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Axes are a recurring family of weapons in the Dragon Quest series. Though typically depicted in official artwork as the weapon of choices for warriors and other melee-oriented characters, their actual presence in the series has been relatively scarce until the release of Dragon Quest VIII.

Unlike swords and spears, axes have been for the longest time featureless weapons with no additional benefits complimenting their strength since the original game, with the sole exception of the Headman's axe. As with several other armament types, this would change with the development of Dragon Quest IX, which features many hatchets with additional effects.

Depending of the title, Axes can either be large enough to need to be wielded with two hands, or short enough to be wielded with just one, thusly even enabling the equipment of a Shield in the other hand, or, thanks to the Skill Dual Wielding, a second axe of any type.


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Axes are one of the the three weapon types that Yangus specializes in, serving as a middle ground between the brute force of the Hammers and the group targeting Scythes. Axes are recommended for those who prefer to inflict status ailments while simultaneously dealing damage, and for those that prefer to gamble on all-or-nothing attacks through the Hatchet Man and Executioner skills, both of which work exceptionally well against the Metal slime-type of monsters. As with other weapon types, the critical hit percentage of an axe will jump from 1/64 to 1/32 once enough skill points are invested. Despite being wielded with two hands, in Dragon Quest VIII it does not prevent the equipment of a Shield.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Gladiators and Rangers are the only vocations that may Axes by default. By putting 100 points into the skill set, any character may wield an Axe.

Axes will deal 10% more damage to enemies in the Plant category.

Dragon Quest XI[]

Axes can be equipped exclusively by Hendrik. Being one-handed weapons in Dragon Quest XI, Axes can either be wielded alongside a Shield, or wielded in pairs thanks to the Dual Wielding skill.

List of axes:

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German Äxte
Italian Asce (plural of "Ascia")
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