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Swords are used any time two or more players swordfight. Swordfights occur in sea battles, when one pirate challenges another to a swordfight, at brawls in inns or on ships, during swordfighting tournaments, or when fighting skellies.

New players start with a foil, but other swords can be purchased at iron mongers or won in Sea Monster Hunts. Each sword has a different drop pattern that determines which blocks will be sent to an opponent during a swordfight. All drop patterns have advantages and disadvantages, but some are considered better than others. Players often select swords based on their style of swordfighting. On subscription oceans, some swords are reserved for use by subscribers. On doubloon oceans, any pirate may equip any sword. On all oceans, the backsword is reserved for purchasers of the box set.

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Sword colors

All swords made at iron mongers have colored enamel as two of their ingredients. A sword's two colors change which colors appear in the sword drop pattern (although the two properties are not directly linked). Additionally, if blue green or purple is chosen as a first color, the sword pattern will also be reversed, or mirrored. Only certain enamel colors are available for swords. The sword palette shows all available color combinations.

Sword decay

All swords except the backsword decay with time. When a player's last sword decays, it is replaced with a stick. Swords can be stored in a sword rack to slow their decay.

Commonly bought swords

While there is no agreement as to which the best sword is—or even if there is a best sword at all—there are some swords that are recommended more often than others. Common swords among high-level players include the falchion, scimitar, and skull dagger. The reversed saber can be extremely dangerous with a lot of sprinkle attacks and a bit of luck. The short sword, while less effective than any of the above, is reputed to be a good sword at a comparatively low price.

NPCs in swordfighting

Some NPCs will use swords during shipboard frays which are not available to players. This includes dragoons in Atlantis who use a trident with a five color drop pattern (see table below), Homunculi in Cursed Isles who use a tree with a single color drop pattern, Cultists in Cursed Isles who use a spear which has the same pattern as the Cleaver, and Brynhild Skullsplitter and her viking-leader brethren who use battle axes, which have the same pattern as the backsword. The ghosts in the Haunted Seas use spectral swords, the drop pattern of which contains purple pieces that turn to stone if not cleared before the counter on the blocks reaches zero.

Sword details

Backsword Cleaver Dark Seas only Corsair blade
Icon Backsword.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Backsword.png
Icon Cleaver.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Cleaver.png
Icon Corsair blade.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Corsair blade.png
Not available for purchase.
  • Basic labor (35)
  • Skilled labor (25)
  • Expert labor (30)
Eminent Explorer DLC
Doubloon cost: N/A Doubloon cost: 11 Doubloon cost: N/A
Decay rate: N/A Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: N/A
Cutlass Dadao Dirk
Icon Cutlass.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Cutlass.png
Icon Dadao.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Dadao.png
Icon Dirk.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Dirk.png
  • Enamel (2)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Iron (3)
  • Masuyite (2)
  • Basic labor (10)
  • Skilled labor (20)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Iron (3)
  • Masuyite (2)
  • Papagoite (3)
  • Thorianite (3)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (20)
  • Expert labor (20)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Iron (2)
  • Sincosite (1)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (5)
Doubloon cost: 3 Doubloon cost: 10 Doubloon cost: 3
Decay rate: 60 days Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: 30 days
Falchion Foil Katana
Icon Falchion.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Falchion.png
Icon Foil.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Foil.png
Icon Katana.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Katana.png
  • Cubanite (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Iron (3)
  • Masuyite (3)
  • Thorianite (3)
  • Basic labor (20)
  • Skilled labor (25)
  • Expert labor (15)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Iron (1)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (25)
  • Expert (25)
Doubloon cost: 10
(9 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
Doubloon cost: 0 Doubloon cost: 10
Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: 30 days Decay rate: Unknown
Long sword Poniard Rapier
Icon Long sword.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Long sword.png
Icon Poniard.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Poniard.png
Icon Rapier.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Rapier.png
  • Enamel (2)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Iron (3)
  • Lorandite (2)
  • Sincosite (2)
  • Basic labor (20)
  • Skilled labor (10)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Iron (2)
  • Leushite (2)
  • Tellurium (2)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (25)
  • Expert labor (15)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Enamel (2)
  • Iron (2)
  • Leushite (2)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (15)
Doubloon cost: 6
(7 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
Doubloon cost: 5 Doubloon cost: 6
Decay rate: 60 days Decay rate: 60 days Decay rate: 60 days
Saber Scimitar Short sword
Icon Saber.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Saber.png
Icon Scimitar.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Scimitar.png
Icon Short sword.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Short sword.png
  • Chalcocite (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Iron (3)
  • Serandite (3)
  • Tellurium (3)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (25)
  • Expert labor (20)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Iron (2)
  • Lorandite (3)
  • Masuyite (3)
  • Basic labor (25)
  • Skilled labor (15)
  • Expert labor (25)
  • Chalcocite (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Iron (2)
  • Basic labor (15)
Doubloon cost: 7 Doubloon cost: 11 Doubloon cost: 3
Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: 30 days
Skull dagger Stick Stiletto
Icon Skull dagger.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Skull dagger.png
Icon Stick.png
Usable by anyone
Drop Stick.png
Icon Stiletto.png
Usable by subscribers
Drop Stiletto.png
  • Chalcocite (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Enamel (3)
  • Iron (4)
  • Papagoite (3)
  • Basic labor (30)
  • Skilled labor (15)
  • Expert labor (15)

