I've learned quite a bit of smithing now and just started to be able to create Daedric armor and weapons. But now I noticed that I need Daedra hearts as an ingredients to create those.

Where can I find some Daedra to rip their hearts out and make some armor and weapons out of them?

  • This is a good question - in about 25 levels, I've only ever found about four hearts. Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 22:13
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    Typically, between their lungs. *rimshot*
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 23:46
  • In merely 10 smithing levels you will have dragon armor, I didn't feel making daedric stuff was worth it
    – Eric
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 4:32

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Daedra hearts are a rare drop from Daedra mobs: Atronachs and Dremoras. They will not drop from conjured Daedra, though: so no farming your conjured servants. Good places to find Daedra are during the Daedric quests The Black Star and Pieces of the Past.

In addition to that:

  • One can be stolen from the Nightcaller Temple in the Daedric quest Waking Nightmare
  • One can be stolen from Kodiak's room in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun
  • Enthir in Winterhold College sells 2 every 48 hours at a huge premium
  • They will rarely show up for sale on random vendors throughout the world

The Wikia suggests a few other places as well:

  • Alchemists in Orc Camps will sell 2-3 of them
  • Babette at the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
  • One at Hall of the Vigilant directly south of Dawnstar and near Red Road Pass where a giant exists
  • Random chance to be on any of several vendors in Markarth Side
  • Can any vendor have them, or just alchemy vendors? What about the food vendors that also stock the salt alchemy ingredient?
    – Arkive
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 22:44
  • @Arkive As I understand it, it's a random chance on any vendor. However, the Wikia suggests it might be more localized to Orc alchemists and vendors in Markarth.
    – user3389
    Commented Nov 16, 2011 at 22:50
  • The dremoras that spawn from Mehrunes' Razor quest will net you 1 Daedra Heart each, totalling 4 if you go into the Shrine. elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Mehrunes'_Razor_(Skyrim) Commented Jan 3, 2012 at 14:08
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    I've found, at least for the PS3 version, once you become the harbinger for the companions the heart in Kodiak's room will respawn every few days, or at least there has been one back everytime i've revisited. Also its not stealing when you're da person in charge ;) Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 19:41

The only reliable way to guarantee that you'll get a Deadra Heart sadly involves giving up a Black Soul Gem.

First off, you'll need to do the Conjuration Ritual quest at the College of Winterhold - which means you need a Conjuration of 90. You'll receive a Sigil Stone as a reward, which can be used to upgrade the Atronach Forge. A Black Soul Gem and a Human Heart in the forge will yield a Daedra Heart.

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    Are Human Hearts not equally rare? Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 2:19
  • @RavenDreamer: Sort of. Key difference: There's always more humans to farm hearts from. Or, well, Murder as the case may be, Commented Nov 17, 2011 at 2:25
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    Except you can't harvest human hearts from humans, only find them as loot in the world.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 at 18:12

As an alternative to the vendors mentioned in other answers, Herluin Lothaire usually has two daedra hearts. He restocks every 48 hours although is not guaranteed to restore both hearts after this time, instead replenishing with other rare ingredients such as void salts and fire salts. The longest I have ever had to wait for at least one heart is 48 hours.

Herluin Lothaire's shop is located in The Ragged Flaggon (Thieves Guild Bar room) in Riften, however only after completing the second of the special jobs for Delvin. Special jobs are obtained by doing 5 random jobs for Delvin or Vex in the same city. Membership of the thieves guild is required, therefore, to use him as a vendor.

This means it may require more effort initially to set up this source of daedra hearts, though he forms a much more reliable one than drops from Daedras encountered in the wild.


If you do Azuras quest and turn her soul gem back over to her, you travel inside the gem (crazy, I know) and you fight 4-5 daedra and get their hearts, once killed.

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    You travel inside the gem in both endings, so you have the option of the 3 (if I remember correctly) daedra hearty either way (the resulting reward is slightly different, 'though). Commented Nov 28, 2011 at 7:20
  • Yes. If you go to the shrine to purge the artifact, you get the Dark Star, a reusable Grand Soul Gem. If you go to Winterhelm's bar to find the mage. The mage will also send you into the gem to purge it. However, if you go with the mage, the gem becomes a resusable Black Soul Gem (The Black Star), able to store human souls.
    – user16871
    Commented Dec 21, 2011 at 22:05

After you complete the quest Pieces of the Past - going along with Mehrunes Dagon, He will spawn 2 Daedra in Daedric Armor, there will also be 2 more waiting for you inside the shrine (of Mehrunes Dagon) , and they will respawn everytime you visit - 4 Daedra = 4 Daedric Hearts - every time!


I actually got a daedra heart dropped from a thalmor conjurer in the Ratways today. My first one as well.


You can buy Daedra hearts from Enthir in the College at Winterhold. He will respawn 2 every 48 hours. This is how I managed to make my armour without having to trawl around, waiting for them to be dropped. I'd buy two, then wait or sleep for 2 days. Then, rinse and repeat. the first time I did this, Enthir offered to sell me goods, no problem. On a different playthrough though, he won't yet sell me anything. Not sure what you have to do to make him sell you stuff, but I do know he becomes a fence for the Thieve's Guild. Although, I was not a member of the guild the first time, so not sure if this affects whether he will sell to you or not.)

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    I know Enthir wont sell anything to you if you become the archmage before speaking with him for the first time.
    – doger
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 15:57

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