Double sword

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
Name Double sword
Skill Long Blades
Damage 15
Accuracy -1
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A fearsome weapon with a forked, razor-sharp blade.
This weapon falls into the Long Blades category. It is a one handed weapon.

Despite its ridiculous concept, the rare double sword is a desirable weapon for any Long Blades user looking to wear a shield. It has roughly the same stats as an eveningstar, though Long Blades scale with dexterity rather than strength.

Unlike the demon blade, the double sword is two-handed for Kobolds and Spriggans.


Compared to demon blades

On most species, demon blades are mostly equivalent to double swords. If both weapons are at minimum delay, a +0 demon blade is 1% stronger than a +0 double sword against a 0 AC opponent. As the demon blade attacks faster, it is penalized more by AC, though it benefits more from slaying and auxiliary attacks.

Overall, the differences are too small to make an impact. A +9 demon blade is enough to win you the game, as is a +9 double sword. Generally, the sword you get first should be the sword that you use. (The sword you get first can benefit first from scrolls of enchant weapon).

For smaller species, the demon blade will usually come out ahead, because it does not use the shield slot.

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  • Double swords had riposte and 14 base damage in 0.19, then back to 15 damage and no riposte in 0.28.
  • Double swords were renamed to bastard swords in 0.14, then back to double swords in 0.16.
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