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For other uses, see Pickaxe.

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.
  • Another pickaxe can be found in the Abandoned House in Markarth near the bottom of the house.
  • Several pickaxes can be found in Bilegulch Mine, One can be found on the pathway straight ahead, and a few more can be found on a table.


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 Dragonborn 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.
  • Attacking ore with a pickaxe may be more efficient than clicking it and mining that way.


This section contains bugs related to Pickaxe (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the pickaxe is equipped as a weapon and the Dragonborn begins mining, it will show both on their side and in their hand at the same time.


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    • i can't mining with my pickaxe and can't improve it
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    • 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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