Ebony weapons and heavy armor are created from the mineral Ebony, which is a hard, durable, black glass-like substance that is said to be the crystallized blood of the gods. See the lore article for general information. The primary Ebony mine in Skyrim is Gloombound Mine, in the Orc Stronghold of Narzulbur.
- 3 Ebony Ores are obtained by mining Ebony Ore Veins. Cannot be purchased.
- 1 Ebony Ingot is obtained by smelting 2 Ebony Ores. Can be purchased at level >= 27.
- Ebony Smithing requires 80 Smithing skill.
- Ebony armor is level 32 Heavy Armor, made from Ebony Ingots and Leather Strips.
- Ebony weapons are level 36 weapons, made from Ebony Ingots and Leather Strips.
- Ebony ingots can be found (rare) in chests.
 Mineral Sources
In addition to the following guaranteed sources, the best random locations are:
- Ebony Ingots may be sold by blacksmiths and general goods merchants starting at level 27.
- Ebony Ore may be randomly found in Falmer loot starting at level 13.
These ore vein locations are also listed in the Ebony Veins category, and the exterior ore veins are shown on .
|Eastmarch||Gloombound Mine||16||16||1||Mine is located inside the Orc stronghold of Narzulbur.|
|SolstheimDB||Raven Rock Mine||9||Mine is located inside the city of Raven Rock.|
|Winterhold||Blackreach||6||Near the waterfalls to the south.|
|The Rift||Redbelly Mine||3||3||Mine is located outside Shor's Stone. The ores are outside the mine, next to the smelter.|
|Whiterun Hold||Throat of the World||2||Very top of the mountain.|
|Hjaalmarch||Labyrinthian||1||3||Ore is in Labyrinthian Chasm; ingots are in Labyrinthian, Tribune.|
|The Pale||Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon||3||Found within the shrine. Must complete the quest Pieces of the Past.|
|Falkreath Hold||Pinewatch||1||Ore is in Pinewatch Bandit's Sanctuary.|
|The Pale||Wreck Of The Brinehammer||1||Ore is in The Brinehammer Below Deck.|
|The Pale||Raldbthar||1||Ore is in Raldbthar Deep Market.|
 Ebony Smithing
Ebony Smithing is the third perk in the heavy armor branch of the Smithing skill's perk tree. Unlocking it requires a Smithing skill of 80, and the Orcish Smithing perk must have already been unlocked. It allows both Ebony armor and Ebony weapons to be crafted.
The Ebony Smithing perk also causes tempering of Ebony weapons and armor to be twice as effective. This perk applies to both unenchanted Ebony gear and enchanted gear (generic armor, generic weapons, or custom), as long as the Arcane Blacksmith perk has been unlocked. Tempering of the Savior's Hide is also improved by Ebony Smithing, even though it does not use an Ebony Ingot.
 Ebony Armor
Ebony armor is the third-best heavy armor, behind Dragonplate and Daedric armors. It appears in leveled lists starting at level 32 (enchanted varieties at level 33). All items can be tempered using 1 Ebony Ingot, and having the Ebony Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement.
|Name (ID)||Raw Materials||Delta||Ratio|
|Totals (with shield):||76||3550||128||17||10|
|Totals (without shield):||62||2800||96||13||9|
- Ebony Armor is affected by the Light Armor perk Unhindered instead of the Heavy Armor perk Matching Set.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
- In third person view, a male wearing Ebony Armor has an uncovered gap with visible skin around the neck area.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.[verification needed]
 Ebony Weapons
Ebony weapons are generally the second-best standard weapons in the original version of the game, behind only Daedric weapons. However, the Ebony Mace and Ebony War Axe are actually slightly better than the Daedric equivalents. These two weapons have identical damage statistics to the Daedric versions, but weigh less and do not require the use of a valuable Daedra Heart, making them somewhat better overall. The Dawnguard plug-in introduces Dragonbone weapons, making Ebony the third-best standard of weapon.
Ebony Weapons appear in leveled lists starting at level 36 (enchanted varieties at level 37). All items except ammunition can be tempered using 1 Ebony Ingot, and having the Ebony Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. Arrows can only be smithed if the Dawnguard plug-in has been installed.
|Ebony War Axe
|0||7||20||N/A||1 Ebony + 1 Firewood =
24 Ebony ArrowsDG
† The speed of an Ebony Dagger is 1 instead of 1.3. This bug also applies to all generic enchanted Ebony Daggers.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.5.24 of the Official Skyrim Patch.
- Ebony Ore can be sold to Dushnamub for the quest Mine Ore.
- Ebony Ingots are needed to create and temper Daedric armor and weapons, and to create a random enchanted armor or weapon at the Atronach Forge.
- Several artifacts and unique weapons are tempered using Ebony Ingots.
- Ore veins (all types) sometimes do not respawn normally. See Mining (Bugs) and elsewhere on that article and its talk page.