- This article is about the weapon type. For the weapon called "Axe" in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Gaiden, see Iron Axe.
The Axe (斧 Ono) is one of the physical weapon types that exist in the Fire Emblem series. In the weapon triangle, axes best lances but are bested by swords. In Fates, axes additionally best Hidden Weapons and are bested by Tomes. The Swordreaver and the Swordslayer are the only axes that are able to reverse the weapon triangle.
Unlike lances and swords, axes do not have any slim versions, although the Hatchet from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is a close approximation. A recurring axe known as the Devil Axe is unique for having a potential backfire on the user, based on the Luck stat.
Axes are characterized by their high Might and Weight, which is offset by their low Hit compared to swords and lances. Dark magic can be considered the magical version of the axe, as it possesses the same general properties, being the most powerful but most inaccurate, and heaviest form of magic. In addition, Dark Magic users typically have similar stat builds to Axe users, but on the magical side. Axe users tend to have high HP, Strength and Constitution; mediocre Defense (excluding generals), Skill and Speed; and relatively low Resistance and Luck.
In Fates, a new weapon type is introduced as the Hoshidan counterpart of the standard Axe used in Nohr, Club (金棒 kanabō). Clubs are weaker than axes, roughly equivalent to lances in strength, but are more accurate and typically have a 5% critical hit rating. Respective enemy-exclusive variants of Axe and Club are Star Axe and Mace, which are also usable in ranged combat.