A gythka was a type of exotic weapon invented by the thri-kreen and unique to them.[1][3][2]

It was a long, two-handed polearm with a crescent-shaped blade mounted on each end. These dealt deep slashing wounds. A highly trained warrior could fight with both ends at once. It could also be hurled as a spear.[1][2][3] It was much more familiar to the thri-kreen, who, with four arms, could wield two gythkas simultaneously.[2][3]

Collectors would buy these weapons if they were in good condition.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 David Cook, Steve Winter, and Jon Pickens (1989). Monstrous Compendium Forgotten Realms Appendix (MC3). (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-88038-769-6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Bruce R. Cordell (April 2004). Expanded Psionics Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 0-7869-3301-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Thomas Reid (October 2004). Shining South. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-3492-1.