A halberd (pronounced: /ˈhɑːlbɛrdHAL-berd[8]) was a two-handed, martial melee weapon in the pole arm family.[2]


The business end of a halberd had three main parts: the axe-head, the back spike and the spear tip. While many pole arms had similar structure, halberds had a few distinguishing features. Their axe-heads were concave (curving inward) to nearly straight, instead of convex like most axes. They were also set at an angle to the shaft instead of being mounted perpendicular. Their back spikes were fairly short and angled slightly downward. Some had spear tips that were long and slender, while others were medium length and broader (often on ceremonial weapons). They were generally 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length or longer with their spear tips.[9]


Known colloquially as a "medieval can-opener" due to its effectiveness against plate armor, the design of the weapon, with its ability to mount slashing, piercing, or tripping/dismounting attacks made it extremely versatile against many different opponents. However, its large size was often considered detrimental when fighting in close quarters.[10] Halberdiers could attack the flanks of a pike formation with great effect because the pikemen could not bring their much longer weapons to bear in close combat.[11] If a halberd wielder was about to be tripped during their own trip attempt, they could drop the weapon to avoid being tripped.[10]


Prior to 1371 DR, the average halberd cost 10 gp and weighed 15 lb (6,800 g).[1] After 1371 DR, and up to the Spellplague, the price of halberds remained the same, but weighed 12 lb (5,400 g).[2]

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