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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. 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 non-sub oceans, ALL swords can be loaded by players. On all oceans, the backsword is reserved for purchasers of the box set.

Sword colors Edit

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 Edit

All swords (except the backsword) decay like most other items. 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 Edit

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 Edit

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 colour drop pattern (see table below), Homunculi in Cursed Isles who use a Tree with a single colour 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.

Sword detailsEdit

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

Not available for purchase.

  • Enamel (1)
  • Enamel (1)
  • Iron (1)
  • Serandite (1)
  • Basic labor (15)
  • Skilled labor (10)

Not available for purchase.

Doubloon cost: N/A Doubloon cost: 4 Doubloon cost: N/A
Decay rate: N/A Decay rate: 30 days Decay rate: N/A

Historical notes Edit

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 Edit

External links Edit


Icon swordfight Swords
Battle axe | Backsword | Cleaver | 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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