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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 they are then limited to thrusting attacks. Most polearms are limited to thrusting attacks only when used 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 is a unique feature that makes the polearm something of an anti-cavalry weapon, but the effect only applies to polearms with a reach greater than 140. This effect was removed in version 1.006 of the DLC Napoleonic Wars, with horses never rearing as a result of being attacked. The effect remains present in Warband however.

List of PolearmsEdit

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WeaponStrSpeedReachSwingThrustWeightBase ValueTrait
Modifiers
Ashwood Pike
AshwoodPike
99017019b29p3.5205No shieldCracked, Bent, Balanced
Awlpike
Awlpike
-9216520b33p2.3345 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Bamboo Spear
BambooSpear
-8820015b20p2.080 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Battle Fork
BattleFork
-9014415b35p2.0282 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Boar Spear
BoarSpear
-9015726c23p1.576 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Double Sided Lance
DoubleSidedLance
-9512825c27p4.0261Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Glaive
Glaive
-9015739c21p4.5352No shieldCracked, Bent, Balanced
Great Lance
GreatLance
1155240 -21p5.0410Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Great Long Bardiche
GreatLongBardiche
128815550c17p5.0660No shield /
Unbalanced /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Hafted Blade
HaftedBlade a
-9513537c20p2.8185No shieldCracked, Bent, Balanced
Hafted Blade
HaftedBlade
-9315339c19p3.3350No shieldCracked, Bent, Balanced
Heavy Lance
HeavyLance
107519016b26p2.8360Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Iron Staff
IronStaff
-9714025b26b2.0202 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Jousting Lance
JoustingLance
-61240 -17b5.0158Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Lance
Lance
-8018016b26p2.5270Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Light Lance
LightLance
-8517516b27p2.5180Couched lance damageCracked, Bent, Balanced
Long Awlpike
LongAwlpike
-8918520b32p2.3385 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Long Bardiche
LongBardiche
118914048c17p4.5390No shield /
Unbalanced /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Hafted Knobbed Mace
Long Hafted Knobbed Mace
-9513326b23b3.0324 -Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Hafted Spiked Mace
LongHaftedSpikedMace
-9414028b26b2.5310 -Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Long Spiked Club
LongSpikedClub
-9612623p20b2.5264 -Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
Military Fork
MilitaryFork
-9513515b30p2.0153 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Military Scythe
MilitaryScythe
-8715536c25p2.5155 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Pike
Pike
-8124516b26p3.0125No shield /
Cannot be used on horseback
Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Pitch Fork
PitchFork
-8715416b22p1.519 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Poleaxe
Poleaxe
137718050c15b4.5384No shieldCracked, Bent, Balanced
Polehammer
Polehammer
185012650b35b7.0169No shieldNone
(Cheats only)
Quarter Staff
QuarterStaff
-10414020b20b2.060 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Scythe
Scythe
-9718230c14p2.043 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Shortened Spear
ShortenedSpear
-10212019b25p2.053 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Spear
Spear
-9813520b26p2.385 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Staff
Staff
-10013018b19b1.536 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced
Voulge
Voulge b
108817540c18p3.0129No shield /
Bonus against shields
Rusty, Chipped, Heavy
War Hammer
WarHammer
-8112038b38p3.0125No shield /
Cannot be used on horseback
Cracked, Bent, Balanced
War Spear
WarSpear
-9515020b27p2.5140 -Cracked, Bent, Balanced


Equipment
Melee weaponsOne-handed weapons (WF&S) • Two-handed weapons
Two-handed/One-handed weaponsPolearms (WF&S) • Polearm/Two-handed weapons
Ranged weaponsBows (WF&S) • CrossbowsThrown weaponsFirearms (WF&S)
ArmorBody Armor (WF&S) • Helmets (WF&S) • Gloves (WF&S)
Boots (WF&S) • Shields (WF&S)
Other — HorsesArena Equipment

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