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Dawnguard Rune Hammer

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Dawnguard Rune Hammer
Base Damage:
22 DamageIcon
26 WeightIcon
Base Value:
500 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Bashing places a rune on a nearby surface; the rune explodes for 50 points of fire damage when enemies come in contact.
Class: Two-Handed, Warhammer
Upgrade Material: Steel Ingot
Perk: Steel Smithing
FormID: xx011BAD
"A powerful warhammer imbued with magic that places warding runes on the ground to obliterate its wielder's foes. Sounds useful."
Florentius Baenius
Not to be confused with Dawnguard Warhammer.

The Dawnguard Rune Hammer is a unique Dawnguard warhammer that the Dragonborn is tasked with retrieving.


It is obtained from a radiant location during the Dawnguard side quest Lost Relic. Possible locations include:


Bashing with the warhammer, whether in the air, directly against a surface or even against an enemy, places a Fire Rune on a nearby surface. Rather than expending Magicka to place the rune, Stamina is instead used in the act of bashing.

Once the rune has been placed, it behaves much like a regular rune and will explode for 50 points of Fire Damage when enemies touch it. Only one rune may be placed at a time, as attempting to place another will remove the previous rune.

In addition, the Destruction skill increases with runes that damage enemies.

The Rune Hammer does have the enchantment of normal Dawnguard weapons, which deals extra damage to vampires, despite not actually listing it.


  • Can be useful for leveling up the Destruction skill by expending Stamina rather than Magicka.
  • The enchantment makes the warhammer a powerful weapon for lower-level users as it grants the ability to create powerful fire runes that would otherwise require an Apprentice level of skill in Destruction magic as well as large amounts of Magicka.
  • The Dawnguard Rune Hammer's rune distance is increased with the Destruction perk Rune Master, making it a close and mid-range weapon. 


This section contains bugs related to Dawnguard Rune Hammer. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Bashing a surface sometimes does not place a rune.
  •  PC   360   PS3  The hammer may disappear if dropped or placed in a weapon rack or display.

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