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Saint's Row

How to Unlock and Upgrade the Axe

Nathan Garvin

Information about the Axe in Saints Row, including how to obtain it, how to upgrade it, and how to unlock its Signature Ability.

You can buy the Axe from any Friendly Fire from the start of the game. It’ll set you back a mere $100.

How to Find and Upgrade the Axe in Saints Row

The Axe is a Melee Weapon in Saints Row, and it can be acquired by purchasing it from any Friendly Fire store location in Santo Ileso. It’ll only set you back a mere $100, and can be purchased as soon as you’re done with the Mission Making Rent.

As with all weapons, the Axe can be upgraded three times, depending on your level. At level 5 you’ll unlock the tier 1 upgrade, which will set you back $5,000. At level 10 you can upgrade this weapon to tier 2, which costs $25,000. Finally, at level 15 you can max out the weapon by upgrading it to tier 3, which is quite expensive at $100,000. Upgrading the Axe will increase its Damage and Bleed Damage.

Provoking cops and a rival gang will provide plenty of opportunities to score back attacks.

How to Unlock the Bloodsucker Signature Ability for the Axe

All weapons have a Signature Ability, which will grant the weapon a special ability when its unlock conditions are met. Unlike normal weapon upgrades, you can’t buy Signature Abilities, which can include boons such as life leech, area-of-effect damage, knockback, full-auto firing mode, armor-piercing rounds, elemental damage and bonus damage over time, and so on. Once a Signature Abilities unlock conditions are met you can activate it by visiting Friendly Fire or using the armory at your HQ. Signature Abilities can also be toggled off, if you prefer.

The Axe’s Signature Ability is Bloodsucker, which causes you to “Gain a small amount of health every time you hit an enemy.” To unlock this Signature Ability you must “Kill 15 enemies from behind with regular attack.” To perform a regular attack, just press the DualSense-R2 / Xbox-TriggerRight. Getting an enemy to turn their back to you is a bit trickier - sometimes when struck a foe will be staggered, and may even spin around, but if you can pick a fight with the police and with a gang, there’s a good chance they’ll end up fighting each other. This will provide ample opportunities to back-attack distracted foes. Alternatively you can also [call allies] to help you, who may provide the distraction you need.

Lowering the difficulty will make grinding this Signature Ability much easier. Like most Signature Abilities, you can grind this out fairly easily by just repeatedly summoning rival gangs by leaving negative reviews via @TCHA Side Hustles.

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  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    22 August 2022
  • Last Updated
    24 September 2022
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