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SR3 Stryker Folding Axe
Cosmetic Variants:

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Normal Switch-Axe

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Kodiak Switch-Axe

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Tundra Switch-Axe

Forge axe.png

Forge Switch-Axe

Sandstorm axe.png

Sandstorm Switch-Axe

Wood axe.png

Wood

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Purple Damascus

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Green Damascus

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Damascus

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Chroma

Hotkey
3
Damage 25 / (27.5/30/32.5) per swing
Type Structural
Fire Rate 0.45 seconds
Weight 0

Introduction[]

The Switch-Axe replaces the knife from NS1. It provides self-defense against lower Kharaa lifeforms as a last resort and excels at dealing consistent damage against Kharaa structures. Once weapons level upgrades are researched from the Arms Lab by the Marine Commander, the switch-axe will increase in damage potency. The Switch-Axe has a weight of 0.0 (like Pistol, Welder, Mines, and Grenades) and therefore does not slow down movement speed for Marines.

The Switch-Axe cannot be dropped. You may also enter any Exosuit by pressing E.

Tactical Summary[]

  • If safe, use the Switch-Axe to take down Alien Structures; it deals more damage over time and saves ammo.
  • Try to stay in a group; if you get caught hacking away at Alien Structures alone, you'll most likely lose the engagement.
  • Time your Hits to deal maximum DPS, rather than just holding down the fire button.
  • Use the Switch-Axe as a last resort in an engagement; it's better to try to reload your Pistol and dodge at the same time.
  • Don't run with the Switch-Axe out; the Pistol is the same speed and offers more damage output if ambushed.
  • Axe is the only weapon whose rate of fire is increased with use of Catalyst Pack. (The reason is that Axe uses its reload animation as attack one.)
Warning.png Warning: It is not recommended to use the Axe unless you are an experienced player. The time needed to switch to another weapon is quite long and your positioning close to a structure is not optimal. A Marine who is alive is more valuable than a dead Marine.

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Variants[]

There are currently 5 variations of the Switch-Axe skin available for use by TSF Marines.

Camouflage variants & availability
Variant Description Acquisition Notes
Normal Default Armor. Provided with game. Comes with the base game.
Forge Black and red with orange highlights. Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game. Released with the Forge Pack DLC as part of the NS2 5 year anniversary update (Build 319), and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).
Kodiak Green jungle camouflage. Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game. Released with the Kodiak update, and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).
Sandstorm Black and gold with red highlights Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game. Released with the Catalyst update (Build 324).
Tundra White and blue design. Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game. Released with the Tundra update (Build 285), and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).
Wood Wooden parts. Can be earned through Matched Play in-game. Released with the Tanith update (Build 340).
Purple Damascus Black and Purple with Damascus grain. Can be earned through Matched Play in-game. Released with the Tanith update (Build 340).
Green Damascus Silver and Green with Damascus grain. Can be earned through Matched Play in-game. Released with the Tanith update (Build 340).
Damascus Black and bronze with Damascus grain. Can be earned through Matched Play in-game. Released with the Tanith update (Build 340).
Chroma Carbon fiber look. Can be earned through Matched Play in-game. Released with the Tanith update (Build 340).


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