Skyrim: Horksbane

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Unique Item: Horksbane (xx026490)
Type Mace
Added by Dragonborn
Editor ID DLC2Horksbane
Damage Damage 10
Damage Damage 10 {{{health}}}
Speed 0.8
Speed 0.8 Reach 1
Weight Weight 14 Value Value 250
Tempering Steel Ingot
Tempering Steel Ingot Perk Steel Smithing
Especially effective against horkers.

Horksbane is a steel mace found next to the corpse of Saden, its former owner, on Horker Island. It is identical to a normal steel mace in all respects. Horksbane was meant to deal 20 more damage to horkers, but doesn't due to a bug. Despite its effect, it can be enchanted further. Horksbane can be tempered with a steel ingot, with the improvement from the tempering being doubled if the Steel Smithing perk is also unlocked.

Saden's Journal sheds some light on how Horksbane was created. In life, Saden was a member of the Blood Horkers pirate gang. Their leader, Haldyn, ordered Saden and some other pirates to scout out islands that could be used for an outpost. When the arrived on Horker Island, several of Saden's crew members were set upon by the horkers living there and killed. The sight of his crew members being slaughtered made Saden so angry that his anger coursed into the steel mace he was holding, creating Horksbane.


  • The perk that Horksbane was supposed to add to deal more damage to horkers isn't set up properly, and has no effect.
  • Horksbane respawns, allowing multiple copies to be obtained.