Masque of Clavicus Vile
Franchise The Elder Scrolls
Debut The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
Type Mask

The Masque of Clavicus Vile is one of the Daedric Artifacts and a unique mask from The Elder Scrolls series.


Legend tells the tale of Avalea, a noblewoman of some renown. As a young girl, she was grossly disfigured by a spiteful servant. Avalea made a dark deal with Clavicus Vile and received the Masque in return. Though the Masque did not change her looks, suddenly she had the respect and admiration of everyone. A year and a day after her marriage to a well connected baron, Clavicus Vile reclaimed the Masque. Although pregnant with his child, Avalea was banished from the Baron's household. Twenty one years and one day later, Avalea's daughter claimed her vengeance by slaying the Baron.


In Skyrim, it is a potential reward from the Daedric Quest "A Daedra's Best Friend". The quest is completed by returning the Rueful Axe to the shrine of Clavicus Vile and not killing Barbas. Killing Barbas will instead give the Rueful Axe; however, the Rueful Axe does not count towards the achievement/trophy Oblivion Walker, while the Masque does.

Wearing this piece of armor grants the following skill bonuses:

  • Fortify Barter: 20 points
  • Fortify Speech: 10 points
  • Fortify Magicka Regen: 5 points


While not the best headgear for battle, it is a great way to generate more money while bartering at any level due to the power of the Fortify Barter enchantment combined with the relative simplicity of the related quest. It is also one of the few headpieces that has a fortify Barter enchantment on it.


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