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The Gargoyle Tail Axe is an axe in Dark Souls.

In-Game Description

Sliced tail of the gargoyle guarding the Bell of Awakening in the Undead Church or patrolling Anor Londo.
Can be used as a bronze battle axe. Bends dramatically during large attacks, owing to its nature as a tail.

Availability[]

The Gargoyle Tail Axe can be obtained by cutting the tail of the first of the two Bell Gargoyles encountered in the Undead Parish, or from those inhabiting Anor Londo. The axe can only be obtained once per location.

Summoning a phantom before the boss fight can make it easier to cut the tail. Both Solaire of Astora and Knight Lautrec of Carim can be summoned for this purpose, although if both are summoned they may kill the gargoyle before the tail can be cut.

Characteristics[]

The Gargoyle Tail Axe serves as a dexterity-focused option among the axes. It provides comparable damage to the other axes, and higher poise damage than other dexterity weapons of its size. However, the unusual strong attacks may be cumbersome in some situations, especially when fighting in narrow hallways or near walls.

The Gargoyle Tail Axe also doubles base Bleed, Poison, and Toxic resistances.

Moveset[]

Attack Description
One-handed
Weak Attack
A simple swing to the left. Medium recovery. Can be repeated with additional inputs.
One-handed
Strong Attack
The axe bends backward, which the player then swings forward in a 180° arc. Medium startup and recovery.
Two-handed
Weak Attack
Two-handed swing to the left. Medium recovery.
Two-handed
Strong Attack
The axe bends backward, which the player then swings forward in an uppercut-like motion. Medium startup and recovery.
Jump Attack The player jumps and then smashes the axe into the ground.
Running Attack The player swings the axe downward.
Rolling Attack Quick overhead chop
Kick Standard kick.
Left-handed
Weak Attack
Block.
Left-handed
Strong Attack
The player swings the axe to the right.

Upgrades[]

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Standard Standard Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Gargoyle Tail Axe 93 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +1 (Titanite Shard ×1) 102 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +2 (Titanite Shard ×1) 111 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +3 (Titanite Shard ×2) 120 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +4 (Titanite Shard ×2) 130 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +5 (Titanite Shard ×3) 139 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +6 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 148 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +7 (L. Titanite Shard ×1) 158 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +8 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 167 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +9 (L. Titanite Shard ×2) 176 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +10 (L. Titanite Shard ×3) 186 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +11 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 195 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +12 (Titanite Chunk ×1) 204 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +13 (Titanite Chunk ×2) 213 D C 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +14 (Titanite Chunk ×3) 223 D B 55 10 40 40
Gargoyle Tail Axe +15 (Titanite Slab ×1) 232 D B 55 10 40 40

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Raw Raw Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Large Titanite Shard ×1)
160 E C 55 10 40 40
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Large Titanite Shard ×1)
171 E C 55 10 40 40
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Large Titanite Shard ×1)
181 E C 55 10 40 40
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Large Titanite Shard ×2)
192 E C 55 10 40 40
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Large Titanite Shard ×2)
203 E C 55 10 40 40
Raw Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Large Titanite Shard ×3)
214 E C 55 10 40 40

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Crystal Crystal Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
204 D C 55 10 40 40
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
213 D C 55 10 40 40
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
223 D C 55 10 40 40
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
232 D C 55 10 40 40
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
241 D B 55 10 40 40
Crystal Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
251 D B 55 10 40 40

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Magic Magic Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
105 114 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
112 121 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
119 129 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
126 136 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
133 144 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
140 152 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +6
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
147 159 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +7
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
154 167 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +8
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
161 174 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +9
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
168 182 E D C 55 10 40 40
Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +10
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
175 190 E D C 55 10 40 40

Requires: Magic Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Blue Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Enchanted Enchanted Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
140 148 E E C 55 10 40 40
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
145 152 E E B 55 10 40 40
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×1)
151 156 E E B 55 10 40 40
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×2)
156 161 E E B 55 10 40 40
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Blue Titanite Chunk ×3)
162 165 E E A 55 10 40 40
Enchanted Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Blue Titanite Slab ×1)
168 171 E E A 55 10 40 40

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Divine Divine Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
94 115 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
100 123 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
107 130 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
113 138 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
119 146 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
126 154 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +6
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
132 161 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +7
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
138 169 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +8
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
144 177 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +9
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
151 184 E D C 55 10 40 40
Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +10
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
157 192 E D C 55 10 40 40

Requires: Divine Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, White Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Occult Occult Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
128 140 E D B 55 10 40 40
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
135 147 E D B 55 10 40 40
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(White Titanite Chunk ×1)
143 154 E D B 55 10 40 40
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(White Titanite Chunk ×2)
151 161 E D B 55 10 40 40
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(White Titanite Chunk ×3)
158 168 E D B 55 10 40 40
Occult Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(White Titanite Slab ×1)
166 175 E D B 55 10 40 40

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Green Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Fire Fire Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
120 120 55 10 40.0 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
130 130 55 10 40.4 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Green Titanite Shard ×1)
139 139 55 10 40.8 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
148 148 55 10 41.2 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Green Titanite Shard ×2)
158 158 55 10 41.6 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Green Titanite Shard ×3)
167 167 55 10 42.0 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +6
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
178 178 55 10 42.4 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +7
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
189 189 55 10 42.8 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +8
(Red Titanite Chunk ×2)
200 200 55 10 43.2 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +9
(Red Titanite Chunk ×3)
212 212 55 10 43.6 40
Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +10
(Red Titanite Slab ×1)
223 223 55 10 44.0 40
The stats for the above upgrade path may be out of date. Efforts are currently underway to fix this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

Requires: Fire Gargoyle Tail Axe +5, Red Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Chaos Chaos Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
145 167 55 10 40.0 40
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
153 176 55 10 40.8 40
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Red Titanite Chunk ×1)
162 186 55 10 41.6 40
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Red Titanite Chunk ×2)
170 195 55 10 42.4 40
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Red Titanite Chunk ×3)
178 204 55 10 43.2 40
Chaos Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Red Titanite Slab ×1)
186 213 55 10 44.0 40
The stats for the above upgrade path may be out of date. Efforts are currently underway to fix this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

Requires: Standard Gargoyle Tail Axe +10, Titanite and 200 souls per upgrade.

Lightning Lightning Variation Attack Values Parameter Bonus Damage Reduction
Physical Damage Magic Damage Fire Damage Lightning Damage Strength Dexterity Intelligence Faith Physical Reduction Magic Reduction Fire Reduction Lightning Reduction
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
167 167 55 10 40 40.0
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe +1
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
180 180 55 10 40 43.2
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe +2
(Titanite Chunk ×1)
193 193 55 10 40 46.4
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe +3
(Titanite Chunk ×2)
206 206 55 10 40 49.6
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe +4
(Titanite Chunk ×3)
219 219 55 10 40 52.8
Lightning Gargoyle Tail Axe +5
(Titanite Slab ×1)
232 232 55 10 40 56.0

Trivia[]

  • When equipped, the weapon causes status build-up equal to the resistance it grants. This value is added on top of any existing status, but since it is equal to the resistance the axe grants it will never apply any status effects.
  • When using a pine resin on this weapon and performing the two-handed heavy attack, the resin effect will remain where the axehead usually is instead of following the bending motion. This can be observed most easily with Charcoal Pine Resin.

Gallery[]


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