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Dragonbane is a leveled unique Blades sword found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The sword is leveled, and the magnitude of the enchantments, base strength, and value are based upon character level.

Physical appearance[]

Dragonbane is an Akaviri katana, the sword that the Blades used during their service to the Septim Empire. The hilt is wrapped in strips of black leather and the guard is brass in the shape of a stylized coiled serpent. The weapon's enchantment, damage to dragons, causes a unique visual effect where sparks of electricity fizzle along the length of the blade.


It can be obtained in Sky Haven Temple during the quest "Alduin's Wall." It is located on a table in an atrium just off to the left of the main chamber, along with a full set of Blades armor. However, if the sword is not taken during the quest, it will count as stolen, along with the Blades Armor, until Paarthurnax is killed during "Paarthurnax."


Dragonbane's unique enchantment causes a leveled amount of extra damage to dragons and Shock Damage to others; this is not the same as other shock damage enchantments, however, since it does not do any magicka damage. This weapon cannot be disenchanted to learn its effects.


Dragonbane can be upgraded with a quicksilver ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk at a grindstone, and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


The damage, weight, value as well as the magnitude of the enchantment are based on the Dragonborn's level the first time Sky Haven Temple is entered. The best possible version is available at level 46.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment ID
1–18 10 10 789 20 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F1AC1
19–26 11 11 1046 25 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CD
27–35 12 12 1189 30 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CE
36–45 13 13 1860 35 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71CF
46+ 14 14 2596 40 points of extra damage to dragons, 10 points of shock damage to others 000F71D0


  • The level 46+ version has the same damage rating as a Daedric Sword and has a lighter weight.
  • PC Users can type player.additem 000FF9F2 1 into the console and let the game's level system randomly choose which version of the weapon to add.
  • The damage against dragons is the only part of the enchantment that levels with the Dragonborn; the shock damage does not.
  • If used against a dragon, the enchantment of the sword will result in blue spots appearing on the dragon's skin. The only power that can cause this effect to appear on dragons, besides the sword's enchantment, is the Dragonrend shout.


This section contains bugs related to Dragonbane. 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   Dragonbane's unique visual effect is only visible on the left side of the blade. This effect cannot be seen in first person view if Dragonbane is in the Dragonborn's left hand unless they are moving left, right or forward.
    • If put on a weapon rack the arcing effect will not appear, making it look like a normal enchanted Blades sword.