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Artifact: Wuuthrad (000956b5)
(lore page)
Type Two-handed Battleaxe
Editor ID C06BladeOfYsgramor
Damage Damage 25
Damage Damage 25 {{{health}}}
Speed 0.7
Speed 0.7 Reach 1.3
Weight Weight 25 Value Value 2000
Quality Tempering Not possible (See Bugs)
Quality Tempering Not possible (See Bugs) Perk
Especially deadly to elves:
Charge/Cost = Uses Unlimited

Wuuthrad is an ancient battleaxe once wielded by the founder of the Companions, Ysgramor. Ysgramor carried the axe when he and the Five Hundred Companions drove the elves from Skyrim and Solstheim.

For historical information about Wuuthrad, see the lore article.

Its primary effect is causing 1.2x damage to elves, namely High Elves, Wood Elves, Dark Elves, and Falmer. Accordingly, the visage of a screaming elf decorates the axe. At the start of the game, Wuuthrad is in several fragments, four of which are located within the Companions headquarters Jorrvaskr. During the course of the Companions quest line, the weapon is reforged and is used to gain access to Ysgramor's tomb.

After placing Wuuthrad into the hands of Ysgramor's statue at the entrance of his tomb, you can take it back straight away and continue along without affecting the rest of the quest. You can use it as you see fit, though it is no longer a quest item and so has a weight. Wuuthrad can not be improved by smithing, though it can be enchanted. Despite this, the effect text doesn't change, which means you cannot see how much damage the enchantment does. You can still modify the amount.

Related QuestsEdit


  • The "enchantment" on Wuuthrad is actually a script that adds the hidden C06BladeOfYsgramorPerk when equipped.
  • The lack of a proper enchantment allows the axe to be affected by the Elemental Fury Shout, for as long as it is never enchanted.
  • Myrwatch's galleryCC contains a special holder for this item that displays it alongside the Shield of Ysgramor.
  • Ysgramor can be found armed with this axe while in Sovngarde, even if the player has it equipped as well.


  • Wuuthrad's bonus does not apply to elven (High Elf, Wood Elf, and Dark Elf) vampires, as vampires are given a separate race in the game data.
  • Wuuthrad's bonus against elves does not apply to Orcs (considered elves in some lore) or Orc vampires.
  • Wuuthrad's bonus against elves does not apply to Snow Elves or to the frozen Falmer.
  • Wuuthrad cannot be improved at a grindstone.
  • This weapon is not affected by any smithing perks.
  • Wuuthrad can be enchanted in addition to its existing enchantment.
  • In Ysgramor's Tomb during the Purity quest for Farkas, when you drop the Glenmoril Witch Head into the fire, Wuuthrad may disappear, and cannot be regained after this.