[UPDATE]: Skyrim: Minecraft Easter Egg

UPDATE: This article originally reported that the “Notched Pickaxe” also existed in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which predated Minecraft. If true, that would cast serious doubt on the entire easter egg theory. Numerous reports and protestations from series fans seemed to corroborate this ostensible debunking.

However, there does not appear to be verifiable proof that the pickaxe existed in Oblivion after all. After digging through both The Elder Scrolls Wiki and UESPWiki, we found three varieties of pick axe, none of which are “notched.” Their FormIDs: 00025103 (Pickaxe), 000180E0 (Pickaxe), 0009F8FA (Recently Used Pickaxe). We suspect that fans may be confusing the Notched Pickaxe with the Recently Used Pickaxe.

We welcome any Elder Scroll scholars to come forward with definitive proof.

Video Evidence

Located on the very top of the Throat of the World, you’ll find a very special artifact — the Notched Pickaxe in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. The Pickaxe is the signature tool from Minecraft, but what really seals this deal is the “Notched” in Notched Pickaxe. The creator of Minecraft, Markus Persson, goes by the name “Notch” online. Get the idea now? Check out the stats on this very special pickaxe below.

The Notched Pickaxe grants players a bonus to their smithing abilities, and compliments their fighting skills by dealing 5 shock damage per hit. It may only be worth 303 septims, but the axe can actually be disenchanted to gain the “Notched Pickaxe Effect”, allowing the player to enchant other weapons or items with the same effect. Sadly, duel-wielding two weapons with the Notched Pickaxe Effect does not double your smithing bonus.

The darkside to all this is that Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson was involved in a legal battle with Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media over the title “Scrolls.” Is this Bethesda offering a playful homage, a sign of support, or rubbing it in?

Whatever the case, check out more easter eggs, cheats, hacks, tips, and tricks on our Skyrim cheats page.

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14 Comments on [UPDATE]: Skyrim: Minecraft Easter Egg


On November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

If the notched pickaxe could also be found in Oblivion, which predated Minecraft, then the Skyrim easter egg obviously does not exist.

Who the is writing for gamefront?


On November 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I like the addition of Mining and Smithing. It may be like Minecraft, but then again, the Nether was just like Oblivion, so its a complete circle now. Plus both are great games with great developers. That aside – I agree with Bob. This is nothing too special.


On November 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I hope Bethesda butts Autistic craft into the ground.


On November 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm

what Bob said. the fact that it was in oblivion too makes this a coincidence obviously and makes this article nonsence.


On November 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

oh and mining and smithing was in dransik / ashen empires waaaayyyy before minecraft!! I was mining and smithing in AE when Oblivion had only come out. Its not implemented as well in Skyrim as it is in AE. its too easy..

Mark Burnham

On November 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

@Bob @Wobbles Post updated. The “Notched Pickaxe” may not have existed in Oblivion after all. We welcome definitive proof, of course.

Just to be sure I pulled up Oblivion, opened up the dev console and spawned all three FormIDs for every “pickaxe” we could find proof of in Oblivion: 00025103 (Pickaxe), 000180E0 (Pickaxe), 0009F8FA (Recently Used Pickaxe).

None of them are notched. But let us know if we have it wrong.


On November 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

“We welcome any Elder Scroll scholars to come forward with definitive proof.”
Literal translation: Come at me bro!


On November 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

@Bob Not to be an utter douche. But what’s up with the attack on the writer?
They simply state that, if the Notch-axe IS in Oblivion, the ‘easter-egg’ is just a rare item, nothing special. What’s wrong with that? (p.s. Is anyone actually going to bother going back, to look for this item?)

And @Aids. Stop being a fan-boy. Bethesda don’t even know your name, and they don’t want to have sex with you. Go sit in a corner and calm down.


On November 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

i just want to know what the notched pickaxe does…. i dont give a crap about minecraft. it sais it increases smithing abilities but i dont see any differencE, i tested it. the internet is LITTERED with this whole “skyrim has minecraft easteregg” bs that no one gives a hoot about. WHAT DOES THE PICKAXE ACTUALY DO I WANT SOME REAL STATISTICS!!!


On November 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

im probably wrong but i think that the value (303) is the name of the author of the minecraft music. but it also might be like 314 or 316. not sure.


On November 27, 2011 at 11:08 am

So Daniel Rosenfeld, also known as C418, is the author of MC music. That’s Minecraft for those of you who either have not, do not, or cannot be bothered to give a cultural phenomenon a chance. You may not like it but jeez let up already. We don’t all like nba games or madden football but we don’t grief you over it.
And I think the Minecraft link in this easter egg is pretty much confirmed now. And good for them for either reaching out a conciliatory hand, or pooping on Notch. He needs to fix the game that consumes the tiny amount of free time Skyrim leaves me.


On December 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Am i the only one who was WTH? when i found out the greybeard leader is a dragon? BTW FIRST DECEMBER POST PWNAGE!!!!11!1!

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