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Tö chöp and deströy!


The Axe is a Tool that can be used to chop down Trees. It can be crafted at the beginning of the game with 1 Twig and 1 Flint. An Axe can also be used as a weapon, dealing 27.2 Health Meter.png damage on each hit. With either usage, an Axe has enough durability for 100 swings. When used to chop down Trees, Axe requires 5 chops for small, 10 for medium, and 15 for large Trees. Dead or burnt Trees require only one swing. Currently, the amount of chopping requires is independent of the type of the Tree.

Luxury Axe

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That is one fancy axe.


The Luxury Axe is a version of the normal Axe that has four times as much durability and requires Gold Nuggets instead of Flint, making it easily renewable. It requires 4 Twigs and 2 Gold Nuggets to craft, and an Alchemy Engine to prototype. It has 400 uses, 4 times as many as the regular Axe. When used as a weapon it deals the same amount of damage as a regular Axe. It also has the same efficiency as the regular Axe, requiring 5, 10, and 15 chops to fell trees depending on their size.

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The Moon Glass Axe is a version of the normal Axe that is exclusive to Don't Starve Together, introduced in Return of Them. It can be crafted with 2 Twigs and 3 Moon Shards, however doing so requires that the player to be close to the Celestial Altar. It is 2.5 times more efficient than the normal Axe. This means that Small Trees will take 2 hits, medium Trees will take 4 hits, and large Trees will take 6 hits to be chopped down. When used to attack shadow creatures, shadow pieces or reanimated skeleton it will lose less duration, and viceversa, it will lose more applications if used to attack any other unit.

The Moon Glass Axe was introduced in the Turn of Tides update.

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Keep thet away from me legs!


The Obsidian Axe is another version of Axe exclusive to Shipwrecked DLC. It can be crafted using 1 Axe, 1 Dragoon Heart, and 2 Obsidian, however doing so requires wearing a Brain of Thought or being near an Obsidian Workbench. The Obsidian Axe is also a possible reward from X Marks the Spot treasure chests. The Obsidian Axe can be used to chop down Trees with 2.5 times the efficiency of the standard Axe, in addition to having 250 uses, which is 2.5 times of the uses for the standard version. Small Trees will take 2 hits, medium Trees will take 4 hits, and large Trees will take 6 hits to chop down.

As the Obsidian Axe is used (either as a tool or a weapon), its charge level will increase. As the charge level increases, the Obsidian Axe will produce more heat and light, which protects the players from Charlie, but can cause Overheating. It can also be used as a weapon, initially dealing the same damage as the standard Axe per hit, but after gaining 75 charges, it will start igniting any target struck and deal up to 2x damage based on the number of charges. The charge level decreases over time as long as the axe isn't used and dropping it into the Ocean will completely remove its charge. Obsidian Axe will not gain any charges during Hurricane Season. Similar to Thermal Stone, the Axe will start glowing as it gains charges.

Players should take caution when using an Obsidian Axe with high levels of charge, as any Tree ignited by the Obsidian Axe can potentially ignite other nearby trees, resources or Structures. Burnt Trees can be chopped down with a single strike with any axe to obtain Charcoal, and the Obsidian Axe will not reignite the burnt tree or the Charcoal. When using this item as a weapon, players should remember that the Mobs that are killed while on fire will drop cooked variants of the food items and ashes for flammable resources they would otherwise drop. Some Mobs will also panic when on fire, running in random directions, potentially igniting other mobs, resources or Structures around them.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Axes can be obtained from the Slot Machine and Steamer Trunk. Luxury Axes can be obtained from the Slot Machine and X Marks the Spot and by using Trawl Net in Ocean.

In the Hamlet DLC, Axes can be bought for 5 Oincs at the Pigg and Pigglet's General Store in the Pig City. Three of them are also required to craft the Pigg and Pigglet's General Store using the Key to the City.

