Unenchanted Orcish war axes will begin to appear throughout Skyrim at level 6, and enchanted war axes can be found at level 7. They will rarely appear as low as level 4. Locations where Orcish war axes can be found include:
- Blacksmiths and general goods merchants.
- Wielded by various friendly characters or enemies.
- Found as random loot in chests or as a world item throughout Skyrim.
- Various Orcs in Orc strongholds wield Orcish war axes.
- Mogrul in Raven Rock carries an enchanted Orcish War Axe of Devouring, which can be looted from his corpse.
It can be upgraded with an orichalcum ingot at a grindstone, and also benefits from the Orcish Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.
- As of version 220.127.116.11.8, the Orcish War Axe of Diminishing (000AA1DC) uses the world model and base stats of the iron war axe.