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Artifact: Eltonbrand (katana_bluebrand_unique)
(lore page)
Type Long Blade One Hand
Damage Damage
Chop 10−60 Slash 5−55
Thrust 5−25 Ratio 90 (120 w/ spell)
Health Health 4,500
Health Health 4,500
Speed 1.5
Speed 1.5 Reach 1.0
Weight Weight 40 Value Value 150,000
Cast When Strikes
Fire Damage Fire Damage on 10−30 pts on Touch
Fortify Attack Fortify Attack on 30 pts for 30 secs on Self
Restore Fatigue Restore Fatigue on 10 pts on Self
Charge/Cost = Uses 500/5 = 100

Eltonbrand is a one-handed longsword obtainable by upgrading Goldbrand. Its statistics are better than those of Goldbrand's, with a higher possible damage output, more enchantments, and more uses of those enchantments.

Obtaining EltonbrandEdit

You must have Shashev's key (required for a vampire quest), Goldbrand, and exactly 11171 gold in your inventory. You also need to be a vampire when you talk to Sirilonwe. A script will run, which will show you the message "Go to Hell, Carolina!". You will now have Eltonbrand in your inventory instead of Goldbrand.


  • The odd nature of this sword seems to stem from Bethesda developer Mark Nelson. The NBA basketball player Elton Brand was a member of his favorite team in college, the Duke Blue Devils (itself referred to by his nickname "BlueDev", and the object ID of the sword), whose most bitter rivals are the North Carolina Tar Heels. The number "11171" is sometimes thought to be a reference to Nelson's birthday, 11/1/1971. It has also been thought to be a reference to a 111–71 Duke victory over the Tar Heels, however Duke has never beaten the Tar Heels by this score, and it appears to be a misattribution of Duke's 111-71 victory over West Virginia in 1963[1]. The name of the quest, "Shashev's Key", is also a reference to the long-time coach of the Blue Devils, Mike Krzyzewski, whose last name is pronounced "shə-SHEF-ski".
  • Unlike Goldbrand, Torasa Aram won't buy Eltonbrand.
  • If you have already sold or donated Goldbrand to the museum, you won't be able to acquire Eltonbrand using the stolen Goldbrand.