Skyrim players have pinpointed the game’s worst Daedric weapon

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An image of some Daedric weapons in Skyrim.

When they’re not mucking around, creating hilariously broken potions or struggling to figure out puzzles, Skyrim players love a good battle with the province’s various enemies.

After all, how are you supposed to take your combat skills to the next level if you’re not battling the toughest bandits, draugr or dragons with your weaponry of choice on a regular basis?

That said, sometimes the blade, bow or blunt implement you’ve picked to deliver punishment to these fearsome foes doesn’t quite live up to expectation, which can be quite disappointing, especially if it’s a unique prize you were gifted by a Daedric prince.

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Have you ever regretted acquiring a Daedric weapon?

This is the topic of a recent thread in the Skyrim subreddit, which began with a post from user GoBackToLeddit, who shared a screenshot of their last favourite item to come from the waters of Oblivion, captioning it: “Behold the Rueful Axe in all its... eh.... mediocrity.”

Some of their fellow players thought they were being too lenient in their assessment of the axe, with user Delphii42 declaring: “Mediocrity? That thing is straight up bad. Literally the slowest swing speed of any weapon in the game.” and petey_vonwho adding: “You will rue the day you took this stupid axe over the masque.”

A few animal-loving users pointed out that the idea of having to kill a dog to get the axe also acted to lower it in their estimations, with Camanot asking: “Why would (you) slay the doggo for the worst axe in the game?”

On the other hand, user riley_james05 was one of many to point out that the axe may have been designed to be bad on purpose, arguing: “I was of the impression that it was meant to make you rueful, killing a dog for the god of scamming, and your reward is bad nonetheless.”

Meanwhile, some players discussed the Daedric artefacts that they do actually find useful, with user ManyChickensSage nominating Dawnbreaker, chet_brosley opting for Spellbreaker and Evolving_Dore plumping for the meme-worthy Wabbajack.

Also receiving some love was the artefact you can acquire instead of the axe during Clavicus Vile’s quest, with GoBackToLeddit returning to say: “The Masque (of Clavicus Vile) is too good to pass up. It's the only Daedric artefact I actually use.”

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