Ghostblade is a unique ancient Nord sword, and one of the four unique ghost weapons available to the Dragonborn in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Ghostblade can be obtained in Ansilvund after defeating Lu'ah Al-Skaven and the reanimated bodies of Fjori and Holgeir during the quest "A Love Beyond Death." It bears resemblance to the Drainheart Swords found on draugr ghosts encountered within Labyrinthian.


Its enchantment deals three extra points of damage that ignores armor, similar to maces. In addition, the enchantment has unlimited uses and needs no recharging, although the weapon cannot be disenchanted.


Ghostblade is the second lightest weapon in the game, beaten only by the fork and knife, and it serves well as a backup weapon, due to its armor piercing effect.


The Ghostblade can be upgraded with three samples of ectoplasm and the Arcane Blacksmith perk; however, it does not benefit from any Smithing perks, meaning that it can't be improved past Flawless without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or smithing potions to Fortify Smithing.


  • Enemies struck by the ghostblade may glow blue very briefly.
  • The ghostblade is much lighter than most other swords, with an encumbrance value of 1.


This section contains bugs related to Ghostblade. 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  , 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   This weapon can not be properly placed on a weapon rack, plaque, or display case, as it will disappear.
  •  PC   360   PS3   When placed on the ground or somewhere else there is a chance Ghostblade will disappear.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If placed in the Master bedroom in the Dawnstar Sanctuary, it can be taken by initiates, from whom it can be reobtained. If Babette takes the weapon, it becomes unobtainable.
  • Despite its default enchantment, Ghostblade can sometimes be enchanted at an enchanting table. Only one enchantment can be put on it regardless of related perks, and it can not be renamed. If its name is changed at an enchanter, it will still appear as "Ghostblade" in the inventory and will not display the given enchantment.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Ghostblade

  • My Ghostblade disappearing,

    5 messages
    • I have a similar problem, i put Ghostblade in a display case in Lakeview Manor, and now it's disappeared, and I seem to have lost, I...
    • @wardie1993 same i lost my ghostblade too after i put it in display case
  • Ghost blade

    6 messages
    • 1. It's a magical weapon. 2. It ignores armor, IOW armor bypass. 100% armor penetration resulting in minimum 3 pts health damage per strike. 
    • My fawourite weapon. Easy to get, extremly low weight and useful DMG after upgrade. Fine for spell-sword players or if you need lower your weight.
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