The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is still an incredibly popular video game to play, even seven years after its release. The regular re-releases of the game have kept this massive RPG current over the years, allowing players to add mods or play the game in virtual reality. The game allows the player to travel across the wide province of Skyrimbecoming the largest open world game in the Elder Scrolls franchise. Scattered across the province are hundreds of caves, mines, ruins and other locations for the Dragonborn to explore.
These caves and mines would feel incomplete without something inside to make the journey worthwhile. While many of these caverns only have a chest with gold and gems inside, every once and a while, the Dragonborn will come across a weapon that they can add to their ever-expanding armory.
Often, these weapons found in caves are actually unique, carrying an enchantment or title that you can't find anywhere else in the game. While there are plenty of these weapons scattered throughout the game, many of them are accessible throughout common quest-lines, such as the Blade of Woe or the Staff of Magnus. While unique quest-given weapons are certainly cool, the experience of finding a hidden unique weapon, be it sitting in a cave or part of a miscellaneous quest, is arguably even more delightful and exciting.
Zephyr is an incredibly unique enchanted bow found in the ruins of Arkngthamz. In order to find this weapon, you must have the Dragonborn DLC. If you do have this DLC, you must enter the Arkngthamz ruins in the southwest regions of the map.
Upon entering these ruins, the Dragonborn will meet the ghost of the adventurer Katria, who will begin the quest "Lost to the Ruins. This is a rather long side quest, featuring the Dragonborn journeying through several Dwemer ruins in order to solve an ancient mystery. Fortunately, Zephyr can be found rather early in the quest, resting dangerously at the end Skyrim a log above a fatal drop.
Unfortunately, Zephyr cannot be reached using any spell. Instead, the Dragonborn must walk carefully along the log in order to retrieve the weapon. After retrieving the bow, Katria will tell the Dragonborn to take good care of the weapon, as it used to be hers.
This club blade has a unique enchantment to it, allowing it to send linear energy blasts with every power attack. In order to retrieve this mystical weapon, the Dragonborn needs to enter Raven Rock Mine in Solstheim. This quest giant eventually lead the Dragonborn to Bloodskal Barrow, where the Bloodskal Blade can be found near the lifeless remains of Gratian Caerellius.
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This ancient Daedric weapon is rather useful as it rapidly drains the stamina of enemies and restores the stamina of its user. To retrieve this formidable giant, the Dragonborn must complete the side quest "The Cursed Tribe. To start this, you must head to the Orc stronghold Skyrim near Riften, where you will find that the residents of this stronghold are seemingly under some sort of curse. This can be a rather strenuous quest, as it opens with the Dragonborn needing to retrieve club Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart the latter of which is not a common item at all.
From here, you must team up with the Stronghold's chief to defeat a giant, after which the chief will betray you, meaning you must defeat him as well. Fortunately, the payoff of this long quest is Volendrung, which is gifted to the Dragonborn by the Daedric Prince Malacath as thanks for helping redeem the stronghold.
As its name suggests, the Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls is enchanted with both fire damage and soul trap, making it a truly formidable weapon that makes it easy to renew its enchantment. In order to retrieve this weapon, you must enter Ironbind Barrow, southwest of Winterhold. Upon entering the cave or before you enter if you talk to the two people outside of the cavethe side quest "Coming of Age" will begin, which will lead you to Warlord Gathrik in the depths of the Barrow. Rather than being a weapon used by Warlord Gathrik, the Steel Battleaxe of Fiery Souls is actually hidden behind this tyrant's throne, making it a weapon that most players overlook.
Unfortunately, one of the two NPCs who journeys through the cavern with you, Salma, may pick up this weapon if she is disarmed in battle, which makes retrieving it a bit more difficult. While Miraak's Sword isn't necessarily hidden, as it is the main weapon used by the primary antagonist of the Dragonborn DLC, it is certainly a weapon that a of players overlook.
Upon completion of the final boss of the main Dragonborn quest, Miraak, you will receive the opportunity to loot his body. While club people go directly Skyrim his intimidating mask, his sword is arguably the coolest artifact that you can get your hands on.
It is the second lightest one-handed giant in the entire game, in addition to having the highest base physical damage.
It's enchantment also allows the user to drain the stamina of their enemies. However, the best feature about this sword is arguably how cool it looks. The tentacles on the hilt always move, and when doing an attack, a long tentacle grows from the weapon to strike your foe, which is honestly a rather cool sight. While this particular sword doesn't necessarily have any enchantments to make it stand out, its unique appearance is what makes retrieving this particular weapon worthwhile.
It's an ancient Nordic weapon used by the legendary hero Kvenel the Tongue. To find this fabled blade, you must enter the ancient ruins of Volunruud, which is south of Dawnstar and east of Morthal. Upon reading Heddic's Volunruud Notes, the quest "Silenced Tongues" will begin, taking you through the ruins and eventually leading you face to face with the spectral draugr of Kvenel the Tongue.
Upon defeating Kvenel the Tongue, Eduj can be recovered from his remains. Though it's not the best weapon in a fight, it certainly looks great on a weapons' rack or in a trophy case. Eduj wasn't the only weapon favored by Kvenel the Tongue during his legendary, heroic adventures. The ancient war axe Okin was another weapon that Kvenel would use. Like Okin, it doesn't necessarily have any unique enchantments or abilities, but its unique de still makes it stand out.
