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Rueful Axe
Base Damage:
22 DamageIcon
10 WeightIcon
Base Value:
1183 GoldIcon
Additional Effects:
Does 20 points of Stamina damage.
Class: Two-Handed, Battleaxe
Upgrade Material: Ebony Ingot
Perk: None
FormID: 0001C4E6
"There's an axe. An incredibly powerful axe. An axe powerful enough for me to have quite a bit of fun, indeed."
―Clavicus Vile[src]

The Rueful Axe is a unique battleaxe found in Skyrim.


According to Barbas, this axe was given to Sebastian Lort, who had begged Clavicus Vile to help him cure his daughter of Lycanthropy.


It can be obtained during the Daedric quest A Daedra's Best Friend and may be granted as a reward from Clavicus Vile in exchange for killing Barbas. (Barbas must be killed with the axe, no other weapon will work.)


The axe can be upgraded with an Ebony Ingot and the Arcane Blacksmith perk. However, it does not benefit from any smithing perks.


  • "'Tis a wicked axe you wield there, friend. That blade looks sharp enough to cut through a god." - Hold guards, if the axe is equipped.
  • "One of Clavicus's little jests. A wizard named Sebastian Lort had a daughter who worshiped Hircine. When the daughter became a werewolf it drove Sebastian over the edge. He couldn't stand to see his little girl take on such a bestial form. The wizard wished for the ability to end his daughter's curse. Clavicus gave him an axe." - Barbas, when asked about the axe.


  • The Rueful Axe does not count towards the achievements/trophies Daedric Influence and Oblivion Walker.
  • The Rueful Axe swings much slower than any other weapon.
  • The axe has two howling wolf motifs on the sides, a nod towards what became of Sebastian's daughter.
  • Albeit enchanted, it seems to do less base damage than the unique battleaxe Wuuthrad, while still being slower to swing.


This section contains bugs related to Rueful Axe. 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.
  • For a way to obtain both the Masque of Clavicus Vile and the Rueful Axe, see the "bugs" section on the A Daedra's Best Friend page.
  • If placed on a weapon rack in Hjerim, it will descend into the floor until it disappears. This bug is also associated with Volendrung. Also occurs at Lakeview Manor, will sink progressively over time and will 'reset' if taken off and placed back again.
  • The Rueful Axe will sound like a sword when unsheathing and sheathing.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Rueful Axe

  • Which Would You Chose?

    19 messages
    • Definitely the masque, it's so cool. Even on my most evil character I chose it. Barbas is too awesome to kill!
    • I really hate clavicus and killing barbas would lock him in his shrine. But then again my councious would not let me kill barbas who has b...
  • Barbas is too Cute to Be Killed.

    9 messages
    • Never choose the Rueful axe. Takes a solid 30 seconds just to pull off a single swing.
    • I use the glitch to get both but only use the axe as decoration.

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