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TESV Pickaxe
Base Damage:
5 DamageIcon
10 WeightIcon
Base Value:
5 GoldIcon
Class: One-Handed, War Axe
Upgrade Material: Iron Ingot
FormID: 000E3C16

The Pickaxe is a small sharp bladed tool found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is used to mine ore and dig through rock.


Pickaxes can be found in caves and ruins where excavations are taking place, and in/near mines.

Fixed locationsEdit

  • A pickaxe may be found at Embershard Mine. After passing the Guardian Stones, there will be a dirt path with wooden steps leading up to the mine.
  • Several pickaxes can be found in Cidhna Mine.
  • A pickaxe can be found on the table upon entering the Bthardamz Upper District in Bthardamz.
  • A pickaxe can be found in Welyin's room which is located in The Warrens.


Pickaxes are required for mining. It can either be equipped as a weapon and swung at the ore vein to extract the ore, or the ore can be mined automatically by activating the vein with a pickaxe in the inventory.


Pickaxes can be improved at a grindstone with an iron ingot. However, it is not affected by any Smithing perks. This means that the highest quality that can be achieved is Flawless, unless the Smithing skill is boosted passed 100 through enchanted apparel or potions of Fortify Smithing.



  • With Dragonborn, the player can keep a weightless ancient Nordic pickaxe by taking the Retrieve the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe quest from Glover Mallory and refusing to complete it.
  • Miners will use the pickaxe as a weapon in combat, as it is the only weaponized item in their inventory.
  • A pickaxe swings at the same speed as a sword.
  • Dual wielding pickaxes yields ore twice as fast as using one.
  • A pickaxe will be present at a homestead, once bought.
  • Swinging a pickaxe will result in a horizontal slash, followed by a fast vertical swing downward.


This section contains bugs related to Pickaxe. 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.
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  •  PC   360   PS3  If the pickaxe is equipped as a weapon and you begin mining, it will show both on the Dragonborn's side and in their hand at the same time.


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  • Pickaxe

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    • i can't mining with my pickaxe and can't improve it
    • Have you tried dropping the item and picking it up again?
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    • I killed a dragon with a fork. 
    • I actually put a fear enchantment on my pickaxe.  Really useful for crowd control.  I tend to combo, though, pickaxe in the left hand and a f...

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