Axes in Dark Souls have been some of our favorite weapons since it was the first weapon I specifically chose in my very first playthrough of Dark Souls 3. Not only are they a very fun weapon to use, but they are weapons you can play through the whole game. It is fast, deals a ton of damage, and is a balanced weapon overall.
Every single one of these Axes is good, but some of them are just better than others. Some have insanely good scaling, and others are just solid weapons. What you choose doesn’t matter, so remember, these weapons can be used.
Axes are probably our favorite weapon type in the game since they are solid weapons throughout multiple playthroughs with a single character. They also have some decent skills that go along with them as well.
8. Winged Knight Twinaxes
Location: Dropped by the Twinaxe-wielding Winged Knight found in a small tower between the Lothric Castle and the Dragon Barracks bonfires. One of the Golden-Winged Knights also dropped it at the top of the Grand Archives.
If you have played the game before, you probably have been killed with this weapon. It is a weapon that the Winged Knights use, and it is just as good in your hands as in theirs. It doesn’t have the best scaling, but it has one of the coolest skills out of any of the other axes.
It is called chain spin and spins you in circles like the Winged Knights do. It deals massive damage, but it does use quite a bit of your FP to keep it going long enough. You only need to upgrade one weapon to get both axes leveled up. It is, overall a great axe.
7. Thrall Axe
Location: Dropped by Thralls in the Undead Settlement and the Cathedral of the Deep.
This weapon doesn’t have the greatest scaling like the one before, but it has a few things that should push you to use it. Remember that it is one of the smallest axes in the game, so if you don’t want to get close to your enemies, this is not a great option.
The reason it is on the list is that it is extremely easy to get. You just have to defeat some basic enemies in the Undead Settlement. Plus, if you two-hand it, it will cut through almost every shield. It has some pretty high Poise damage. It is a great option if you want to use an axe.
6. Butcher Knife
Location: Dropped by Isabella the Mad in the Road of Sacrifices once you defeat her when she invades you.
This is a weapon that not a lot of people know about. Not only does it have a pretty decent reach, but it also has some insanely good abilities. Any hit you deal with this weapon will give you 2 HP back. If the skill is activated, every hit will give you 30 HP back.
Keep in mind that this weapon is a pure Strength weapon. There isn’t any Dexterity scaling with it unless you change up the weapon with Infusions. This weapon does well without any Infusions and is recommended to take advantage of its skill.
5. Dragonslayer’s Axe
Location: Obtained after defeating Creighton the Wanderer in Irithyll of the Boreal Valley. He will invade near a large tombstone outside of the Church of Yorshka.
This is a weapon that first appeared in Dark Souls 2. It does have a high attribute requirement, but it is worth the extra levels to wield it. The skill isn’t anything special, but it still is a great option for an Axe with some decent stats.
It does best with boosts from either Miracles or Resin because it has some seriously good boosts when overlayed with an element. Infusions are great, but you are pretty much stuck with a single element if you were going to go down that route. Overall, it is a great Axe to choose if you want to use one.
4. Battle Axe
Location: Starting weapon of the Warrior class. It can also be found by defeating the Mimic in the room underneath where the Dragon sits in the High Wall of Lothric.
You can get this weapon when you first start the game. It is probably one of the best-starting weapons in the game since it is such a great option for an Axe if you are looking for one. It is the most basic Axe you can get, but it is one of the best you can use.
You can get the uninfused version from the Warrior class or the Deep version from the Mimic, but either way, you can do a lot with both of them. It is our favorite weapon in the game, and we recommend you try it out.
3. Millwood Battle Axe (DLC)
Location: Found in the Painted World of Ariandel. It is at the top of the tower in the Snowfield area, past a couple of Millwood Knights. You must do some parkour to get it, so try to take your time.
This is the only DLC Axe we put on the list since it is the only DLC Axe in the game. It is by far one of the hardest-hitting weapons in the game for its size. It has very high Strength scaling, and it is one of the best Axes you can use.
The Warcry skill is unique because it is different from the other versions. You actually run forward and deal massive damage by throwing enemies around with the Axe. You also stun enemies around you so they won’t fight back for a few seconds.
Location: Found in the Profaned Capital. Guaranteed drop from the already awoken Monstrosity of Sin found on the lower level of the ruined chapel that lies in the toxic swamp.
This weapon may seem like it doesn’t deserve to be this high on the list, but it has a lot going for it if you look at everything it offers. Not only is it the largest base Axe, but it also has a unique skill. It is called feast bell, and it makes the weapon deal bleed damage.
It also lets you restore some HP with each hit while the skill is active. It also has one of the farthest reaches within this category, making it a great option for those who don’t want to get too close to deal damage. If you like large Axes, this is a great option.
1. Man Serpent Hatchet
Location: Dropped by Man Serpents in Archdragon Peak.
Not much is known about this weapon, but many people consider it the best Axe in the game. From its good scaling to its damage output, it outweighs all the other Axes in the category. It is fast, has a large attack radius, and has the Warcry skill.
What makes it a good option is that it is similar to a curved sword but has the moveset of an Axe. It can destroy shield enemies extremely easily, and it also has some of the best range out of any Axe in the game besides the Butcher Knife. It is the best Axe in the game if you want to use it.