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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Falchion
Skill Long Blades
Damage 8
Accuracy +2
Base delay (%) 13 (130%)
Min delay 6 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Small
Ranged? No
A long single-edged sword with a slightly curved blade.

"I have seen the day, with my good biting falchion
I would have made them skip; I am old now,
And these same crosses spoil me."

-William Shakespeare, _King Leare_, V, iii. 1608.

This weapon falls into the Long Blades category. It is a one handed weapon.

The falchion is the lightest of the long blades, dealing less damage than the others in exchange for a slight boost to accuracy. It can be selected as a starting weapon for many backgrounds.


Falchions have the best weapon stats of any "simple" starting weapon, just above the mace. Note that spears will end up being better against single targets, due to their reaching. One (dis)advantage of Long Blades is that they scale with dexterity rather than strength. As a result, they are relatively better for a Dodging-focused character.

Unless you find an exceptionally useful artifact falchion, you should upgrade to something else quickly.

Mundane Falchion1.png
Magical Falchion2.png
Artifact Falchion3.png


  • In 0.28, Long Blades lost riposte. Damage was increased back to pre-riposte levels.
  • In 0.19, Long Blades gained riposte. Falchions were reduced by 1 base damage to compensate.
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