Axe Mastery

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the warrior trait. For the historical necromancer trait, see List of historical traits#Necromancer traits 2.

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Axe Mastery

Warrior icon small.png Discipline (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
Game link
Axe Mastery

Gain ferocity. Gain additional ferocity when wielding an axe. Axe skills gain reduced recharge and grant adrenaline when critically striking.

Ferocity attribute.png Ferocity: +120
Ferocity attribute.png Additional Ferocity: +120
Attribute bonus.png Adrenaline: 2
Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%

— In-game description


Traited recharge

Skill Traited recharge
Axe Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe (PvE) 6 4.8
Cyclone Axe.png Cyclone Axe (WvW, PvP) 8 6.4
Throw Axe.png Throw Axe 1 0.8
Dual Strike.png Dual Strike (PvE) 12 9.6
Dual Strike.png Dual Strike (WvW, PvP) 15 12
Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe (PvE) 15 12
Whirling Axe.png Whirling Axe (PvP, WvW) 18 14.4
Traited count recharge

Skill Traited recharge
Axe Throw Axe.png Throw Axe (PvE) 10 8

Throw Axe.png Throw Axe (WvW, PvP) 12 9.6

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 11, 2021
  • This trait no longer grants additional ferocity for a second equipped axe.
December 11, 2018
  • The amount of ferocity that increases while wielding an axe has been reduced from a maximum of 300 to a maximum of 120, and warriors can now gain up to 120 ferocity for each axe they are wielding. Warriors now gain up to 120 ferocity regardless of what weapon they are wielding.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This trait has moved to the Discipline line and takes the slot previously taken by Merciless Hammer.
May 16, 2017
  • Now gives 300 bonus ferocity as long as you have at least one axe equipped.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • This trait has been moved to the Grandmaster tier.
  • Added: Recharge on axe skills is reduced by 20%.
  • Added: When you critically hit with an axe, you gain 2 additional adrenaline.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Axe Mastery has been added to the game.