|Daedric Artifact: Dawnbreaker (0004e4ee)
|Burns for 10 points, and when killing undead, a chance to cause a fiery explosion that turns or destroys nearby undead:
- Meridia's Retribution, 1 pt for 10 secs
- Fire Damage, 10 pts
|Charge/Cost = Uses
Dawnbreaker is a Daedric artifact given as a reward by Meridia, upon the completion of her quest, The Break of Dawn. It can be improved using an ebony ingot. As well as dealing ten points of fire damage on every strike, Dawnbreaker has a chance to create a fiery explosion upon defeating undead. Any undead caught within the blast radius are set on fire and will flee from the player. Undead killed by the explosion's fire will disintegrate upon death leaving behind an ash pile instead of a corpse. Light emanates from Dawnbreaker's cross-guard, an effect that is particularly pronounced in nighttime hours.
 Related Quests
- Though it can be tempered with an ebony ingot, it is not classified as an ebony weapon -- nor is it classified as any other standard weapon material. Therefore, its upgrades do not benefit from any smithing perks, and can only be tempered to Flawless quality without a Fortify Smithing effect.
- Dawnbreaker makes for a good weapon against vampires. On top of being very weak against fire, they are also considered undead, therefore they are affected by the fiery explosion.
- If you are playing as a vampire when the explosion occurs you will be affected by it and gain the active effect, Meridia's light.
- The fiery explosion has the same visual effect and functions the same way as the Bane of the Undead spell.
- The description is slightly misleading, in that it is not necessary for Dawnbreaker to actually be the killing implement for the explosion to trigger: as long as the target has been hit by Dawnbreaker within 10 seconds before it dies, it may still explode.
- The explosion effect has a tendency to knock items around, so players should be mindful of this in dungeons, especially with smaller items like rings. At the same time, this can also cause soul gems being used for spellcaster traps to be dislodged from their position, effectively disarming the trap.
- The enchantment of this weapon is increased if you have the Augmented Flames perk. The fire damage is increased to 12 if you have the first perk and 15 if you have both the perks.
- It is possible that Dawnbreaker is based off of the sword Lightbringer from the Song of Ice and Fire series, a sword which shares several properties, among them are the fact that the sword emits light, seems to be in a constant state of intense heat, and its bane to monsters and the undead.
- Due to a bug in the related quest, you may gain two Dawnbreakers by using an area-of-effect spell to dislodge it from its pedestal. See this page for details.