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This article is about the weapon type. You may be looking for Axe (NES), the most basic version of the weapon type in the NES games.

Axes in the Fire Emblem series

The Axe is one of the primary weapon types in the Fire Emblem series. A physical weapon type, axes typically possess the greatest raw power of physical weapons, yet are considerably heavier, and respectable but lesser accuracy; in this respect, axes are similar to dark magic. Along with swords and lances, axes are part of the weapon triangle; in accordance with it, they possess an advantage over lances, but are weak to swords.

Axes in the Fire Emblem series by type


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Basic axes

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Axe Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Bronze Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Iron Axe X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Steel Axe Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Silver Axe X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Poleaxes

Poleaxes are a variation on the standard iron, steel and silver axes. Characterised as larger and heavier axes, they possess greater power than their axe counterparts at the expense of greater weight and lower hit. They are an axe counterpart to the "blade" swords and "greatlance" lances, appearing only in Radiant Dawn.

They are not to be confused with the anti-cavalry Poleax appearing in other games of the series.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Iron Poleax X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Steel Poleax X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Silver Poleax X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Effective axes

A number of axes deal effective damage to enemies.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Hammer Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Effective against armored units.
Poleax X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Effective against mounted units.
Dragon Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Effective against dragon units.
Swordslayer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Effective against myrmidon and mercenary units. Also reverses the weapon triangle.
Fiendcleaver X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Effective against monster units.
Laguz Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Effective against laguz units.
Volant Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Effective against flight units. Ranged axe.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Ranged axes

These axes deal damage to enemies at 1-2 range. The Bolt Axe is the only axe in the series that deals magical damage.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Hand Axe Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Tomahawk X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Hatchet X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Short Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Bolt Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Deals thunder-based damage in Path of Radiance and magic-based axe damage in Awakening.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Character's axes

New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening contain a number of themed axes named for individual characters, but are not locked specifically to them. In the former, they sell for 0 gold; in the latter, they sell for ¼ of the buy value instead of ½.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Bord'n'cord Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Barst's Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Legion's Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Orsin's Hatchet X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Ranged weapon.
Titania's Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Grants the Patience skill when equipped.
Hector's Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Sacred and personal axes

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Helswath X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Langobalt and Burian only in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Pugi X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Orsin only. Ranged axe.
Armads X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Hector only in Blazing Sword.
Wolf Beil X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Hector only.
Garm X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Urvan X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Unused in Path of Radiance.
Tarvos X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Nolan only. Appears only in non-Japanese versions.
Wolf Berg X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Walhart only.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Miscellaneous axes

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Devil Axe Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Unused in Path of Radiance.
Broken Axe X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Brave Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Brave weapon.
Killer Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Venin Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png May inflict poison status on enemy.
Battle Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Master Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Brave weapon.
Swordreaver X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Reverses weapon triangle.
Emblem Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Basilikos X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Practice Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Hauteclere X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Frying Pan X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Immortal Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Hit Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Glass Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Quick Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Brave weapon.
Vengeance X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Grants the Vengeance skill when equipped.
Ladle X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Immortal Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Superior Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Grants the Axebreaker skill when equipped.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using axes

There are 41 different classes which, at some point in the series, have been able to wield axes.

Class Wields axes in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13
Lord X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Hector only.
Great Lord X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Hector only.
Fighter Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Pirate Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Thief X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Brigand X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Barbarian X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Master Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Warrior X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Axe Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Great Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Armored Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
General X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Baron X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Emperor X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Mercenary X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Berserker X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Hero X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Paladin X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png In Path of Radiance, only those promoted from Axe Knights or those who choose axes as their second weapon can wield axes. The pre-promoted Paladin Titania wields axes by default.
Journeyman X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Phantom X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Tarvos X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Maelduin X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Cyclops X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Wyvern Lord X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
King Daein X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Reaver X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Lance General X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Axe General X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Marshall X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Axe Paladin X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Gold Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Wyvern Rider X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Dragonlord X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Vanguard X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Dracoknight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Griffon Rider X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
War Monk X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
War Cleric X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Dread Fighter X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Conqueror X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the class wields axes in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Etymology and other languages

See also