demons greataxe icon

Demon's Greataxe

icon wp physicalAttack
157 physical defense shield icon 50.0
icon magicbonus
magic defense shield icon
icon firebonus
fire defense shield icon
icon lightningbonus
- lightning defense shield icon 35.0
icon darkbonus
dark defense shield icon
icon wp critical
100 icon wp stability 40
icon weight 14.5
icon durabilitiy
Requirements & Bonus
icon strength 22
icon dexterity 22
icon intelligence 22
icon faith 22
28 0 12 12
weapon type icon Greataxe damage type icon Standard
skill icon Demonic Flare icon fp cost 35

Demon's Greataxe is a Weapon in Dark Souls 3.

This greataxe, a favorite among demons, contains the strength of fire. The demons, born of Chaos, harbor fire, and yet they are twisted and malformed, such that they were never meant to be.

Skill: Demonic Flare
Briefly cause flame to flare, and smash it upon earth and foes. 

Notes and Tips:

  • Cannot be Buffed or Infused.
  • Reinforced using  Titanite Scale.
  • Mainly scales with Strength, but Pyromancers can utilize this weapon well with some Strength investment.
  • The Demon's Greataxe is tied with the Black Knight Greataxe for having the most hitstun out of all the other Greataxes. This also applies to its shockwaves.



Softcaps & Scaling:

  • 1 Handed Stats:
    • St/Dx/In/Fa = AR = Comment
    • 28/8/12/12 = 589 = Base stats
    • 28/8/40/12 = 623 = Int softcap (40 int = 40 Faith)
    • 28/39/12/12 = 626 = Dex softcap
    • 28/8/99/12 = 637 = Int Hardcap (99 int = 99 Faith)
    • 28/99/12/12 = 640 = Dex Hardcap
    • 40/8/12/12 = 647 = Str Softcap
    • 28/8/40/40 = 656
    • 60/8/12/12 = 671
    • 40/8/40/12 = 681
    • 40/39/12/12 = 684
    • 40/8/30/30 = 693
    • 99/8/12/12 = 707 = Str Hardcap
    • 40/8/40/40 = 715
    • 40/40/40/40 = 752 = Combined Softcap
  • Strength weapon:
    • Scales very well with strength
      • at least 2 AR/level up to 40
    • Scales poorly with other stats:
      • Dex, Intelligence, and Faith each get less than 2 AR/level
      • Int & Faith get 1 AR or less per level after 31/32 Int/Faith or 32/31 Int/Faith
    • Physical Damage Scales with Str and Dex
    • Fire damage scales with Int/Faith. Greatly increases Weapon Art Damage. Making Int/Faith a better choice than Dex.



Location/Where to Find

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Weapon Name Upgrade Table

  Attack ValuesBonus Parameter Bonus Auxiliary Effects Damage Reduction (%)
icon wp physicalAttack
icon magicbonus
icon firebonus
icon lightningbonus
icon darkbonus
icon wp poisonbld
icon wp frost
icon wp bleed
icon wp physicaldef
icon wp magicdef
icon wp firedef
icon wp lightningdef
icon wp darkdef
Regular 157 - 88 - - C E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40
+1 183 - 102 - - C E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40
+2 208 - 116 - - C E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40
+3 234 - 131 - - C E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40
+4 260 - 145 - - C E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40
+5 286 - 160 - - B E D D - - - 50 40 35 35 40


Table Key


Requirement Parameter Bonus Attack Values Damage Reduction % Auxiliary Effects Others
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-strength_22.png Strength
icon-wp_physicalAttack.png Physical  Physical icon-wp_bleed.png Bleeding  Durability
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-dexterity_22.png Dexterity
icon-magicbonus.png Magic  Magic icon-wp_poisonbld.png Poison


icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-intelligence_22.png Intelligence
icon-firebonus.png Fire  Fire Frost Frost  
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-faith_22.png Faith
icon-lightningbonus.png Lightning  Lightning  Curse  
    icon-darkbonus.png Dark  Dark    
    Critical Critical
    Spell Buff Spell Buff

Parameter Bonus: Strength, Dexterity,Magic, Fire, Lightning and Dark bonuses - The scaling multiplier applied to the [Attack: stat]. Scaling quality is from highest to lowest as follows: S/A/B/C/D/E.The higher the player's [Str, Dex, Mag, Fire, Light] stat, the higher the [Attack Bonus: Stat] is (found on the player status screen). The higher the scaling letter, the higher the percent multiplier applied to the [Attack: Stat].This resulting bonus damage is added to the base physical damage of the weapon and is shown in the equipment screen in blue numbers as a "+ X". 
Durability: The weapon's HP, when the durability hits 0, the effectiveness of its attacks become weakened to the point of almost uselessness. When an items durability is low, a message will come up saying "Weapon At Risk!" at this point the weapon does not perform at it's best.
Weight: How much the item weights when equipped. 
Stability: How well the player keeps stance after being hit
Attack Type: Defines what kind of swing set the weapon has: Regular(R), Thrust(T), Slash(Sl), Strike(St)



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    • Anonymous

      I just realized there are 2 entries in the wiki for this axe. The other one lacks much info, and it even has some comedic statement.
      Maybe someone who's registered and all might want to remove it or merge / we

      • Anonymous

        I honestly didn't expect to use this at all, but it's become one of my primary weapons.

        The roll attack specifically is a great surprise for invaders.

        I switched over to the Onyx Blade, but I still come back to this when I need the extra fire damage.

