Axes are a Weapon type in Dark Souls 3. Axes usually do decent damage and are best used on Strength/Quality builds. Most of the Axes have the Skill Warcry, which provides the weapon with a damage boost for 30 seconds. Axes are generally considered to be worse than Straight Swords, due to their lower attack speed, weaker damage output, and having an arguably worse moveset and Skill spread. 

However, Axes do have their own positives. Axes deal higher stamina damage, and can roll catch with more or less to the same effectiveness than Straight Swords.

 Name & Icon   Attack Power
Damage Reduction (%)
Requirements

Param Bonus

Durability / Weight - Attack Type - Skill
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Focus Cost

Skill


Acquired From

Battle Axe

125

45

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

30

-

12

D

8

D

0

-

0

-

80

4.0

20 ( -/ -)

Warcry

Warrior starting weapon/Looted from a mimic at High Wall of Lothric(Deep Infused).

Hand Axe

110

45.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

30

-

 9

D

 8

D

 0

-

-

60

2.5

 20( -/ -)

Warcry

Pyromancer starting weapon/ Looted at Undead Settlement

Thrall Axe

104

40.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

30

-

 8

D

8

D

 0

-

0

-

 55

1.5

 5 (-/-)

Quickstep

Dropped from Thralls

Dragonslayer's Axe

90

45

0

30

0

25

90

25

0

30

100

30

-

 18

D

 14

E

 0

-

0

-

 70

4.0

20 ( -/ -)

Warcry

Dropped by Creighton the Wanderer

 

Butcher Knife

95

60.0

0

40.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

40.0

100

35

-

 24

A

 0

-

 0

-

 0

-

 75

7.0

 18( -/ -)

Sharpen

Dropped by enemy wielding it at Road of Sacrifices

 

Brigand Axe

124

45.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

30

-

14

D

 8

D

 0

-

 0

-

 75

3.0

20( -/ -)

Warcry

 Looted at Road of Sacrifices

 

Winged Knight Twinaxes

122

45.0

0

30.0

0

25.0

0

25.0

0

30.0

100

35

-

20

D

12

D

 0

-

0

-

80

8.5

8 (-/17)

Chain Spin

Dropped by Winged Knights

 

Eleonora

156

55.0

0

40.0

0

30.0

0

30.0

0

40.0

100

35

-

 20

D

8

E

 0

-

 0

-

 90

6.5

24 ( -/ -)

Feast Bell

 Dropped by hand-like enemy at Profaned Capital

 

Man Serpent Hatchet

125

45

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

30

-

 16

D

13

D

0

-

0

-

80

4.0

 20 ( -/ -)

Warcry

Dropped by Man Serpents 

 

Millwood Battle Axe

135

45

0

30

0

25

0

25

0

30

100

35

-

 15

C

10

E

0

-

0

-

80

6.5

 20 ( -/ -)

Warcry

Ashes of Ariandel DLC: Looted from a corpse in the tower.

 




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    • Anonymous

      16 Sep 2021 23:34  

      Probably the single worst weapon type in the game. Slower than Straight Sword, crappy reach and no Hyper Armor. Only partial exceptions are Butcher's Knife (for its silly reach, excellent scaling and neat Health Regen gimmick) and Winged Knight Twin Axes for Spin2Win.

      No matter what you're looking for, there's a 90% chance another weapon does it better than Axes do.

      • Anonymous

        16 Jun 2021 18:06  

        I wish the Axes in this game felt as good as the ones in DS2.

        Only thing that comes close is the Millwood. Bandit Axe, oh how I miss you.

        • Anonymous

          31 Aug 2020 18:23  

          Ive started using a lightning millwood axe in mainhand and the earthseeker in offhand on a 40/40 str fth build. The axe is great for rollspammers and the Greataxe has crazy hyperarmour. That in addition to the Warcraft r2s make it a really fun setup.

          • Anonymous

            04 Jul 2020 18:22  

            You can get the deep battle axe from the lothric wall when a monster chest appears when you kill it you get it

            • Anonymous

              22 Apr 2020 14:23  

              Seeing people saying that Warcry heavy attacks on weapons like the Battle Axe, Millwood Battle Axe, and Brigand Axe have hyper-armor, but I can't seem to get it to work. Does it exist, or do I not have enough poise?

              • Anonymous

                11 May 2018 11:31  

                Best axe? Currently using executioners sword because at one point my battle axe wasn't competing (first time playing btw)

                • Anonymous

                  19 Jan 2018 12:21  

                  Axes and hammers looks useless in pvp because of their high skill cap. Once mastered tho, there's really no way to punish them. Either hope they screw up or git gud.

                  • Anonymous

                    26 Mar 2017 19:52  

                    axes and maces got no love in the dlcs. at least axes got one new one in the dlc, but it is basicly just the battle axe with a slightly different warcry and better str scaling. maces didn't even get a new weapon in the dlcs.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Feb 2017 08:20  

                      Use warcry + uncharged R2 to annihilate every foe in pvp. You even have hyper poise to trade with UGS - Users or stop the R1 - Spammers in this game. Millwood Axe is especially good for countering spammy or very resilient adversaries.

                      • Anonymous

                        05 Oct 2016 15:13  

                        Do you guys think that the new axe shown in the 5 minutes gameplay trailer is going to be better than the man serpent hatchet or just having a new weapon art?

                        • Anonymous

                          14 Sep 2016 19:04  

                          axes may not be overpowered (most of the stuff sucks) the thrall axe for example can decipate all kinds of ***** if you use it right, dragonslayers axe has good lightning damage for a light weapon and anything else here can be made useful if you know what your doing

                          • Anonymous

                            08 May 2016 08:00  

                            Both axes and hammer class weapons don't interrupt enemy attacks in PvP, have lower swinging speed and moderate damage when compared to spam-swords, and to top it all they don't have hyper armor on their attacks making them trade inefficiently with already mentioned swords and other weapons. Hyper armor on R2s would have been nice at least.They can do well in PvP, but only if you land a parry or if your opponent is backed into a corner. In other cases, you are just handicaping yourself.

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