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Name Battleaxe
Skill Axes
Damage 15
Accuracy -4
Base delay (%) 17
Min delay 7 at skill 20
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A large war axe with a formidable double-sided head.

"On Carian coins, indeed of quite late date, the labrys, set up on its long, pillar-like handle, with two dependent fillets, has much the appearance of a cult image.

-Sir Arthur John Evans, "Mycenean tree and pillar cult and its Mediterranean relations," _Journal of Hellenic Studies_ XXI, p. 109. 1901.

This weapon falls into the 'Axes' category. It is a two handed weapon.

Battleaxes are large and powerful two-handed weapons; though not as overwhelming as an executioner's axe, they are much easier to find, require far less skill to wield effectively, and still deal respectable damage. As weapons with slow attack speed and high base damage, they do particularly well with brands such as freezing, speed, or holy wrath. If your character has experience to spare and good skill aptitudes, you may want to eventually upgrade to an executioner's axe, but this is by no means necessary, and costs a lot of experience that could be invested elsewhere.

Battleaxes are usually first encountered in the hands of orc warriors; exploration of the Orcish Mines will likely turn up a decent one. The unique berserker Rupert occasionally generates with one as well. Like all axes, this weapon allows the player to cleave.

Mundane Battle axe1.png
Magical Battle axe2.png
Artifact Battle axe3.png
Unrandart Battleaxes
Wrath of Trog Axe wrath of trog.png


Prior to 0.12, battleaxes had 17 base damage and no cleaving.

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Bows Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)
Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMaceMorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberdScytheSpearTridentTrishula
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Slings Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing Blowgun (Needle) • JavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing netTomahawk