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v0.34:Pike (weapon)

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This article is about an older version of DF.
For a comparison of different weapons, see Weapon.

Pike on the right. On the left is what would be called a "halberd" in Dwarf Fortress.

A pike is a piercing weapon that is essentially a very long spear. Pikes are twice the size of standard spears, with a 20% increase in penetration (which, theoretically, should prove useful when fighting large monsters). Attack range is not currently modeled, so pikes are neither granted the initial attack nor rendered useless as enemies advance to close combat range.

Pikes use and train the Pikeman / Pikedwarf skill. As foreign weapons dwarves cannot forge pikes, limiting supply to whatever low-quality specimens can be traded from human caravans and scavenged from invaders.

Due to the size of pikes, most dwarves are unable to equip them. With height and broadness modifiers, some dwarves should be able to use a pike, and a select few might manage to do so one-handed. Unfortunately, due to a bug, pikes cannot currently be equipped by any dwarves.


In fortress mode, one-handed vs. two-handed checks are performed correctly, but can wield vs. can't wield ignores height and broadness modifiers, so dwarves cannot equip pikes.Bug:0005812 See this forum post for details.

Ranged and ammunition
Blowgun and blowdart · Bow and arrow · Crossbow and bolt
Flail · Mace · Maul · War hammer · Whip
Edged (slashing)
Edged (piercing)
Dagger · Morningstar · Pick · Pike · Spear
See also: Attack types