We all know about tools like the Woodcutter's Axe, Pickaxe, and so on, but I'm wondering if the Shovel does anything. You find them all over the place, and you can pick them up, but they don't apparently have any use case.

You might dismiss this entirely, except that a non-player character (NPC) named Bor in the Gloombound Mine sometimes says to you:

I'm here to mine, Outlander. So unless you want to dig, get out.

With that in mind, I get the feeling that the shovel has some sort of actual use. Of course, it's possible that Bor is simply saying that you might end up digging your own grave, if you don't get out of the way.

Side note: Shovel has value of 3 and a weight of 4.


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As per the Elder Scrolls Wikia:

The Shovel is an item with no practical use.


No. There are mods that allow it to perform certain functions.

  • @ChargingPun In what way does this not provide an answer? Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 21:06
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    Not that it doesn't answer the question, but rather that it doesn't say anything that hasn't been said by the other answer. Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 21:21

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