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Disambig icon.png This article is about the weapon type. For the weapon purchased from NPC weaponsmiths, see Axe (weapon). For the tool used to gather crafting materials from trees, see Logging axe.


One-handed weapon
Used by
Warrior icon small.png Warrior
Ranger icon small.png Ranger
Main-hand only:
Firebrand icon small.png Firebrand
Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer
Mirage icon small.png Mirage
Off-hand only:
Revenant icon small.png Revenant
Crafted by
Weaponsmith tango icon 20px.png Weaponsmith
Stygian Axe concept art.jpg

Axe concept art.

The axe is a one-handed weapon that may be wielded in the main hand and off-hand. Their skills typically deal great damage and control movement.

Skills by profession[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Firebrand icon small.png Firebrand[edit]

1 Core Cleave.png Core Cleave 0.5½ Cleave at your enemy with a physical and a magical axe.
1 ChainBleeding Edge.png Bleeding Edge 0.5½ Slice through your foe again, physically and magically, as your weapon is heating up.
1 ChainSearing Slash (firebrand).png Searing Slash 0.5½ Unleash your searing axe in an overhand slash, following it up with a magical edge.
2 Symbol of Vengeance.png Symbol of Vengeance 1 8 Symbol. Cleave your axe into the ground, reducing enemy movement and carving a razor-sharp symbol of vengeance.
3 Blazing Edge.png Blazing Edge 0.75¾ 12 Conjure a magical axe to rake your enemies toward you.

Revenant icon small.png Revenant[edit]

4 Frigid Blitz.png Frigid Blitz 0.5½ 10 Hurl your axe at your target, damaging and chilling the foes the axe passes through. When the axe reaches your target, shadowstep to it and deliver a large blow.
5 Temporal Rift.png Temporal Rift 0.5½ 15 Slice into the Mists, creating an unstable rift. After a short duration, this rift will collapse in on itself, pulling in enemies.

Warrior icon small.png Warrior[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngEviscerate.png Eviscerate 8 Burst. Leap at your foe with a devastating attack. Effect increases with adrenaline level. Gain might if this attack hits.
1 Chop.png Chop 0.25¼ Chain. Chop your foe.
1 ChainDouble Chop.png Double Chop 0.25¼ Chain. Chop your foe twice.
1 ChainTriple Chop.png Triple Chop 10.5½ Deliver three final chops to your foe.
2 Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe 0.5½ 6 Spin around and attack all nearby foes, applying vulnerability each hit. Gain fury for each foe hit.
3 Throw Axe.png Throw Axe 0.25¼ 1 Throw an axe that cripples foes, dealing bonus damage at lower health thresholds.
4 Dual Strike.png Dual Strike 0.5½ 12 Strike your foe with both weapons. Gain quickness for each strike that hits.
5 Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe 30.5½ 15 Spin and attack nearby foes. You can move while spinning.

Berserker icon small.png Berserker[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngDecapitate.png Decapitate 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Gather your strength into a powerful attack. If it hits, gain might and recharge this skill.

Ranger icon small.png Ranger[edit]

1 Ricochet.png Ricochet 0.25¼ Bounce your axe between multiple foes, gaining might for each enemy struck.
2 Splitblade.png Splitblade 0.75¾ 6 Throw a spread pattern of five whirling axes that bleeds foes.
3 Winter's Bite.png Winter's Bite 0.5½ 10 Throw an axe to chill the area around your foe. Your pet's next attack inflicts weakness.
4 Path of Scars.png Path of Scars 0.5½ 15 Throw your axe so that it returns to you, striking foes each way.
5 Whirling Defense.png Whirling Defense 30.25¼ 25 Spin your axes around you to attack nearby foes.

Untamed icon small.png Untamed[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSundering Volley.png Sundering Volley 0.75¾ Unleashed Ambush. Throw multiple axes at nearby enemies, inflicting conditions.

Mirage icon small.png Mirage[edit]

1 Lacerating Chop.png Lacerating Chop 0.5½ Inflict bleeding on your target.
1 ChainEthereal Chop.png Ethereal Chop 0.5½ Inflict Torment on your target.
1 ChainMirror Strikes.png Mirror Strikes 0.5½ Inflict bleeding and torment on your target.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngImaginary Axes.png Imaginary Axes 0.5½ 1 Ambush. [sic]Release phantasmal axes that seek out the nearest target after a short delay.
2 Lingering Thoughts.png Lingering Thoughts 0.75¾ 0.25¼ Spin forward and strike multiple times, inflicting conditions and leaving a mirage at your starting position. If an enemy is near the mirage when it expires, a clone is summoned.
3 Axes of Symmetry.png Axes of Symmetry 0.75¾ 8 You and all your axe clones shadowstep to a random location around your target and strike, applying confusion. This attack breaks enemy targeting, and your illusions change focus to the targeted foe.

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer[edit]

1 Rending Claws.png Rending Claws 1 Slash your foe twice with ghostly claws to make them vulnerable. Vulnerability applied increases against foes below the health threshold.
2 Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws 10.75¾ 8 Summon spectral claws to slash your foe in a quick flurry of strikes, gaining life force per strike. This attack deals increased damage per stack of vulnerability on your target.
3 Unholy Feast.png Unholy Feast 1 12 Cripple nearby foes and remove their boons. Release an Unholy Burst on foes below the health threshold.

Related traits[edit]



Weapon strength[edit]

See also: Weapon strength

Related achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

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