Hunter Axe


Imprints (Normal)


Imprints (Uncanny)


Imprints (Lost)

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Requirements & Scaling
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Hunter Axe is a Trick Weapon in Bloodborne.


Hunter Axe 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."


Hunter Axe Information

  • This particular trick weapon transforms between an axe and an extended axe.
    • It's the only starter weapon whose transformed mode is wielded with two hands.




  • It's possible to pick this trick weapon as a starting weapon near the beginning of Bloodborne.
  • If not chosen, it can instead be purchased from the Messengers after the Hunter has found the Saw Hunter Badge.

Uncanny Hunter Axe

Lost Hunter Axe

  •  Glyph: 3bv8tww5 (Pre-boss)

Player Notes

  • The regular form of this weapon is a simple axe, and swung as such.
    • It has the slowest speed of the three starting weapon choices.
    • However, it also has incredibly high Rally potential.
  • The transformed mode extends the telescopic handle, essentially transforming the weapon into a halberd.
  • The weapon is held with both hands, giving up the left-hand weapon for extended reach and a wider variety of attacks.
    • It has an extended reach and therefore is helpful when you need stay a safer distance away from opponents in melee range.
    • This form is very useful against mobs since it has several sweeping aoe attacks.
      • The L2 attacks have high stagger potential and will hit multiple opponents.
        • It's consider by many players to be a "safer" attack when fighting mobs and trying to hit fast opponents.
      • The charged R2 attack is extremely useful for fighting mobs and utilizing crowd control to great effect.
        • This is especially noticeable in tight corridors and small rooms.
        • It's capable of knocking back most small and medium sized opponents.
        • However, it can be tricky to use in PVP since most opponents will simply back away as you charge the weapon up.
      • The standard L2 and the second R1 swing are both vertical swings, handy for hitting the head of large enemies.
        • For instance, Bloodletting Beast is susceptible to hitting him in the head, dealing more damage against him than hitting anywhere else, as well as providing more chance of staggering him.
    • Overall, the transformed mode is superior for melee combat (extended reach, no noticeable difference in attack speed, useful against a single opponent or a mob), but disables a left-handed choice as a tradeoff.
  • It's mostly a strength weapon, but it has decent potential for "quality builds" (STR/SKL) due to its scalings and Rally potential.
    • The Hunter Axe is considered by many players to be a good choice for those looking to create a tank build of sorts.
    • This is especially noticeable while transformed since it has multiple crowd control options.




R: Rally/Regain. The amount of HP regained on an R1 attack immediately after taking damage



98 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 75


107 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 80


116 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 85


125 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 90


134 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 D E -- D 95


143 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C E -- D 100


152 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C E -- D 105


161 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C E -- D 110


170 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- D 115


179 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 C D -- D 120


196 -- -- -- -- -- -- 100 100 B D -- C 125



Move sets & Videos

Results from testing on an unarmored level 120 character with a +10 Hunter Axe with gems. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 100th.


Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo physical_atk.jpg1.00x, 1.00x, 1.10x, 1.20x 25 A four move combo; starting with raising the ax overhead but striking from right to left with a slight downward diagonal, then a downward vertical attack moving slightly left to right, followed by another horizontal slash from right to left with less of a downward elevation change, and ending with a vertical attack similar to the second attack but terminating in the ground.
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 25 This weapon has unique animations for almost all quickstep directions. All are fast slashing motions that vary only in the direction of the attack. Quickstep to the left or back and the animation is horizontally left to right. This is reversed for a right quickstep. A forward step is an upward vertical slash that drifts somewhat from right to left as well.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 25 The ax is brought back for a short windup and thrust forward quickly using the point at the top to strike rather than the blade
Dash physical_atk.jpg1.10x 35 (+run) The character takes a couple of short fast steps and slashes horizontally from left to right. This attack is quite fast
R2 Attack blunt.jpg1.35x 45 The character pulls the ax behind him for a windup animation which is followed by the ax being raised overhead and slashed into the ground. This does not have a combo, with each attack having the exact same animation and a very brief reset between animations
Charged blunt.jpg2.00x 75 A very similar attack animation to the standard R2, except the windup animation continues further behind the character's back.
Backstep R2 blunt.jpg1.30x 45 This attack is very similar to the standard R2, but has a short and fast step forward with the right foot followed by a longer step with the left to advance toward the enemy. The windup animation is slightly changed, but fundamentally the attack is the same
Dash R2 physical_atk.jpg1.45x 60 (+run) On the surface this attack seems to continue the trend of nearly identical downward slashes with R2. However, this attack very slightly shortens the windup animation and does not bring the ax smashing into the ground, instead grazing the ground on its way to the left side of the character's body
Leap physical_atk.jpg1.40x 60 This attack continues the trend of nearly identical downward vertical slashes that result in the ax smashing into the ground. This attack has the windup begin as the character leaves its feet and the ax falling as the feet touch the ground again.
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.10x 30 (+x) The weapon is brought somewhat behind the body of the character and the handle pulled out to extend using both hands. The now polearm sized weapon is thrust forward and up. This occurs on the right side of the characters body, but a variant of the same attack can occur on the left following some actions (R1 then L1 for example). The variant on the left side does not angle upward to the same extent during the thrusting animation


