I went to improve some weapons, and I was sorting through my list when I noticed a symbol next to a weapon's name. It was green and it looked like an arrow with some sort of vines or swirls around it. What does this mean?

Oh, not sure if this matters or not, but it was the Axe of Whiterun.

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It means the item has had poison applied. So the next time you use the weapon the poison will be used and the symbol will disappear.


You're talking about the symbol in the upper left, correct? It means your weapon was either cursed or poisoned. It will eventually go away on its own. When you have it Equipped, look at your stats - magicka, health, strength - one of them should be in the Red. It takes a long time to go away, but I also went to a shrine of Talos to be sure. A shrine of Talos removes all curses and ill effects, but this may not apply to equipment. All I know is this just happened to me and it took a few hours of real playing time for it to go away.enter image description here

  • Ah, I see. That's a snake with venom dripping from its mouth. I feel like I should have been able to decode that on my own.
    – user20546
    Feb 26, 2012 at 23:53

It would be helpful if you posted a screen shot but i would say that the weapon is poisoned. if this isn't the case please post a screenshot it would make it a lot easier.


It means you have poisoned your weapon or used a poison on it.

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    I think that has been covered in the previous answers.
    – bwarner
    Nov 28, 2012 at 18:03

I believe this is the symbol you saw?

If so it probably just means the weapon is enchanted.

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    No, he means in the weapon description. I'll upload it eventually.
    – Bryan
    Jan 16, 2012 at 17:47

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