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Notched Pickaxe
TESV Notched Pickaxe Crop
Base Damage:
5 DamageIcon
10 WeightIcon
Base Value:
150 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Raises the wielder's Smithing abilities, and does 5 shock damage to enemies on hit
Class: One-Handed
Upgrade Material: Iron Ingot
FormID: 001019D4

The Notched Pickaxe is a unique pickaxe found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It's appearance is identical to a regular pickaxe, but it does possess a unique enchantment.


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 player +5 towards Smithing, (does not break the cap of 100, a player with 100 Smithing will not gain increased skill). When used as a weapon, inflicts 5-7 shock damage in addition to its regular damage.

The Notched Pickaxe can be disenchanted to learn the unique "Notched Pickaxe" enchantment, which can be used to enchant other weapons.



TESV Notched Pickaxe Throat of the World
The pickaxe as it appears on the Throat of the World.
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Believed by some to be a reference to "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.

Everest explorersEdit

The pickaxe may also be a reference to 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 in doing so - the only discovery made for 75 years and several search attempts was a pickaxe a few hundred meters from the top, thought to belong to Irvine. Irvine marked his equipment, so the "Notched" prefix may refer to those markings.


  • 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".


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