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Axe of the
minotaur emperor
( ( )
Item684
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 1200s
Danger Level N/A
Material Iron

The Axe of the minotaur emperor is a guaranteed artifact in ADOM. It is a two-handed axe of colossal size and damage potential, that provides confusion resistance, see invisible, and has a 40% chance to score critical hits in melee.

It has the highest damage potential of all weapons in the game, even higher than the Trident of the Red Rooster.

It appears as a great axe in its unidentified form; its weight and the fact that it is dropped by the minotaur emperor easily distinguishes it from regular great axes, though.

Desirability[]

The holy grail for characters wishing to use two-handed weapons. As with most two-handers, the PC's DV will suffer. Although monsters usually won't be surviving more than one or two hits, it still comes with an element of increased risk. If the defense loss can be made up for by Smithing, class powers (e.g. Monk DV, Mindcrafter mental shield), or high Speed or HP, then the axe becomes even more desirable.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

Unsurprisingly, the axe of the minotaur emperor is carried by the minotaur emperor. He must be found at the lowest level of the Minotaur Maze and defeated for the artifact to appear, meaning that PCs that have reached level 30 outside of the maze without retrieving the artifact will never be able to obtain it.

Greater Identify information[]

v. 1.2.0

------------------------------- blessed great axe------------------------------

The blessed great axe is actually a blessed axe of the minotaur emperor
(+12, 4d20+16) [-6, +4].
It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by -6 and PV by +4.
When used in melee combat it grants a +12 bonus to hit and causes 4d20+16
points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a -12 bonus to hit and causes
5d6+16 points of damage.

It is very good at scoring critical hits in melee.
It grants the ability to see invisible things.
It grants resistance to confusion attacks.

v. 1.1.1

------------------------------- blessed great axe------------------------------

The blessed great axe is really a blessed axe of the minotaur emperor
(+12, 3d20+16) [-6, +4].
It is an artifact.

When worn it modifies DV by -6 and PV by +4.
When used in melee combat it grants a +12 bonus to hit and causes 3d20+16
points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a -12 bonus to hit and causes
3d6+16 points of damage.

It is very good at scoring critical hits in melee.
It grants resistance to confusion attacks.
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