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Dawnguard Rune Axe

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Dawnguard Rune Axe
Base Damage:
11 DamageIcon
13 WeightIcon
Base Value:
175 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Does 10+n sun damage to undead where n is the number of undead killed with the axe since the last sunrise.
Class: War Axe
Upgrade Material: Steel Ingot
Perk: Steel Smithing
FormID: xx01668c
"An axe imbued with magic fueled by the destruction of the unholy. With every victorious blow against an undead creature, its power grows. Arkay warns it's baneful charge abates with each dawn. Something to keep in mind, I suppose."
Florentius Baenius[src]

Dawnguard Rune Axe is a unique weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.


The unique enchantment gives an increase to the Sun Damage capabilities the weapon already possesses, as every undead being that is killed by the axe will add to the power of the axe's Sun Damage enchantment.

The maximum power of the enchantment is achieved after one hundred kills. The axe's kill count will not reset if it is tempered at a grindstone.

  • Sun Damage: 10-100 points


The axe is acquired from a radiant location during the Dawnguard side quest "Lost Relic."


It can be upgraded with an Steel Ingot at a grindstone, and also benefits from the Steel Smithing perk, which doubles the improvement.


  • Conjured undead, such as Bonemen, can be used to power the enchantment.
  • The axe will keep count of the number of undead killed past ten.
  • The power of its enchantment never resets.
  • The axe cannot be obtained normally if the player joined the Volkihar Clan vampires.

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Dawnguard Rune Axe

  • Dawnguard Rune Axe reset time, bloodcursed arrows?

    8 messages
    • I got this axe very late in the game, very few undead left to kill again, but I got it to 90+ and it never reset itself. But if it stops at 1...
    • I got the axe as early as I could in my second play. Here is the Rune Axe Lengendary after use : Damage 240 (all % bonus included) + 679 und...
  • Dawnguard Rune Axe, Elemental Fury?

    4 messages
    • I seem to remember someone in a different thread saying they tried it and it doesn't, the Elemental Fury shout won't work with enchanted weap...
    •  I was wondering because the enchantment is unique it could be but that does make sense.

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