Move Damage Type & Modifier Stamina Effect
R1 Combo blunt.jpg1.05x, 1.15x, 1.05x, 1.15x, 1.20x 27~32 A four move combo featuring; a horizontal slash from right to left, a downward vertical slash, a thrust forward using the tip of the weapon and finally a horizontal slash from left to right. The horizontal slashes can be effective for hitting enemies to the side, but the follow up vertical attack and thrust attack will allow enemies that weren't finished off to crowd back in. The combo is best used when facing one opponent
Quickstep R1 physical_atk.jpg0.95x 25 Quickstep attacks from each direction result in a quick step forward and lunging thrust attack. The forward and right variants have the polearm to the right side of the body and the left and back quickstep are on the left side of the body. There is no functional difference with this variation.
Backstep R1 physical_atk.jpg 1.00x 25 The character takes a single large step forward and uses the reach of the weapon to advance back to the enemy. This is in contrast to other weapons where the backstep R1 utilizes a couple of steps or a hop to engage the enemy. The polearm is swept from right to left in a mostly horizontal path.
Dash physical_atk.jpg1.15x 35 (+run) A forward thrust that looks much like the quickstep R1. The animation is a little slower and does not lunge forward as prominently as those however
R2 Attack blunt.jpg1.37x 50 The weapon is brought behind the player to the left hand side and swept up into the air to be brought down in a vertical strike that smashes into the ground
Charged blunt.jpg1.30x 100 The windup from the standard R2 is extended further behind the body and brought forward in a horizontal sweep from left to right. The character uses the polearm momentum to spin around resulting in an attack with a 360 degree arc of potential damage. This also ends with the left hand coming off the weapon and the right hand continuing the swing all the way to the right side of the character again. The end result is actually a 450 degree arc with enemies directly in front and to the right possibly being struck twice.
L2 blunt.jpg1.25x, 1.25x, 1.35x 45 This can be a three hit combo provided you have plenty of stamina. The first is a horizontal sweep from right to left, followed by another left to right. The second sweep also moves at a slight diagonal from upper left to lower right. The third attack has the character spin and raise the polearm overhead, bringing it down to the ground in a vertical smash. Each attack will have a delay between it. The first two attacks have incredibly wide arcs that excel at keeping enemies to the side away from you.
Backstep R2 physical_atk.jpg
60 A fast windup to the left and behind the player results in a horizontal slash from left to right.
Dash blunt.jpg1.50x 60 (+run) This attack looks much like a mirror of the standard R2, with the polearm being brought to the rear, raised up and smashed down vertically. The difference between the attacks is mostly in animation with this strike occurring on the right side of the body.
Leap blunt.jpg1.35x 60 A similar attack to the standard R2, except while leaping forward to gain ground on an enemy. The windup animation is cosmetically different in the angle that the weapon is held, but is functionally the same
Transform Attack blunt.jpg1.20x 30 (+x) The polearm is swung in an arc behind the character while collapsing the handle down. The now shorter ax is brought down in a vertical slash with both hands, terminating in the ground. There are variants of this attack on both sides of the body, depending on the action taken prior (R1 leads to right side of body, backstep on the left). While there are some minor animation differences between the two variants, the speed is the same. 




  • This trick weapon is wielded by Father Gascoigne.
    • However, he has a moveset that is different from the Hunter's version.
    • He is also capable of using his unique Hunter Pistol even while his Hunter Axe is transformed, which is impossible for the Hunter to do.
  • It's also wielded by the Madara's Twin who drops Madara's Whistle when defeated.
  • Another hostile hunter NPC wields this trick weapon in the Nightmare Frontier.
  • It's been heavily debated by the fanbase whether the transformed mode is a halberd or poleaxe.
    • Both forms utilized axe heads with a spear tip at the end (although some poleaxes used hammer heads instead).
    • However, neither weapon was known to have extendable handles, which is a special trademark of the Hunter Axe.
    • In either case, it's possible this trick weapon was inspired by both weapons and simply incorporated many different designs.
    • While wielded in it's transformed mode if the player had a torch equipped in the off-hand beasts afraid of the fire will still recoil in fear of you as if you were brandishing the torch normally (Tested on Beast Patient)