The process of retrieving Okin is very similar to Eduj. You must travel into Volunruud and start the "Silenced Tongues" side quest. However, unlike Eduj, you cannot find Okin by taking it off of the remains of the defeated Kvenel the Tongue. Instead, Okin will actually be dropped by Kvenel during the fight, so you will actually have to try to find it dropped on the ground somewhere near his remains.
Because of this, many people forget to grab this weapon, separating Eduj and Okin for the first time in centuries. Not only does it have a cool appearance, but its enchantment is arguably what makes it stand out.
This is one of those rare, useful weapons that allows its user to drain and absorb the health of their enemies, which is a genuinely helpful ability to have. To retrieve this weapon, enter Folgunthur near Solitude. This location is an important location in the side quest "Forbidden Legend," which should begin upon entering the ruins. The quest will lead you through the ruins to Mikrul Gauldurson, who you can loot the Gauldur Blackblade off of after defeating him. Unlike most unique weapons in the game, the Gauldur Blackblade is able to be disenchanted in order to enchant other weapons with the same "absorb health" abilities.
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This is certainly a great perk, as the Gauldur Blackblade may feel under-powered if you retrieved it at a low level. Giving its enchantment to a different weapon will allow you to fully utilize its helpful abilities. This item is both cleverly well hidden and a fun Easter Egg.
It's a regular looking pickaxe, with enchantments to do shock damage and to raise the user's Smithing level by 5, which is honestly pretty useful. This item is widely believed to be a reference to Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who is nicknamed "Notch.
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In order to retrieve this unique artifact, you must climb to the peak of the Throat of the World, the largest mountain in the game where the Greybeards reside. The best way to get to the peak is to travel to Parthunaax's region near the top of the mountain, and just climb from there. The Notched Pickaxe should be stuck inside a rock just under the actual peak of the mountain.
Dragonbane is a unique Akaviri Katana used by the Blades that proves itself to be incredibly useful in fights against dragons. It provides a large portion of extra damage to dragons upon hitting them, and does a small portion of shock damage to other enemies. This weapon isn't necessarily hidden, but it is overlooked, and the process of acquiring it can be rather particular. The sword is found on one of the tables inside Sky Haven Temple during the main story quest "Alduin's Wall. However, if you do not retrieve this weapon during the quest "Alduin's Wall" and try to take the weapon later, it will be considered a stolen item by the game.
The only way around this is to choose to defeat Paarthurnax for the Blades rather than sparing him. If you do this, the weapon will no longer be considered a stolen item if you take it from the temple. The two unique scimitars Soulrender and Bloodscythe have some rather mystical features if you wield the two together.
These two weapons were both made for each other and were used by the legendary pirate king Haknir Death-Brand. When dual wielded, Soulrender and Bloodscythe can seriously drain your enemy's magicka, and can even take down their magical defenses, which is a genuinely helpful feature when taking on magic-based enemies like Necromancers.
To find these two weapons, you will need the Dragonborn DLC and be at least level From here, you will need the Dragonborn to read a copy of the book Deathbrandwhich will start the side quest "Deathbrand," leading you across Solstheim in search of Haknir Death-Brand's treasure. The quest will eventually lead you to Gyldenhul Barrow, where you will find the body of Haknir Death-Brand. Both of these legendary swords can be found with his remains. Windshear is probably one of the most unique weapons in the game, being the only weapon enchanted to knock enemies down upon striking them.
This is certainly an incredibly useful feature in a fight, especially against a stronger foe or against a group of enemies. Unfortunately, Windshear is very well hidden, and it could take people quite a while to acquire.
In order to retrieve this weapon, you need to start one of the final Dark Brotherhood quests, "Hail Sithis. If you chose Skyrim get rid of the Dark Brotherhood rather than them, you unfortunately will never be able to acquire this weapon.
Upon starting the "Hail Sithis" quest, the Emperor's ship The Karliah will become an accessible location. Windshear is actually stuck in the front of this ship. To reach it, you need to make your way to the main deck of The Karliahand then walk across the beam at the very front until you can reach Windshear.
Most people who completed the Companions quest giant are familiar with Wuuthrad, the legendary battleaxe of Ysgramor. This weapon is repaired during the Companions quest line, before it is ultimately put on a statue in order to open Ysgramor's tomb.
What many people do not know about this weapon, however, is that you can still access the weapon after the quest in order to add it to your club collection. After you put Wuuthrad on the statue of Ysgramor to open his tomb, you can easily just take the weapon back.
Though this does feel a bit disrespectful, given the narrative of the Companions quest line, it's a cool weapon in a video game, so who cares? For whatever reason, Wuuthrad is particularly useful against Elves, so it's not too bad of a weapon to have if you're taking on the Aldmeri Dominion. This particular sword does some serious stamina damages to enemies, in addition to causing enemies up to level 12 to flee.
According to the game's history, this sword belonged to the Blade Acilius Bolar, who was one of the few surviving Blades after Cloud Ruler Temple was attacked by the Thalmor.