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All work and no play makes
me want to chop some trees.

Lucy the Axe

Lucy the Axe is a character-specific item that Woodie begins the game with. Lucy has infinite durability and increased effectiveness (one swing at tree is worth two "chops" of regular axe) and in Woodie's hands who has faster innate chopping animation, cuts Trees extraordinarily fast. Lucy is a sentient being, and although it's not known if this is real or just Woodie's imagination, this is likely the former, as in DST, others can see her quotes. When equipped, Lucy will speak a line such as 'I missed you', 'Did you miss me?' and 'You came back!'.

Lucy will egg Woodie on when he chops down Trees, until he has almost reached the point at which he will become a Werebeaver. When the transformation is almost ready to occur, Lucy will begin to warn Woodie.

Lucy can be used as a melee weapon, dealing half the damage of the regular axes.

Lucy cannot be stolen by Krampus, Splumonkeys, and Prime Apes or eaten by Eyeplants, although she can be destroyed if Woodie tries to attack the Nightmare Throne with her equipped. She can also be destroyed by two Meteor strikes in DST.

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Main Game

When Idling (equipped)

  • "Let's chop some trees!"
  • "Nice day for a walk!"
  • "We make a good team!"
  • "There must be some trees around here somewhere."
  • "Woodie! Chop some trees!"
  • "All work and no play makes me want to chop some trees."
  • "Chop chop chop. Heh."
  • "Let's find a small grove and just go nuts!"
  • "Chop, c-c-chop!"
  • "This is perfect chopping weather."
  • "A perfect day for some chopping."
  • "You've got chops, buddy."
  • "Hey! Chop some trees!"

When put in a container:

  • "It's dark in here!"
  • "I'm scared!"
  • "Help! Get me out!"
  • "There's nothing to chop in here!"
  • "This sucks."
  • "Getttt meeee outttt!"
  • "I'm claustrophobic!"
  • "I have a fear of tight spaces!"
  • "I can't breathe! Wait."
  • "I can't see anything!"
  • "This is honestly the worst."
  • "I hate it in here."
  • "What did I ever do to you?"

When dropped on ground:

  • "You'll come back, right?"
  • "What did I say?"
  • "Oh, that's low."
  • "I know this is only temporary..."
  • "Awww..."
  • "Oh, is that how it is?!"
  • "Hey! I'd never throw you away!"
  • "Why would you throw me away?"
  • "Aren't we friends?"
  • "Who chucks a talking axe?!"
  • "I... don't understand!"
  • "Can we talk about this?"
  • "Don't forget about me!"
  • "Oof!"
  • "I don't like where this is going."
  • "Are... are you gonna make like a tree?"
  • "Ouch!"

When on ground:

  • "Come back! Take me with you!"
  • "Where did you go?"
  • "Take me with you!"
  • "I'm getting dirty!"
  • "It's cold!"
  • "There's monsters around you know!"
  • "I resent that!"
  • "You're abandoning me?!"
  • "But... but we're inseparable!"
  • "Hey! Get back over here!"
  • "I can't chop trees by myself!"
  • "So... lonely..."
  • "I guess I'll just stay here then..."
  • "What if I get stolen?!"

When equipped:

  • "You came back!"
  • "I missed you so much!"
  • "Did you miss me?"
  • "Ahhh, I'm back where I belong."
  • "It feels so good to be reunited!"
  • "I was afraid you'd never come back."
  • "You came back for me!"
  • "Oh, thank goodness."
  • "Oh, it was awful!"
  • "Never do that again! My little heart can't take it."
  • "From now on we'll be inseparable."

After chopping a tree:

  • "Woooooo!"
  • "Yeah!"
  • "Stupid tree!"
  • "Nom nom nom!"
  • "We did it!"
  • "I feel ALIVE!"
  • "HaHAHA!"
  • "YEEEESS!"
  • "This is what I live for!"
  • "Woo-hoohoo!"
  • "RAAAA!"
  • "Die! Die!"
  • "Chop! Chop!"
  • "Destruction!"
  • "CHOP!"
  • "This is AWESOME!"
  • "Death to all trees!"
  • "Again! Let's chop another!"
  • "Nice swing!"
  • "Too easy!"

Approaching transformation (low):

  • "Are you okay?"
  • "You look distracted, Woodie."
  • "It's just a tree! Calm down!"

Approaching transformation (med):

  • "Don't chop too fast. You know what will happen!"
  • "You might want to slow down a bit."
  • "Woodie? Can you hear me?"
  • "Careful, you're getting yourself worked up!"

Approaching transformation (high):

  • "Woodie! Be careful!"
  • "It's starting!"
  • "You're not looking so good!"
  • "Your teeth are growing!"
  • "Watch out! You're going to turn!"

When Woodie comes down from high without transforming:

  • "That was a close one!"
  • "I think we'll be alright."
  • "You're looking much better now."
  • "It's passed. For now."
  • "It's back in the lodge. Phew!"

When Woodie transforms:

  • "Oh no!"
  • "You have to fight it!"
  • "No! Fight it!"
  • "You've gotta resist!"
  • "It happened again!"
  • "The curse!"
  • "Not again!"
  • "You don't have to do this!"
  • "I warned you!"
  • "Woodie!"

