Woodcutter's axe

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A weapon that chops foes down as steadily and methodically as a forester cutting wood. The unchanging rhythm of its work has settled on it with the force of natural law, and no amount of force or skill can make it swing faster or slower.

Woodcutter's axe.png the +5 woodcutter's axe

+5 battleaxe
Always swings at 10 auts, regardless of any other factors (such as Haste, Slow or weapon skill).


As a +5 battleaxe, the woodcutter's axe[1] is already a respectable weapon in the early game. Combine that with the fact that it can be swung at normal speed with no Axes skill at all, and any early character will find it a worthy weapon indeed.

However, as you invest in your weapon skills, you will find that other weapons begin to outspeed and out-damage a weakly enchanted battleaxe. Even if you decide to specialise in Axes, you'll eventually want to upgrade to a broad axe or regular battleaxe when you have the chance.

Still, guaranteeing that no regular-speed monster can hit you twice per swing remains quite useful for a long time. Characters who do not plan to invest in a weapon will appreciate having a solid backup melee option, though it does get in way of a shield.

This artefact is more likely to spawn in the early game, where it is more likely to be useful.