For other uses, see Dark Brotherhood Assassin.

Dark Brotherhood Assassins are enemies that appear in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The assassins may appear as random encounters when traveling in the wilds, and can be of any race. They will attack without any warning. Killing them allows the Dark Brotherhood Assassin's Note to be looted.



A Dark Brotherhood assassin can be noticed attempting to hide many yards away. After being approached, they initiate combat, similar to a sabre cat.

Because of the Shrouded Boots they wear, they are muffled. Assassins tend to backstab and prefer to dual wield their weapons.


  • Their armor cannot be looted.
  • Even if the Dragonborn has begun the Dark Brotherhood questline, an assassin might still be triggered to appear.
  • Sometimes the assassins may spawn in pairs.


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