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Name Bardiche
Skill Polearms
Damage 18
Accuracy -6
Base delay (%) 20 (200%)
Min delay 7 at skill 26
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. Unfortunately, they require two hands to wield and a whopping 26 Polearms skill to attack at min delay, so many players will get better performance throughout much of the game wielding a glaive or demon trident and shield instead. If you have plenty of experience to spare, you may wish to upgrade to a bardiche later in the game, particularly if you're playing a merfolk and wish to take advantage of their phenomenal Polearms aptitudes, but doing so is by no means necessary to create a character capable of winning.

Although extremely rare, bardiches occasionally generate in the possession of the demonspawn opponents in Pandemonium. Like all polearms, bardiches are capable of reaching attacks.

Since bardiches are chopping weapons, they are liable to chop off hydra heads.

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


Prior to 0.10, these lacked innate reaching.

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Bows Shortbow (Arrow) • Longbow (Arrow)
Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMaceMorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberdScytheSpearTridentTrishula
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Slings Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing Blowgun (Needle) • JavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing netTomahawk