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Top 7 Best Daggers in Skyrim

Skyrim is one of the most beloved RPG games of all time. Part of what makes it so endearing is the number of different play styles players can choose. From warriors to wizards, archers to sneaky assassins, Skyrim allows you to play all these different classes adeptly. If you decide to play the assassin class or the archer class, you might want the best daggers in the game. Luckily for you, this list contains all the best options for gamers looking for blades in Skyrim.

Top 7 Best Daggers in Skyrim

Disclaimer: Every individual has a different opinion. This list is solely based on mine. This post is just to suggest the best daggers to use in the Elder Scrolls Skyrim. You may not find this list similar to yours, so let us know about your list down in the comments below. Remember that some daggers can perform better in certain situations while others won’t.

7. Valdr’s Lucky Dagger

Valdr's Lucky Dagger

The first weapon on our list is Valdr’s Lucky Dagger. This weapon is a unique steel dagger, which is available through the “Hunter and Hunted” questline. The blade belongs to a Nord by the name of Valdr. The weapon was a gift from his good friend Ari. During a trip to Moss Mother Cavern, his friend Ari and another were slain by a spriggan.

The quest will ask you to assist Valdr in clearing out the cave by eliminating the spriggans. Once you remove the spriggans, you’ll receive the dagger as a gift. Valdr’s Lucky Dagger has a base damage of 5 which is inferior to all the other blades on this list. However, you can get this particular knife early on in the game. It’s a great early game weapon to have with an unlimited enchantment.

The enchantment grants the dagger with a 25% chance to get a critical hit on every strike. This will increase the base damage to 7.5. Due to this enchantment, it is the absolute best dagger you can find early in the game.

6. Mehrune’s Razor

Mehrune's Razor

Luckily for all elder scroll fans, the legendary Mehrune’s Razor is present in Skyrim. The dagger is one of the several daedric artifacts found in the game. The blade has a quite brilliant design. The knife is black and silver with a daedric character engraved on the surface.

The dagger is available through the “Pieces of the Past” quest. (SPOILER ALERT) To get the dagger players must kill Silus Vesuius. Once you get the dagger, it has a high base damage of 11. The knife on its own is deadly; however, the enchantment that comes along with it makes it lethal.

Mehrune’s Razor has a unique enchantment. Each strike has a 1.98% chance of instantly killing an enemy. Regardless of the enemies’ health or level, this dagger can take potentially anything in the game down. Easily one of the best late-game blades you find.

5. Keening Dagger

Keening Dagger

Keening is an ancient dwemer weapon you can find in Skyrim. Lord Kagrenac, who was the chief architect of the dwemers, made this legendary weapon during the first era. This dagger is rather tricky to find and is available during the quest “Arniel’s Endeavor.”

During the quest, the Dragonborn must visit several radiant locations. At one of these locations, the dagger will be available. The knife has a base damage of 8. However, it is easily one of the best daggers players can use in the game. Its enchantment allows it to absorb 10 points of Health, Magicka, and Stamina on every strike. With each hit, you will deplete your opponents and make yourself stronger.

Interestingly enough during the quest, the weapon has an additional enchantment. As long as you’re using the blade your maximum Health, Stamina, and Magicka will be 5 points lower.

4. Bloodthorn


Bloodthorn is another early in-game dagger the Dragonborn can use. It isn’t as effective as Valdr’s Lucky Dagger, but it still has its advantages. The knife is found on the balcony of the location Hag’s End.

If you go early in the game, you might face your first real challenge in the Hag. However, it isn’t anything to difficult to take down, and you should be fine. The dagger is on the altar and has a unique enchantment. If a target dies in three seconds while it’s in use, the blade fills a soul gem.

Soul gems are incredibly essential and allow you to control the enchantments. The dagger may not do massive damage, but it’s an excellent complementary tool. It can help charge your most potent weapons.

3. Blade of Woe

Blade of Woe

Easily the sharpest unique dagger in the game. Astrid, a fan favorite and leader of the dark brotherhood, carries this unique dagger. The weapon is obtainable in multiple ways. It’s available as a reward upon completion of “Death Incarnate.” Players can also acquire the blade by killing Astrid and looting the dagger. Naturally, this will eliminate the dark brotherhood questline.

The Blade of Woe has a base damage of 12, which is the highest alongside the Dragonbone dagger. The enchantment is slightly weak, in comparison to others in the game. The blade will absorb 10 points of health on every hit. However, it has only six charges. You can work around this by improving your destruction perk.

Even with its slightly underwhelming enchantment, the Blade of Woe is the best unique dagger in the game. It has a really great design to back it up as well.

2. Dragonbone Dagger

Dragonbone Dagger

The article already mentions the Dragonbone Dagger as having the most significant base damage in the game. It’s available through the Dawnguard DLC. The dagger is a craftable item meaning as soon as you have the DLC you can potentially get this weapon.

There’s a slight catch though. To get this weapon you need to have a smithing level of 100. Furthermore, you will also need the “Dragon Armor” perk. After you meet the requirements, you can craft the dagger at any bench. The components are 1 dragon bone and 1 leather strip, both of which are everyday items in the game.

With such high base damage and enchantment potential, the Dragonbone Daggers are among the strongest in the game.

1. Daedric Dagger

Daedric Dagger

Last but not least, the coolest looking dagger in the game, the Daedric Dagger. Another craftable item, the Daedric Dagger will be available in-game once the player reaches level 46.

Upon reaching level 46, the dagger is available through several merchants and as random loot as well. Players can also craft the weapon themselves. The weapon requires level 90 smithing and the “Daedric Smithing” perk to forge. The components are one Daedra heart, one leather strip, and one ebony ingot.

The Daedric Dagger has a base damage of 11 and limitless enchantment potential. The incredible design and its raw power make it an absolute favorite of Skyrim players around the world.

These are the very best daggers you can find in-game. Regardless of whether you’re looking for an early game weapon or a late-game blade, this list has the very best daggers you can use.


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