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Polearms generally have a longer reach than other melee weapons, and are highly effective both on a horse and against horses. Once an enemy closes distance, polearms lose their effectiveness, so high athletics or fighting on horseback is essential for maintaining distance.

Some polearms can't be used with a shield due to their large size or because the weapon is unbalanced. Lances can be used to strike the enemy using a 'couched' technique, which can be done when on a horse and moving at a high speed.

Unless specifically noted below, most polearms can be used with a shield but are then limited to thrusting attacks. Most polearms are limited to thrusting attacks while on horseback, with the exception of Hafted Blades.

All polearms receive a 35% penalty to speed and damage when used on a horse. Polearms with a reach greater than or equal to 150 receive a 35% penalty to speed and damage when used with a shield. The penalties do not stack:

  • Spear on horse without shield: 35% penalty
  • Awlpike on foot with shield: 35% penalty
  • Awlpike on horse with shield: 35% penalty
  • Awlpike on foot without shield: no penalty
  • Spear on foot with shield: no penalty

While on foot, polearm attacks can stop horses and cause them to rear, regardless of damage dealt, target speed, or the horse's Charge attribute. This unique feature makes polearms an effective anti-cavalry weapon, but the effect only applies to polearms with a reach greater than 140. While this effect remains present in Warband, it was removed in version 1.006 of the Napoleonic Wars DLC, with horses never rearing as a result of being attacked. In the Napoleonic Wars DLC, polearms will instead instantly kill horses when the bearer is kneeling or crouching, in a similar way to couched lance damage.

Some polearms, when drawn, initially take up a stance like two-handed weapons before dropping into the polearm stance. This can increase the ready time of the weapon when the user needs to switch from a ranged weapon to engage in melee.

List of Polearms[]

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Weapon Str Speed Reach Swing Thrust Weight Base Value Trait
Modifiers
Ashwood Pike
AshwoodPike.jpg
9 90 170 19b 29p 3.5 205 No shield Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Awlpike
Awlpike.jpg
- 92 165 20b 33p 2.3 345 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Bamboo Spear
BambooSpear.jpg
- 88 200 15b 20p 2.0 80 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Battle Fork
BattleFork.jpg
- 90 144 15b 35p 2.0 282 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Boar Spear
BoarSpear.jpg
- 90 157 26c 23p 1.5 76 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Double Sided Lance
DoubleSidedLance.jpg
- 95 128 25c 27p 4.0 261 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Glaive
Glaive.jpg
- 90 157 39c 21p 4.5 352 No shield Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Great Lance
GreatLance.jpg
11 55 240 - 21p 5.0 410 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Great Long Bardiche
GreatLongBardiche.jpg
12 88 155 50c 17p 5.0 660 No shield /
Unbalanced /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Hafted Blade
HaftedBlade a.jpg
- 95 135 37c 20p 2.8 185 No shield Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Hafted Blade
HaftedBlade.jpg
- 93 153 39c 19p 3.3 350 No shield Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Heavy Lance
HeavyLance.jpg
10 75 190 16b 26p 2.8 360 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Iron Staff
IronStaff.jpg
- 97 140 25b 26b 2.0 202 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Jousting Lance
JoustingLance.jpg
- 61 240 - 17b 5.0 158 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Lance
Lance.jpg
- 80 180 16b 26p 2.5 270 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Light Lance
LightLance.jpg
- 85 175 16b 27p 2.5 180 Couched lance damage Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Long Awlpike
LongAwlpike.jpg
- 89 185 20b 32p 2.3 385 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Long Bardiche
LongBardiche.jpg
11 89 140 48c 17p 4.5 390 No shield /
Unbalanced /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Hafted Knobbed Mace
Long Hafted Knobbed Mace.jpg
- 95 133 26b 23b 3.0 324 - Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Hafted Spiked Mace
LongHaftedSpikedMace.jpg
- 94 140 28b 26b 2.5 310 - Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Spiked Club
LongSpikedClub.jpg
- 96 126 23p 20b 2.5 264 - Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Military Fork
MilitaryFork.jpg
- 95 135 15b 30p 2.0 153 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Military Scythe
MilitaryScythe.jpg
- 87 155 36c 25p 2.5 155 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Pike
Pike.jpg
- 81 245 16b 26p 3.0 125 No shield /
Cannot be used on horseback
Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Pitch Fork
PitchFork.jpg
- 87 154 16b 22p 1.5 19 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Poleaxe
Poleaxe.jpg
13 77 180 50c 15b 4.5 384 No shield Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Polehammer
Polehammer.jpg
18 50 126 50b 35b 7.0 169 No shield None
(Cheats only)
Quarter Staff
QuarterStaff.jpg
- 104 140 20b 20b 2.0 60 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Scythe
Scythe.jpg
- 97 182 30c 14p 2.0 43 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Shortened Spear
ShortenedSpear.jpg
- 102 120 19b 25p 2.0 53 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Spear
Spear.jpg
- 98 135 20b 26p 2.3 85 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Staff
Staff.jpg
- 100 130 18b 19b 1.5 36 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Voulge
Voulge b.jpg
10 88 175 40c 18p 3.0 129 No shield /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
War Hammer
WarHammer.jpg
- 81 120 38b 38p 3.0 125 No shield /
Cannot be used on horseback
Cracked, Bent, Balanced
War Spear
WarSpear.jpg
- 95 150 20b 27p 2.5 140 - Cracked, Bent, Balanced
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