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Obsolete: This article refers to an aspect of the game which has been removed. It is retained for historical reference only.
Name Sabre
Skill Short Blades
Damage 7
Accuracy +4
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 5 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
Though originally designed to slash from a mounted position, this single-edged, slight-curved short sword still works very well in the hands of unmounted warriors.

"Who was the first that forged the deadly blade?
Of rugged steel his savage soul was made"

-Albius Tibullus, _Elegies_ I, xi. ca. 25 B.C.

trans. James Grainger, 1822.

This weapon falls into the 'Short Blades' category. It is a one handed weapon, and it is better for the dexterous.

The sabre is the short blade with the highest base damage, making it a desirable choice for both stabbing and actual melee combat (though quick blades are generally considered more powerful, particularly when coupled with a high slaying bonus). Sabres are fairly uncommon, but some early- and mid-game monsters wield them (such as the deep elves of the Elven Halls).

Note that sabres 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.


In 0.14, sabres were renamed to cutlasses.

Common Dwarven Elven Orcish
Mundane Sabre1.png Dwarven sabre1.png Elven sabre1.png Orcish sabre1.png
Magical Sabre2.png Dwarven sabre2.png Elven sabre2.png Orcish sabre2.png
Artifact Sabre3.png N/A N/A N/A
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