Volendrung is an artifact associated with the Daedric Prince Malacath, and is the first of many artifacts stolen by Sheogorath. He unleashed the artifacts upon Cyrodiil for the purpose of putting an end to his boredom surrounding the lack of chaos in the Three Banners War, and for the fun of keeping his Daedric siblings on their guard.
Wielding Volendrung replaces your skills with a set of unique skills. It also increases all of your stats, making you a truly formidable foe. While you carry this hammer, you may not use any other skills, but the player will still benefit from set bonuses, glyphs, and poisons. Upon picking up the hammer, butterflies will briefly swarm you, and you will be clearly recognizable by the bright orange and purple aura that surrounds you. As Sheogorath put a curse on the artifact, in order to continue using the artifact, you must earn Alliance Points, either by killing other players, or attacking enemy-controlled keeps and resources. If you don't, you will be killed by its power. The artifact's hunger level is indicated on the meter located on bottom right of the player user interface. Note that repairing keeps or resurrecting other players does not count, nor do alliance points earned by other more peaceful means. The hammer will not allow an Emperor to use it.
The weapon spawns 4-5 times per day in each campaign, and will announce that it seeks a new wielder when it spawns. If 10 minutes go by and no one has retrieved the hammer, Volendrung will reveal itself via an icon on the map, which will remain for the duration of the artifacts' stay. The hammer may change hands several times, and its' map icon will change color to correspond to the faction of the wielder. If it does not have a wielder, the icon will be white. After a period of about 30 minutes, the hammer will despawn once dropped, this is indicated with a message stating that it has returned to Oblivion. The various spawn locations for Volendrung are visually distinctive. Each location has a circle of spikes protruding from the ground and a group of three golden saints guarding the area. If Volendrung is in a specific spawn location, it will be indicated by a rift with a ray of light shining down on the artifact.
Volendrung skills can be practiced by anyone by entering the portal to Cheesemonger's Hollow at your Alliance's base camp.
The Volendrung skill line is immediately available to anyone who wields the weapon. Skills include:
- The numbers displayed here are the base values for the skills. Magicka/Stamina Cost is based on a character of Level 50 160. Damage values are based on Max Magicka/Stamina 7958, Max Health 8744, and Weapon/Spell Damage 1037. The actual numbers you see in the game may depend on a variety of factors, including skill line rank, your equipped weapons and armor, other skills, enchantments, etc. As such, they should only be used as a comparative reference.
Skills with this icon may need to be updated following changes in Update 23.
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost of Ultimate.
|Ruinous Cyclone||Instant||Self||–||8 meters||7 seconds||250 Ultimate|
|Turn into a living cyclone, dealing 10000 Physical Damage every 0.5 seconds for 7 seconds in an 8m radius, while pulling all enemies within 15m closer to you.|
These abilities must be activated manually, for a cost.
|Rourken's Rebuke||Instant||Self||–||8 meters||3.5 seconds||free|
|Batter foes in an arc in front of you, dealing 7500 Physical Damage, knocking enemies back 4 meters, and stunning them for 3.5 seconds.|
|Malacath's Vengeance||Instant||Enemy||–||12 meters||–||free|
|Swing Volendrung in a mighty downward blow, dealing 10500 Physical Damage to a single target.|
|Accursed Charge||Instant||Self||–||28 meters||–||free|
|Spring across the battlefield to smash an enemy, dealing 8000 Physical Damage.|
|Pariah's Resolve||Instant||Self||–||28 meters||20 seconds||free|
|Channel Volendrung's power to grant Major Brutality, Major Endurance, and Major Expedition to you and nearby group members for 20 seconds, increasing your Weapon Damage and Stamina Recovery by 20% and your Movement Speed by 30%. Activating this ability removes all snares and immobilizations from you.|
|Sundering Swing||Instant||Enemy||–||12 meters||3 seconds||free|
|Smash Volendrung into a structure, dealing 12000 Physical Damage every 0.8 seconds for 3 seconds.|
Conditional Active Effects
The following effects are unique active effects which require the player to complete a certain criteria to activate, and are unique to Volendrung.
|Artifact Ward||Surround yourself with a net of magic negation, gaining a damage shield that absorbs 6451 damage for 6 seconds. Damage shield strength capped at 40% of your Max Health.|
|Consume Lifeforce||Absorbing damage for 60 seconds.|
Innate abilities are active all the time, and do not require the investment of skill points.
|||Volendrung||When wielding Volendrung your Health, Magicka, and Stamina are increased. Killing Enemies will also heal you for 21398 health.|
There are two achievements associated with this artifact:
|Volendrung Wielder||15||Kill someone with Volendrung in Cyrodiil.|
|Volendrung Vanquisher||15||Kill someone who wields Volendrung in Cyrodiil.|
- A Volendrung outfit weapon style was available in the Crown Store from October 7 to October 10, 2019.