Great mace

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Name Great mace
Skill Maces & Flails
Damage 17
Accuracy -4
Base delay (%) 17 (170%)
Min delay 7 at skill 20
Hands 2H
Size Medium
Ranged? No

An enormous metal war club, of great cumbrousness.

"There will arise one named Feridoun, who shall inherit thy throne and reverse thy fortunes, and strike thee down with a cow-headed mace."

-Firdausi, _Shahnameh_. ca. 1000 A.D.

trans. Helen Zimmern, 1883.

This weapon falls into the 'Maces & Flails' category. It is a two handed weapon, and it is best used by the strong.

The great mace is the largest and heaviest weapon in the Maces & Flails category that most species can wield. While it cannot riposte like a triple sword, reach like a bardiche, or cleave like an executioner's axe, it can still deal heavy damage and reaches its minimum delay at a lower skill level. Furthermore, it is more commonly generated than the largest weapons of other types. Ogres and trolls who plan to wield two-handed weapons will want a giant spiked club, but this is a good endgame weapon for more average-sized Maces & Flails users.

Mundane Mace large1.png
Magical/Artifact Mace large2.png
Artifact Mace large3.png
"Undeadhunter" Great mace undeadhunter.png
Mace of Variability Mace of variability.png
Firestarter Firestarter.png
Dark maul Dark maul.png


Prior to 0.14, they had 18 base damage, and were much more common.

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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
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Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing Blowgun (Needle) • JavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing netTomahawk