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Artifact: Wuuthrad ()
(lore page)
Type Two-handed Battleaxe
Editor ID C06BladeOfYsgramor
Damage Damage 25
Damage Damage 25 {{{Health}}}
Speed 0.7
Speed 0.7 Reach 1.3
Weight Weight 25 Value Value 2000
Tempering Not possible
Tempering Not possible Perk
Charge/Cost = Uses Unlimited

Wuuthrad is an ancient battleaxe once wielded by the founder of the Companions, Ysgramor. Ysgramor carried the axe when he and the Five Hundred Companions drove the elves from Skyrim and Solstheim.

For historical information about Wuuthrad, see the lore article.

Its primary effect is causing 1.2x damage to elves, namely Altmer, Bosmer, Dunmer, and Falmer. Accordingly, the visage of a screaming elf decorates the axe. At the start of the game, Wuuthrad is in several fragments, four of which are located within the Companions headquarters Jorrvaskr. During the course of the Companions quest line, the weapon is reforged and is used to gain access to Ysgramor's tomb.

After placing Wuuthrad into the hands of Ysgramor's statue at the entrance of his tomb, you can take it back straight away and continue along without affecting the rest of the quest. You can use it as you see fit, though it is no longer a quest item and so has a weight. Wuuthrad can not be improved by smithing, though it can be enchanted. Despite this, the effect text doesn't change, which means you cannot see how much damage the enchantment does. You can still modify the amount.

Related Quests


  • Wuuthrad's bonus against elves does not apply to Orsimer (Orcs) and elven vampires.
    •   This issue has been addressed by version 1.3.2 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch; it sets up the artifact to affect both.
  • The damage of the weapon will increase by an additional 1.2 times if wielded by an elven player character. [verification needed — Needs construction set confirmation]


  • In Ysgramor's Tomb during the Purity quest for Farkas, when you drop the Glenmoril Witch Head into the fire, Wuuthrad may disappear, and cannot be regained after this.
  • Wuuthrad cannot be improved at a grindstone.
    •   This issue has been addressed by version 1.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch; Wuuthrad can be upgraded using an ebony ingot.
  • Wuuthrad's bonus against elves does not apply to the Snow Elf Arch-Curate Vyrthur or to the frozen Falmer.
  • Sometimes when you load up a save the base damage can increase randomly. ?
  • Sometimes when you load up a save Wuuthrad will lose its weight and cannot be dropped due to it being a Quest Item. ?