Skyrim:Dawnguard Rune Axe

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Artifact: Dawnguard Rune Axe (xx01668c)
Type War Axe
Added by Dawnguard
Editor ID DLC1DawnguardRuneAxe
Damage Damage 11
Damage Damage 11 {{{Health}}}
Speed 0.9
Speed 0.9 Reach 1
Weight Weight 13 Value Value 175
Tempering Steel Ingot
Tempering Steel Ingot Perk Steel Smithing
Sun Damage, 10-100 pts in 15ft for 2 secs
Dawnguard Rune Axe
"An axe imbued with magic fueled by the destruction of the unholy. With every victorious blow against an undead creature, its power grows."Florentius Baenius

The Dawnguard Rune Axe is a powerful war axe received as part of the Lost Relic quest. It is the only artifact in the game that is a war axe.

Its enchantment does 10+n sun damage to undead where n is the number of undead killed since the last sunrise. Consequently, the enchantment becomes more powerful the more it is used. This axe can potentially be extremely powerful as it does not require recharging with a soul gem and also has an area of effect.

This axe also instantly shatters any ward spells it hits.


  • Actual maximum bonus damage is capped at 100, although the counter in the item's description will continue to increment for each undead killed, even past 100.
  • The kill count resets every morning at 5am, and the first time you equip the axe after midnight.

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