Okay, this is probably the third playthrough of the game I've done this but after I get the Ebony Blade up to its third power up it stops leveling up its drain ability. Even reloading another save doesn't let me power it up anymore.
Anyone else ran into this glitch? It is beginning to seriously annoy me.
how many people have you killed to confirm it's not leveling up anymore? and are you absolutely sure the people you are killing are your friends?
you only need to kill 10 people to max it out but this can be harder than it sounds since these people need to be friendly towards you for it to count, which means doing them a personal favor before killing them
there are several "easy" ways to get friend kills, such as giving a beggar a septim and then killing him, and completing quests which put more than one person on your good side (such as all orcs in orc camps when turning in The Forgemaster's Fingers), but you still need to make sure the people you're killing have actually befriended you, usually indicated by the way they talk to you ("You've been a good friend to me. that means something")
and finally, are you sure it's not fully powered already? it's only a 30-point absorb health at max power
there many listed glitches associated with the Ebony Blade on UESPwiki and the elder scrolls wiki, however it "not powering up with kills" is not listed anywhere as a glitch, and it's not a glitch i have ever heard about before or personally encountered, so other than confirming whether or not there is indeed a glitch at all, im not sure how to solve your issue
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Yeah, I know they are a friend since I paid them 500 gold to follow me and then I stabbed them in the back. Then I rezzed them with the ritual stone and did it again. I get this done about 6 times and then it stops responding. I get the line about their tears shining the ebony and that is the last time Mephala speaks. Just in case I rez and kill the follower another five times and she never speaks again. Maybe it is still powering up but since it doesn't list how much health its stealing I have no way of knowing if it is or not.
As I said I loaded an earlier save and tried it out on another two valid targets, assuming it was some glitch concerning the rezzing, and it didn't react in anyway and on this save I had not even used the blade yet.
I thought I might be the only one running across this.