Stormhawk Axe

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attack power elden ring wiki guide 18Attack
Phy 136
Mag 0
Fire 0
Ligt 0
Holy 0
Crit 100
guarded damage negation elden ring wiki guide 18Guard
Phy 49
Mag 33
Fire 33
Ligt 33
Holy 33
Boost 31
attribute scaling elden ring wiki guide 18Scaling
Str D
Dex D
attributes required elden ring wiki guide 18Requires
Str 19
Dex 15
Axe Standard
Thunderstorm FP 19 ( - 12)
Wgt. 5.5 passive effects elden ring wiki guide 18Passive -

Stormhawk Axe is a Axe in Elden Ring. The Stormhawk Axe scales primarily with Strength and Dexterity and is a good weapon for users who want to engage enemies in close combat with slashing attacks, with the addition of lightning damage.

 

Battle axe designed to resemble a hawk, with its wings comprising the blade. Signature weapon of warriors who strive to remain one with the storm, despite being so far from their place of birth.

Their hearts are proud, and thereby easily undone.

 

Where to Find Stormhawk Axe in Elden Ring

The Stormhawk Axe weapon can be found at the following location:

  • 2x looted from Nepheli Loux at the Village of the Albinaurics in Western Liurnia of the Lakes. [Map Link]
    • You must first talk to Nepheli Loux in her first location, and exhaust her father's dialog options and then hers in the round table to get her to move to the pathway under the bridge. This is to get her to move to the location. You can slay her in her first location and get the axes as well. It is also possible to bait the enemies to attack her in her first location, in which she doesn't retaliate against the enemies.
  • Looted from a dead body in the courtyard with Iron Maidens near Fortified Manor, First Floor at Leyndell, Royal Capital. [Map Link]
  • Castle Sol: 1x found on a corpse on a wooden awning in the central building of the courtyard. To reach this, head north while hugging the western ramparts from the castle's Main Entrance. Look for a room inside the ramparts near the northern section. This room has several slimes and a ladder. Climb the ladder to get on top of the ramparts and follow it west to a wooden bridge that connects to the central building. Beware the spectral Exile enemies mounted on ballistae on the ramparts, as well as the central building. Once on the central building's roof, jump on top of the cluttered objects draped in cloth in the northeastern section so you can get over the wall onto the awning and collect the axe. [Map Link]
  • Video Location

 

Elden Ring Stormhawk Axe Notes & Tips

  • Weapon Skill: Thunderstorm
  • This weapon cannot be infused with Ashes of War
  • Stormhawk Axe can be upgraded by using Somber Smithing Stones
  • Thunderstorm damage scales with both Strength and Dexterity.
  • Sell Value:  er runes 13 200.
  • NOTE: As of Patch 1.08, the speed and distance of some attacks has been increased and the recovery time has been reduced. Also the stagger damage of Axes’ guard counters has been increased. PVP's poise damage has also been reduced with this patch.
  • Physical damage updated as of Patch 1.08.

 

Moveset & Videos in Elden Ring for Stormhawk Axe

  • Videos for the Stormhawk Axe Coming Soon

 

Stormhawk Axe Upgrades in Elden Ring

Please see the Upgrades page to understand the weapon bolstering process.

Requires regular reinforcement with Somber Smithing Stones

This upgrade can be enchanted with Magic or boosted with Consumables.

  Attack Power Stat Scaling Passive Effects Damage Reduction (%)
Stormhawk Axe Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Sta Str Dex Int Fai Arc Any Phy Mag Fir Lit Hol Bst Rst
Standard 136 - - - - 58 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 31 16
Standard +1 155 - - - - 63 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 31 16
Standard +2 175 - - - - 69 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 31 16
Standard +3 195 - - - - 75 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 31 16
Standard +4 214 - - - - 81 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 32 16
Standard +5 234 - - - - 87 D D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 32 16
Standard +6 254 - - - - 92 C D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 32 16
Standard +7 274 - - - - 98 C D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 33 16
Standard +8 293 - - - - 104 C D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 33 16
Standard +9 313 - - - - 110 C D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 33 16
Standard +10 333 - - - - 116 C D - - - - 49 33 33 33 33 34 16

 

 

Elden Ring Axes
Battle Axe  ♦  Celebrant's Cleaver  ♦  Forked Hatchet  ♦  Hand Axe  ♦  Highland Axe  ♦  Icerind Hatchet  ♦  Iron Cleaver  ♦  Jawbone Axe  ♦  Ripple Blade  ♦  Rosus' Axe  ♦  Sacrificial Axe  ♦  Warped Axe



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    • Anonymous

      The one located in Leyndell is missable, isn't it? As far as I'm aware, you will no longer be able to enter the Fortified Manor after defeating Maliketh, the Black Blade.

