"The Bearded Axe has a cutting edge that extends below the width of the butt to provide a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the axe low. Resulting in a well balanced axe with good damage, speed and reach."
The Bearded Axe is the second fastest 2 handed weapon in the game (beaten only by the MAA's Quarterstaff), at the cost of being least damaging weapon within its class. The Bearded axe is the most well rounded of the three axes, and is thus the easiest to use. It's shorter than the Pole Axe, and much longer than the Double Axe.
This weapon is often overlooked because it lacks the damage that either of its predecessors have, giving the reasonable illusion that the weapon is weak. By the time someone unlocks it, they are often accustomed to axes being slow powerhouses, and the Bearded Axe is a blatant step away from that. However, when compared to weapons of other classes the Bearded Axe is quite powerful, being remarkably fast for a weapon of such high damage and valuable damage typing.
Like most axes, this weapon deals slash-blunt damage, making it very useful against knights. Its stab does fairly weak blunt damage and is only recommended for finishing foes., though it's speed and length help make this more practical.
Arguably, this weapon's greatest weakness is its lack of pierce damage, making Vanguards a little harder to kill than the other classes. However, the solid range, superior speed and tolerable damage together help compensate for this.
As it's speed is far superior than the other 2 handed weapons apart from the Quarterstaff, Feinting will not really give you the upper hand and this will cost a lot of stamina. A much better weapon to feint with is much slower 2 handed weapons.
It's preformance is very similar to the Vanguard's Claymore, which has a weaker damage typing in exchange for a powerful thrust.
- It is the final axe available for the Knight.
- Prior to the Jan 2013 update, it was the fastest 2 handed weapon in the game.
- It is one of the most elaborate weapons in the game, featuring Celtic-style markings on the shaft and intricate designs on the blade.