An axe (aka ax) is an edged weapon usually constructed of a short, broad blade attached to a pole. The form of the blade varies widely, and the pole is usualy short, although some have a polearm-like longer one, for example: Inv axe 115 [Ramaladni's Blade of Culling]. Axes come in one-handed or two-handed varieties

Vs. Other Melee Weapons

Swords, Maces, and Axes come in both one-handed and two-handed varieties.

  • Swords and Axes are virtually identical for the purposes of the game. Some classes can wield axes but not swords, such as Shaman, or have specializations in one or the other. But damage and enhancement effects are the same.
  • Axes can be temporarily enhanced through Sharpening stones, whereas maces and staves are enhanced through Weightstones.
  • Daggers and one-handed axes have essentially the same mechanics except that daggers must be wielded by Rogues to activate certain abilities.
  • All two-handed weapons, including two-handed axes, polearms, and staves, have essentially the same game mechanics.

Notable Axes

(Two-handed unless indicated)

  1. Inv axe 24 [Dark Edge of Insanity]
  2. Inv axe 21 [Draconic Avenger]
  3. Inv axe 09 [Arcanite Reaper]
  4. Inv axe 26 [Blessed Qiraji War Axe], one-handed
  5. Inv axe 35 [Ancient Hakkari Manslayer], one-handed
  6. Inv axe 08 [Hatchet of Sundered Bone], one-handed
  7. Bc icon Inv axe 68 [Devastation]
  8. Bc icon Inv axe 64 [Axe of the Gronn Lords]
  9. Bc icon Inv axe 60 [Gorehowl]
  10. Bc icon Inv axe 70 [Axe of the Nexus-Kings]
  11. Wrath-Logo-Small Inv axe 113 [Shadowmourne]
  12. Wrath-Logo-Small Inv axe 120 [Bryntroll, the Bone Arbiter]


Patch 2.3: Orc Axe Specialization now affects Expertise with all axes.

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