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Title Commando
Gender Male
Race Human
Faction Vault hunters
Location Pandora
Game Borderlands 2
Appearances Borderlands 2
Voiced By Rob McCollum
[Axton Skins]

Axton is the playable Commando class character in Borderlands 2. He was revealed on February 21, 2012, in the Borderlands 2 Launch Date Trailer.


Originally from Hieronymous, Axton spent ten years with the Dahl military force, reaching the rank of sergeant. After his pursuit of personal glory and disregard for orders led to numerous compromised missions, his wife and commanding officer Sarah simultaneously divorced him and discharged him from the military. Sarah made it a point to highlight that this would lead to his death by firing squad, then ordered him not to flee to any of the numerous border worlds beyond Dahl's reach. Taking her not-so-subtle suggestion, Axton went AWOL, using his skills and turret as a mercenary on other planets.

Axton became aware of the Vault thanks to a radio advertisement orchestrated by Handsome Jack, who had been monitoring the Commando's most recent bounty hunt.[1] Although Axton was turning in more bounties and making far more money than anyone else in Sheriff Youngblood's jurisdiction, he found that it was too easy, and the lure of fame, fortune, and challenging combat drew him to Pandora.


Action Skill: Sabre Turret

Axton is able to deploy a versatile Dahl Sabre Turret, a mounted gun featuring 360° rotation that can be upgraded with many weapons and abilities. The turret's duration is 20 seconds and its cooldown is 42 seconds.


This tree focuses on close-range combat and improves the turret's duration and damage capabilities. Essentially it allows a player to drop the turret to let it support him while he closes distance to engage enemies.

Skill Tier Levels Effect
1 5 +1 shot per burst and +2s duration for Sabre Turret per level.
1 5 +8% Reload Speed per level.
Axton-laser sight
Laser Sight
2 5 +10% Turret Accuracy per level.
2 5 +15% Shield Recharge Rate and -12% Shield Recharge Delay per level.
3 5 Kill Skill. killing an enemy gives you +6% Gun Damage and +12% Movement Speed per level for a short time.
3 5 Damaging an enemy regenerates 0.4% of your Maximum Health per second per level for 3 seconds.
Axton-scorched earth
Scorched Earth
3 1 Adds Multi-Rocket Pods to your Sabre Turret. 22 Rockets per Volley.
4 5 +1 Grenade Capacity per level.
Axton-crisis management
Crisis Management
5 5 +7% Gun Damage and +6% Melee Damage per level when shields are depleted.
Axton-double up
Double Up
6 1 Adds a second gun to the Sabre Turret and both guns fire Slag bullets.


This tree focuses on medium range combat, providing many boosts to weapon damage of all kinds and general combat skills. Also allows for tactical deployment of the turret as "another soldier on the field" via the Longbow skill.

Skill Tier Levels Effect
1 5 +4% Gun Damage and +3% Melee Damage per level.
1 5 +14% weapon swap and aim speed per level; +7% movement speed when aiming per level.
2 5 +10% Magazine Size for Assault Rifles.
Axton-metal storm
Metal Storm
2 5 Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives +12% Fire Rate and +15% Recoil Reduction per level for a short time.
3 5 +8% Recoil Reduction, +5% Grenade Damage, and +4% Rocket Launcher damage per level.
3 5 +6% Gun, Melee, and Grenade damage per level while turret is deployed.
Axton-longbow turret
Longbow Turret
3 1 +10000% Turret Deploy Range, +110% Turret Health.
Axton-duty calls
Duty Calls
4 5 +5% Gun Damage and +3% Fire Rate with non-elemental guns.
Axton-do or die
Do or Die
4 1 Allows you to throw grenades while in Fight for Your Life. +10% Grenade and Rocket Launcher damage.
5 5 +1% Gun Damage, Accuracy, Critical Hit Damage, Fire Rate, Magazine Size, Reload Speed, and Maximum Health per level.
6 1 Deploying your Sabre Turret sets off a small Nuclear Blast.


This tree is defense oriented, providing general defensive stat boosts as well as abilities that can pull the player back from the brink of death. It also improves the turret's deployment versatility.

Skill Tier Levels Effect
1 5 +6% Maximum Health per level.
1 5 +3% shield capacity per level; regenerate 0.4% health per second per level when shields are full.
Axton-last ditch effort
Last Ditch Effort
2 5 +8% Gun Damage and +14% Movement Speed per level during Fight For Your Life.
2 5 Up to +14% Reload Speed and -12% Shield Recharge Delay per level depending on how low your health is.
3 5 -8% Status Effect duration on you and +1% Maximum Health per level.
Axton-quick charge
Quick Charge
3 5 Kill Skill. Killing an enemy regenerates 1% of your shield per second per level for a short time.
Axton-phalanx shield
Phalanx Shield
3 1 Your Sabre Turret projects a shield that attempts to block enemy ranged fire but lets friendly ranged attacks pass through.
4 5 +5% Action Skill Cooldown Rate per level.
Axton-mag lock
4 1 Your Sabre Turret can be deployed on walls and ceilings.
5 5 You have a 4% chance per level to ignore damage that would otherwise kill you. In addition to not taking damage from the attack, you will also regain half your Maximum health.
6 1 Allows you to deploy two Sabre Turrets.