      • Anonymous

        ****s HARD after the buff to Axes' speed and range. Now an actually viable chasedown option to compliment larger weapons, while also having a pocket nuke in the form of one of the dumbest, highest damage Skills in the game. It's not meta or anything, but it's a breath of fresh air.

        • Anonymous

          These weapons are not that great at all. Spent about an hour making a character and setting it up to do a build with both of them, theyre very underwhelming. You cannot buff both at once, so only receives the buff. The range on the ash of war isnt that great, neither is the poise. The damage is ok, just ok. There are many other options which are both stronger and more fun to play. If you are looking to do a dual wield build I recommend using curved swords for dex, dual greatswords for a str build, or dual katanas for bleed. These axes arent worth the time.

          • Anonymous

            I wonder if someone out there has been stunlocked by someone as an invader with this Stormhawk Axe's weapon art while their phantom friend brings out their Giant-Crusher for a full charge heavy just to smash you to the ground.

            Don't know if I would laugh about that or be mad to be honest. But hey if it's happened I would like to know xD

            • With the optimal scaling cutoffs of 47/40 Strength/Dex, which can be achieved at level 69 on a Vagabond, this axe gets a physical AR of 569, plus 120 additional lightning from the Thunderstorm for a total of 689 AR. When landing the full Thunderstorm combo on an NG+3 troll outside of Godrick's boss room I get a total damage value of 4,507.

              To compare to a roughly comparable weapon and Ash of War, the Jawbone Axe with Stormcaller comes to mind considering its exactly equal weight (5.5), and for the fact that Stormcaller is essentially the exact same Ash as Thunderstorm minus some scaling differences and the lack of the 120 additional Lightning damage. To reach about the same AR as a 47/40 +10 Stormhawk Axe (569 AR), a +25 Heavy Jawbone Axe needs 61 Strength (571 AR). To simulate the additional lightning damage, we need 21 Faith with a +25 Finger Seal, which provides 159 Incant Scaling, which results in 119 lightning damage with Electrify Armament. This is ever so slightly less than 120, but the Jawbone axe is also dealing 2 more AR than the Stormhawk, so it's basically a wash; 690 AR for Jawbone when buffed, and 689 AR for Stormhawk when buffed with the Ash of War.

              I did the same test on the same NG+3 troll with this Jawbone Axe setup, and dealt only 3,588 damage, or in effect, the Stormhawk Axe full combo dealt nearly 26% more damage, even with nearly the same AR and the same physical/lightning split, and at basically the same required level on a Vagabond at level 68. Prophet only required level 62, so you could dump in a few extra levels of Strength, or maybe Faith for Golden Vow, but the same can be said for the Stormhawk stat requirements, which are actually quite low for the amount of damage the Ash of War, and even just the axe itself can output.

              At 150 on a Vagabond you could go for something like 60 Vigor, 20 Mind, 21 Endurance, 47 Strength, 40 Dexterity, 25 Faith. Gear could be something like a full set of unaltered Banished Knight Gear + Fire Prelate Greaves, and maybe Shard of Alexander, Great-Jar's Arsenal, Erdtree's Favor +2, and Carian Filigreed Crest (or Dragoncrest Greatshield Talisman for massive physical negation) for Talismans. That should give you tons of damage, relatively high poise, and great damage negations, all with a solid pool of FP for buffs like Golden Vow and Flame Grant Me Strength, plus the actual use of Thunderstorm.

              All this to say, this axe is really good, and makes for a very fun playthrough, especially because you can max out Somber Stone weapons way earlier than Smithing Stone ones.

              • Anonymous

                Buffed with 1.07, extremely strong weapon in PvE. The AoW deals insane damage even at low levels (flat lighting dmg buff) and staggers a lot, will easily take care of knight-like enemies without allowing them to retaliate. Against bosses, you should try to stance-break with charged attacks/guard counters, then use the AoW - quite possibly killing them on the spot. Only downside is the short range, other than that, killer weapon.

                • While murdering Albinaurics en masse I discovered (as of 1.06) that this axe's weapon skill is silent as far as enemies are concerned: you can use Thunderstorm to murder an enemy without alerting other guards a meter or two away as long as you're not in those other guards' line-of-sight. This silence is useful for stealthily clearing areas, esp. that certain group of Alibinaurics.

