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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Rapier
Skill Short Blades
Damage 7
Accuracy +4
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 5 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A slender, sharply pointed sword, with an uncommonly elegant design.
This weapon falls into the 'Short Blades' category. It is a one handed weapon.

The rapier is the short blade with the highest base damage. It is a desirable choice for stabbing and actual melee combat, at least if you have some skill with Short Blades.


Rapiers are a fairly uncommon weapon. Some early- and mid-game monsters wield them (such as Eustachio, Nikola, and residents of the Elven Halls). Coupled with a flat-damage brand such as electrocution, pain, or distortion, and a rapier can be a devastating weapon.

A quick blade is usually stronger than a rapier, especially when stacked with flat-damage bonuses (like slaying, auxiliary attacks, and flat-damage brands). However, quick blades are much rarer weapons.

Note that rapiers are special-cased to have a minimum delay of 5, even though all other weapons with a base delay of 12 have a min delay of 6.

Mundane Rapier1.png
Magical Rapier2.png
Artifact Rapier3.png
Captain's cutlass Captain's cutlass.png
Arc blade Arc blade.png


  • Prior to 0.29, rapiers had a base damage of 8.
  • Prior to 0.19, rapiers had a base damage of 7.
  • Rapiers were added in 0.16, replacing cutlasses.
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