  • Axton's melee weapon is a tomahawk.
  • With careful point spending it is possible to get the turret featured in the opening title sequence. (Double Up and Mag Lock)


When joining a game

  • Ten years of Dahl military experience at your service.
  • Commando here, lets get moving.
  • Just point me in the right direction.

When crippled

  • Let's DO this!
  • MEDIC!
  • Nope...not today!
  • I'm ready for ya!
  • Come and GET it!
  • Come on COME ON!
  • Bring it on!
  • Let's go!

When reviving an ally

  • I'm not going to say you owe me, but I'm implying it.
  • Wow. Do you work out, or...
  • Don't worry. I won't tell anyone.
  • Hey, It happens to the best of us.
  • On your feet, soldier!
  • Fight through it!
  • You're good, I got you!
  • Don't stop shooting!
  • On your feet, you'll get 'em next time.

When being revived

  • Didn't know you cared!
  • Damn, you're strong!
  • Thanks! You saved my ass.
  • Can't thank ya enough

Critical Kill

  • Hell-o!
  • You deserved it. Bitch.
  • See ya... Bitch.
  • Cool story bro.
  • Ha! Did you see his face?
  • Splooge!
  • Heh... Idiot.
  • Boom-Shaka-Laka!
  • Wow. So that happened.
  • HAH!
  • Heh, that was cool.

Throwing a grenade

  • Throwing masher!
  • Catch this!
  • Grenade!
  • Grenade out!

Killing a Badass

  • And the crowd goes wild!
  • Oh, I love this planet!
  • Shut up already...
  • See ya, bro!
  • He was angry.
  • Badass down.
  • Suck on that!
  • That feel good, huh?!
  • (in falsetto, 'female' voice) "Oh soldier, you're so great!" (in regular voice) "Come on, Lady, I'm not that cool..."

When recovering [Kill Revive]

  • That's RIGHT!
  • Like I was gonna die!
  • Not dead yet!
  • I don't die so easy!
  • Oscar-mike!
  • Nice try!
  • Ha! Did you miss me?
  • Who's next, huh!?
  • I'm ready for more!

Deploying a turret

  • You fellas meet the missus?
  • Wanna meet my girlfriend?
  • Go get 'em, honey!
  • Let's get to killing, sweetheart!
  • Hey, stand in front of this!
  • Say hello, darling!
  • Now you be careful, honey.
  • Sorry, boys, I've got turret syndrome! Get it? 'Cuz of the turret...? Sorry.
  • Meet my lady friend!
  • Tossin' the little lady!
  • Autogun deployed!
  • Sentry gun primed!
  • Turret out!
  • Chew em' up! (Sometimes says honey afterwards)

General Combat

  • YOU get a bullet! And YOU get a bullet! EVERYBODY gets a bullet! (After killing many enemies in rapid succession)
  • RAAAAAAAARGH! (After killing many enemies in rapid succession)
  • That's right, start runnin'! (After killing many enemies in rapid succession)
  • I got some for EVERYBODY! (After killing many enemies in rapid succession)
  • You're all gonna die! (After killing many enemies in rapid succesion)

Leveling Up

  • STRONGER, SMARTER, more sexually attractive.
  • Plus one to awesomeness.
  • Beats the hell outta basic training.

Turret Kill

  • Bad guys - zero! Turret - a whole bunch!
  • Autogun's chewin' 'em up!
  • Atta girl!
  • That's my girl!
  • Turret, what would I do withou'cha?
  • That's right! Let her mow you down!
  • News flash, bitches: turrets kill!
  • Autogun's wreckin' FACE!
  • Love that turret!
  • Nothin' like a turret kill!
  • Eat 'em up baby!
  • One more turret kill!

Spotting items

  • Now THAT is amazing.
  • Awesome.
  • Wow, that's just... Wow.
  • Good God...
  • Well, hello there loot.

When ramming enemies while driving

  • Coming through!
  • Out of my way!
  • That's fun.
  • Roadkill.

When ramming another player in a vehicle

  • Didn't mean to do that... Yes I did.
  • My bad!
  • What is this, bumper car?
  • Hope is insured!
  • So does this thing not have air bags?
  • Out of the way!
  • Okay, that was mostly my fault.
  • Jeeze!
  • I got somewhere to be here!

