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Artifact: Sunder (sunder)
(lore page)
Type Blunt One Hand
Damage Damage
Chop 10−70 Slash 10−60
Thrust 1−4 Ratio 105
Health Health 6,000
Health Health 6,000
Speed 1.5
Speed 1.5 Reach 1.0
Weight Weight 40 Value Value 400,000
Constant Effect
Fortify Attack Fortify Attack 30 pts on Self
Fortify Strength Fortify Strength 20 pts on Self
Fortify Endurance Fortify Endurance 20 pts on Self
Drain Fatigue Drain Fatigue on Self
Fortify Luck Fortify Luck 20 pts on Self

Sunder is a legendary hammer crafted by the Dwemer Tonal Architect Lord Kagrenac. Together with Keening and Wraithguard, these tools are necessary to handle the Heart of Lorkhan. All three artifacts came into the possession of the Almsivi following the Battle of Red Mountain. Sunder, along with Keening, was subsequently lost during an annual pilgrimage to the Heart some time in the Third Era.

The hammer is carried by Dagoth Vemyn in the citadel of Vemynal, northwest of Dagoth Ur's Citadel in the center of the island.

This artifact is obtained at the end of the Main Quest and is required to finish it. Though available at any time, it can't be safely equipped without first equipping Wraithguard due to the 'mortal wound' script effect. This damages your health a random amount between 50 and 125 each second, displaying the message "Sunder has dealt you a mortal wound." See the Sunder Artifact Quest for more information.


  • There is a voice over for Dagoth Ur that goes unused, referencing a "false copy" of Sunder. No such item is available in the game. However, two unused copies of said hammer, both named * Sunder *, can be found in the Construction Set. Bethesda Softworks has assigned them the IDs false_sunder and sunder_fake. Additionally, in Plan to Defeat Dagoth Ur, Vivec mentions, "If Nerevarine can equip [Sunder or Keening] while not wearing Wraithguard and receive no injury, the item is a counterfeit." A counterfeit version of Sunder was most likely planned for the game but later scrapped.
    •   It has been reported that one of the fake Sunders was added to a Russian localization of the game and could be found on Red Mountain.
  • Sunder also appears in the Legends story expansion Return to Clockwork City as an unobtainable card during the quest The Tools. As well as in the Sunder & Wraithguard creation for Skyrim.