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Name battle-axe
Appearance double-headed axe
Damage vs. small 1d8+1d4 (2-12)
Damage vs. large 1d6+2d4 (3-14)
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill axe
Size two-handed
Base price 40 zm
Weight 120
Material iron

A battle-axe is a kind of melee weapon, a more powerful two-handed version of the regular axe. When unidentified, it appears as a double-headed axe. Having a double head, the battle-axe is twice as heavy as the regular (single-headed) axe. Cleaver is the only artifact battle-axe.

Battle-axes, like plain axes, do an extra d4 damage against wood golems,[1] and can be used to chop down doors.


In addition to being found randomly generated on new dungeon levels, in shops, and as a death drop, the battle-axe is one of a number of two-handed weapons that strong monsters can be generated wielding.[2]

Barbarians start with a battle-axe 50% of the time.[3] Cleaver is their guaranteed first sacrifice gift.


Main article: Two-handed

While they may be powerful early-game choices, battle-axes are two-handed. This means that if a battle-axe become cursed while you wield it, you will lose the ability to do a number of actions. In NetHack 3.6.0 and later, players wielding two-handed weapons can use the #tip command to get items out of containers and onto the floor, so the curse is slightly more manageable than in earlier versions.


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