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When you do the quest a Deadra's Best Friend, you get 2 choices of getting the axe or the masque. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both items?

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To start with, The Masque of Clavicus Vile is the true daedric artifact, and the only one of the two that counts towards the Oblivion Walker achievement. It also has one of the best benefits of any headgear for dealing with vendors.

The Rueful Axe on the other hand, is a two-handed battleaxe that may have a higher base damage than most of the weapons you can find/make depending on how early you do the quest. Unfortunately the enchantment on the axe is not particularly amazing (20 points of damage to stamina). The weapon has a speed of 0.5, which is slower than even warhammers.

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  • So in short, the Masque is an advantage and the Axe is the disadvantage :)
    – Nelson
    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:48
  • I think the weapon which you get from Malacath has even more power than the rueful axe Dec 8, 2015 at 6:28
  • Yeah, it's not the greatest weapon in the game by any stretch, but the power is about on par with glass/ebony (if you ignore the lowered speed, which generally don't start turning up until lvl 27/36 (while Barbas shows up around Falkreath for the quest around lvl 10) Although if you take into account the speed, it's about on par with a Dwarven warhammer, which is lvl 12-ish. Dec 8, 2015 at 6:40
  • Does the Axe swing faster when using Elemental fury?
    – Jim Jones
    Dec 9, 2015 at 0:55
  • Elemental fury doesn't work if you have an enchanted weapon equipped. You get a "this weapon already has an enchantment" message. Dec 9, 2015 at 11:31

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