Steppenwolf wielded the Electro Axe for years, including in the battle against the Olympians, Humans, Amazons, Atlanteans, and even the Green Lantern Corps. Under the effect of the unity, those who fell before his blade would end up becoming Parademons as a result. He killed thousands with this weapon until he was ultimately defeated by the alliance and fled Earth until a return in 2017.
Returning to Earth two years after Superman's death, Steppenwolf sought out the three Mother Boxes he left behind centuries ago. In the process, he wielded this weapon against the likes of the Amazons and Atlanteans: However, Steppenwolf also wielded it against the Justice League in Russia. The weapon met its end when Superman used his super breath to freeze the weapon, making it brittle enough for Wonder Woman to destroy it.
The Electro Axe emits a red-hued energy that, when struck against a surface, disperses and spreads continuously. The energy is seen capable of infecting human soldiers, turning their skin into a rough, pale grey tone, while lengthening and sharpening their teeth, seemingly transforming them into the Parademon soldiers of Apokolips. It also assists Steppenwolf in dismounting several Amazons off of their horses. The axe is extremely sharp and strong and is able to cut through solid rock. The axe is also nigh-indestructible, as it can go up against Wonder Woman's weaponry. However, when exposed to the newly resurrected Superman's freezing breath, it became brittle, allowing Wonder Woman to shatter it.
Behind the scenes
- "Steppenwolf's real powers are wielded through this extraordinary weapon he has, the Electro Axe, which is almost like part of him. It creates mayhem and decimates everything around it. Even when it's at rest, it looks threatening."
- ―Steppenwolf actor Ciarán Hinds on the Electro Axe[src]