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  1. Tested in PvP with naked, BL 120 characters with maxed weapon
  2. Tested in PvP with naked, BL 120 characters with maxed weapon

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    • Anonymous

      16 Oct 2021 14:27  

      Step 1: Acquire the axe.
      Step 2: Acquire the hunter's torch.
      Step 3: Wear sweaty clothes, rumpled yharnam hat, and black church trousers.
      Step 4 (optional): Get some molotovs and oil urns to throw.
      Step 5: Shout "YEW PLAGUE-RIDDEN RAT!", "DEATH UPON YE!", "AWAY! AWAY!", etc.

      • Anonymous

        28 Mar 2021 00:41  

        Idk if this matters but if you fall off the rightside of the lost axe bridge(layer 1 pre boss area) you fall into layer 4 then die you may be able to quit out and skip but im not sure

        • Anonymous

          22 Mar 2021 13:14  

          The transformed charged R2 is great for AoE.

          One of the best weapons to deal with crowds. Or enemies with multiple legs, like darkbeast paarl. Damage might not be the absolute best but the reach and sheer ease this deals with multiple enemies more than makes up for it.

          • Anonymous

            31 Jan 2021 20:48  

            No wonder Father Gascoigne , Madara's Twin & that other hunter use this weapon... It's very handy in all certain situations & tight instances. Also the fact that you can Buff it with Paper buffs makes it more Deadly ( Specialy this Hunter Axe has High Rally Potential gain even tho it's rather slower than the other Cleaver & Cane ).... The thing is i managed to finish up my first NG with the Axe at only +9 , i even ditched the Bloodrock for the Speedrun lol ( And Bolt Papers made it so enough for me to Kill Mergo's Wet Nurse & even Gerhman ). However , when i started playing the DLC i managed to get a better Weapon similar to the Axe and that was the Church Pick ( Church Pick essentially is a better Hunter Axe with it's quick move-set , plus all those Thrusting damage types it has not even Maria or Kos were able to stand against me ). Lol definitely the Hunter Axe is within my TOP 5 , but the Church Pick is my number 1 weapon in Bloodborne giving the fact it can be Buffed and also has a Righteous & Serrated 20% Bonus Damage... While the Church Pick also deals more damage than the Saw Cleaver-Threaded Cane-Saw Spear too... Perfect light weapon ( Along with the Church Pick i got Moonlight Sword for a Heavy staggering strong damage build basically an Arcane Nuke ). All of that thanks to the Axe which got me through the Normal Game lol

            • Anonymous

              19 Dec 2020 18:20  

              My friend recommended Bloodborne to me and the two handed axe carries me to NG+ in just 2 days.

              10/10 best beginner (or all around) weapon.

              • Anonymous

                16 Nov 2020 15:50  

                Quite possibly one of my favorite weapons in the game. Spectacular range, quick one-handed transformation and powerful two-handed transformation that never fails to satisfy and stun, stun, stun.
                Get this weapon.

                • Anonymous

                  04 Aug 2020 19:46  

                  The Lost version of the Hunter Axe can be gotten in the Ailing Loran Root Chalice btw. I don't know why that info isn't here or if some douchenozzle deleted it for no reason other than to advertise their glyph.

                  • Anonymous

                    16 Jul 2020 21:04  

                    This is it. 2010s 3rd person arpg adaptation of 1990s fps Super Shotgun.
                    But you don't need to pick up ammo for it.

                    • Anonymous

                      04 May 2020 21:32  

                      Came back to Bloodborne after a long break and I used the saw cleaver and saw spear for my first two characters and chose this for my third and got my ass handed to me. This weapon is challenging and rewarding to use and should not be viewed as a crutch or easier option even with its amazing rally. It requires better timing than the other early weapons to safely down enemies without being hit first or interrupted.

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Apr 2020 11:16  

                        If you ever use this in it's single hand form, you are playing the hunter axe wrong. L2 for crowd control. Charged R2 to style on the werewolf at the beginning like a JoJo character. R1 to start any number of anus rupturing combos, and L1 for when you hate yourself!

                        • Anonymous

                          17 Jan 2020 12:44  

                          Concerning the absolute brokenness of this weapon, let's set aside the spin completely. It's obvious low hanging fruit to address that the spin not only hits twice but sends em flying, it's versatility is on par with the beast Hunter said. The quickstep two hand lunge is a safe stick and move like the whirligig and the one handed charge pancakes the enemy giving you plenty of time to regain stamina as the enemy stumbles to their feet.

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