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Name Scythe
Skill Polearms
Damage 13
Accuracy -3
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No
A farm implement, usually only used by untrained mobs in combat. In practice, it's quite similar to a halberd.

"It was instinct. Illogical as lightning striking and not hurting. Each day the grain must be cut. It had to be cut. Why? Well, it just did, that was all. He laughed at the scythe in his big hands. Then, whistling, he took it out to the ripe and waiting field and did the work. He thought himself a little mad. Hell, it was an ordinary-enough wheat field, really, wasn't it?"
-Ray Bradbury, _The Scythe_, 1943.

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

Scythes are best known as the trademark weapon of Sigmund. They are identical to a halberd, and are thus too large for small creatures (Kobolds, Spriggans) to use. Scythes, outside of the 2 unrand scythes, do not generate naturally - they can only be found on Sigmund, reapers, or in few vaults.

Note that the unrand scythes Finisher and Scythe of Curses have their own, separate stats. See the history section for more details.

Mundane Scythe1.png
Magical Scythe2.png
Artifact Scythe3.png
Finisher Scythe finisher.png
Scythe of Curses Scythe of curses.png


Name Scythe
Skill Polearms
Damage 14
Accuracy -4
Base delay (%) 20 (200%)
Min delay 7 at skill 26
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No
  • Prior to 0.29, scythes were their own base type, with their stats shown on the right. The two unrand scythes retain the old damage and delay values.
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