Hand axe

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Name Hand axe
Skill Axes
Damage 7
Accuracy +3
Base delay (%) 13 (130%)
Min delay 6 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Small
Ranged? No
A small axe.

"'God speed the kiss,' said Max, and Katie sigh'd,
With pray'rful palms close seal'd, 'God speed the axe!'"

-Isabella Valencey Crawford, "Malcolm's Katie: A Love Story", Part I, _Old Spookses' Pass, Malcolm's Katie and Other Poems_. 1884.

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

The hand axe is fairly powerful for a starting weapon, and is the only axe capable of reaching an attack speed of 6 auts. Theoretically, this makes it an interesting option if you happen to find a hand axe of pain or electrocution, but one would be sacrificing tremendous amounts of physical damage in the process.

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

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


Prior to 0.14, hand axes could be thrown at enemies. That role is now filled by tomahawks.

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Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
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