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The headsman's axe (originally localised as the Demon Axe) is a recurring weapon in the Dragon Quest series. It is a ferocious-looking axe that provides melee-oriented characters with considerable boon in the late-game part of their journey. It is the first of the low-accuracy-but-powerful category of weapons, such as Hela's hammer.

Appearances[]

Dragon Quest III[]

Making its debut, it is found in Baramos' Lair and can only be equipped by Warriors, giving them an attack bonus of +90 (+105 in the remakes) and will land a critical hit exactly 12.5% (18) of the time, though that same percentage also applies to missing the target entirely. It can be sold for 375 gold coins.

Dragon Quest VII[]

Aishe is the only one who can equip the axe in either version of VII. It provides +108 attack, +20 Style, and a reduced accuracy of 38 (37.5%). As it is not cursed and does not consume MP upon use, it is more convenient to use than the normal Hela's Hammer and Hatchet Man.

The axe is incredibly hard to come by in a normal playthrough, being dropped only by Vulgarians at a 1256 rate.

Dragon Quest IX[]

Much like the Hela's Hammer, the Headsman's Axe has lost its special critical hit rate, and is simply an incredibly powerful weapon.

Dragon Quest X[]

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Young Yangus and the Mysterious Dungeon[]

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker[]

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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2[]

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Dragon Quest: Monster Battle Road Series[]

Skill/Spell Description
Hatchet Man Deals a critical hit on one enemy, but can miss.
Large Cut Damages all enemies, but can immobilizes user with a curse.
Super Hatchet Man Deals 2 critical hits on one enemy, but can miss.

Dragon Quest of the Stars[]

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Dragon Quest Tact[]

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Dragon Quest Walk[]

Level Skill/Spell Description MP Cost
1 Paladin Attack +5 Increases a Paladin's ATK by 5 when wielding this weapon.
1 God Guard Activation Rate +2%
10 Flame Slash Deals 360% physical Frizz slash damage to all enemies and rarely reduces their defense. 41
20 Fighting Spirit Infusion Grants Power Protection to all allies and recovers 50% HP once the user's HP falls below 30%, but can only be used once per battle. 20% of max MP
30 Unyielding Ice Axe Deals 730% physical Crack slash damage to one enemy while reducing their Magical Might and grants the user the ability to counterattack with 20 times the damage they have taken with their job traits. 51
35 Bird family damage +5% Increases the damage dealt to Bird monsters by 5% when wielding this weapon.
40 Critical Hit Rate +2% Increases the chance of landing a critical hit by 2 when wielding this weapon.
45 Attack +12 Increases the wielder's ATK by 12 when wielding this weapon.
50 Veteran Spirit Axe 18
50 Secret of Surefire Grants the user the effect of preventing slash and physical damage from being guarded or evaded at the start of the battle. Lasts for 4 turns. 8


Etymology[]

Headsman is an antiquated term for a judicial executioner. Specifically, it refers to one who executes convicted criminals via decapitation by a large axe. These axes would be inscribed with the words Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty, to show that the executioner was not guilty of murder in the eyes of God.

Gallery[]

Other languages[]

Other languages
French Hache de bourreau
German Scharfrichterbeil
Spanish Decapitadora
Italian Ascia di Hela
Dutch Unknown
Norwegian Unknown
Greek Unknown
Portuguese Unknown
Russian Unknown
Chinese Unknown
Korean Unknown

Related Axes[]

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