Not available for purchase.

  • Enamel (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Iron (1)
  • Serandite (1)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (10)
Doubloon cost: 9 Doubloon cost: N/A Doubloon cost: 4
Decay rate: 90 days Decay rate: N/A Decay rate: 30 days
Swords unavailable to players
Battle axe Spear Spectral sword
Icon Battle axe.png
Used by Brynhild Skullsplitter
Drop Battle axe.png
Used by Cultists
Icon Spectral sword.png
Used by Ghosts
Drop Spectral sword.png
Tree trunk Trident  
Used by Homunculi
Icon Trident.png
Used by Dragoons
Drop Trident.png

Delivery cost

If a sword contains the color black, it will increase the delivery cost. Some pricier swords will also cost more to deliver if they contain the color purple. This table lists the delivery cost of all purchasable swords.

Name Ordinary delivery cost* One color is black Both colors are black One color is purple Both colors are purple Purple and black
Cleaver 11 13 15 12 13 14
Cutlass 3 4 6 4 5 5
Dadao 10 12 14 11 12 13
Dirk 3 4 4 3 4 4
Falchion 10
(9 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
12
(11 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
14
(13 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
11
(10 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
12
(11 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
13
(12 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
Foil 0 1 1 0 1 1
Katana 10 11 13 11 12 12
Long sword 6
(7 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
7
(8 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
9
(10 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
7
(8 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
8
(9 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
8
(9 Dark Seas doubloon cost)
Poniard 5 6 8 6 7 7
Rapier 6 7 9 7 8 8
Saber 7 9 11 8 9 10
Scimitar 11 13 15 12 13 14
Short sword 3 4 4 3 4 4
Skull dagger 9 11 13 10 11 12
Stiletto 4 5 5 4 5 5

* The "ordinary delivery cost" is the minimum number of doubloons that the sword can be delivered for. If a sword does not use any purple or black enamel, then this is what it will cost to deliver. Where the table specifies one color, assume that the other color used is an ordinary (non-black, non-purple) color.

Historical notes

The falchion strike pattern was changed and skull daggers were changed into scimitars and scimitars were turned into skull daggers in release 2005-02-11.

Various test swords were added to the game starting from July 14, 2010 in order to help test revised drop patterns for the dadao. These swords were available to purchase from the palace shoppe for 1,000 PoE, lasted one day, and could not be wrapped or placed on a sword rack. The swords were withdrawn on August 4, 2010. [1]

Related pages

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Sword Swords
Battle axe | Backsword | Cleaver | Corsair blade | Cutlass | Dadao | Dirk | Falchion | Foil | Katana | Long sword

Poniard Rapier | Saber | Scimitar | Short sword | Skull dagger | Spectral sword | Stick | Stiletto | Trident

See also: Swordfighting | Drop pattern | Brawl
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