How to find the Skyrim ebony blade

Snag the Skyrim ebony blade with this handy guide, including a Whispering Door quest walkthrough, how to enchant the weapon, and more.

Custom image of the Skyrim ebony blade on a mountainous background

We’ve put together a guide to help you on your way to picking up Skyrim’s ebony blade and fully enchanting it. We’ll let you know now that the method of enchanting can make some pretty significant changes to your game, so it’s a great idea to set up a spare save just in case things go a little awry.

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Now, Dragonborn, here’s everything you need to know about the Skyrim ebony blade.

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How do I get the ebony blade in Skyrim?

Despite being a terrifyingly powerful weapon, you can pick up the ebony blade pretty early on in your adventure. But before we start, you need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • Your character must be level 20 or higher
  • You need to complete the Dragon Rising quest line
  • Hulda needs to be alive – if you’ve already killed her, you need to start a new game or find a load where she’s still alive

Once you’ve got both of those checked off your list, follow these steps to obtain the ebony blade in Skyrim:

  • Go to The Bannered Mare in Whiterun
  • Talk to Hulda to start the Whispering Door quest
  • Go to Dragonsreach and talk to Balgruuf the Greater
    Note: if you’ve already joined the Stormcloaks, you can find Balgruuf in the Blue Palace basement instead
  • Talk to Nelkir (Balgruuf’s son) in Dragonsreach
  • Follow the quest marker to the whispering door and talk to it

After learning that the voice behind the door is a daedric princess called Maphela, she asks you to open the door – but first you need to get the key from either Farengar Secret-Fire or Jarl Balgruuf. We recommend going with Farengar, as he’s easier to locate. So, follow these steps to get the key and continue the quest:

  • Some time in the evening, locate Farengar in Dragonsreach
  • Follow him around until he goes to bed
  • While Farengar is sleeping, pickpocket the key
  • Return to the whispering door and use the key to open it

And there you go – the ebony blade is yours for the taking. Ignore all the ominous whispering, it’s all worth it for such a cool weapon!

Skyrim whispering door room from the ebony blade quest

Ebony blade enchantment in Skyrim

Now you have Skrim’s ebony blade, it’s time to go about the dirty business of enchanting it. This unique weapon requires a unique method of enchanting, and to boost the healing properties of the blade, you need to kill ten friendly characters. Of course, this removes them entirely from the game, so it might be a good idea to save maximizing your ebony blade until you’re well into the end-game content, but we’ll leave that up to you.


The easiest way to upgrade your ebony blade enchantment to the max without having to lose any characters is by making the most of an exploit involving summoning a familiar and felling it ten times in a row. This doesn’t work on all versions of the game, but it’s worth trying. If that exploit doesn’t work for you, you’ll have to go for the intended method of laying waste to the good people of Skyrim. Sorry.

There you have it, all you need to know to find and enchant Skyrim’s ebony blade. To find yourself with more space on your mobile, check out our guides on how to delete contacts on iPhone and how to delete apps on iPhone.