When idle

  • This... This is nice. Who wants to be out killin' stuff anyway? Me. I do.
  • Y'know, Being a military man, I'm used to waiting... But I've got my limits...
  • I left the military to get away from pointless waiting, dammit. And because I got dishonorably discharged... But mostly the first thing.
  • Leave the military, come to Pandora, Stare at stuff...
  • Heard of a guy stationed on Isolus got so bored he shot himself in the foot just to break the monotony. I know why that comes to mind right now.
  • (singing) Duh duh Duh duh Duh duh duh daaa dah daaa dah daaa, but I got bored just standin' around, I wish someone would move me 'round... Sorry, I do that when I'm bored. Really, really bored.
  • I dunno about you, but I'm on the edge of my seat... about to fall off of it.
  • I could NOT be more bored. But hey, at least my C.O.'s not screaming at me and my friends aren't gettin' blasted to hell left and right. So there's that.
  • Not the most exciting job I've been on...
  • Come on! Those midgets aren't gonna blow their own heads off.

When looking at the map

  • I should've paid attention in nav training.
  • Huh... That's a lotta sectors to cover.
  • I know exactly where I'm going... Yup, of course I do.
  • Aaaand I'm lost.

Issuing a duel challenge

  • If I win, we're totally making out.
  • Come on. Put 'em up.
  • Let's settle this.
  • You and me! Right now!

With Handsome Jack's voice

  • Testing? Testing one two? One two. And now I have the voice of a douchebag. Great.
  • "I'm Handsome Jack! Commando, don't kill me! I'm so sorry!" Pow! "Augh, oh no, you're so much cooler than me, Commando..."
  • Oh, I'm so bored-- ohh, forgot I had Jack's voice.
  • Jesus, this feels weird.
  • I somehow always knew I'd be stuck in the middle of nowhere trying to protect a city from a facist whose voice I stole.
  • Turret on the field!
  • Turret kill confirmed.
  • God, let's do this quick, can't stand sounding like this bastard!
  • THAT'S RIGHT! (After getting second wind)

Spotting a Badass

  • Big guy coming! 
  • Badass in range!
  • Whoa! Badass!
  • Target acquired.
  • Badass incoming!

In Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

  • [sniff] kinda smells like butts, and dead people. (entering Unassuming Docks)
  • Hello, madam. Is something the matter? (talking to Ellie/Eleanor in Flamerock Refuge)
  • That thing looks like it does something to..the other thing...and...yeah, I got nothing. (when approaching the Dwarven Puzzle)
  • Guns and women. And sometimes dudes.

Dropping the Crit

  • Whoops!
  • Woah-oaoah!
  • Damnit!
  • Butterfingers!
  • Slippery piece of --

In Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre

  • Let's go save her, man -- chicks dig heroes. Just ask my wife. Well, ex-wife. Whatever. Point still stands. (words of encouragement for Ed)
  • (when tasting whiskey):
    • Jeez. That's awful.
    • Hnggg. That sucks. I hate whiskey.
    • I can't feel my face. Prob'ly a good thing.
  • Sometimes you'll try to make people laugh by using a meme from the ECHOnet, but instead they'll track you down and set fire to your house. Look forward to that. (to make the baby cry)
  • Dated a buncha people, but only got married the one time. Wonder how she's doin'. (when Moxxi asks about a mister-or-missus Vault Hunter in Axton's life)
  • Times like this, a guy misses the high-quality stogies from the central planets. (when collecting the cigar box)
  • Nah. That's weird as hell. (when Innuendobot asks if his Oedipal feelings for Moxxi are normal)
  • (when collecting Stella's wig):
    • Stella. Need your wig -- mind if I borrow it?
    • Uhh... Thing is, I'm on a quest and it calls for that wig.
    • Sorry, but I hate leaving quests unfinished!
  • Ew. (when collecting the can of grease)
  • I mean, a little. (when Innuendobot asks if his negging made Axton love him)


  • Axton's ex-wife Sarah was also his former commanding officer, and Axton wears her dog tag and wedding band.
  • Axton is wanted for war crimes, the bounty on his head is $5,000,000,000.
  • Axton dislikes cats.
  • Axton was originally bi-sexual. [1]
  • Axton was to be executed by a firing squad, avoiding the execution only because he went to Pandora.
  • If Axton is the chosen as the starting character, an ECHO log will be in the inventory about Axton and his wife, Sarah. It plays the dialogue between them of Sarah discharging Axton from the military and suggesting that he go AWOL to the border worlds. She also gave him back her wedding ring, saying she never liked diamonds.
  • When Axton deploys his Sabre Turret he sometimes addresses it with pet names such as "sweetie", "honey", "the Mrs.", or his "girlfriend".
  • Axton's quote "throwing a masher" is a reference to the nickname of the German Model 24 grenade "the potato masher".
  • Axton's quote "oscar-mike" is a phonetic alphabet delivery of the letter "O" and "M". This a military acronym used most often by infantrymen meaning 'on the move'.
  • Axton's Class Mod is represented by the device mounted on his right shoulder.
  • Axton apparently dislikes Tiny Tina, due to prejudices with her dialect and some things that she said to him. [2]




  1. (See Lynchwood ECHO recordings)
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