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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 10−30 pts on Touch
Fortify Attack Fortify Attack 30 pts for 30 secs on Self
Restore Fatigue Restore Fatigue 10 pts on Self
Charge/Cost = Uses 500/5 = 100

Eltonbrand is a one handed long sword 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.


After obtaining Goldbrand you must successfully complete the Shashev's Key quest. In order to do this you need to become a vampire and talk to Sirilonwe in the Vivec Mages Guild. You must have Shashev's key (he must be dead for you to obtain it), Goldbrand, and exactly 11171 gold on you when you talk to Sirilonwe. When all parameters are met the script will run and you should see the message "Go to Hell, Carolina!" You will now have Eltonbrand in your inventory rather than 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 variously thought to be a reference to Nelson's birthday, 11/1/1971, or to a 111–71 Duke victory over the Tar Heels. 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.