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The Hatchet is a very fun one-handed weapon that is useful in melee but also allows you to throw it at close to medium distances. Its first skill tree is called "Berserker" and provides fast- and hard-hitting melee attacks and offensive utility, while the "Throwing" tree allows you to throw the weapon and cause Rend, Disease and Weaken. The Hatchet also has strong self-healing capabilities.
Hatchets benefit primarily from Strength, but Dexterity also contributes.