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Stalhrim and Deathbrand Guide for Skyrim Dragonborn DLC
By Kristijan Zuzija
This is a Guide on Stalhrim: What it is, how do get it, where to get it, how to use it, and where to get Unique Stalhrim Armor.
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What is Stalhrim?
It is a rare crafting material that can only be mined with an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe, and can be found all over Solstheim.


It is mined in a slightly different manner than other ores are. First of all, there is no Stahlrim Ore. When you mine a Stalhrim Ore Vein you get Stalhrim straight away. Also, it takes a bit longer to mine per piece of "ore" gained, about twice as long in my experience.

When using Stalhrim Weapons and Armor, it is to be noted that Frost Enchantments are 25% more powerful when placed on Stalhrim! Thank you for reminding me Mor!
How do you mine Stalhrim?
This is a basic question with a simple answer. You mine it with an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe, which is very easily obtained.

Here is how you get an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe:

When you first arrive at Solstheim, you come to Raven Rock. In that very place there is a Smithie called Glover Mallory.

If you speak to him he will complain about his Nordic Pickaxe, if you ask him about it he will give you a Quest to return his Ancient Nordic Pickaxe to him from somebody who stole it. It is a very easy quest and doesn't involve any violence. When you return to him he will give you the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe.

Where can you find Stalhrim?
If you want to get a lot of Stalhrim, you will need to go to Skaal Village first.

There, speak to Deor Woodcutter. He will give you a quest to find Baldor Iron-Shaper.



This is also a fairly easy quest and you will only need to kill five Thalmor and travel a bit to complete it.

After you completed it, return to Skaal Village. There, speak to Baldor Iron-Shaper.




He will give you the ability to forge your own Stalhrim Armor and Weapons, as well as tell you where to find the Stalhrim Source, where you can mine a lot of Stalhrim.


He also sells Stalhrim Armor, Weapons, and Stalhrim itself.









What is it used for?
Well it's like I said, once you complete the Skaal Village quest you get to make your own Stalhrim Armor and Weapons.

There is both a Light and a Heavy craftable version of the Stalhrim Armor.

Its stats are about the same as of Ebony Armor and Weapons.


It is important to note that if you unlocked Ebony Smithing in the Smithing Perks, your ability to improve Stalhrim Armor and Weapons, using Stalhrim ofcourse, will double in efficiency.

The Deathbrand Armor


Originally posted by Death By Surds:
Just a note, you need to be at level 38 or above to comence the Death brand quest

It is a Unique Stalhrim Light Armor set, which grows increasingly more powerful the more of it you wear. E.G. if you wear the chestplate it isn't very powerful on its own, but if you wear it together with the helmet the chestplate becomes more powerful. If you wear all four pieces it reached the peak of its power.

It can be improved with Stalhrim after you have completed the Skaal Village Quest.


Its pieces are scattered around Solstheim, located in chests. Each chest has its own set of "guardians". It actually isn't very difficult to find but requires a lot of travel.

Once you find one of the chests, you should loot the bodies of the bandits guarding it to find a Map which will show the locations of each piece of Armor.

The chests are not all of the same difficulty to open. For me, two chests were Master Difficulty and the other two were Adept.

Make sure to bring plenty of lockpicks.

I hope that was helpful, enjoy playing the Dragonborn DLC and using Stalhrim, Dovakhiin! :)
23 Comments
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Axton Jan 5 @ 9:56am 
You should add what level and type of smitthing you need to be able to craft with stahlrim.
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:17am 
Thank you for your contribution :)
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:17am 
I added the information to the guide and listed your name :)
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 10, 2013 @ 11:15am 
Yes, there is a 25% buff to enchanting it with Frost Enchantments.
Mor Dec 10, 2013 @ 10:08am 
I meant this:
"Resist frost and frost damage enchantments are 25% stronger when placed on stalhrim items. Chaos damage enchantments are also 25% stronger, due to its frost damage effect."
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 10, 2013 @ 7:15am 
Sure thing! You can also buy an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe from Baldor Iron-Shaper in Skaal Village after you completed the required quest :)
Gearzandgizmoz |Poopcorn| Dec 9, 2013 @ 2:39pm 
Thx For The Info.Couldn't Get A Ancient Nordic Pick.
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 9, 2013 @ 5:59am 
That is indeed what I mean. Or just any other Unique Item that has an enchantment and cannot be enchanted any further. But Stalhrim as Stalhrim can be enchanted just like any other armor!
Daavkiin Dec 9, 2013 @ 4:56am 
You mean Daedric Artifacts?
Kristijan Zuzija  [author] Dec 9, 2013 @ 4:48am 
I'm not sure what you mean, you can enchant Stalhrim Weapons and Armor the same way as everything else, but you can't enchant Deathbrand Armor just like you can't enchant Daedric Weapons, since they already have enchantments of their own. Which are quite powerful and unique might I add.