The Axe

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The Axe
  • The Axe item spriteold The Axe item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
  • Pickaxe mask.png 0%
  • Hammer mask.png 100%
  • Axe mask.png 175%
Damage72 (Melee)
Knockback7.25 (Very strong)
Bonus+1 range
Critical chance4%
Use time23 (Fast)
Tool speed7 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 6 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
RarityRarity level: 8
Sell10 GC
Research1 required
Obtained from Obtained from Obtained from
Classic Mode.png Classic
Expert Mode.png Expert
Master Mode.png Master
(Second Form)
(Second Form)
12% (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
0.5% (Old-gen console and 3DS versions)
Treasure Bag(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Treasure Bag (Plantera)Treasure Bag
(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)

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, which changes in tone depending on the distance from the cursor to the player. The Axe has a 1/50 (2%) / 1/20 (5%) chance of being dropped by Plantera on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, and a 1/200 (0.5%) chance on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version.

Its best modifier is Legendary. However, due to rounding, Legendary, Light, Deadly, Agile, Quick, and Nasty provide equal boosts to mining speed for this tool.


  • The Axe is capable of breaking Demon and Crimson Altars.
  • In PvP, it is able to hit a player twice in one swing. Verify
  • 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.
    • Despite the lower axe power, the Luminite Hamaxes(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) are recommended for building as they have a higher tile reach than The Axe.


Achievement Stop! Hammer Time!.png
Stop! Hammer Time! • “Obtain your first hammer via crafting or otherwise.”
Obtain a hammer. (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)
Category: Collector Collector


  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionNintendo 3DS version Modifier prefixes are added in front of the "The" in its name, which can result in a grammatically incorrect name such as "Keen The Axe". It shares this trait with all other items that can obtain 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, the term "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(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).
  • Unlike similar items such as the Rain Song(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), Ivy(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions), or the Stellar Tune, it cannot be strummed.
  • In 1.4, the Axe's notes increase as the cursor is moved further out. The farther, the higher the note when swung. Prior to this, The Axe would play notes randomly.