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Name Trident
Skill Polearms
Damage 9
Accuracy +1
Base delay (%) 13 (130%)
Min delay 6 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A fishing spear improved with a longer shaft and a three-pronged metal head.

"Without noticing the occupations of an intervening day or two, which, as they consisted of the ordinary sylvan amusements of shooting and coursing, have nothing sufficiently interesting to detain the reader, we pass to one in some degree peculiar to Scotland, which may be called a sort of salmon-hunting. This chase, in which the fish is pursued and struck with barbed spears, or a sort of long shafted trident, called a waster, is much practised at the mouth of the Esk, and in the other salmon rivers of Scotland."
-Sir Walter Scott, _Guy Mannering_, ch. XXVI. 1815.

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

The trident is a polearm, being a significant upgrade over the spear.


Tridents are a good weapon for the early game. They are reasonably common from dungeon enemies. Of the Fighter and Gladiator starting weapons, tridents are the strongest against single targets, due to their reaching.

In general, Polearms are great if you have some means of creating distance. Characters with fast movement speed, summons, or other allies can benefit the most from Polearms, though tridents aren't a terrible melee weapon on their own.

Unfortunately, tridents are the best one-handed polearm until you have access to a demon trident (or trishula).

Mundane Trident1.png
Magical Trident2.png
Artifact Trident3.png
Trident of the Octopus King Trident of the octopus king.png


  • In 0.12, its accuracy was lowered to +1, and tridents became one-handed.
  • Like most polearms, tridents had their base damage lowered by one to compensate for the introduction of reaching on all polearms in 0.10.
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