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Version 0.28: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Name Bardiche
Skill Polearms
Damage 18
Accuracy -6
Base delay (%) 19 (190%)
Min delay 7 at skill 24
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A long pole with an enormous, cleaving blade on one end.
This weapon falls into the 'Polearms' category. It is a two handed weapon.

The bardiche is the largest, slowest, and most powerful polearm available.

Although extremely rare, bardiches occasionally generate in the possession of the demonspawn opponents in Pandemonium. Like all polearms, bardiches are capable of reaching attacks. Bardiches are chopping weapons and are liable to chop off hydra heads.

Unfortunately, they require two hands to wield and a whopping 24 Polearms skill to attack at min delay. Players might get better results by wielding a glaive or demon trident and shield instead. When there is experience to spare -- especially for merfolk -- then you can upgrade.

Mundane Bardiche1.png
Magical Bardiche2.png
Artifact Bardiche3.png


  • Prior to 0.28, the bardiche's mindelay was reached at 26 skill (base delay of 20)
  • Prior to 0.10, bardiches lacked innate reaching.
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