For other uses, see Wuuthrad.
"When Ysgramor awoke the next morning, Yngol presented him with a mighty axe, hewn from the sorrow that had laid him low just the night before. And the Harbinger of us all embraced his son. He cried out in joy, sadness, and rage. And there on the deck of the last ship from Saarthal, Ysgramor named his axe Wuuthrad, which means "Storm's Tears" in the language of Atmora."

Wuuthrad is a unique two-handed battleaxe that appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

History[edit | edit source]

It was originally wielded by Ysgramor, the legendary leader of the Five Hundred Companions, during the Nordic-Falmer War which took place across much of Skyrim and Solstheim in the Merethic Era. The weapon was later shattered into fragments, several of which are displayed in the Companions' mead hall of Jorrvaskr, until they were stolen by the Silver Hand during the Companions' questline.[1]

Wuuthrad was forged by Ysgramor's son, Yngol, the day after the Night of Tears. Legend has it that when Ysgramor left Saarthal, his tears of grief were made of pure ebony, which Yngol used to forge this axe. Yngol heated the tears with lightning and then cooled them in the ocean, and the result was a great axe forged from Ysgramor's own wrath and sorrow. Yngol gifted the axe to his father, who named it "Wuuthrad," meaning "Storm's Tears" in the Atmoran tongue. The axe was later enchanted by Ahzidal, who was one of the most powerful human enchanters since the Merethic Era.[2]

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

Wuuthrad can be obtained during "Glory of the Dead." It is re-forged by Eorlund Gray-Mane after all the fragments of Wuuthrad are retrieved from the Silver Hand. Later, it is used to open a passage within Ysgramor's Tomb during "Glory of the Dead," but it can be removed from the statue immediately afterwards without incident.

Effect[edit | edit source]

The weapon bears the inherent ability of dealing 1.2x damage to AltmerBosmerDunmer, and Falmer.

The effect is not considered an enchantment, so Wuuthrad is affected by the Elemental Fury shout. Additionally, it may be enchanted at an arcane enchanter to stack with its inherent ability, although the description "Especially deadly to Elves" will remain.

Physical appearance[edit | edit source]

Wuuthrad is a two-handed battleaxe with blades on both sides. It has a long handle, ending in a sharp point at the top. It has a mostly grayish tone. It also features a screaming Elf on the head of the axe. The two ears of the elf are small and pressed close to the face.

When Wuuthrad is sheathed, it will appear on the Dragonborn's back diagonally, facing downward to the Dragonborn's left, with the handle pointing up and to the Dragonborn's right.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Concept art for Wuuthrad reveals it originally bore the name "Elf-Grinder" (see gallery).
  • In Sovngarde, Ysgramor can be seen in the Hall of Valor equipped with his legendary axe.
  • In the middle of the battleaxe's blade, there is a carving of a screaming elf—a visual allusion to the fact that Wuuthrad is especially powerful for killing Mer.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Wuuthrad (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Wuuthrad may disappear when placed on Ysgramor's statue for the first time.
  • Wuuthrad may not use Stamina when using a power attack.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If placed on a weapons rack and later removed, it is possible for Wuuthrad to be marked as a quest item, and no longer be capable of being dropped or put into a chest. However, it is possible to remove Wuuthrad from one's inventory by using it on a weapons rack again, though it will only be thrown onto the floor nearby and not placed on the rack.
  •  360   If placed on a weapon plaque, Wuuthrad may disappear. Sometimes, it can even be found floating in the air across from the weapon plaque.
  • Wuuthrad can increase or decrease base damage randomly when loading a saved game.
  •  PC   360   When equipped, Wuuthrad may become impossible to swing or attack with.
  • Orsimer and Falmer may not be affected by the bonus damage.

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References[edit | edit source]

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