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Name Morningstar
Skill Maces & Flails
Damage 13
Accuracy -2
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No

A mace with a head covered in short spikes.

"Little did then his pomp of plumes bestead
The Azteca, or glittering pride of gold.
Against the tempered sword; little his casque,
Cay with its feathery coronal, or drest
In graven terrors, when the Briton's hand
Drove in through helm and head the spiked mace;
Or swung its iron weights in shattering sway.
Which, where they fell, destroyed.

-Robert Southey, "Madoc". 1805

Morningstars have the best damage of all the common one-handed weapons, although no special abilities such as cleaving or reaching. They are reasonable weapons to use until you find an eveningstar or a demon whip, but those planning to go for 2-handed maces will probably prefer either a dire flail or (for large characters) a giant club as an intermediate weapon.

Mundane Morningstar1.png
Magical Morningstar2.png
Artifact Morningstar3.png
Eos Morningstar eos.png


  • Prior to 0.12, morningstars had only 10 base damage and -1 accuracy.
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