Bad axe

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Bad axe
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Japanese グレートアックス
Romaji Gurēto akkusu
Old localizations Great axe
Found in Dragon Quest VIII (remake only)
Dragon Quest IX
Dragon Quest XI
Dragon Quest Heroes
Dragon Quest of the Stars
Dragon Quest Walk
Dragon Quest Tact
Effect Casts Kaswoosh when used as a tool in battle. (VIII only)
Reduces target's Tension when attacking. (IX only)
Reduces target's Attack when attacking. (XI only)

The Bad axe is a recurring axe in the Dragon Quest series. It is a powerful axe that, in most games, can be improved all the way up to the Galaxy axe.


Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King remake only[edit]

In the Nintendo 3DS version, the Bad axe has an attack bonus of +90 and casts Kaswoosh when used as a tool in battle. It can only be equipped by Yangus as long as he is level 40. The axe can be sold for 31,000 but it is not recommended to do so as only one can be acquired in the game.

The axe was available as a special promotion to Japanese players through the Square Enix Members website, eventually becoming available as a special delivery item from June 8, 2016 to June 21, 2016. It also became available to international players for a short time in 2017, but after 2018, all DLC items for the 3DS version became unavailable.

Launches an enormous whirlwind at the enemy when used as an item in battle.[1]

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies[edit]

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A tip-top tomahawk that takes tension from its target.
Rarity Stats Vocations
★★★★☆ Attack +146 IXgladiatoricon.pngIXrangericon.png
Reduces target's Tension when attacking.
Upgrades into Maxi axe.
Price Location
N/a / 20,000 1% chance of finding in Rank 10 (S) blue treasure chests.
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
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Reset stone

Dragon Quest X[edit]

The Bad axe has an Attack bonus of +100, a max MP bonus of +6, a Style bonus of +16, increase the wielder's Weight by 19, and has an equipment level of 60. It can be equipped by Warriors, Rangers, Monster Masters, Death Masters, and Pirates, as well as Hussar in the Offline version of the game. The axe can be crafted with weaponsmithing.

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

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A clever cleaver that can turn the tide of battle by impairing the attack power of anyone it hits.
Stats with forge buffs
Attack +106
Charm +27
Max MP +10
8% chance to Blunt target
Price Location
N/A Found on the seventh floor of The Battleground
Forging difficulty
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Being the first stage of an upgrade chain, the bad axe can neither be sold nor reworked as other weapons can.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below[edit]

The Bad axe has an Attack bonus of +111, a Defence bonus of +25, and can only be equipped by Yangus. It can be purchased for 31,000 gold after Shadroth is defeated and can be sold for 15,500 gold.

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Wield this wicked weapon, and the whole world will notice you.[2]

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Known as the Great axe in this game, it is an A-rank axe that can be received as a reward for turning in 35 Mini medals to King Maximog. It has an ATK bonus of +22, increases the wielder's physical potency by 2%, and has three slots for Alchemy Effects. Some of the potential effects include increasing the brilliant effect of Frizz and Zam-type physical skills.

In Other Languages[edit]

Language Translation Meaning
ICON-FLAG-ES.png EspañolHacha malaSpanish for "bad axe".
ICON-FLAG-FR.png FrançaisHache oar
ICON-FLAG-DE.png DeutschVerhaxt
ICON-FLAG-IT.png ItalianoBanditaFeminine form of "bandito" in Italian.



  1. Nintendo 3DS version.
  2. Sony PlayStation 4 and Steam versions.