Icon Tools.png Comparison

Amount of chops required to cut down a tree while using available tool / unit (amount in parenthesis shows chops required while being affected by Honey Crystals.png )
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Pig.png, Merm.png,Loyal Merm Guard.png *

PickSlashAxe.png Lucy the Axe.png Moon Glass Axe.png,Obsidian Axe.png ** Werebeaver.png
Evergreen.pngBirchnut Tree.pngLumpy Evergreen.pngTwiggy Tree.png (stage 1) 5, (3) 4, (2) 3, (2) 2, (1) 2, (1)
Driftwood 1.pngDriftwood 2.png 6, (3) 5, (3) 3, (2) 3, (2) 2, (1)
Lune Tree Short.pngBlue Mushtree Webbed.png 8, (4) 7, (4) 4, (2) 4, (2) 2, (1)
Evergreen.pngBirchnut Tree.pngLumpy Evergreen.pngTwiggy Tree.png (stage 2), MushtreeGreen.pngMushtreeRed.pngSporecap build.png 10, (5) 8, (4) 5, (3) 4, (2) 3, (2)
Lune Tree Normal.pngDriftwood 3.png 12, (6) 10, (5) 6, (3) 5, (3) 3, (2)
Misery Sporecap build.png 14, (7) 11, (6) 7, (4) 6, (3) 4, (2)
Evergreen.pngBirchnut Tree.pngLumpy Evergreen.pngTwiggy Tree.png (stage 3), Mushtree.pngLunar Mushtree.png 15, (8) 12, (6) 8, (4) 6, (3) 4, (2)
Lune Tree.png 16, (8) 13, (7) 8, (4) 7, (4) 4, (2)
Poison Birchnut Tree.png 18, (9) 14, (7) 9, (5) 8, (4) 5, (3)
Totally Normal Tree.png 20, (10) 16, (8) 10, (5) 8, (4) 5, (3)

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Icon Tools.png Usage

To chop down a Tree with the Axe, players can right-click it from the inventory to equip it and left-click the Tree (Or press "X" in the console edition). Once the player begins to chop the Tree, holding down the LMB or Spacebar will have the player character keep chopping until the Tree falls. Alternatively, one can chop faster by repeatedly clicking LMB with specific timing.

In addition to chopping down trees, Axes are used in the following crafting recipes.

Outside of chopping trees, the Axe can be a cheap tool to be used as a weapon for early game survival.

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Silver Bowl.png The Gorge

In The Gorge event for Don't Starve Together, an Axe can be found between two Fire Pits near the Mossy Gateway, next to two Logs. More Axes can be purchased from the Swamp Pig Elder for five Logs. Axes in The Gorge have infinite durability and have a Victorian-inspired appearance. This new appearance is available as a Skin.

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • The Luxury Axe was added in the October 2, 2012 update.
  • The Axe used to have a value of 1-10 Science Points depending on its durability when used on a Science Machine, while the Luxury Axe gave 1-35.
  • Lucy the Axe, a character-specific item, is given to Woodie upon spawn. It acts as an infinite durability Axe that chops Trees much faster but does less damage. 
  • When the Luxury Axe is equipped, a 'ding' sound can be heard. 
  • In reality, gold is not a practical metal to be used in tools or weapons as it is a soft metal; it would easily deform and break. This is often remarked when examined by some Characters.
  • Axes deal the same amount of damage as Boomerangs.

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  • When playing as Woodie in Shipwrecked, the Obsidian Axe can talk like Lucy.

