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Raises the wielder's Smithing abilities, and does 5 shock damage to enemies on hit
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It can be found at the very top of the Throat of the World. The only legitimate way to get there is upon completion of the quest The Throat of the World. Just to the side of the Time Wound is a slope that can be climbed to reach the summit. The pickaxe lies just below the peak, embedded into the rock. Alternatively, with enough patience, the mountain can be scaled on horseback by jumping repeatedly. Upon reaching the top, the pickaxe can be acquired.
The pickaxe grants the Dragonborn +5 towards Smithing. In Vanilla version this does not break the cap of 100 (100 smithing will not be increased). When used as a weapon, it inflicts 5-7 shock damage in addition to its regular damage.
In Vanilla version the Notched Pickaxe can be disenchanted to learn the unique "Notched Pickaxe" enchantment, which can be used to enchant other weapons and items.
- Points towards smithing are capped at 5. The shock damage varies as per standard enchanting rules.
- Dual Wielding two enchanted Notched Pickaxes does not increase the smithing bonus over 5.
- The Notched Pickaxe is the only pickaxe known that can be upgraded through smithing.
- Despite its name, it shows no visual notches.
- When viewed in the Creation Kit, its Editor ID is "dunVolunruundPickaxe".
- It is believed by some to be a reference to Markus Persson, a.k.a "Notch", who is the creator of Minecraft, as pickaxes are tools prominently featured in Minecraft. In addition, the Notched Pickaxe gives a bonus to Smithing, a skill similar to crafting items in Minecraft. Notch's company, Mojang, was involved in a legal dispute with Bethesda over their newest game "Scrolls". Mojang applied for a trademark of the word "Scrolls", Bethesda sued them claiming it conflicted with their trademark of "The Elder Scrolls". The dispute was settled in Swedish Court and Mojang was barred from trademarking the word "Scrolls". They were still able to use it for their game, but not for any sequels. The inclusion of the Notched Pickaxe might be a way of Bethesda saying "No hard feelings."
- Another similarity has to do with the English mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine who disappeared while climbing Mount Everest in June 1924. Many search attempts were made to try and find Mallory and Irvine but were unsuccessful. The only discovery made for 75 years and several search attempts was a marked pickaxe, likely belonging to Irvine, a few hundred yards from the top. Mallory's body was recovered in 1999; despite possible sightings Irvine's body has not, to date, been found.