Hatchet ( ( )
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? No
Weight 50s
Danger Level 5
Material Iron

Hatchet is a type of weapon in ADOM. It is an iron-made weapon belonging to the Axes class, with no higher metal counterparts. It has base stats of (+0, 1d6+1), though the stats for particular hatchets can vary slightly from these.

As well as being usable as a weapon, the hatchet has a couple of uses as a tool. When standing under a tree, the PC can use a hatchet to chop it down to create a log. If the PC knows the bridge building skill, and is carrying a log, he/she can use a hatchet to build a bridge segment out of the log in a specified direction.

Hatchets have a third 'use' other than being a weapon: if the PC gives Yrrigs one once he has been saved, he will give the PC additional training in bridge building.


As a weapon, it is better than the more common hand axe, but not as good as an iron battle axe that is also more common. For PCs that want to build bridges, a hatchet is literally a must-have item.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be obtained in the same manner as all generic loot. Also, the mad carpenter will drop one whether he is saved or 'relieved'.

Greater Identify information[]

--------------------------- uncursed hatchet (+0, 1d6+1)-------------------------

When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d6+1 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a -1 bonus to hit and cause 1d6+1
points of damage.

Some item DLs and/or stat modifier distribution taken from Anilatx's research.