Broad axe

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Broad axe
Skill Axes
Damage 13
Accuracy -2
Base delay (%) 16
Min delay 7 at skill 18
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
An axe with langets, spikes, a lengthed haft and a single-bladed crescent head.

"Weapon, shapely, naked, wan!
Head from the mother's bowels drawn!
Wooded flesh and metal bone! limb only one, and lip only one!
Gray-blue leaf by red-heat grown! helve produced from a little seed sown!
Resting the grass amid and upon
To be lean'd, and to lean on."

-Walt Whitman, _Song of the Broad-Axe_, l. 1-6. 1867

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

Broad axes are the most powerful one handed axes, though have the highest base delay. They don't do as much damage as two-handed axes, but they are still good enough to make them a viable choice throughout the game, especially if you find a nice artefact axe.

Like all axes, this weapon allows the player to cleave, which helps compensate somewhat for its relatively mediocre base damage and speed.


Broad axes are as strong as a morningstar, but with a 1 higher base delay. Morningstars are strong enough to win the game, and broad axes, with the extra cleave, are no different.

They aren't common per-se, but are somewhat less rare than other "top tier" one-handers like the eveningstar or double sword. This is because broad axes can be wielded by a number of enemies, including orc warriors, orc knights, and vault guards.[1] You shouldn't rely on this fact, but it's worth noting anyhow.

Mundane Broad axe1.png
Magical Broad axe2.png
Artifact Broad axe3.png
Unrandart Broad Axes
"Arga" Mithril axe arga.png
Obsidian Axe Obsidian axe.png


  • In 0.27, the base delay was changed back to 16.
  • In 0.26, the broad axe's base delay was increased from 16 to 17, with the minimum attack delay requiring 20 Axes skill instead of 18.
  • Prior to 0.12, broad axes had 14 base damage and no cleaving.


  1. (0.31.0)

A more complete list of monsters that can spawn with a broad axe can be found at (0.31.0) and (0.31.0). It is 1/120 for "NAGA_WEAPONS" and 1/25 for "ORC_KNIGHT_WEAPONS" / "ORC_WARLORD_SPEC".

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMace (Hammer) • MorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberd (Scythe) • SpearTridentTrishula
Ranged Weapons ArbalestHand cannonLongbowOrcbowShortbowSlingTriple crossbow
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net