For other uses, see Pickaxe.

The Notched Pickaxe is a unique pickaxe found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Its appearance is identical to a regular pickaxe, but it possesses a unique enchantment.


It can be found at the very top of the Throat of the World. The intended path to get there is through completion of the quest "The Throat of the World." Just to the side of the Time Wound, opposite of the word wall is a slope that can be climbed to reach the summit. The pickaxe lies just below the peak, embedded into the rock. Alternatively, with enough patience, the mountain can be scaled on horseback or by jumping repeatedly. Upon reaching the top, the pickaxe can be acquired.


The pickaxe grants the Dragonborn +5 towards Smithing. In the base game, this does not break the cap of 100 Smithing. When used as a weapon, it inflicts 5–7 shock damage, in addition to its regular damage.



  • Points towards Smithing are capped at 5. The shock damage varies as per standard enchanting rules.
    • Dual Wielding two enchanted Notched Pickaxes does not increase the Smithing bonus over 5.
  • Despite its name, it shows no visible notches. 
  • When viewed in the Creation Kit, its Editor ID is dunVolunruudPickaxe even though it has no relation to Volunruud.
  • The Notched Pickaxe may be a reference to Markus Persson, a.k.a "Notch," who is the creator of Minecraft, as pickaxes are tools prominently featured in Minecraft. In addition, the Notched Pickaxe gives a bonus to Smithing, a skill similar to crafting items in Minecraft.[1]


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  •  PC   360   PS3   In the base game, the Notched Pickaxe can be disenchanted to learn the unique "Notched Pickaxe" enchantment.



Start a Discussion Discussions about Notched Pickaxe

  • Alternate Location?

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    • While going through the Pilgrim's Path (Twilight Sepulcher) during the "Darkness Returns" quest for the Thieves Guild, I fo...
    • There's no record online that I could find regarding the the Notched Pickaxe appearing in the Pilgrem's Path, but it could be a hid...
  • Duplication glitch turned my pickaxe into a stolen one?

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    • Just put it in a container and then have your follower take the contents of it. The item will no longer have the stolen flag on it; I just did...
    • ye do what ottoman said. or drop the pickaxe, and drop one or more items to dupe, so that the pickaxe is less likely to despawn or ...
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