Climbing Axe

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Climbing Axe
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Tool, Weapon

Game(s) * Tomb Raider (2013)

The Climbing Axe (or Ice Axe; first found as Old Pry Tool) is a tool and a weapon in Tomb Raider (2013) and its successor Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The climbing axe can be used to fend off Enemies, but it can also be used to scale climbable ice or rock walls, to pry lose mechanisms, or to pry open certain doors or bricked-up walls.

Tomb Raider 2013

In the Reboot, it is one of the more important gear items Lara finds throughout her adventure.

The Axe is found as Old Pry Tool in an underground bunker, next to an old gramophone emitting eerie music. Lara can use it to pry open two doors in this underground bunker, one which is just a short-cut and another one, which leads out of this area at the other end of the room.

After Lara is reunited with some of her fellow crew mates and setting out with Dr. Whitmen, the two come across a large gate with an opening mechanism missing a handle. Lara finds that using her pry tool could work, if it were only stronger. Her next task in the game consequently is to collect Salvage, found in crates scattered throughout the island, to upgrade her Axe at the nearby Base Camp.

When Lara finally finds Captain Roth, he gives her a red Climbing Axe which she can use to scale the rocky walls and get up to the wolves' den to get the medi-kit that could save Roth's life. From here on out Lara only uses the Axe.

In addition for prying open doors, the Axe can be used to slide down ropes and it can also be used as a melee weapon.


Main article: Axe Upgrades

Lara can use Salvage at any Base Camp to upgrade the Axe. The only available upgrade is Strengthen.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

In Rise of the Tomb Raider Lara tales two Climbing Axes with her. She can use them to scale walls more easily than in the last game. Again, the Axe can also be used as a melee weapon under certain circumstances.


Main article: Axe Upgrades

As before in the reboot game, the Axe can be upgraded, this time using specific resources.

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 3

There are no Tier 4 upgrades for the Axe.

Expedition Cards

In the extra Expedition Modes, the player can use Expedition Cards to modify the Axe. They grant certain upgrades for the Axe.