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For other uses, see Ebony Warrior.

The Ebony Warrior is a quest available after reaching level 80 with The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn installed in which the Dragonborn must defeat the Ebony Warrior who seeks a worthy challenge and wished to finally go to Sovngarde.


A warrior in Ebony approached me. He has challenged me to fight him at his last vigil, wherever that is.


  1. Talk to the Ebony Warrior
  2. Meet the Ebony Warrior at the Last Vigil


"I have done all that can be done. There is nothing left. No quests to be undertaken. No villains to be slain. No challenges to face. Except for you. You are my last challenge. Only you can send me to Sovngarde with honor."
Ebony Warrior[src]

The Ebony Warrior is an experienced Redguard warrior who approaches the Dragonborn when they reach level 80 and explains how he has defeated all types of foes and enemies, and his last objective is to be sent to Sovngarde by a worthy adversary.

Upon reaching level 80, the Ebony Warrior will usually seek out the Dragonborn at the first Hold entered. However, if that does not occur, possible locations for the Ebony Warrior on the holds are:

He will then approach the Dragonborn and issue a challenge. He requests them to meet him at the Last Vigil, a campsite located high in the Velothi Mountains.

"The time has come."
It has? What do you mean? "I have done all that can be done. There is nothing left. No quests to be undertaken. No villains to be slain. No challenges to face. Except for you. 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."

If the Dragonborn travels to Last Vigil and meets the Ebony Warrior, he will be standing there waiting to fight. Combat is initiated after making the first strike. The quest completes when the Ebony Warrior is killed. Upon death, he will say, "At last, Sovngarde..."

The Ebony Warrior will not go down easily. His ebony armor provides a huge defensive boost and his ebony sword absorbs health, he can use Unrelenting Force, Restoration spells to recover health, casts Frost Cloak and Ebonyflesh to reduce physical damage and prevent close combat without risking losing stamina, and his ebony bow may induce paralysis for several seconds due to his perk Bullseye. There are several strategies to defeat him, depending on playstyle.

  • As an archer, it is useful to take advantage of triple damage from sneak attacks with the Deadly Aim perk. Multiple arrows can be fired before getting detected.
  • As an assassin, it may be possible to kill the Ebony Warrior in a single hit from behind with the Assassin's Blade perk and Shrouded Gloves, which gives the Dragonborn 30x attack damage, and a decently upgraded dagger before he ever becomes aggressive. This is even easier to do as an Orsimer, as the Berserker Rage can be stacked on top of the mentioned equipment and perks to achieve 60x attack damage. However, there is a level of risk to this tactic, because if Reflect Blows triggers on the attack, the Dragonborn will usually die instantly.
  • As a mage, dual-casting Rout the Ebony Warrior will not fight back anymore, making the fight a lot easier. The Impact perk may also allow the Dragonborn to wear him down little by little if the cost of Destruction spells are reduced to zero, but may be slow and tedious to do due to the poor scaling of Destruction spells without powerful Fortify Destruction potions to back them up.
  • As a thief, it is recommended to craft some powerful poisons and then reverse pickpocketing them, particularly Lingering Damage Health, onto the Ebony Warrior with the Poisoned perk. Note that if the Dragonborn have more than 5 of the same poison, it is not recommended to use the "how many" option to give him more than one. If the whole stack is given to the Ebony Warrior at once, only one will be consumed. He will only become hostile if he catches the Dragonborn. If done correctly, it is possible to defeat him without him ever becoming hostile. If the Jarrin Root sample is saved from the quest "To Kill an Empire" and a high level in Alchemy boosted by Enchanting, the Dragonborn may be able to kill the Ebony Warrior with a single dose, despite his high resistance as a Redguard.
  • As a warrior, it is useful to Summon Durnehviir, since the dragon and its summons may be a very powerful distraction.
  • Slow Time is useful to all specs, but especially duel-wielding warriors, who can pile up a lot of damage on the Warrior while he cannot do much in return, though care must be taken to avoid dying to his Reflect Blows.


The Ebony Warrior – DLC2EbonyWarriorQuest
ID Journal Entry
10 A warrior in Ebony tried to talk to me on the streets of <Alias=StartCity>.
  • Objective 10: Talk to the Ebony Warrior
100 A warrior in Ebony approached me in <Alias=StartCity>. He has challenged me to fight him at his last vigil, wherever that is.
  • Objective 100: Meet the Ebony Warrior at the Last Vigil
200 I have defeated the Ebony Warrior. May his soul find rest in Sovngarde.
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to The Ebony Warrior. 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.
  • If using Dragon Aspect, when the Ancient Dragonborn is summoned (the Dragonborn reaches half health), the Ebony Warrior may regain all health and ignore the Dragonborn until attacked again.
  •  PC   360   XB1   The Ebony Warrior may not always appear in the first nor the first few Holds entered at level 80. Simply traveling to all the Hold capitals will usually fix this bug.
  • If the Dragonborn has a level higher than 80 and has not yet encountered the Ebony Warrior before the final battle of the Skyrim Civil War, it is possible that the Ebony Warrior will be waiting for them in the city the final battle will take place.
  •  PC   If the Dragonborn Pickpockets the Ebony Warrior's armor and jewelry before attacking him with the Perfect Touch perk, he will reequip the set despite it being stolen from him. After killing him one can re-loot his armor and potentially get two sets.