Skyrim:Bloodskal Blade

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Artifact: Bloodskal Blade (xx01aea4)
(lore page)
Type Two-handed Greatsword
Added by Dragonborn
Editor ID DLC2BloodskalBlade
Damage Damage 21
Damage Damage 21 {{{health}}}
Speed 0.75
Speed 0.75 Reach 1.3
Weight Weight 16 Value Value 500
Quality Tempering Silver Ingot
Quality Tempering Silver Ingot Perk
Releases energy blast with power attacks that deals 30 damage.
The Bloodskal Blade

The Bloodskal Blade is a two-handed greatsword found in Bloodskal Barrow on the corpse of Gratian Caerellius. Its power attack shoots out an arc of red energy, depending on the direction of the slash. This energy is used for a puzzle within the barrow. It is also useful in combat, due to the fact that it deals damage with both the slash and the energy attack, allowing you to hit enemies normally out of their reach. The sword also never needs recharging. It can be tempered with a silver ingot if the Arcane Blacksmith perk is unlocked.

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  • When in Ethereal form, attacking with the Bloodskal Blade but not actually making contact with the enemy will still release the energy that does 30 points of damage, without ending the effects of the shout.
  • Myrwatch's galleryCC and Hendraheim’s basement trophy roomCC each contain a special holder for this item.
  • The energy wave is scripted to deal bonus damage against Zahkriisos, depending on your level.
    • Below level 50, it will do 30 additional points of damage (for a total of 60).
    • At level 50 or higher it will do 50 additional points of damage (for a total of 80 points of damage).
    • The additional damage is scripted and, unlike the base 30 points of damage, is not reduced by Zahkriisos' magic resistance.
  • The energy wave does not result in any experience for the Two-Handed skill.
  • The energy wave will not deal damage to companions. This protection does not extend to summoned creatures or innocent bystanders, however.
  • The sword will not emit an energy wave if wielded by anyone other than you.
  • There is a hidden second Bloodskal Blade in the room where you fight Zahkriisos in a gap between the word wall and the back wall of the crypt. This gap is inaccessible, however some spells (e.g. blizzard) can kick the blade up out of the hole, allowing you to retrieve it.


  • The Bloodskal Blade does not display properly in many weapon racks, as re-entering the cell may cause the blade to fall to the ground. It will also not display properly in any display case in which you must place the item manually (as opposed to activating the display case), as once the item is placed eventually it will "leap" out and onto the floor.
  • The Bloodskal Blade is a silver weapon but does not have the script to handle the silver weapon perk attached to it.
  • The Bloodskal Blade will occasionally be acquired without the ability to emit the blade of energy which is supposed to be created when performing a power attack (see the quest page for more details). The description, appearance, and melee functionality of the blade will not be altered. ?
    • On PC You may be able to use the console command player.setav rightitemcharge 99999 while the blade is equipped to fix this.