An yklwa (pronounced YICK-ul-wah)[2] was a Chultan short spear.[1]


A typical yklwa was four feet long, with about 40% of the length taken up by its sword-like, bladed point. It was primarily used as a thrusting spear in melee combat and was not well-balanced for throwing. It dealt more damage than a normal short spear but could only be thrown accurately with half a short spear's range. Yklwas could be wielded with two hands, but Tabaxi warriors typically used them in conjunction with oval hide shields called hlang.[1]

The name "yklwa" supposedly mimicked the sucking sound heard when pulling the weapon from the heart of a slain dinosaur.[1]


In the late 15th century DR, the sale of yklwas in Port Nyanzaru was controlled by the merchant prince Ekene-Afa.[2]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 James Lowder, Jean Rabe (1993). The Jungles of Chult. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 1-5607-6605-0.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. In Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray eds. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.