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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, the weakest but fastest of the bunch. It's a pretty decent weapon for both damage and speed when you haven't found a shield, but you should upgrade to a one-hander or glaive once you have trained some more skill.

As a chopping weapon, it'll cut off hydra heads. It is also too large for kobolds and spriggans to use at all.

Mundane Halberd1.png
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Artifact Halberd3.png


  • Prior to 0.10, these lacked innate reaching and had a higher base delay.
Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMace (Hammer) • MorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberd (Scythe) • SpearTridentTrishula
Ranged Weapons ArbalestHand crossbowLongbowShortbowSlingTriple crossbow
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net