Both enchanted and unenchanted war axes are available throughout Skyrim from level 1. These locations include:
- Blacksmiths and merchants.
- Wielded by various characters or enemies.
- Found as random loot in chests, or as a world item throughout Skyrim.
It can be upgraded with an Iron Ingot at a grindstone, however it does not benefit from any Smithing perks.
- The Iron War Axe is the first weapon the Dragonborn can pick up if Ralof is followed. It is found on Gunjar's body in the room where the Dragonborn's bindings are removed.