Breach axe

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Breach axe

Breach axe

A combined blade and tool-head attached to a sturdy haft. While slightly less effective than other weapons against human enemies, it excels at tearing down walls, doors, and other structures thanks to its integrated tool-head.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Neolithic
Class
Neolithic
Mass
1.1 kg

Melee Combat

Mode
Melee
Melee Attack 1
Handle
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Handle
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
Head
7.5 dmg (Demolish)
1.0 seconds cooldown
11% armor penetration

Creation

Crafted At
Fueled smithy / Electric smithy
Required Research
Smithing
Skill Required
Crafting 3
Work To Make
5,000 ticks (1.39 mins)
Stuff tags
Metallic
Resources to make
Stuff 50
Technical
weaponTags
NeolithicMeleeDestructive


Breach axes are melee weapons that trade general efficacy for extra damage against buildings, and are commonly carried by tribal breach raids.

Acquisition

Breach axes can be crafted at either a fueled or electric smithy once the Smithing research project has been completed. They require Stuff 50 Stuff (Metallic), 5,000 ticks (1.39 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 3.

They are also carried by breachers during Tribal breach raids.

Summary

While weaker than a mace, the breach axe has a significant damage multiplier against buildings. The head attacks of breach axes deal Demolish damage which has a 10x damage multiplier against passable buildings and a 7.5x multiplier against impassable buildings such as walls. Thus, for base damage before quality modifiers, the head attack deals:

  • Passable buildings: 75
  • Impassable buildings: 56.25
  • All other targets: 7.5

Note that only the head's attack has the multiplier. As this multiplier is not taken into account when choosing which attack to perform,other, much weaker attacks may be used instead.

For the purposes of armor calculation, all attacks by the breach axe are considered Blunt damage. However, it is classified as a 'Melee Piercer' weapon for Ideoligion Weapon PreferencesContent added by the Ideology DLC.

Analysis

Breach axes are very dangerous against buildings. Generally, this makes them much more effective when used against the colony than by the colony, as players will rarely need to break structures quickly.

A niche use may be against mech clustersContent added by the Royalty DLC, where the ability to access them in the early game and high building damage can aid in rapidly destroying turrets in a few strikes. At high qualities and with the right material, this can even kill the large turrets in a single strike.

Against other targets, the mace deals more damage, with same cost and research requirement. While breach axes seem to have a similar (but lower) DPS to the mace, the mace has a significantly higher AP. And because the mace has a stronger, but slower attack, it is more likely to destroy body parts. While blunt armor is typically low, the AP of even a Legendary Uranium Breach Axe is insufficent to invalidate the blunt armor of some commonly encounted enemies.

As all attacks performed by the breach axe do blunt damage, uranium is the ideal material.

