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The Woodsman's Friend

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The Woodsman's Friend
IronBattleAxe SK
Base Damage:
17 DamageIcon
20 WeightIcon
Base Value:
28 GoldIcon
Class: Two-Handed, Battleaxe
FormID: 00022265

The Woodsman's Friend is a unique iron battleaxe found in Falkreath Hold. It does slightly more damage than a normal iron battleaxe, but takes longer to swing. Because of this you actually lose damage points overall. The only benefit of getting this weapon is to complete your Two Handed Unique Weapon collection.


The axe is located just southwest of the Conjurer's Altar and north of Pinewatch, near the body of a dead woodcutter. There are two sets of felled trees, it is located near the set of trees closest to Lake Ilinalta (on the southeastern side of the lake).



  1. Locate Pinewatch (Falkreath Hold)
  2. Follow the path north, through the pass and towards the lake
  3. Locate the first set of felled trees (just to the right of the trail)
    1. Optional* Go to the Conjurer's Altar to locate the second set of felled trees (closer to the shore)
  4. Walk along the felled trees
  5. Go to the alive tree on the left (closest to the rocks)
  6. The axe is in the grass (slightly hidden) at the base of the tree


The Woodsman's Friend cannot be upgraded at grindstones.



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  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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  •  360   There is a possibility that "The Woodsman's Friend" may vanish when it is approached.
  • If Serana raises the dead woodcutter, the axe may reappear again and again after being picked up.
  • If Hearthfire is installed, the dead woodcutter may not spawn, and neither will his axe.
  •  PC  The dead woodcutter may not spawn, making the axe difficult to locate.


Start a Discussion Discussions about The Woodsman's Friend

  • The woodsman's friend ( BattleAxe)

    3 messages
    • It was not laying next to the woodcutter when I found him. "~tcled" my way below him and found it easily a few inches below soil level.
    • I hadn't picked it up from the described place myself, but I did find it as loot on the corpse of a Vigilant of Stendarr vampire hunter who ...

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