Skyrim Dragonborn Deathbrand Armor and Weapons Guide

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Skyrim’s new Dragonborn DLC gives you the opportunity to explore new areas, collect tons of ancient legendary artifacts, and uncover many mysteries.

The Deathbrand set is a new type of light armor ideal for those who use magic (however, melee weapon wielders can get some benefits, which are discussed ahead).

This unique armor grows stronger as more pieces of the set are collected, and you can do so by initiating a specific quest for the very purpose, called Deathbrand.

Initiating the Quest
In order to start the quest, you will need to be level 38 or higher – anything below that and you won’t be able to initiate it. Secondly, you must find and read a copy of the Deathbrand book. One of the places you can find the book is in the Temple in Raven Rock.

Other places you can find the book are the Retching Netch or the Greathall of SkaalvVillage.

Once you read the book, you will get the ability to unlock Ancient Chests. If you had unlocked any of these chests (typically by lock-picking) prior to reading the book, they would have been empty.

Finding the Deathbrand Armor Set Parts
As stated earlier, the Deathbrand armor’s power grows as more pieces are found and equipped. The following are all the Deathbrand set parts, along with their locations:

Deathbrand Helmet

Enchantment: +100 Armor while wearing a full set of Deathbrand Armor + Waterbreathing

Haknir’s Shoal, a small island in the north of Solstheim, found north of Windstone.

Deathbrand Armor

Enchantment: +15 Stamina per Deathbrand item worn

North of Earthstone, northwest of Raven Rock. It is guarded by two bandits.

Deathbrand Gauntlets

Enchantment: +10% more damage per Deathbrand item worn with one-handed weapons.

Across a waterfall south of Bristleback Cave, near a river.

Deathbrand Boots

Enchantment: +10 carrying capacity per Deathbran item worn

West of Tel Mithryn, in a chest along the river shore. It is surrounded by Ash Spawn.

Quest after the Armor
It’d be unwise for you to back off now and go exploring for other stuff. If you have the Nordic Pickaxe, then you can really get your hands on some gold, potions, and a set of unique Scimitar swords owned by Mr. Death-Brand himself.

When you find the last part of the Deathbrand armor set, you will also find a key to the Gyldenhul Barrow. Head over there, and you will find the corpse of a dead adventurer. There are also two sarcophagi with Stahlrim in them.

In order to proceed further, you will need to equip the Nordic Pickaxe and mine through the Stahlrim to the right to reveal a secret passage. Head down to find some treasure. As soon as you pick up any of the items, the gate behind will close.

Head further and you will find the resting place of Haknir Death-Brand. Behind him is a unique Scimitar, Bloodscythe. Pick it up, and the ghost of Death-Brand will appear. Fight him and the other enemies he spawns. Once he is defeated, loot him to find another weapon named Soulrender.

If both these weapons are equipped simultaneously while wearing the Deathbrand armor, it will give some power additional buffs, such as increasing damage done with one-handed weapons for each piece of Deathbrand Armor you have equipped, as well as giving an armor boost to make up for the lack of a shield.


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  • big boi

    Deathbed armor is so much worse than what you can make with enchanting and something at one hundred, and sucks compared to what you can do with alchemy besides the other two.

  • Guest

    the deathbrand armor sucks big time….all pieces worn (smithed to legendary) and you dont even get over 400 on a armor rating…my deadric armor, and sheild (legendary),and my Konahrik dragon preist mask (legendary), gives me a armor rating of 1,042….the deathbrand armor wasnt even worth the little time it took to find it all

    • Joshua Michael Steenburgh

      Not true. I’m at 448 armor rating and I plan on getting an additional 100-150 out of it through skill unlocks. It’s the best light armor in my opinion if you are dual-wielding swords and etc, unless you’re making some custom enchanted shit with a purpose.

      • Joshua Michael Steenburgh

        Swords are shit however. Dragon better :)

  • Alexander

    holy crap these were some of the worst directions possible. -.- you telling me to go east when its north then west when its east… Please cross check your work.

  • Jonah

    What are the scymitars abilities

    • Alexander

      they are swords that have charges in them, so your gonna have to use soul gems to replenish them. But the first one you get is drain 15 health and weakens your opponents armor when you strike them. the one you loot from the gost deathguy (whatever his name is) it drains 15 point of magicka and stamina i believe. (i dont use them i just put them in my chest underneath my armory guy in my heartfire home)