Blueprint.png Gallery

Craftable Items and Structures
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Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern
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Survival TrapBird TrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing RodBundling Wrap
(Pretty ParasolLuxury FanInsulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon.png) (Silly Monkey BallTropical ParasolAnti VenomThatch PackPalm Leaf HutTropical FanSea SackDoydoy Nest Shipwrecked icon.png) (Chef Pouch Shipwrecked icon.pngDon't Starve Together icon.png) (Bug B'GoneBird Whistle Hamlet icon.png) (Telltale HeartBooster ShotSea Fishing RodFlareWater BalloonWhirly FanBerniePile o' BalloonsTent RollCandy BagGift Wrap Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box
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Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod
(Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon.pngShipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Sea LabIce Maker 3000Quacken Drill Shipwrecked icon.png) (SmelterOscillating Fan Hamlet icon.png) (Think TankCartographer's DeskPotter's WheelTerra Firma TamperMad Scientist Lab Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap
(Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon.png) (Poison SpearSeashell SuitLimestone SuitCactus ArmorHorned HelmetPoison DartCoconadeSpear GunCutlass Supreme Shipwrecked icon.png) (HalberdCork BatWeevole MantleMant MaskMant SuitFancy HelmetTin SuitBlunderbuss Hamlet icon.png) (Cookie Cutter CapElectric DartNapsackTail o' Three CatsTrusty Slingshot Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Structures ChestSignMini SignWood GateWood FenceHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern
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Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple GemBeeswaxWax Paper
(ClothLimestoneGold NuggetIceEmpty BottleCoral Nubbin Shipwrecked icon.png) (Claw Palm SaplingVenom Gland Hamlet icon.png) (Cratered MoonrockThick FurMarble BeanFeathery Canvas Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmorDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger
(Old Bell Reign of Giants icon.png) (PiratihatitatorDripple PipesSeaworthy Shipwrecked icon.png) (Hogus PorkusatorLiving ArtifactPugalisk WandRoot TrunkSkyworthyVortex Cloak Hamlet icon.png) (OcuvigilMoon DialThe Lazy DeserterClean SweeperAbigail's FlowerKitschy Idols Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffsStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest
(Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon.png) (Brain of ThoughtShark Tooth CrownDumbrellaBlubber SuitTar SuitWindbreakerParticulate PurifierSleek Hat Shipwrecked icon.png) (Snakeskin HatSnakeskin Jacket Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Gas MaskPith HatThunderhatShamlet Mask Hamlet icon.png) (SeawreathBlue FuncapGreen FuncapRed FuncapFashion GogglesDesert GogglesClever DisguisePinetree Pioneer Hat Don't Starve Together icon.png)
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(Premier Gardeneer Hat Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Books Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesThe End is Nigh!On Tentacles
(Joy of Volcanology Shipwrecked icon.png) (Horticulture, AbridgedApplied Silviculture Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Tinkering SpectogglesInfrogglesVisorFryfocalsTelebrellaTelipadThumper
Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png
Log RaftRow BoatCargo BoatSnakeskin Sail
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Volcanic Shipwrecked icon.png Obsidian MacheteObsidian AxeObsidian SpearVolcano StaffObsidian ArmorObsidian CoconadeHowling ConchSail Stick
Treasure Hunting Hamlet icon.png Disarming ToolsBall Pein HammerGold PanMagnifying Glass
Seafaring Don't Starve Together icon.png Boat KitBoat PatchOarDriftwood OarAnchor KitMastWinged SailSteering Wheel KitTin Fishin' BinPinchin' WinchDeck IlluminatorLightning ConductorFire PumpAnchor Figure Sketch
Cartography Don't Starve Together icon.png Map Scroll
Celestial Don't Starve Together icon.png Moon Rock IdolPortal ParaphernaliaMoon Glass AxeGlass CutterMoon Crater TurfMutated Fungal TurfBath Bomb"Moon" Figure SketchMoon Moth Figure Sketch
Ectoherbology Don't Starve Together icon.png Revenant RestorativeSpectral Cure-AllUnyielding DraughtDistilled VengeanceNightshade NostrumVigor Mortis
Engineering Don't Starve Together icon.png Trusty TapeWinona's CatapultWinona's SpotlightWinona's GeneratorWinona's G.E.M.erator
Seasonings Don't Starve Together icon.png Garlic PowderHoney CrystalsChili FlakesSeasoning Salt
Stagecraft Don't Starve Together icon.png Weaponized WarbleHeartrending BalladClear Minded CadenzaBel Canto of CourageFireproof FalsettoRude InterludeStartling Soliloquy
Shadow Don't Starve Together icon.png Codex UmbraShadow LoggerShadow MinerShadow DiggerShadow Duelist
Slingshot Ammo Don't Starve Together icon.png PebblesGold RoundsMarblesPoop PelletsFreeze RoundsSlow-Down RoundsCursed Rounds
Balloonomancy Don't Starve Together icon.png Pile o' BalloonsBalloonSpeedy BalloonParty BalloonInflatable VestBalloon Hat
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