                  • Anonymous

                    As far as I can tell, the skill does NOT exclusively deal lightning damage but a mix of lightning and physical damage, with the latter being the majority of the damage output. The skill deals much less lightning damage than one would expect.

                    I tested it by first using the skill normally, dealing 2101 total damage with my current setup. With the Lightning-Shrouding Cracked Tear (which buffs lightning damage by +20%), the skill deals 2148 total damage -- a 2.2% increase. Much less than the +20% buff to lightning damage the tear is supposed to yield. Do the math and that means the skill deals 89% physical damage and just 11% lightning damage.

                    My setup is a two-handed Stormhawk Axe +10 at 43 strength/43 dexterity and Shard of Alexander. Tested against the Troll just outside of Godrick's arena.

                    • Anonymous

                      The lightning damage weapon buff that gets applied after using the Ash of War does not get buffed by Shard of Alexander. Shard of Alexander only buffs the damage of the thunderstorm itself, Roar Medallion buffs neither the thunderstorm nor the buff -- just tried it to be sure. Obviously it isn't a roar attack.

                      • Anonymous

                        From Software: “No you cannot have another broadsword.”

                        Also From Software: “Here’s four Stormhawk Axes.”

                        • Anonymous

                          Biggest issue with this weapon is that is rewards a passive playstyle, you know, the best one that there is to begin with. When you see somebody with this, you can tell 100% that they are a 1-trick pony that will only use the Ash of War as axes are absolutely dogwater in this game aside from this one, and again only for it's Ash which is shutdown completely by ranged options. What I don't understand is how Stormcaller, the generic version of this Ash of War, can't true combo/rollcatch into itself while doing substantially less damage as well. I feel a parity change is in order for this weapon, to either remove the stunlock or give the standard Ash of War the same stunlock capabilities. My personal wish is would be that they buff the axe, hammer, and flail moveset, but nerf this thing's Ash of War to same level as Stormcaller to make up for the buffs.

                          • Anonymous

                            great weapon art for both pvp and pve AND its the only weapon in the game with actual good quality scaling, i swear every other "quality" weapon in this game only starts to perform well when both stats are maxed and even then only really benefits from one


                            honestly my only complaint with using this is that theres no innate lightning damage and you cant buff it but thats still understandable and this is still an A to S teir weapon imo

                            • Anonymous

                              My counter against bloodhound step dual katanas, just wait for then to bhs towards you and use the ash of war to insta kill them with the full combo

                              • Anonymous

                                Something interesting I found with this axe which I haven't seen mentioned anywhere: It will buff any shield you have equipped in your off-hand with I assume is lightning damage while the Ash of War is active (AKA while your axe is imbued with the lightning). Found this completely by accident when running alongside a Dragonclaw greatshield in the same build. Useful when paired with Shield Bash or Shield Crash AoW and quite useful with the Dragonclaw Greatshield in particular seeing as it already does a split of physical + lightning damage by default.

                                Tried to see if the buff also applied to off-hand weapons but it didn't, only shields.

                                • The Stormhawk Axe will perform best with a quality build, slightly favoring strength but not as much as you'd expect. I encourage you to test the numbers yourself, but from my testing 47/40 seems like the ideal split, but this of course depends on how many leftover points you have after leveling Vigor and Endurance... Honestly, the differences are pretty slight tho so as long as your stats are somewhat close to each other it shouldn't matter much.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    The ash of war is hilariously strong. You can one-shot entire ganks with ease, especially when they get overconfident thinking an axe build is easy pickings

                                    • Anonymous

                                      The very best weapon in the game. Carried me through most of RL1 +0 run to the end of Farum Azula. AoW damage and stunlock are insane.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Just a note, didn’t talk to her at village of the albinaurics all game and once I got to I believe farum azula her axes were at the village, maybe she tried to fight the omenkiller and dies?

