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Skyrim:Mace of Molag Bal

Mace of Molag Bal
Mace of Molag Bal
Base Damage 16
Speed 0.8
Weight 18
Value 1257
Level 1+
Category Mace
Class Daedric Artifact
Variants Rusty Mace
Skill One-Handed
Unique Yes
Item ID 000233E3
Game/DLC Skyrim

The Mace of Molag Bal is technically the best weapon to get early in Skyrim due to its extremely powerful enchantment that allowes its user to deal 41 damage per hit at level 1! It is also one of the 17 Daedric Artifacts required for the Oblivion walker Achievement/Trophy in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Weapon Enchantment

Mace of Molag Bals mace is so strong beacuase of its enchantment which drains the target for 25 points of magicka and stamina with every strike, this effect also ignores the enemies armor. It will soul trap the target which makes maintaining its charge very easy, so long as you have soul gems in your inventory.

You can find full breakdown and information of all Weapon Enchantment Effects.

Deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka. If target dies within 3 seconds, fills a soul gem

How to Get Mace of Molag Bal Guide

Where to find Mace of Molag Bal Location

To find the mace of Molag Bal you must travel to the city of Markarth in the south west of Skyrim. Once you arrive head through the centre of town and you will find a robed Vigilant of Stendarr named Tyranus standing outside an abandoned house. He will give you the quest The House of Horrors, once completed you will get Molag Bals Mace as a reward (see video guide above). Note that it is possible to miss the Mace of Molag Bal by failing the quest, this can be done by defying Molag Bal.

Gameplay Tips

  • Molag Bal's Mace is the strongest one handed weapon in Skyrim and you can obtain it at level 1.
  • Since Molag Bal's Mace is not a levelled weapon the enchantment will be just as powerful if you get it at level 1. The mace does 16 base damage while the enchantment does 25 damage to health which also ignores the enemies armor, in total the mace does 41 damage per hit!
  • The mace is also enchanted with soul trap, so as long as you have soul gems in your inventory you can make sure its fully charged without needing to manually cast soul trap on your targets.
  • If you pair this weapon with Azura's Daedric artifact with the Azura's Star or The Black Star it will act as a reusable soul gem and since the Mace of Molag Bal has soul trap you will effectively have an unlimited enchantment empowering your weapon. Note that this will also level your Enchanting Skill very quickly.

Trivia and Lore

  • When walking around with the mace equipped, nearby NPCs may comment on it, saying: "That mace... get it away from me. Get it away..." or "No.. get that accursed mace away from me..."
  • Mace of Molag Bal, is known as the Vampire's Mace due to Molag Bal being the creator of vampires.
  • During the quest, The House of Horrors you will receive The Rusty Mace which is actually the Mace of Molag Bal, it will transform once the Skyrim:Dragonborn|Dragonborn]] gains Molag Bals blessing.
  • The mace is abnormally large taking up one fifth of the screen when equipped in first person.

Smithing.png Smithing Guide

Enchanted weapons require the Arcane Blacksmith Perk to upgrade.

Crafting Materials Upgrade Materials Smithing Level Smithing Perk
Cannot be crafted Ebony Ingot - None

Item tier.png Weapon Levels

Some weapons in Skyrim are Levelled. The power of a levelled weapon is based on your charcters level when you get them. Some get stronger in both physical and magical aspects, while others only improve their enchantments. These items don't get better as your character levels up.

Mace of Molag Bal is not a levelled weapon.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
1+ 16 18 1257 Deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka. If target dies within 3 seconds, fills a soul gem 000233E3

One-Handed Weapon Categories

All Unique Maces

Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill DLC
Horksbane Skyrim Horksbane.webp 10 0.8 14 250 Especially effective against horkers XX026490 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Dragonborn
Mace of Molag Bal Skyrim Mace of Molag Bal.webp 16 0.8 18 1257 Deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka. If target dies within 3 seconds, fills a soul gem 000233E3 1+ Ebony Ingot None One-Handed Skyrim
Prelate's Mace Skyrim Prelate's Mace.webp 13 0.8 7 330 Cannot be enchanted 00013990 1+ Refined Moonstone Elven Smithing One-Handed Dawnguard
Rusty Mace Skyrim Rusty Mace.webp 7 0.8 13 5 Cannot be enchanted 0022F0F 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None One-Handed Skyrim
Ancient Nord Mace Skyrim Ancient Nord Mace.webp 10 0.9 16 17 Enchantable XX000E46 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Honed Ancient Nord Mace Skyrim Honed Ancient Nord Mace.webp 13 0.9 18 31 Enchantable XX08A1EE 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Light of Day Skyrim Light of Day.webp 16 0.9 20 1614 30 points of sun damage, undead targets take triple damage XX13101E 1+ Iron Ingot None One-Handed Creation Club
Sunder Skyrim Sunder.webp 15 0.9 18 1720 Does 5 points of frost, fire, and shock damage each. Does 15 points of damage to stamina and magicka FEXXX801 1+ Dwarven Metal Ingot Dwarven Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Scourge Skyrim Scourge.webp 18 0.8 22 6569 Summoned Daedra up to level 36 are sent back to Oblivion XX000B5E 1+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing One-Handed Creation Club
Mace of the Crusader Skyrim Mace of the Crusader.webp 16 0.8 18 2501 Burns the target for 15 points. Targets on fire take extra damage FEXXX80d 1+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing One-Handed Creation Club

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