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v0.34:Battle axe

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This article is about an older version of DF.
For a comparison of different weapons, see Weapon.

Steel battle axes

A battle axe is an edge weapon that is essentially a sharp blade mounted perpendicularly on the end of a handle. Battle axes have the same range of attacks as larger great axes, but with reduced contact area and penetration on their "hack" edged attack.

Battle axes use and train the axedwarf skill. Dwarves can forge battle axes out of any weapon-grade metal, though those with superior edge properties are more effective. Almost all dwarves can equip battle axes, some must use two hands.

A battle axe may also be used as a tool for chopping down trees. Any dwarf that performs wood cutting will pick up an axe (if one is available) and not put it down until they are either no longer assigned the Wood Cutting labor or required to pick up different equipment for a new job. You can make use of this to arm many of your non-military dwarves with axes, although if you do designate one or more trees for wood-cutting (designate trees), all those dwarves will rush out to cut them down, one per tree designated. Curiously, even blunt wooden training axes are sufficient to fell a tree; this is presumably a bug.

Forging and Melting[edit]

  • Metal battle axes cost one metal bar to forge, or four adamantine wafers.
  • When a non-adamantine metal battle axe is melted down, it will return 1.2 metal bars, for an efficiency of 120%.
  • When an adamantine battle axe is melted down, it will produce 1.2 wafers, for an efficiency of 30%.
Ranged and ammunition
Blowgun and blowdart · Bow and arrow · Crossbow and bolt
Flail · Mace · Maul · War hammer · Whip
Edged (slashing)
Edged (piercing)
Dagger · Morningstar · Pick · Pike · Spear
See also: Attack types