Golden Axe Warrior

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Golden Axe Warrior
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega Master System
Genre: RPG

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
$? 7505
Sega Master System
£32.99[2] 7505
Sega Master System
?F 7505
Sega Master System
DM ? 7505
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7505
Sega Master System
R$? ?

Golden Axe Warrior is an RPG for the Sega Master System developed by Sega and released in 1991. It is a spin off in the Golden Axe series.

The game features a top-down gameplay, with labyrinths that must be passed to gain the crystals, towns with various buildings and shops, and wilderness areas, where enemies must be defeated by punching, sword slashing or arrow throwing (much like in Gain Ground), in order to proceed.

Golden Axe Warrior is also available as an unlockable in Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection.


Death Adder, a powerful ruler, has kidnapped a special crystal guardian. He has taken the golden axe and the nine crystals. Your task isn't merely to retrieve the nine crystals, however. You must try to learn as much magic as possible, destroy all of Death Adder's minions, and access the final labyrinth containing Death Adder.


You are the Golden Axe character Ax Battler, and your default weapon is a short range sword (which can increase in range), though others can be acquired during the game. 1 is used to show the status screen and cancel options; 2 performs an action depending on what you're holding (weapon, Magic Scroll or a usable item) and confirms options.

Like in other RPGs (such as Phantasy Star), you can save your game via certain buildings located at the start of the wilderness/labyrinth areas. You can also buy shields, health, first aid kits, armour or pay someone to teach you magic. Money is earned when tasks are finished, or strong enemies are killed.

Production credits

Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Golden Axe Warrior/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SegaVisions US 06.pdf


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 №3, p42/43[3]
42 №114, p74[4]
36 №1, p137Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[5]
84 №22, p40[1]
88 №17, p128[6]
40 №7, p72/73[7]
88 №12, p54/55[8]
68 №19, p24/25
40 №23, p57
63 №3, p41[9]
81 №2/91, p76/77[10]
Sega Master System
Based on
12 reviews

Master System, US
Goldenaxewarrior sms us cover.jpg
Goldenaxewarrior sms us manual.pdf
Master System, EU
GoldenAxeWarrior SMS EU Box.jpg
GoldenAxeWarrior SMS EU Cart.jpg
Master System, BR
GoldenAxeWarrior SMS BR Box.jpg
GoldenAxeWarrior SMS BR Cart.jpg
Master System, SE (rental)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 022.pdf, page 42
  2. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 76
  3. File:AcaoGames BR 003.pdf, page 42
  4. File:CVG UK 114.pdf, page 74
  5. File:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf, page 137
  6. File:Joystick FR 017.pdf, page 128
  7. File:MeanMachines UK 07.pdf, page 72
  8. File:PlayerOne FR 012.pdf, page 54
  9. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 41
  10. File:VideoGames DE 1991-02.pdf, page 72

Golden Axe series of games
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder (1992) | Golden Axe: The Duel (1994) | Golden Axe (slot machine) (2010)
Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe II (1991) | Golden Axe III (1993)
Sega Master System
Golden Axe (1989) | Golden Axe Warrior (1991)
Windows PC
Golden Axe (1990)
LCD handheld game
Electronic Golden Axe (1990)
Sega Game Gear
Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1991)
Sega Saturn
Golden Axe: The Duel (1995)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 5: Golden Axe (2003)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)
Xbox Live Arcade
Sega Vintage Collection: Golden Axe (2012)
Golden Axe related media
Golden Axe The Music (2008) | Golden Axe I & II (2016)
Tatsujin & Golden Axe Attack Manual Book (1990) | Golden Axe (1992) | Golden Axe: Beast Rider Official Strategy Guide (2008) | The Art of Golden Axe: Beast Rider (2008)