Axes are tools used to speed up the process of collecting wood-type blocks or plants.
Axes are made from 5 different materials (from lowest to highest durability):
Wooden axes appear in most bonus chest, which also has stone axes on occasion. Stone axes also appear in some igloo basements, and an efficiency I iron axe appears in some woodland mansion rooms. Weaponsmith villagers sell iron axes for 6–8 emeralds, and enchanted diamond axes for 9–12 emeralds. Alternatively, they can be made in a crafting table in the following arrangement:
As a tool
The primary role of an axe is to quicken the collection of wood, wood-type block and pumpkins. A Player may choose to do this by hand but at a severely reduced pace. The most common type of crafted axe is probably the iron axe, as iron is a strong material that can be found in abundance. A gold axe can mine wood and wood items the quickest by far, but it has much lower durability.
What it can cut
- Wooden Planks, Stairs, and Slabs
- Crafting Tables
- Wooden Doors and Trapdoors
- Wooden Fences and fence Gates
- Wooden Buttons
- Wooden Pressure plates
- Daylight Detector
- Chests and Trapped Chest
- Paintings and Item Frames
As a Weapon
Axes deal more damage than swords, so the axe is a viable alternative as a weapon. However, there are three drawbacks to using it as a weapon, opposed to a tool:
- Attacking with an axe (or using it to mine a non-wood block) will cause it to take double durability damage.
- They require an anvil to enchant with weapon-based enchantments.
- The cooldown for an axe is longer than that of a sword.
- Axes used to be double sided in Indev (see gallery).
- In the language files, axes are referred to as "Hatchets."
- The wooden, iron, gold, and cobblestone axe variants are renewable, but the diamond variant is not renewable.
- An axe can be used to disable a shield for 5 seconds. The chance of this is increased by the efficiency enchantment, or by sprint-attacking.