When Woodie turns back:

  • "You're back!"
  • "Quick! Pick me up!"
  • "Are you okay?"
  • "Don't let that happen again!"
  • "Everything is going to be fine. Just focus!"
  • "You scared me!"
  • "I'm so glad you're alright!"
  • "Whew! Still in one piece?"
  • "It's good to have you back, buddy."
  • "You look much better."
  • "Phew! That was scary!"
  • "I'm glad it's over..."
  • "Let's not do that again."
  • "Remember your breathing exercises!"

Unimplemented Forge Quotes

Held by Woodie:

  • "It's so hot!"
  • "Throw me!"
  • "I think we're winning!"
  • "They don't stand a chance!"
  • "Gosh it's hot in here."
  • "Fight! Fight!"
  • "Get'em!"
  • "Give them the chop!"
  • "The crowd is so loud!"

Held by other player:

  • "I'm not too crazy about this."
  • "You're not holding me right!"
  • "Your hands are clammy."
  • "Just throw me already!"
  • "This won't be a regular thing."
  • "Don't read too much into this."

Hit enemy:

  • "Gotcha!"
  • "Take that!"
  • "Ha!"
  • "Bull's eye!"
  • "Take this!"
  • "Thwack!"

Missed enemy:

  • "Whoops!"
  • "I missed!"
  • "Shoot!"
  • "Hey!"
  • "Get back here!"

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Lucy is the first item that can speak and has distinct lines, not just sound effects, like the Living Log's scream.
  • Lucy does not appear to recognize Woodie when he is a ghost.
  • Lucy is voiced by a musical saw.
  • When playing Adventure Mode, Lucy will not use a slot in the Teleportato. She will appear in Woodie's inventory after arriving in the new world.
  • Lucy's line, "All work and no play makes me want to chop trees", is a reference to the English proverb "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". This may also be a reference to the pivotal scene in the Stephen King film The Shining, where insane character Jack Torrance types this line many times, and later uses an axe similar to Lucy as a weapon.
  • Lucy's line "You're the ghostest with the mostest." is a reference to the movie Beetlejuice.
  • Kevin Forbes added Lucy for Woodie's special item because he "liked the idea of a half-crazed lumberjack being egged on by his axe."[1]
  • Based on his examination quote, Maxwell seems to have known Lucy beforehand.
  • One of her quotes for Woodie changing back from the Werebeaver ("I think that creepy girl is mad at you.") is a complement to Wendy's quote for the Werebeaver. ("He pinky-promised I'd get to ride on his shoulders next time. Such lies.")
  • Unlike in regular DST, other players can actually wield and throw Riled Lucy in the Forge. However, she will not return to their hand if she is thrown, and will need to be manually picked up.
  • Riled Lucy in the Forge does not talk. However, her speech files reveal that she has lines for various situations that were cut because the developers felt that they created too much clutter. [2]
  • Klei wanted to make it so that a player who is not the owner of Lucy, if he decides to pick her up, would receive 5 units. damage. This is confirmed by the lines in the code, "LUCY_BITE_DAMAGE = 5, -- amount of damage done to non-woodies who equip lucy". Currently, when trying to "Take" it simply falls out of the inventory with exclamations.
  • In the "A Little Drama" update, Lucy recites the following poem when Woodie stands on the stage: "Chop chop chop, swing swing swing. Choppin' is my favourite thing. Swing swing swing, chop chop chop. Love it way too much to stop!" Only Woodie can see this text, and he comments "You've sure got a way with words, Luce."

Cultural References

  • Lucy is based on a traditional fire axe, having a red blade with a silver edge, and a wooden handle. Lucy speaks with red text that appears below Woodie, to avoid confusion with Woodie's white text, and is given a shrill, instrumental sound effect whenever her lines are spoken. When not in the player's inventory, Lucy will be indicated on the map by an icon. This can be useful to indicate where the player's items were dropped at the point of a Werebeaver's transformation.


  1. Kevin on the forums: "I'm glad you guys are liking him so far. If I recall correctly, Corey suggested we make him a werebeaver one night when we were talking about making new characters craaaazy so that they would market well. I think he may have been joking, but I loved the idea so much I got the artists to draw it. I added Lucy after I started adding special items for the other characters. I just liked the idea of a half-crazed lumberjack being egged on by his axe. We asked our music guys for the hoedown music on Friday, as a last minute effort to put the craziness over the top. I didn't think we'd get it back in time for the update, but our music guys are really really good (and fast!). I was intended to be a hillbilly / DS take on the classic Super Mario brother's invincibility star theme. Now, all I have to do is fix the bugs and write the dialog :)" Posted on June 26, 2013.
  2. Riled Lucy, the one that doesn't talk thread on Klei Forums. Dev Scott Hansen on the unimplemented quotes: "At one point we had more character banter but all the text just got in the way and felt like spam." Posted on November 26, 2017.

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Gramophone.png Sounds

Lucy's voice.
Lucy's voice when warning Woodie of impending transformation.
Lucy's voice after Woodie becomes the Werebeaver.