For the quest, see The Ebony Warrior.
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"You are my last challenge. Only you can send me to Sovngarde with honor. Make your preparations. When you are ready, come find me at my last vigil."
―Ebony Warrior[src]

The Ebony Warrior is a mysterious Redguard warrior clad in a full set of ebony armor. He can be encountered at level 80 or higher if you have installed The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.

Interactions

The Ebony Warrior

Upon reaching level 80, the Ebony Warrior will wait for the Dragonborn in one of the main cities in Skyrim. When approached, he will initiate a conversation and explain he has beaten all previous foes and enemies, and his last challenge is to face the Dragonborn. Ultimately, his wish is for his soul to be sent to Sovngarde.

He requests the Dragonborn to meet him at his Last Vigil, a campsite located high in the Velothi Mountains, for a fight to the death.

Resistances and immunities

The Ebony Warrior has 50% resistance to fire, frost and shock damage through his enchanted apparel. As a Redguard, he is 50% resistant to poison. If he is attacked with Mehrunes' Razor, the effect may be reflected back onto the Dragonborn if it activates due to the Heavy Armor perk "Reflect Blows."confirmation needed If Unrelenting Force is used to push him off a cliff, he will simply run back up to attack the Dragonborn. He is also immune to Wabbajack, as well as the following spells and shouts:

Perks

The Ebony Warrior boasts a large number of perks in several skills which makes him a formidable opponent.

One-Handed Heavy Armor Archery Block Magic Sneak Miscellaneous
Bladesman Conditioning Bullseye Block Runner Atromancy Light Foot Extra Damage, rank 3
Bone Breaker Fists of Steel Critical Shot Deadly Bash Augmented Frost Muffled Movement
Critical Charge Matching Set Ranger Disarming Bash Elemental Potency
Fighting Stance Reflect Blows Power Shot Elemental Protection Magic Resistance
Hack and Slash Tower of Strength Quick Shot Power Bash Recovery
Paralyzing Strike Well Fitted Deflect Arrows Regeneration
Savage Strike Respite
Stability
Summoner

Known spells

Dragon Shouts

The Ebony Warrior is capable of using the Thu'um and knows at least two Dragon Shouts:

Spells

Equipment

The Ebony Warrior carries a selection of enchanted ebony armor, weapons and jewelry. This includes:

Armor

Name ArmorIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Enchantment
Ebony Armor of Regeneration 43 38 2657 Health regenerates 40% faster.
Ebony Boots of Frost Suppression 16 7 977 Increases Frost Resistance by 50%.
Ebony Gauntlets of Extreme Wielding 16 7 1347 One-handed attacks do 35% more damage.
Ebony Helmet of Waterbreathing 21 10 850 Can swim underwater without drowning.
Ebony Shield of Fire Suppression 32 14 1415 Increases Fire Resistance by 50%.

Weapons

Name DamageIcon.png WeightIcon.png Gold Enchantment
Ebony Arrows 20 0 7 -
Ebony Bow of Winter 17 16 1234 Target takes 30 points of frost damage to Health and Stamina.
Ebony Sword of the Vampire 13 15 1956 Absorb 25 points of health.

Jewelry

Name WeightIcon.png Gold Enchantment
Ring of Peerless Wielding 0.3 1373 One-handed attacks do 40% more damage.
Necklace of Shock Suppression 0.5 989 Increases Shock Resistance by 50%.

Misc

Combat

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The Ebony Warrior will not acknowledge the Dragonborn's motive for meeting him at his last vigil, nor will he initiate the battle. When talked to, he will only respond with generic dialogue until the Dragonborn attacks him. This gives the opportunity to steal some items from him and make the battle easier, for example pickpocketing his supply of arrows and healing potions.

He prefers melee combat in battle, using Frost Cloak and mage armor spells in conjunction with his sword and shield. Unlike common melee opponents, he is more aggressive in combat, frequently using power attacks and shield bashes. He also uses all three words of Unrelenting Force when in close proximity.

He will give chase or switch to his bow if the Dragonborn attempts to flee. Occasionally, his paralysis perks with his sword or bow render the Dragonborn immobile for several seconds.

He uses healing spells and will heal himself for a large amount if his health drops too low. He also possesses vigorous healing potions which he will use if he has taken enough damage.

One of the most potentially dangerous advantages the Ebony Warrior has in combat is the risk of damaging oneself upon striking him due to his Heavy Armor perk, Reflect Blows. The damage received is equal to that which was dealt and can potentially be fatal, especially if a sneak attack is used or on higher difficulty settings.

Strategies

Quotes

  • "Show me that you are the hero they say you are!"
  • "I am the Ebony Warrior."
  • "Hit me harder."
  • "That's the spirit."
  • "That's the best you can do?"
  • "That's it? That's all you've got?"
  • "That's your best huh?"
  • "This is what you want huh?"
  • "Argh! Enough! This ends now!"
  • "Time to finish this"
  • "Do your worst!"
  • "You can't win this!"
  • "I'm going to... put you down!"
  • "Going to cry now, huh?"
  • "Kill me already!"
  • "Son of a..."
  • "Weren't expecting that were you?"
  • "Gods, no!"
  • "Lucky hit!"
  • "Enough of this!"
  • "I'll have your head!"
  • "Not impressed"
  • "Just stand still"
  • "It's... nothing!"
  • "At last... Sovngarde" (upon death)

Trivia

  • Despite his desire to go to Sovngarde, the Ebony Warrior, not being a Nord, never goes to Sovngarde.
  • The Ebony Warrior, at a scale of 1.21, is much taller than the majority of characters, including Altmer. The only characters that can match his height are the Keepers of the Soul Cairn who also stand at a scale of 1.21, and Tsun of Sovngarde standing even taller at 1.34, in comparison to the Dragonborn, who stands at a scale of 0.95–1.08, depending on race and gender. His skin color is also noticeably darker than any of the other characters.
  • With a character level of 80, the Ebony Warrior is one of the highest leveled characters in the game, ranking below Karstaag who is a level 90, and both Arngeir and Miraak, who are tied at level 150.
  • Even though he possesses one-handed perks that affect War Axes and Maces, the Ebony Warrior does not make use of these perks, as he only uses a sword for melee combat.

Appearances


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