one of the other artifacts becomes unavailable (e.g., failing a quest). (Confirmed PS3 & Xbox 360 & PC)
  • Artifacts cannot be destroyed for their enchantments.
  • Sometimes, Hold Guards will comment to the Dragonborn about certain Daedric artifacts if equipped.
  • The Rueful Axe does not count as a Daedric artifact, despite it being a possible reward from Clavicus Vile.