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The Axe

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The Axe
  • The Axe item sprite
Autoswing
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
  • Pickaxe icon.png 0%
  • Hammer icon.png 100%
  • Axe icon.png 175%
Type
Damage72Melee
Knockback7.25 (Very Strong)
Bonus+1 range
Critical chance4%
Use time23 Fast
Tool speed7 Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version / 6 Old-gen console version3DS Version
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell100000*10 Gold Coin.png
Sounds

The Axe is a Hardmode, post-Plantera hamaxe, a combination of a hammer and an axe. It produces an overdriven electric guitar sound when swung. The Axe has a 2% (1/50) chance of being dropped by Plantera on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, and a 0.5% (1/200) chance on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version.

Its best modifier is Legendary. While Light may seem to provide a better speed boost by percentages, rounding reveals that Legendary and Light mine at equal speeds for this tool.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Axe is capable of breaking Demon and Crimson Altars.
  • In PvP, it seems to be able to hit a player twice in one swing.
  • While autoswinging, the player will be unable to change direction.
  • It has the highest axe power of any item in the game (175%), even surpassing that of the Luminite Hamaxes (all 150%). It also has 12 more base damage, but its range is shorter by 3 tiles.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Stop! Hammer Time!.png
Stop! Hammer Time! • "Obtain your first hammer via crafting or otherwise."
Obtain a Hammer. Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile Version

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, resulting in an arguably grammatically incorrect name, such as "Keen The Axe". It shares this trait with all other items that can possess modifiers and whose names begin with "The". This error is not present in the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version.
  • The Axe closely resembles a "Flying V" guitar model.
  • The Axe was added as a tribute to Dimebag Darrell, guitarist and member of the American heavy metal band Pantera, which Cenx has stated is her favorite band.[1] Fittingly, Plantera, the enemy referencing Pantera, drops it.
  • Its name and sprite refer to electric guitars being nicknamed "axes" in rock and heavy metal music culture. Its dual role as a hammer comes from how some classic "hard rockers" would famously smash their guitars on stage as part of their acts.
    • Before becoming rock slang for the guitar in 1967, "axe" was first used as jazz slang in 1955 (possibly earlier) for the saxophone, and later the trumpet (for its history; see here, and here).
  • The Axe is one of the three musical weapons in the game, the others being the Magical Harp and the Stellar Tune.

History[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]