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For other uses, see Pickaxe.
Not to be confused with Ancient Nordic Pick Axe.

Ancient Nordic Pickaxe is a one-handed weapon found in Solstheim. It is the only kind of pickaxe that is capable of mining Stalhrim. By the Fourth Era, there are very few of the pickaxes remaining.[1] It can be both enchanted, and improved with Smithing.



  • Hoarfrost – A unique variant held by Ralis Sedarys. It can be obtained via pickpocketing or completing the quest "Unearthed."
  • There is a unique variant of the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe with the ID DLC2RR03NordPickaxe in the game files. Though it appears identical to the standard version in every way, it has a unique Item ID in game xx0206f2 and this is the actual weapon retrieved from Crescius Caerellius. If adding the item via console, this is the only version Glover Mallory will accept to complete the "An Axe to Find" quest.


An Axe to FindEdit

Glover Mallory, the blacksmith in Raven Rock, will mention that his pickaxe was "borrowed" by Crescius Caerellius. He asks it to be retrieved. Once it is returned to him, he allows the Dragonborn to keep it.


This section contains bugs related to Ancient Nordic Pickaxe. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
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  •  PC   If equipped by Ralis Sedarys, it appears floating in the ground (same with Hoarfrost).



  1. Dialogue with Glover Mallory

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ancient Nordic Pickaxe

  • do I need both pickaxes

    3 messages
    • Hi, the nordic pick axe has one extra function compared to the normal pick axe. It adds the ability to mine Stalhrim. so really you only need ...
    • Also, it's a quest item (An Axe to Find) where you have to give one to Glover Mallory, but there are more, so you can keep another.
  • Pickaxe awfully light, no?

    • In my experience with the ancient nordic pickaxe, it swings like a dagger. Is this normal? when i do a power attack, it does the double-...

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