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Mace of Molag Bal (Skyrim)

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Mace of Molag Bal
Base Damage:
16 DamageIcon
18 WeightIcon
Base Value:
1257 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Deals 25 damage to Stamina and Magicka. If target dies within 3 seconds, fills a soul gem
Class: One-Handed, Mace
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: None
FormID: 000233E3
"The Mace of Molag Bal! I give you its true power, mortal. When your enemies lie broken and bloody before you, know that I will be watching."
―Molag Bal[src]
For other uses, see Mace of Molag Bal.

The Mace of Molag Bal is a unique mace and a Daedric artifact of Molag Bal in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Mace is given to the Dragonborn after the completion of the Daedric Quest, The House of Horrors. It is initially called the Rusty Mace and made to look like an offering, placed at Molag Bal's altar.



The Mace of Molag Bal can be upgraded with an ebony ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However, it does not benefit from any smithing perks. This means that the weapon cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted apparel and/or blacksmithing potions.


  • The weight and swing speed of the Mace of Molag Bal make it well-suited for some Classes. Because the enchantments on this mace fall under the Destruction school of magic, perks (specifically the fire ones) unlocked in that school affect the mace.
  • One disadvantage to this weapon is that it takes up a large amount of the screen when equipped in first person, limiting visibility of the player.
  • The mace is useful as a powerful weapon, and is useful for debilitating enemies. This allows for speedy skill levelling, making enemies' attacks weaker.
  • This weapon is good for enchanters looking for a way to fill their soul gems without having to cast Soul Trap all the time.
  • This weapon also pairs well with the Daedric artifact of Azura, Azura's Star/The Black Star, a reusable soul gem.




  • Guards may shout "No... get that accursed mace away from me!" or "That mace... Get it away from me. Get it away..." when it is equipped.
  • Townsfolk may say to the Dragonborn: "Be careful with that fire." though the mace has no fire enchantment.
  • The Mace of Molag Bal has a unique sound that plays when it's unsheathed.
  • Also, the enchantment shader makes the mace look as if it's been drenched in blood. 


This section contains bugs related to Mace of Molag Bal (Skyrim). 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  The Mace will occasionally stay equipped when the Dragonborn enters Werewolf form or stay stuck in the werewolf's body for a few seconds.
  •  PC   360   PS3  It is possible to keep the Rusty Mace from the quest by leaving the house after obtaining it and placing it on a weapon plaque. Then, return to the house, kill Logrolf and obtain the Mace of Molag Bal.
  •  PC   360   PS3  When putting the mace on a weapon plaque in Proudspire Manor, it may become labeled stolen when taken back.
  •  PS3   360   The mace is buggy if placed on a weapons rack in the houses available with the Hearthfire add on. Each time the house is entered, it will dive a little more in the wall until it is unable to be taken (the weapons rack becomes empty at the same time).
  •  360   When equipped in the left hand, the mace may not show an animation.
  •  360   In certain locations, when dropped, the mace will fall through the world, and not be able to be picked up.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Mace of Molag Bal (Skyrim)

  • The mace disappeared?

    2 messages
    • When I sheated my mace of molag bal, and quickly saved before a boss battle, my games sort of crash and when I came back, my mace was gone from...
    • The Mace of Molag Bal is a little buggy but never heard of that happening, reloading a save before it happened is probably the best thing to ...
  • Mace of Molag Bal

    8 messages
    • So totally missing the whole point... give this to a tank follower, fill their inventory with soul gems, and watch the magic happen as t...
    • wrote: So totally missing the whole point... give this to a tank follower, fill their inventory with soul gems, and watch the ma...

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