Quality table

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    Breach axe Breach axe Handle (Poke)Handle (Blunt)Head (Demolish) HP Value
    Quality
    Material DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Steel Steel 5.04 9.2% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 13% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 13% 6 1s 8.8% 6 75% 100 57 Silver
    Awful Gold Gold 5.8 10.58% 8.28 2s 11.96% 4.14 12.5% 8.28 2s 11.96% 4.14 12.5% 6.9 1s 10.12% 6.9 75% 60 2510 Silver
    Awful Plasteel Plasteel 5.67 8.28% 6.48 1.6s 9.36% 4.05 12.5% 6.48 1.6s 9.36% 4.05 12.5% 5.4 0.8s 7.92% 6.75 75% 280 245 Silver
    Awful Silver Silver 5.04 9.2% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 12.5% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 12.5% 6 1s 8.8% 6 75% 70 260 Silver
    Awful Uranium Uranium 6.87 13.8% 10.8 2.2s 15.6% 4.91 12.5% 10.8 2.2s 15.6% 4.91 12.5% 9 1.1s 13.2% 8.18 75% 250 167 Silver
    Poor Steel Steel 5.67 10.35% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 13% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 13% 6.75 1s 9.9% 6.75 75% 100 85 Silver
    Poor Gold Gold 6.52 11.9% 9.315 2s 13.455% 4.66 12.5% 9.315 2s 13.455% 4.66 12.5% 7.7625 1s 11.385% 7.76 75% 60 3760 Silver
    Poor Plasteel Plasteel 6.38 9.32% 7.29 1.6s 10.53% 4.56 12.5% 7.29 1.6s 10.53% 4.56 12.5% 6.075 0.8s 8.91% 7.59 75% 280 365 Silver
    Poor Silver Silver 5.67 10.35% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 12.5% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 12.5% 6.75 1s 9.9% 6.75 75% 70 390 Silver
    Poor Uranium Uranium 7.73 15.53% 12.15 2.2s 17.55% 5.52 12.5% 12.15 2.2s 17.55% 5.52 12.5% 10.125 1.1s 14.85% 9.2 75% 250 250 Silver
    Normal Steel Steel 6.3 11.5% 9 2s 13% 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 13% 7.5 1s 11% 7.5 75% 100 113 Silver
    Normal Gold Gold 7.25 13.23% 10.35 2s 14.95% 5.18 12.5% 10.35 2s 14.95% 5.18 12.5% 8.625 1s 12.65% 8.63 75% 60 5015 Silver
    Normal Plasteel Plasteel 7.09 10.35% 8.1 1.6s 11.7% 5.06 12.5% 8.1 1.6s 11.7% 5.06 12.5% 6.75 0.8s 9.9% 8.44 75% 280 490 Silver
    Normal Silver Silver 6.3 11.5% 9 2s 13% 4.5 12.5% 9 2s 13% 4.5 12.5% 7.5 1s 11% 7.5 75% 70 520 Silver
    Normal Uranium Uranium 8.59 17.25% 13.5 2.2s 19.5% 6.14 12.5% 13.5 2.2s 19.5% 6.14 12.5% 11.25 1.1s 16.5% 10.23 75% 250 335 Silver
    Good Steel Steel 6.93 12.65% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 13% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 13% 8.25 1s 12.1% 8.25 75% 100 141 Silver
    Good Gold Gold 7.97 14.55% 11.385 2s 16.445% 5.69 12.5% 11.385 2s 16.445% 5.69 12.5% 9.4875 1s 13.915% 9.49 75% 60 5515 Silver
    Good Plasteel Plasteel 7.8 11.39% 8.91 1.6s 12.87% 5.57 12.5% 8.91 1.6s 12.87% 5.57 12.5% 7.425 0.8s 10.89% 9.28 75% 280 610 Silver
    Good Silver Silver 6.93 12.65% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 12.5% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 12.5% 8.25 1s 12.1% 8.25 75% 70 645 Silver
    Good Uranium Uranium 9.45 18.98% 14.85 2.2s 21.45% 6.75 12.5% 14.85 2.2s 21.45% 6.75 12.5% 12.375 1.1s 18.15% 11.25 75% 250 420 Silver
    Excellent Steel Steel 7.56 13.8% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 13% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 13% 9 1s 13.2% 9 75% 100 170 Silver
    Excellent Gold Gold 8.69 15.87% 12.42 2s 17.94% 6.21 12.5% 12.42 2s 17.94% 6.21 12.5% 10.35 1s 15.18% 10.35 75% 60 6015 Silver
    Excellent Plasteel Plasteel 8.51 12.42% 9.72 1.6s 14.04% 6.08 12.5% 9.72 1.6s 14.04% 6.08 12.5% 8.1 0.8s 11.88% 10.13 75% 280 735 Silver
    Excellent Silver Silver 7.56 13.8% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 12.5% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 12.5% 9 1s 13.2% 9 75% 70 775 Silver
    Excellent Uranium Uranium 10.31 20.7% 16.2 2.2s 23.4% 7.36 12.5% 16.2 2.2s 23.4% 7.36 12.5% 13.5 1.1s 19.8% 12.27 75% 250 500 Silver
    Masterwork Steel Steel 9.14 16.68% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 13% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 13% 10.875 1s 15.95% 10.88 75% 100 280 Silver
    Masterwork Gold Gold 10.51 19.18% 15.0075 2s 21.6775% 7.5 12.5% 15.0075 2s 21.6775% 7.5 12.5% 12.50625 1s 18.3425% 12.51 75% 60 7015 Silver
    Masterwork Plasteel Plasteel 10.28 15.01% 11.745 1.6s 16.965% 7.34 12.5% 11.745 1.6s 16.965% 7.34 12.5% 9.7875 0.8s 14.355% 12.23 75% 280 1225 Silver
    Masterwork Silver Silver 9.14 16.68% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 12.5% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 12.5% 10.875 1s 15.95% 10.88 75% 70 1295 Silver
    Masterwork Uranium Uranium 12.46 25.01% 19.575 2.2s 28.275% 8.9 12.5% 19.575 2.2s 28.275% 8.9 12.5% 16.3125 1.1s 23.925% 14.83 75% 250 835 Silver
    Legendary Steel Steel 10.4 18.98% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 13% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 13% 12.375 1s 18.15% 12.38 75% 100 565 Silver
    Legendary Gold Gold 11.95 21.82% 17.0775 2s 24.6675% 8.54 12.5% 17.0775 2s 24.6675% 8.54 12.5% 14.23125 1s 20.8725% 14.23 75% 60 8015 Silver
    Legendary Plasteel Plasteel 11.69 17.08% 13.365 1.6s 19.305% 8.35 12.5% 13.365 1.6s 19.305% 8.35 12.5% 11.1375 0.8s 16.335% 13.92 75% 280 2450 Silver
    Legendary Silver Silver 10.4 18.98% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 12.5% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 12.5% 12.375 1s 18.15% 12.38 75% 70 2590 Silver
    Legendary Uranium Uranium 14.18 28.46% 22.275 2.2s 32.175% 10.13 12.5% 22.275 2.2s 32.175% 10.13 12.5% 18.5625 1.1s 27.225% 16.88 75% 250 1670 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Version history

    • 1.3.3066 - Added.
    • 1.3.3200 - Changed breaching axe's damage multiplier versus walls from 1 to 0.75 (so their damage versus walls drops from 75 to ~56).