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Swords are edged Melee Weapons, usually taking the form of a long, narrow blade with a short handle or hilt. Some swords have one primary edge, some have broader blades, and even others have longer hilts, but all generally rely on the ability to slash an opponent with only occasional piercing attacks. They come in one-handed and two-handed varieties.

Compared to other melee weapons

Swords, maces, and axes come in both one-handed and two-handed varieties.

  • Swords and Axes are virtually identical for the purposes of the game. Some classes can wield swords but not axes, such as Warlocks, or have specializations in one or the other. But damage and enhancement effects are the same.
  • Swords can be temporarily enhanced through Sharpening stones, whereas maces and staves are enhanced through Weightstones.
  • Daggers and one-handed swords have essentially the same mechanics except that daggers must be wielded by Rogues to activate certain abilities.
  • All two-handed weapons, including two-handed Swords, polearms, and staves, have essentially the same game mechanics.

Notable swords

Inv sword 48.png [Ashbringer], the legendary blade of Alexandros Mograine.
Inv sword 39.png [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker], the weapon of Thunderaan
Inv weapon glave 01.png [Warglaive of Azzinoth] and Inv weapon glave 01.png [Warglaive of Azzinoth], the legendary weapon set consisting of two swords, wielded by Illidan Stormrage
Inv sword 50.png [Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood], the weapon of Anduin Lothar (speculated)
Inv sword 153.png [Glorenzelg, High-Blade of the Silver Hand], apparently stolen by Arthas and corrupted.
Inv sword 01.png [Quel'Serrar], an ancient Night elven blade.
[Quel'Delar], the reforged blade of Quel'Thalas. Obtained via a quest given by the Inv qiraj hiltornate.png [Battered Hilt].
Other respectable swords (also somewhat easier to obtain)
Inv sword 08.png [Archeus], the two-handed sword of Morgan Ladimore
Inv sword 56.png [Manslayer of the Qiraji], the two-handed sword dropped off of Rajaxx in Ahn'Qiraj
Inv sword 55.png [Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds], a sword dropped from Hakkar the Soulflayer in Zul'Gurub.
Inv sword 108.png [Jin'rohk, The Great Apocalypse], seemingly the partner of Zin'rokh, this sword is dropped from Zul'jin in Zul'Aman.

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