Sons Of The Forest: How to Get and Use the Firefighter Axe

Looking to locate the Firefighter Axe in Sons Of The Forest?

The Sons Of The Forest Firefighter Axe is a slow but devastating melee weapon and an incredibly useful tool. Capable of splitting heads as easily as it splits logs, it is one of the most powerful weapons in the game in terms of raw damage and blocking power.

This axe is equipped with a sturdy rubberized handle and a reinforced pick on the back of the blade. It was designed for breaking through doors and other obstacles to either escape from a fire or for use by rescue crews to reach trapped civilians. But once it is in your hands, nobody will be escaping.

How to get the Firefighter Axe in Sons Of The Forest

To get the Firefighter Axe, you must first acquire the Shovel. Once you have acquired it, you can navigate to the Maintenance Tunnel A entrance, represented as a green circle marker on your GPS Tracker, located northwest of the mountain.

Two golf carts will be surrounded by surveying equipment at the base of a short cliff. Equip your Shovel and move in front of the golf carts until the Shovel icon appears above the ground. There will be a patch of dirt to dig up as the hatch is buried.

Inside this short tunnel and near the back, you will find an open emergency case mounted to the wall, between the shelves and generators, containing the Firefighter Axe. A horde of angry baby mutants protects it, so be ready for a fight.

Tips and tricks for using the Firefighter Axe

The Firefighter Axe remains a viable weapon throughout the entire game. Its attacks are quite slow but extremely powerful. Most unarmored enemies will fall to it in one or two blows.

The high block value of this weapon makes it ideal for head-on combat. It’s also a great weapon to use in a defensive posture while crawling through caves with a team behind you. With that in mind, don’t swing wildly with this weapon, as each strike will cost you a hefty chunk of stamina and require a moment to recover from.

The Firefighter Axe also excels at dismembering enemies in combat. Try aiming for a target’s arms, legs, or neck. Decapitating an enemy will kill them instantly, while cutting off arms or legs can prevent pursuit or further attacks. Performing a successful parry with this axe can also stun the attacker for several seconds. Note that this only applies to cannibals.

Players can use this axe can be used to adjust the length of logs or split them into planks or firewood. Aim the axe at a log or plank and look for a dotted red line to indicate how you will be splitting it. You can also use the axe to sharpen logs into defensive walls or sticks into damaging stakes.

How to equip the Firefighter Axe

Sons Of The Forest — Equipping the Firefighter Axe
Selecitng the Firefighter Axe Inside the Inventory

Once you have acquired the Firefighter Axe, you can equip it by:

  1. Opening your inventory
  2. Panning the mouse to the right of the crafting mat
  3. Selecting the Firefighter Axe by left-clicking on it
  4. The inventory will close, and you will have the weapon in hand

How to add the Firefighter Axe to the quick-select bag

Alternatively, if you’ve added the Firefighter Axe to your backpack, you can access it through the quick-select menu. Briefly hold down the inventory key to pull out the quick-select bag.

This is much faster than panning the inventory screen each time you want to switch weapons. If you have the Firefighter Axe on your quick-select bag, you can find it in either the short or long weapon slots.

This axe is considered a short weapon but can also be added to the long weapon slot. The long and short weapon slots on the left side of the backpack hold weapons such as the Crafted Club, Crafted Spear, Stun Baton, Compound Bow, and more.

To add the Firefighter Axe to the quick-select bag:

  1. Open the inventory screen
  2. Add the backpack to the crafting mat by right-clicking on it
  3. If there is an item in both the long and short weapon slots, right-click on one to remove it
  4. Right-click on Firefighter Axe to add it to the quick-select bag

How to assign the Firefighter Axe to a hotkey

If you’d like to have your axe in hand with a single keystroke, you can assign it to a hotkey by:

  1. Open the inventory
  2. Mouse over the Firefighter Axe to the right of the crafting mat
  3. With your mouse over the weapon, press one of the ten available hotkeys (1-0) to assign it to that key
  4. Now when you press the assigned key, the axe will automatically be equipped to your hands


Can the Firefighter Axe chop down trees?

Yes. The Firefighter Axe is one of the three axes in the game capable of chopping down trees.

Is the Firefighter Axe better than the Tactical Axe?

In most cases, yes. It deals significantly more damage, has a higher block value, and dismembers enemies more easily than the Tactical Axe. That said, the Tactical Axe attacks much faster and uses less stamina.

Is the Firefighter Axe better than the Modern Axe?

It depends. It deals more damage and has a higher block value, but the Modern Axe strikes faster and is much more effective at cutting down trees.

Can the Firefighter Axe be dropped or traded?

No. It cannot be dropped or traded with other players.

Final thoughts on the Firefighter Axe

If you’re the kind of Sons Of The Forest player who always picks the heaviest weapon in games, the Firefighter Axe is right up your alley. Heavy, hard-hitting, and absolutely devastating in melee combat, it can knock down giant mutants as easily as it knocks down trees.

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