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Name Halberd
Skill Polearms
Damage 13
Accuracy -3
Base delay (%) 15 (150%)
Min delay 7 at skill 16
Hands 2H
Size Large
Ranged? No

A polearm consisting of an axe blade topped with a spike, mounted on a long shaft.

"And Diarmid oh, Diarmid he perished in the strife;
His head it was spiked upon a halberd high;
His colours they were trampled: he had no chance at life
If the Lord God Himself stood by!-
Och ochone!"
-James Clarence Mangan, _A Farewell to Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan_, ca. 1840

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

The halberd is a two-handed polearm, the weakest but fastest of the bunch. It's a pretty decent weapon for both damage and speed when you haven't found a shield, but you should upgrade to a one-hander or glaive once you have trained some more skill.

As a chopping weapon, it'll cut off hydra heads. It is also too large for kobolds and spriggans to use at all.

Mundane Halberd1.png
Magical Halberd2.png
Artifact Halberd3.png
Finisher Scythe finisher.png
Scythe of Curses Scythe of curses.png


  • Prior to 0.29, scythes had their own base type instead of being based off halberds.
  • Prior to 0.10, these lacked innate reaching and had a higher base delay.
Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMace (Hammer) • MorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberd (Scythe) • SpearTridentTrishula
Ranged Weapons ArbalestHand cannonLongbowOrcbowShortbowSlingTriple crossbow
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net