Axes were first encountered by Raziel as he traveled into the Era following Blood Omen and met his first Demon hunter enemies, with the mid-range Demon hunter axemen carrying the powerful axe weapons[Soul Reaver 2][Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)].
Axes were a two-handed weapon variant; with a longer range and more power than sword variants. As axe variants, they were among the slowest and most powerful (non-Reaver) weapons in the game; inflicting major damage, but much slower than other two-handed weapons[Soul Reaver 2][Soul Reaver 2 manual][Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)]
- Like many of the weapons in Soul Reaver 2, Axes are not explicitly named in-game. In many guides and sources, weapons are divided by generally into one- or two-handed weapons[Soul Reaver 2 manual], or into general weapon families[Soul Reaver 2 strategy guide (Prima)](with the axes two-handed and an axe variant).
- The Axe is labelled as "vhaxea" in game files - this is unusual as within game files the "vh" tag generally refers to Moebius's vampire hunters and not the Demon hunters (labelled as "avh")[Soul Reaver 2]. This perhaps suggests that the axes were originally intended as a Vampire Hunter weapon.