The Devil Axe (Japanese: デビルアクス Devil Axe) is a rare axe that was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. It is a high-risk, high-reward weapon: it has exceptionally high raw power compared to other axes, but it has a chance of backfiring and damaging its wielder instead of the target. If it backfires, the wielder suffers the same amount of damage that would have been dealt to the target had the attack not backfired.
Despite the danger it poses to anybody who would use it, the Devil Axe has some advantages. In addition to its exceptional might, it has a low required weapon level/level which lets almost any axe user immediately use it, and in The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones, using it awards a very high amount of weapon experience to increase axe ranks. The risk of having it backfire is mitigated by its wielder's luck stat, although there is always a minimum 1% chance that it will backfire regardless of the user's luck. Additionally, in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia it heals its user when they defeat an enemy, although since axes are usable only by enemies in that game, this does not help the player.
In the main Fire Emblem series
In other Fire Emblem series titles
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Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Mystery of the Emblem
The Binding Blade
The Blazing Blade
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
||If hacked into the game, it is usable by any unit with an E rank in axes.
New Mystery of the Emblem
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
BS Archanea War Chronicles
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- The unused Devil Axe in Path of Radiance is unusual in that it lacks a 3D model for units to wield in battle scenes. If it is hacked into the game, the missing model causes its user to freeze up in a bind pose (pictured below with Boyd), and the game crashes as a result.
- In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remakes, the villager in Chapter 3 who gives Marth the Devil Axe describes its backfiring effect as consuming the blood and flesh of its user.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||Romanized as DEVILAXE in its internal file names.
||• Hacha diablo
• Hacha demoní
• Hacha demoníaca
|• Devil axe. Used in The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones. Abbreviated to H diablo for space reasons.|
• Demon axe. Used in Shadow Dragon. Abbreviated to H demoní for space reasons.
• Demonic axe. Used in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses. Abbreviated to H. demoníaca in Shadows of Valentia for space reasons.
||Demonic axe. Abbreviated in gameplay to As. demonica in Fire Emblem, and As. demon. in Shadow Dragon.
- ↑ "Oh, ho ho! Don't you look young and full of life! Such a warm smile here deserves a nice reward. Here, take this axe- this EVIL abomination of an axe! Beware! Its blade drinks blood and devours flesh. I'd hate to see you come to any harm!" — A villager, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon