Axe Mastery

Class: Barbarian (Diablo II)
Required Level: 1
Skill Tree: Combat Masteries

Increased damage and Attack Rating when using axes.

Damage Type: Physical
Other Stats: Requires Axes; Also grants Critical Strike chance

Axe Mastery is a Barbarian Skill in Diablo II.


Barbarian warriors of the Shadow Wolf Tribe are masters of the axe. Through the axe, they sought to match the swiping claws and the biting teeth of the wolves with which they lived and fought beside. These first axes were but crude stones mounted on wooden hafts, and after learning the secret of steel and swords from Bul-Kathos, the axe soon fell into disfavor. Recently, however, warriors and smiths from the Steppes have perfected the axe as a weapon equal to or greater than the sword. The Wolf Tribe once again teaches the swift and terrible power of the axe to those who wish to learn how to cull the weak from the herd and to protect their pack from the legions of Hell.

General InformationEdit

Axe Mastery is one of the Barbarian passive weapon mastery skills, improving the Barbarian's fighting skills when wielding an Axe (be they one-handed or two-handed). Compared to other weapons, axes have the best compatibility with the top Runewords, and they can be crafted as blood weapons, giving them a few advantages over other weapon types.

Axe Mastery benefits throwing axes if they are used in a melee. If thrown, they benefit from Throwing Mastery, instead.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Level 1234567891011
Damage Bonus 28% 33% 38% 43%48% 53% 58% 63% 68% 73% 78%
Attack Bonus 28% 36% 44% 52% 60% 68% 76% 84% 92% 100% 108%
Critical Strike Chance 3% 6% 9% 11% 12% 13% 14% 15% 16% 17% 17%
Level 12131415161718192025
Damage Bonus 83% 88% 93% 98% 103% 108% 113% 118% 123% 158%
Attack Bonus 116% 124% 132% 140% 148% 156% 164% 172% 180% 220%
Critical Strike Chance 18% 18% 19% 19% 20% 20% 20% 20% 21% 21%

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