[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.
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.