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Skyrim:Rueful Axe

Rueful Axe
Rueful Axe
Base Damage 22
Speed 0.7
Weight 10
Value 1183
Level 1+
Category Battleaxe
Class Daedric Artifact
Variants None
Skill Two-Handed
Unique Yes
Item ID 0001C4E6
Game/DLC Skyrim

The Rueful Axe can be found in The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, it is possible to miss obtaining the weapon if the wrong choices are made during the quest to obtain it. While the Rueful Axe may seem like an incredibly powerful Two-handed daedric weapon that can be obtained at level 1, it actually is not very powerful unique weapon due to its very slow attack speed.

Originally the weapon was given to Sebastian Lort, who had begged the daedric prince Clavicus Vile to help him cure his daughter of Lycanthropy.

Weapon Enchantment

Does 20 points of Stamina damage

How to Get the Rueful Axe Location

Where to find the Rueful Axe Location?

To get the unique Daedric Artifact, the Rueful Axe in Skyrim, you must start the daedric quest, "A Daedra's Best Friend." However it is possible to miss the Rueful Axe if you choose the wrong options in the quest, as described in the video above.

The quest can be started once the Dragonborn reaches level 10.

  • Serach for the dog Barbas on the Road near Falkreath, in the south west of Skyrim. If you have trouble finding him just talk to one of Lod the towns Blacksmith.
  • Engage in a conversation with the talking dog Barbus.
  • Accompany Barbas on the journey to the Clavicus Vile shrine in Haemar's Shame.
  • Obtain the Rueful Axe in the company of Barbas.
  • Go back to the Clavicus Vile shrine alongside Barbas, bringing the Rueful Axe with you.
  • Decide to either present the Rueful Axe to Clavicus Vile or use it to eliminate Barbas

If you choose to eliminate Barbas with the Rueful Axe you will be able to keep the unique axe as a reward (note: the axe does not count towards the Oblivion Walker achievement progress). Alterntively if you refuse to eliminate Barbas you will receive the arguably more useful Masque of Clavicus Vile as a reward instead.

Gameplay Tips and Tricks

  • Since you can get the Rueful battleaxe at level 1 in Skyrim, it can be considered a powerful weapon early on. But it actually swings slower and does 1 less base damage than an Elven Warhammer which can also be obtained at level 1 in Skyrim. So it won't serve much use in combat beyond being a cool looking display item.
  • The Rueful Axe has the slowest swing speed in the entire game.
  • The unique axe is embellished with two howling wolfs on the side off the axe head. Since the Rueful Axe was originally given to Sebastian Lort, who had begged the daedric prince Clavicus Vile to help him cure his daughter of Lycanthropy. Its howling wolf motif may be a cruel jest from Clavicus Vile, hinting at Sebastian's daughters true fate.

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.

The Rueful Axe is not a leveled weapon.

Level Damage Weight Value Enchantment Level ID
1+ 22 10 1183 Does 20 points of Stamina damage 0001C4E6

Two-Handed Weapon Categories

All Unique Battleaxes

Name Image Damage Speed Weight Value Enchantment Item ID Level Upgrade Material Crafting Perk Skill DLC
Drainblood Battleaxe Skyrim Drainblood Battleaxe.webp 21 0.7 5 266 Absorb 15 points of health 000F82FA 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Headsman's Axe Skyrim Headsman's Axe.webp 17 0.7 11 15 Enchantable 000BE25E 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls Skyrim Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls.webp 18 0.7 21 320 If target dies within 5 seconds, fills a soul gem. Burns the target for 10 points. Targets on fire take extra damage 00040002 2+ Steel Ingot Steel Smithing Two-Handed Skyrim
Rueful Axe Skyrim Rueful Axe.webp 22 0.7 10 1183 Does 20 points of Stamina damage 0001C4E6 1+ Ebony Ingot None Two-Handed Skyrim
The Woodsman's Friend Skyrim The Woodsman's Friend.webp 17 0.7 20 28 Cannot be enchanted 00022265 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Tsun's Battleaxe Skyrim Tsun's Battleaxe.webp 27 0.7 36 1000 Cannot be enchanted 0005BF18 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Wuuthrad Skyrim Wuuthrad.webp 25 0.7 25 2000 Does 1.2x Damage to Elves 000956B5 1+ Cannot be Upgraded None Two-Handed Skyrim
Shadowrend (Battleaxe) Skyrim Shadowrend Battleaxe.webp 26 0.6 27 2750 Target is 15% weaker to magic for 30 seconds FEXXXD62 1+ Ebony Ingot Daedric Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club
Headman's Cleaver Skyrim Headman's Cleaver.webp 25 0.6 24 2900 Enchantable FEXXX803 1+ Orichalcum Ingot Orcish Smithing Two-Handed Creation Club

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