Executioner's axe

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Name Executioner's axe
Skill Axes
Damage 18
Accuracy -6
Base delay (%) 20 (200%)
Min delay 7 at skill 26
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A fearsome weapon covered in dried blood and crude engravings of torture and death, bearing an enormous axehead.
This weapon falls into the Axes category. It is a two handed weapon.

The executioner's axe is a massive two-handed weapon, one of the most powerful melee options in the game for medium-sized characters. However, they are extremely uncommon, and require near-mastery of the Axes skill to reach min delay. As such, many players will have an easier time using a solid battleaxe or broad axe for much of the game, investing the extra experience elsewhere (though minotaur and hill orc characters have Axes aptitudes that make the necessary training somewhat easier).

Due to their high base damage and slow attack speed, they are especially powerful when matched with brands such as speed, freezing, or holy wrath. Although normally very rare, they occasionally generate in Pandemonium in the hands of demonspawn opponents, and the unique executioner Ignacio always generates with a well-enchanted executioner's axe of pain.

Like all axes, this weapon allows the player to cleave.

Mundane Executioner axe1.png
Magical Executioner axe2.png
Artifact Executioner axe3.png


Prior to 0.12, executioner's axes had 20 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