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 Heironymus, Axton turned to a military career, although was later discharged for being too unpredictable and a fun-loving glory seeker. He took his skills, and his precious turret, to Pandora where he felt they would be more appreciated.
Action Skill: Sabre Turret
Axton is able to deploy a versatile Dahl Sabre Turret, a veritable arsenal with 360° rotation and a weapons complement that can be upgraded to include multi-rocket launcher and a portable nuke. Cooldown is 42 seconds, the same as Salvador's Gunzerking skill.
Short-range engagement. Focused on getting Axton into the fight and improves the turret's ability to perform continuous high damage attacks (the turret as heavy suppression fire support)
|Sentry||1||5||+1 shot per burst and +2s duration for Sabre Turret per level.|
|Ready||1||5||+8% Reload Speed per level.|
|Laser Sight||2||5||+10% Turret Accuracy per level.|
|Willing||2||5||+15% Shield Recharge Rate and -12% Shield Recharge Delay per level.|
|Onslaught||3||5||Kill Skill. killing an enemy gives you +6% Gun Damage and +12% Movement Speed per level for a short time.|
|Able||3||5||Damaging an enemy regenerates 0.4% of your Maximum Health per second per level for 3 seconds.|
|Scorched Earth||3||1||Adds Multi-Rocket Pods to your Sabre Turret. 22 Rockets per Volley.|
|Grenadier||4||5||+1 Grenade Capacity per level.|
|Crisis Management||5||5||+7% Gun Damage and +6% Melee Damage per level when shields are depleted.|
|Double Up||6||1||Adds a second gun to the Sabre Turret and both guns fire Slag bullets.|
Medium-range engagement. Focuses more heavily on medium range explosives and weapon damage. Improves many of Axtons offensive combat stats, and improves the turret mostly as a tactical deploy/distraction.
|Impact||1||5||+4% Gun Damage and +3% Melee Damage per level.|
|Expertise||1||5||+14% weapon swap and aim speed per level; +7% movement speed when aiming per level.|
|Overload||2||5||+10% Magazine Size for Assault Rifles.|
|Metal Storm||2||5||Kill Skill. Killing an enemy gives +12% Fire Rate and +15% Recoil Reduction per level for a short time.|
|Steady||3||5||+8% Recoil Reduction, +5% Grenade Damage, and +4% Rocket Launcher damage per level.|
|Battlefront||3||5||+6% Gun, Melee, and Grenade damage per level while turret is deployed.|
|Longbow Turret||3||1||+100% Turret Deploy Range, +110% Turret Health.|
|Duty Calls||4||5||+5% Gun Damage and +3% Fire Rate with non-elemental guns.|
|Do or Die||4||1||Allows you to throw grenades while in Fight for Your Life. +10% Grenade and Rocket Launcher damage.|
|Ranger||5||5||+1% Gun Damage, Accuracy, Critical Hit Damage, Fire Rate, Magazine Size, Reload Speed, and Maximum Health per level.|
|Nuke||6||1||Deploying your Sabre Turret sets off a small Nuclear Blast.|
Defense-oriented. Focused on defensive stat boosts and abilities, using the turret frequently, and pulling Axton back from the brink of death.
|Healthy||1||5||+6% Maximum Health per level.|
|Preparation||1||5||+3% shield capacity per level; regenerate 0.4% health per second per level when shields are full.|
|Last Ditch Effort||2||5||+8% Gun Damage and +14% Movement Speed per level during Fight For Your Life.|
|Pressure||2||5||Up to +14% Reload Speed and -12% Shield Recharge Delay per level depending on how low your health is.|
|Forbearance||3||5||-8% Status Effect duration on you and +1% Maximum Health per level.|
|Quick Charge||3||5||Kill Skill. Killing an enemy regenerates 1% of your shield per second per level for a short time.|
|Phalanx Shield||3||1||Your Sabre Turret projects a shield that attempts to block enemy ranged fire but lets friendly ranged attacks pass through.|
|Resourceful||4||5||+5% Action Skill Cooldown Rate per level.|
|Mag-Lock||4||1||Your Sabre Turret can be deployed on walls and ceilings.|
|Grit||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.|
|Gemini||6||1||Allows you to deploy two Sabre Turrets.|
- Axton's melee weapon is a tomahawk.
- Axton's turret is manufactured by Dahl.
- Axton's wife Sarah died a few years before the events of Borderlands 2. She was also his former commanding officer, and Axton wears her dog tag.
- Axton is wanted for war crimes, the bounty on his head is $5,000,000,000.
- Axton dislikes cats.
- It is apparent that Sarah before the events of Borderlands 2 had given her wedding band back to Axton before he was to be executed by a firing squad, avoiding it only because he went to Pandora.
- One of Axton's skins is called "Double Down Brown Town", a reference to the Destructoid podcast "Podtoid".
- If Axton is the chosen character to start out as, an echolog will be in your inventory about Axton and his wife Sarah. Sarah gives Axton back her wedding ring saying how she didn't like diamonds anyway.
- When Axton deploys his Sabre Turret he sometimes addresses it with pet names such as "sweetie", "honey", "the Mrs.", or his "girlfriend".
- Axton is voiced by Robert McCollum, who was the voice of the war mage from the Orcs Must Die games.