War axe

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Name War axe
Skill Axes
Damage 11
Accuracy +0
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A military axe with a long haft and a single-bladed head.
This weapon falls into the Axes category. It is a one handed weapon.

The war axe is a step up from the hand axe in terms of power. Like all axes, this weapon allows the player to cleave.


Axes deal less damage than comparable weapons, but allow the ability to cleave. As a starting weapon, war axes are a great option for strong species like Hill Orc or Minotaur. If you care about your ability to fight single targets, you might want a different weapon.

Mundane War axe1.png
Magical War axe2.png
Artifact War axe3.png
Woodcutter's axe Woodcutter's axe.png
Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
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Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
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