- Pickpocket Balgruuf the Greater as soon as Message to Whiterun is finished, and begin the quest Battle for Whiterun. Sometimes the quest will glitch and allow you to keep the war axe.
- If the Dragonborn talks to Legate Quentin Cipius instead of Balgruuf at the end of Message to Whiterun, the axe will remain in the inventory.
This section contains bugs related to Balgruuf's War Axe. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
If you try to place it on a weapon rack with a steel war axe in inventory, it will place the steel war axe onto the rack first.