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Bastard sword

Sword and Scabbard

A bastard sword, also called a hand-and-a-half sword, is a weapon that is in between a longsword and a greatsword.[1]


A bastard sword can be used in either one or two hands, thus giving it its name. It has a longer grip than a one-handed sword and has a shorter blade than a greatsword for extra precision in the strike. It is also more powerful than a longsword due to its increased weight. An average bastard sword costs 35gp and weighs 6lbs (2.7kg).[2]

Use Edit

Bastard swords are martial weapons normally used two-handed. They require extra training to use effectively with one hand. Therefore they are classified as exotic weapons in 3rd edition and 3.5 edition D&D when used one-handed.[2]

Historical Comparison Edit

Historically, the "bastard sword" was merely a form of Western European sword sized between the single-handed knightly or arming sword, and the larger two-handed longswords. The only functional difference is that the bastard sword could be readily wielded either one or two-handed (whereas the arming sword was designed for single-handed use and the longsword was most effectively used two-handed). Otherwise, these swords were wielded identically to their smaller and larger relations and would require no special training.

Notable bastard swordsEdit

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Fatal Touch, the bastard sword of Kelemvor.

Ever Watchful / Vindicator, the bastard sword of Helm, Gedrin Thalavar and Kalen Dren.

The Moonsword of Eilistraee.

The acidic burst bastard sword of Graz'zt.


  1. Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 117,121. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.

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