        • Anonymous

          Ok here me out, this thing's WA on a light armor pyro/strength build, cast ironflesh first, the animation is the same as carthus beacon and power within, just don't move so they don't see you slow walk and let them try to stagger your fake "overconfidence"

          • Anonymous

            This is an axe , pyromancer starts with axe , faith and intelligence are what pyromancys need to be used in short this is literally just pyromancer axe.

            • Anonymous

              Very similar to Dragonslayer Greataxe in both damage and moveset with nearly identical weapon arts. only real difference is this one is fire instead of lightning and is more awkward to juggle stats with. Dragonslayer GA you just need str really since it's largely a physical damage weapon but this one leans more into the fire so it requires more from Int and Fth to catch up meaning it scales more slowly but also for longer. Higher SL this is probably the better of the two, but for a standard playthrough Dragonslayer will likely perform slightly better

              • Anonymous

                A surprisingly light greataxe with good damage and an anti-gank weapon art. Offhand it and one hand a faster weapon- use the greataxe to mix up timings and rollcatch opponnents.

                Works decently well with a Hand Axe. Since it doesn't rollcatch very well, most folks are comfortable instarolling from it, until they get their skull caved in by this thing.

                ...what, you expected toxicity? Nah, I just have some tips based on personal experience with this thing.

                • Anonymous

                  Underrated weapon. Weapon art is slow as molasses, but has its uses, such as punishing a quickstep user or someone rolling into you, or as a surprise attack in a gank.

                  • Anonymous

                    Dear blues: if you see this axe glowing intensely, just move the fck away from it. It doesn't matter if you use sunlight spear in the face or something similar, you are NOT winning that trade.

                    • Anonymous

                      Look how they massacred my boy. This weapon had S scaling for strength in DS1 and only requirwe strength to use and now it has mixed scaling and requirements

                      • Anonymous

                        This thing has mega AR... Its rough trying to go with heavy weapons on a Pyro build because its so many stats to juggle, but this weapon is just so good for the class.

                        30/8/30/30 I think is a good middle ground to boost up Vigor/Vit/End/Att to adaquete levels in order to tank and wear heavier gear.

                        • Anonymous

                          The Weapon Art damage hitbox is aoe with a hole filled with weapon itself in the center - tested on sludges in Cathedral, if you land the WA right on top of them it deals ~350 damage, but if u do it nearby - does 1500+ damage.

                          • Anonymous

                            I love how the weapon embers up when you use ember, just such a great detail. Dont think ive seen anyone mention it though

                            • I really like this weapon, currently trying this on my STR build and getting 711AR two-handed (677 OH) with 66STR, 12DEX, FTH and INT. It also seems to surprise people when you use it as it barely sees any use in pvp even though the move set is a tad bit boring. Really like this with the following fashion souls as well: Firelink Helm, Iron Dragonslayer Chest, Slave Knight Gauntlets and Silver Knight or Morne's leggings.

                              • Anonymous

                                figured I'd drop in and list what kind of damage im getting out of my soul level 220

                                2-handed fully upgraded, with fire clutch ring im getting 776 attack rating having tried to add oath of sunlight yet

                                80s/40d/15i/15f hope this is useful to someone

                                • Anonymous

                                  This is a good crowd control weapon in group PvP. The explosion has pretty respectable reach and it's hard to time the dodge on it. A lot of people also like to jump people in groups, so this is a good cover for that. It's a somewhat niche weapon, but delivers nicely.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Because of the longer time it takes to charge the Greataxe (compared to the Dragonslayer GA people have a harder time indicating when it's going to land, plus it has slightly bigger reach than the Dragonslayer GA.
                                    At lower levels (not specced towards anything particuar) the Demon's Greataxe does more damage than the Dragonslayer GA.
                                    Str: 32
                                    Dex: 16
                                    Faith/int: 12
                                    664 DMG (2H)
                                    Whereas the Dragonslayer GA only has 621 (2H)
                                    You won't want to equip it one hand anyway.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      The only thing this one has over the Dragonslayer's Greataxe is its far lower weight.They've got an identical movset and even similar weapon skills, but this one's got lower damage and I think its range is slighty shorter. Its weapon skill also deals less damage and takes longer to execute (roughly around a second).Still using it though, since it's got a great design and suits a pyromancer build - would also benefit from a Fire Clutch Ring in this case. Also, its weapon skill can be a useful follow-up to backstabs.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        The axe is ok. But the fists are much more rapid a d have higher dps. This has higher damage per hit..i also like the wep art on the fists better..If you want a big slow pyromancer wep, use a greatswprd or ugs chaos infused, or another axe, youll do more damage

                                        • Anonymous

                                          This thing is okay and fair doesn't really need a buff or nerf. Damage is average, stamina consumption and poise are average. The range is rather poor however

                                          • Anonymous

                                            It is OP & really fun to use, please don't nerf this weapon. I usually get 2-3 hit kills with just 1 use of my stamina bar because it does drain stamina. 1 hit kills usully against phantoms as well with R2 and if your stats are right. Go demon great axe, go!

                                            • At max this weapon has a B/E/D/D weapon scaling. With 30 Str 9 Dex 25 Int and 25 Faith with a fire clutch ring equipped it has 770+ Attack Rating. (Can't remember the exact Attack rating because I've respected to try other builds since then.) I used Ring of steel protection to counter act the dmg absorption increase from fire clutch. My other two rings were Sages Ring and Witch's Ring, which do not effect this weapon. I used it through my entire 1st game play through and it does work. The weapon art gives you increased poise and catches alot of people off gaurd since it has such a large AOE. Hope this helps.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                is it actually a decent strenght weapon? many strenght weapon just have a *****ty moveset which makes them kind of useless in PVP, but it does not have bad scalings, what bothers me kind of is just the faith and intelligence requirements for it

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