                                        • Just returned from Fighter.PL's video and tested this out myself. The WA is the perfect counter to RoB. Fast startup animation, sufficient hyperarmour to tank the first corpse piler slash, and finally staggers the enemy and pulls them out of the corpse piler.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Theres the npc in a room before godrick boss fight, killed her and got two of those. Idk if it is a random drop or what, but if anybody tryna find it early, you can try

                                            • Anonymous

                                              Only interacted with Nepheli at her first location and got the axes at the Roundtable Hold after beating the Godskin Duo

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Please for the love of god make this dual wield with just one axe similar to Starscourge...its not used and only makes sense since its meant to be dual wielded and wish the AoW would apply buff to both axes.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This axe has the highest base damage but the lowest scaling. The WA has no scaling at all. So it is a recommended axe for low scaling and low level builds that focuses on VIG/MND/END. So bad you have to kill the best character to get it early, but you can use it at lvl1 if you equip Ragadon Soreseal, possible the best weapon for lvl1 runs.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    This feels like a weapon that should dual wield similar to claws/fists/starscourge. Game wants you to dual wield but ofc using ash of war will only buff the one (again should have treated it differently imo). Have the same thought about eclipse shotel post nerf too.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      This feels like a weapon that should dual wield similar to claws/fists/starscourge. Game wants you to dual wield but ofc using ash of war will only buff the one (again should have treated it differently imo). Have the same thought about eclipse shotel post nerf too.

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        The ash of war damage and hyperarmor is actually pretty insane, you can win any trade against non giants ennemies after a jump or running heavy attack in PVE, the ash seem way better than the normal wind one

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          You can also get them from Roundtable Hall at a very late stage of the game, if you haven't finished her quest line and the last location was downstairs.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            Dual wield on this is amazing and the weapon art with some talisman buffs, golden vow etc destroys everything.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              after 1.03 if maliketh killed before the installing the patch you found 2 of them at the nepheli's last location in roundtable.(and nepheli disappear)

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Pretty disappointing weapon tbh. Poor scaling unless infused, and you lose the thunderstorm if you do. Nothing special about the moveset either. Meh.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  these were on the lower level of the Roundtable for me after 1.3, just sitting there - I botched their questline so, no idea what triggered except never meeting them after village of alburnaics and never meeting Kenneth.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    If you give her the Stormhawk king ash she leaves the roundtable after you beat the final table. She also leaves the axes where she was squatting.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      So I'm running through NG+ and I never talked to Nepheli, I said hello to Gideon, and by the time the round table is burning, I found 2 Stormhawk Axes where Nepheli would be standing to give you the arsenal charm.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        So I'm running through NG+ and I never talked to Nepheli, I said hello to Gideon, and by the time the round table is burning, I found 2 Stormhawk Axes where Nepheli would be standing to give you the arsenal charm.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Found one of these by the Divine Bridge warp point in the capital. This is the same area you get sent to when you open a trapped chest very early in the game. It warps you up top with a fire giant dude and an elevator you cannot use. There is also an inactive warp up here as well.

                                                                          It seems if you come back here after getting 2 great runes (you're now able to get into the capital) that the elevator now works. I took the elevator down and it was to the right on a corpse.

                                                                          I tried to see if Neph had any new dialog with it equpiped or in my inventory, neither worked. I then selected the leave option on the axe in front of her, nothing. I tried to reload the area while it's on the ground in front of her, nothing and the item is gone now (i expected as much). Just some notes for people still trying to figure out how to progress her further. It is weird that we can get what 2-3 of these though. When you give her the storm hawk ashes her loop dialog no one can get past sounds exactly like the axe description. Stormhawk with thunderstorm ability. Maybe trying to equip 2 and talking to her?

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            After She Is in roundtable speak with her multiple times She Will give you talisman,after She told you go talk to the Guy in library go talk with him .. reload checkpoint if She Is gone. The axes are under bridge in the Villige Albinarus. Your welcome.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              There is another Stormhawk Axe, in Castle Sol. From "Church of the Eclipse" Site of grace, if you take a right to go outside, then look over to the left, there is an elite Stormhawk with a corpse next to it. It is the same building that has the painting inside of it, and you can jump off of the roof to get it. So there are 2 available without needing to kill any NPC.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                This weapon is so strong I'm hitting 3k wrong bosses with a full rotation and in pvp just stunkocks like a beast

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  the axe is in the capital at the abandoned version of the roundtable. its near where the red letter invasion is.

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    The axe wasn’t there. But the barbarian NPC who uses the axes was. I rested and she was gone hoping the axes were left behind but they weren’t.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      There is no bridge leading up from the swamp to the Village. There is a ramp on the side of the mountain leading up, but no bridge. I can't see a single way to get to the point on the interactive map that these weapons are supposed to be at from the Village.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Axes weren’t there, NPC was instead. It was lady hero that wields them. I killed her and she drops them. Probably find them there later if you finish her quest

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