Double sword

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Name Double sword
Skill Long Blades
Damage 14
Accuracy -1
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No

A magical weapon with twin razor-sharp blades. According to legend, a knight once suggested the idea of a double-bladed sword to a master forger as a joke, but was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was the forger capable of making such a sword, but that the weapon produced was extremely deadly.
This weapon falls into the 'Long Blades' category. It is a one-handed weapon, and it is better for the dexterous.

In spite of the fact that it's a ridiculous concept, the rare double sword is an extremely desirable weapon for any character looking to wear a shield while still doing heavy damage in melee combat, as it has an excellent base damage of 14. The only one-handed weapon with a higher base damage is the eveningstar, which is similarly rare. Although unskilled fighters will find them slow and inaccurate, they shine in the late game once you've mastered Long Blades, especially once you've given yours a freezing brand or had it enchanted with holy wrath by the Shining One.

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Artifact Double sword3.png
Sword of Zonguldrok Sword of zonguldrok.png
Singing Sword Singing sword.png


Double swords were renamed to bastard swords in 0.14, then back to double swords in 0.16.

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 maceMaceMorningstarRodSacred 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