Short Blades

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Version 0.29: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

The Short Blades skill denotes how adept your character is at using short bladed weapons. Although these weapons have the lowest base damage in the game, you can attack fast with them, and they do obscene amounts of damage when used for stabbing. This skill crosstrains with the Long Blades skill.

Short Blades use Dexterity instead of Strength for their attacks.


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1 0 -1 -1 -1 0 N/A 0 -1 -1 8 0 0 3 2 1 1 -2 0 0 -1 0 1 1 -2 1 -1

List of Short Blades

Name Dam Hit Speed Hands Size Dam Type Prob
Dagger 4 +6 10 One Little Piercing 10
Quick blade 4 +6 7 One Little Piercing 2
Short sword 5 +4 11 One Little Piercing 10
Rapier 7 +4 12 One Little Piercing 10


  • In 0.29, Short Blades now use Dexterity instead of Strength for their attacks. Except for daggers, all short blades were reduced by 1 base damage.
  • Prior to 0.20, the Captain's Cutlass still dealt slicing damage despite all other short blades dealing piercing damage.
  • In 0.16, cutlasses were renamed to rapiers. Short swords and rapiers were changed from slicing to piercing damage.
  • In 0.14, sabres were renamed to cutlasses.
  • In 0.9, knives were removed.

See Also

Weapons Short BladesLong BladesRanged Weapons

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