Tips and Tricks: How To Get the Ultimate Pickaxe in Skyrim

The Notched Pickaxe is something of legend amongst the many players of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Having been released 13 years ago, it would be a surprise if there is anyone out there that doesn’t know of this ultimate items location. Incase you are that person though, here is how you get a Miner’s best friend, the “shocking” pickaxe of the Gods (or something like that).

What To Do

You need to reach the Throat of the World…

First things first, to get this special pickaxe all you have to do is follow along with the main story. Once you get to the point of meeting the leader of the Greybeards, Paarthurnax, you have access to this holy grail of an item. So get to slaying some dragons, and let’s meet back at the tippy top of the Throat of the World.

And then go up…

Once you learn the shout needed to get to the Throat of the World, located above High Hrothgar, head up to where Paarthurnax is waiting. You don’t have to converse with the dragon-master to get to the pickaxe. If you head up the rocky section to the left of his shrine, hopping and jumping your way when needed, you’ll eventually come to a little section of ore at the highest peak.

Like really high up…

Your Prize

The reward for your rock climbing skills!

There… Sticking out of a rock, in all its enchanted glory, is the fabled Notched Pickaxe. A prize just waiting for the Dragonborn to find it. After you get this treasure, you can start using it right away or go to an enchantment table and make your own version. Either way you now have access to a little extra Smithing experience, and a pickaxe that can actually cause a bit of damage with the right build.


You can disenchant the original to make a better version.

I know I hyped up this overall minorly useful item. I thought it was actually pretty awesome when I first discovered it though. Back in those days I was against getting anyone else’s help on a game. I decided to see what the top of the world in Skyrim really looked like and was please with my findings. Hopefully this little tip helps another fellow gamer experience the thrills of discover as I once did.

Did you find this tip helpful? Did you know about the Notched Pickaxe? Let us know in the comments below and happy gaming!