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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 required is independent of the type of the Tree.

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Glommer.png Main article: Belongings#Axe

In Don't Starve Together, Skins can be applied to certain items to change their appearance. Information on how to obtain specific skins can be found on the Belongings page.

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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Glommer.png Main article: Belongings#Luxury_Axe

In Don't Starve Together, Skins can be applied to certain items to change their appearance. Information on how to obtain specific skins can be found on the Belongings page.

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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 Skeletons it will lose less durability, 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 requires 1 Axe, 1 Dragoon Heart, and 2 Obsidian to craft. The Obsidian Axe is also a possible reward from X Marks the Spot treasure chests. Like all items in the Volcanic Tab, it cannot be prototyped and the player must always be wearing a Brain of Thought or must be near an Obsidian Workbench to craft it again.

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. An 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.

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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 a Trawl Net in the 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.

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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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PickSlashAxe.png Lucy the Axe.png Moon Glass Axe.png,Obsidian Axe.png * Activated Living Artifact.png Werewilba.png Werebeaver.png
Evergreen.pngBirchnut Tree.pngLumpy Evergreen.pngTwiggy Tree.png (stage 1) 5, (3) 4, (2) 3, (2) 2, (1) 2 3 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 5 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 8 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 9 5, (3)
Totally Normal Tree.png 20, (10) 16, (8) 10, (5) 8, (4) 5 10 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.

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