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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 version3DS version
RarityRarity level: 8
Research1 required
Dropped by Dropped by Dropped by
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
(Second Form)
12% Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions
0.5% Old-gen console version3DS version
Treasure BagDesktop, 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 2*1/50 (2%) 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 (0.5%) chance on the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS3DS version 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.


  • 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.
  • Despite the lower axe power, the Luminite HamaxesDesktop, 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


  • Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version3DS 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 TuneDesktop and Mobile versions.
  • Unlike similar items such as the Rain SongDesktop and Mobile versions, IvyDesktop 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.