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Hunter Axe
Hunter Axe
Found
A starting weapon available from the Messengers. Can also be bought from the Bath Messengers when the Saw Hunter Badge is acquired.
Stats
Off physical atk Button 98/196
Off blood atk Button -
Off arcane atk Button -
Off fire atk Button -
Off bolt atk Button - Attr. Bonus
QS Bullet Use - Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
Durability icon 250 D/B E/D - D/C
Special Att. Attr. Req.
Slow poison ATK Button Rapid poison Button VS Kin Button VS Beasts Button Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
0 0 100 100 9 8 - -
Weapon Info
Weapon Type Right Hand Weapons
Transform Hand Axe, Halberd
Imprints Radial, Radial, Triangle

Hunter Axe
Hunter Axe
Found
Stats
Off physical atk Button 98/196
Off blood atk Button -
Off arcane atk Button -
Off fire atk Button -
Off bolt atk Button - Attr. Bonus
QS Bullet Use - Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
Durability icon 250 D/B E/D - D/C
Special Att. Attr. Req.
Slow poison ATK Button Rapid poison Button VS Kin Button VS Beasts Button Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
0 0 100 100 9 8 - -
Weapon Info
Weapon Type Right Hand Weapons
Transform Hand Axe, Halberd
Imprints Radial, Radial, Waning

Hunter Axe
Hunter Axe
Found
Stats
Off physical atk Button 98/196
Off blood atk Button -
Off arcane atk Button -
Off fire atk Button -
Off bolt atk Button - Attr. Bonus
QS Bullet Use - Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
Durability icon 250 D/B E/D - D/C
Special Att. Attr. Req.
Slow poison ATK Button Rapid poison Button VS Kin Button VS Beasts Button Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2
0 0 100 100 9 8 - -
Weapon Info
Weapon Type Right Hand Weapons
Transform Hand Axe, Halberd
Imprints Radial, Triangle, Waning

The Hunter Axe is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.

Description

In-Game Description

One of the trick weapons of the workshop, commonly used on the hunt.
Retains the qualities of an axe, but offers a wider palette of attacks by transforming. Boasts a heavy blunt attack, leading to high rally potential.
No matter their pasts, beasts are no more than beasts. Some choose this axe to play the part of executioner.

Characteristics

The Hunter Axe is a starting weapon. It is a hand axe in its normal state and a halberd (polearm) in its transformed state.

It is often considered one of the best weapons in the game for Strength/"Quality" builds. But even at the beginning of the game, with low stat investment, it is a good weapon even if players are going for a Skill build.

The reason for its popularity is how it has a varied and useful moveset, its great damage at the start of the game, the fact some attacks can stagger larger opponents, it's transformed state has decent range and it is also the weapon with the second highest Rally potential in the game, thus allowing players to be more aggressive and save on Blood Vials.

While in its untransformed form, the Hunter Axe has three heavy swings followed by a powerful smash in its R1 combo, which allows players to attack isolated targets much more quickly, and the charged attack is a devastating downward strike that strikes foes into the floor.

Upon transforming it, the player stretches the axe into its halberd mode and holds it with both hands. It now has more range, as well as more damage, but comes at the cost of less speed, as such, players can no longer mindlessly spam, especially when dealing with groups of enemies.

The weak attack combo is a slice, followed by a smash, then a thrust attack and a final slice. The L2 now becomes a powerful combo that has more range than the weak attacks, with high stagger, two wide slices followed by a powerful head smash. Meanwhile, the strong attack is a powerful smash, but when fully charged, it becomes a double spin attack that deals a lot of damage and sends enemies flying.

A lot of its attacks are possible to combo in many interesting and powerful ways, thus making it an excellent weapon for PVP as well.

Upgrades

Hunter Axe
Level Materials Damage Attribute Scaling Imprints
Blood Stone Shard Twin Blood Stone Shads Blood Stone Chunk Blood Rock-0 Blood Echoes icon Off physical atk Button Off blood atk Button Off arcane atk Button Off fire atk Button Off bolt atk Button Strength icon 2 Skill icon 2 Bloodtinge icon 2 Arcane icon 2 Bloodgem2 Bloodgem1 Bloodgem3 Bloodgem4
0 - - - - - 98 - - - - D E - D - - - -
1 3 - - - 240 107 - - - - D E - D 1 - - ???
2 5 - - - 280 116 - - - - D E - D 1 - - ???
3 8 - - - 340 - - - - - D E - D 2 - - ???
4 - 3 - - 400 134 - - - - D E - D 2 - - ???
5 - 5 - - 460 143 - - - - C E - D 2 - - ???
6 - 8 - - 500 152 - - - - C E - D 2 - - ???
7 - - 3 - 560 161 - - - - C E - D 2 1 - ???
8 - - 5 - 620 170 - - - - C D - D 2 1 - ???
9 - - 8 - 660 179 - - - - C D - D 2 1 - ???
10 - - - 1 720 196 - - - - B D - C 2 1 - ???

Notes

  • The smash attacks of this weapon all deal Blunt damage.
  • Has the highest Rally in the game.

Trivia

  • The Hunter Axe has the highest Rally Potential of the starting weapons in the game. At most stages in the game, two swings of the unextended axe will recover most of the damage taken. Upon being hit, you have time to use all four hits of the R1 combo; this will be enough to regain nearly all lost health.
  • The Hunter Axe is one of Father Gascoigne's weapons of choice, the other being a special version of the Hunter Pistol, which has a reload animation and the spread of a Hunter Blunderbuss.
  • Father Gascoigne also has access to a special move with this weapon during his first phase: he will dash forward while running his axe across the ground, creating sparks, and executes an uppercut.
    • This attack is not available to the player while using the weapon.
  • The charged attack of the Hunter Axe when two-handing it greatly resembles the spin attack of the Halberds in the Dark Souls series, except that it is much more powerful and faster.
  • Early footage of Bloodborne shows the Hunter Axe as doing 98 physical damage and having a durability of 440. Courtesy of IGN.

Gallery

Videos

Hunter Axe - Weapon Showcase

Hunter Axe - Weapon Showcase

Screenshots