Learn all you need to know in mastering the Axe in this tutorial; including combos, play tips, weapon mechanics, recommended Axe and more!
Weapon Guide & Combo
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Axe - Weapon Overview & Mechanics
Slow But Powerful Weapon
Despite its slow attack speed, the Axe is a very deadly weapon in the right hands. It can deal massive damage, interrupt or boop Behemoths, and even hit / boop them from afar!Check Out How To Boop Behemoths!
Most Effective When Charging Attacks
The Axe shines the most when dealing its charged attacks. It has the ability to boop Behemoths, deal bonus damage, and grant you resolve & stacks of determination.
Stamina Heavy Weapon
One thing you need to watch out for when using the Axe is your Stamina. You will use up some of your stamina when charging up attacks. Try to balance charging your attacks & evading to avoid running out of stamina!
Perform Combo Crossovers
The Axe has a unique feature that allows it to mix and match different moves into a single unique combo. You can use this to adapt and change your attacks for different situations.
Axe Allows You To Gain Resolve
You gain resolve after immediately letting go of the Vertical attack button as soon as it reaches the third level. Resolve is a Super Armor where you still take damage, but are not staggered by the attacks of Behemoths.
Determination Increases Your Max Damage
The Axe will also allow you to earn stacks of Determination. Each stack will reward you with a bonus percentage of damage dealt to Behemoths. The amount of bonus damage depends on the number of stacks you have, up to maximum of 3 charges by default.
Build Determination By Landing Charged Attacks
You will be able to build up the stacks of determination by landing your charged attacks, or hitting Behemoths with your Special attacks. You can check your progress of this via the meter found just below your stamina bar.
Earn A Stack Of Determination By Landing Special Attack
The meter will not automatically grant you the stack of determination. Once your meter is full, you will need to land your Special Attack (Flight of Ruin + Recall or Grim Onslaught) to earn a stack of determination.
Axe - Top 3 Recommended Axes
1. Stalker's Mercy
The Stalker's Mercy offers a cell slot for technique type cells, which can be used by Slayers in unique but powerful builds. It's Perk: Wild Frenzy will also give you bonus attack speed to help you land attacks much faster.Check Out Stalker's Mercy Weapon Stats!
2. Inferno's Decree
The Inferno's Decree is a great Axe for aggressive players. It offers two Power type Cell slots, and deals bonus raw and blaze damage to Behemoths!Check Out Inferno's Decree Weapon Stats!
3. Thundering Scythe
The Thundering Scythe is great for dealing bonus stagger damage to Behemoth heads. This is the ideal axe to use if your main job on the hunt is to stagger the Behemoths!Check Out Thundering Scythe Weapon Stats!
Axe - Combos & Movesets
Stationary & Continuous Combo
This combo allows you to continuously deal massive amounts of damage to Behemoths at the cost of expending your stamina & remaining stationary. This combo is best used when the Behemoth is not moving around, or when it is interrupted.
Excellent Booping Combo
Since the first attack of this combo can be held for long amounts of time, you can charge it up and wait for the time to boop the Behemoth. Once it is down, you can follow up with the combos remaining attacks while it is downed.
Recommended Crossover Combo
Highest Damage & Meter Gain
This combo allows Slayers to deal a bunch of damage to Behemoths while at the same time earning a lot of meter if all of the attacks connect. Keep in mind that this combo uses up a lot of stamina.
Flight Of Ruin / Grim Onslaught
Deal Damage At Range
This attack will make your Slayer throw your axe at a target, allowing you to deal tons of damage without needing to get in close to the Behemoth. Despite both Specials involve throwing the Axe, there are some differences between the 2 specials.
Flight Of Ruin
When thrown, the Axe will keep spinning and deal damage to the Behemoth until it returns to you. You can recall it manually by pressing the same button which allows you to slam the target with it, gain resolve, and potentially boop the target.
Grim Onslaught deals a bigger amount of damage, and can boop targets. After it hits, it bounces back to you, or will land on the ground and need to be picked up. Be careful since it may land somewhere far away if you miss!
Axe - Play Tips & Techniques
Equip Cells That Increase Attack Speed
Since the Axe is most effective when it is charged up, you may want to equip some Cells that grant you bonus attack speed. This way, you can charge up your axe faster, and deal much more damage in fights!
Learn Behemoth Attack Patterns
Learning the attack patterns of Behemoths is essential to the Axe since you are vulnerable when charging up the attacks. Knowing the pattern will allow you to safely position yourself, and correctly time your charged attacks!
Use Horizontal Attacks To Boop Behemoths
The Horizontal combo is perfect for booping Behemoths since it allows you to move around while holding the attack. This will help you orient yourself to boop the Behemoth. Just make sure that you have enough stamina for follow up attacks.
Charge Attacks When Behemoths Are Downed
The best time to use your charged attacks is when the Behemoth is downed. Since the Behemoth is vulnerable for a few seconds, you can use your charged attacks to deal the most amount of damage you can while it's vulnerable.
Attacks Can Be Repositioned Slightly
The Axe's successive attacks can be moved slightly if you need to change the direction of your slashes. This will help you keep the combo going just in case the Behemoth moves around.