Fire Axe
Fire Axe
Unlock Level 71
Inventory Slot Melee
Melee Type Axe • Sharp
Damage 70 165 260 355 450
Knockdown 70 165 260 355 450
Charge Time 0s 1s 2s 3s 4s
Range 2.75 meters
Concealment 27
Internal name fireaxe

The Fire Axe is a melee weapon available in PAYDAY 2 added with the release of the Hotline Miami DLC. It becomes available for use at reputation level 71.


The Fire Axe is a incredibly powerful melee weapon, but has below average concealment and a slow swing speed.


  • Like the Survival Tomahawk, the attack range of the Fire Axe extends to the very tip of the weapon's hack.
  • The Fire Axe's high uncharged damage makes it ideal for quickly finishing off wounded enemies if a player is low on total ammo, needs to reload, or wishes to conserve ammunition when using a weaker weapon. If you run a setup that consumes a lot of ammo or are carrying a saw, it should be considered for the inevitability of running dry.
  • To deal maximum damage, it is recommended that players prepare a charge before attacking enemies. However, the axe's already high uncharged damage and extremely long charge time make it a viable strategy to refrain from charging melee attacks.
  • If a player wishes for more damage, it is recommended they get Berserker and ace Pumping Iron from the Fugitive skill tree. Combined with Pumping Iron, the Fire Axe's charged damage reaches a value of 675, capable of killing any non-special unit and most special units in a single blow outside of Death Wish mode.
  • If a player wishes for more knockdown, it is recommended they ace Martial Arts from the Fugitive skill tree.
  • The Fire Axe is the perfect weapon to use with the Sociopath perk deck due to its high damage making it rather easy to kill an enemy, and even more so with skills.
    • It is now surpassed by the Greatsword and Katana, but seeing how you also get guns and a heist with the DLC this comes from, it still has its uses.


  • It is based upon the type of firefighter's axe seen in the game Hotline Miami.
  • It is one of the two longest melee weapons in the game range-wise, tied with The Spear of Freedom.
  • It is the last unlockable melee weapon in-game.


Gameplay • Heists • Skills • Weapons & Equipment • DLC

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