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EDI Lever axe

The axe on Cliff's back

The Lever Axe is a melee weapon featured in Escape Dead Island. It is the third and final evolution of the axe and is the fifth overall melee weapon in the game, replacing the advanced axe. It replaces the advanced axe or whatever you have in that slot and gives Cliff Calo a better chance when defending himself from zombies.


In the warehouse at the marina during Mission 8 - Devan. The axe is sitting on a workbench in the middle of the warehouse.


The lever axe is not as momentous an upgrade as the advanced axe is. It's still a good pick-up, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't bring too much to the table compared to the advanced axe. The Lever axe offers slightly higher combo damage compared to the advanced axe but the main upgrade is however the increased attack speed and greatly improved run damage. This offers almost certain one-shots on Shamblers with the run attack. Furthermore, this axe has a crowbar end at the bottom of the handle, allowing you to open up some locked doors, which is certainly a good addition. This is a required item to get, though, as otherwise you can't get through the game. Also a nice addition is the possibility for 1-hit executions to occur, although these can forced on any melee weapon by equipping a firearm priory to triggering the execution.


Values are based on Cliff's health. Ground attacks are those against knocked down enemies. Some possible damage values may not have been found during testing.

Attack Median damage Possible damage numbers
Basic 1 7.5 6, 7, 8 and 9
Basic 2 7.5 6, 7, 8 and 9
Basic 3 15 12, 15, 16, 17 and 18
Heavy 18.2 16.2, 17.2, 18.2, 19.2 and 20.2
Run 24.5 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27
Ground 7.5 6, 7, 8 and 9

Basic 1 to 3 are the seperate attacks of a full combo attack. The Lever Axe can unleash 0.432 combos per second meaning a DPS of 13. The combo speed drops by ~25% when out of stamina which happens after 8 combos. For heavy attacks an attack speed of 0,630 heavies per second can be achieved with corresponding DPS of 11.5. This drops by ~31% when out of stamina, which is after 4 heavy attacks.


  • As with all weapons in Escape Dead Island, the axe can't break.
  • It also can't be upgraded at a workbench, like other Escape weapons.
  • After collecting the axe, it replaces the advanced axe, trusty axe or makeshift club, so Cliff can't pick that up again or use it, as the new axe takes over.
  • It does not replace the katana, as there are two melee weapon slots, one for the axes and the other for the katana.
  • Cliff has the chance to perform a new, slightly faster execution when he obtains the lever axe. Instead of the normal two hit execution, Cliff has a chance to use the crowbar end to cut through the zombie's neck, killing it in one hit. He can still perform the normal two hit execution, though.


  • If the Underwater Labs DLC has been installed, all weapons have an option in the menu to have a skin equipped to them. However, there's a glitch with the lever axe where the skin will display as normal when on Cliff's back or in his hands, but when it is used to open a barricaded door, the weapon reverts to its default skin. It's strange and unknown why this occurs, as it happens each time the axe is used this way and returns to having the skin as soon as the animation is finished.