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Name Halberd
Skill Polearms
Damage 13
Accuracy -3
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A polearm consisting of an axe blade topped with a spike, mounted on a long shaft.

"And Diarmid oh, Diarmid he perished in the strife;
His head it was spiked upon a halberd high;
His colours they were trampled: he had no chance at life
If the Lord God Himself stood by!-
Och ochone!"
-James Clarence Mangan, _A Farewell to Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan_, ca. 1840

This weapon falls into the Polearms category. It is a two handed weapon.

The halberd is a two-handed polearm which offers mediocre speed, damage, and accuracy. You are likely better off using a trident and shield, or upgrading to a bardiche if you can find one, but it can serve as an adequate reaching weapon early on if you find one with an exciting brand.

Mundane Halberd1.png
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Artifact Halberd3.png


Prior to 0.10, these lacked innate reaching and had a higher base delay, making them even worse choices.

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 BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net