A sword of sharpness was a powerful magical sword that dealt devastating damage to its targets.[1]


Only certain types of swords could be enchanted to become swords of sharpness; namely, those that slashed their targets rather than pierce them.[1] Such swords included longswords, greatswords, and scimitars, among others.[2]


Whenever a blow from a sword of sharpness connected with its target, it always dealt the maximum possible damage. Particularly precise hits not only dealt even more damage but also incurred a chance of severing a limb or part of the target's body.[1]

In addition, the sword accepted a command word to start shining, illuminating a radius of 20 feet (6.1 meters). This property was deactivated once the command word was spoken again or if the sword was sheathed.[1]

Notable Swords of SharpnessEdit



  1. Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but Christopher Perkins answered a question via Twitter and stated the year was 1492 DR. Unless a canon source contradicts this assertion, this wiki will use 1492 DR for events related to this sourcebook and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (which is referenced on pages 5 and 98 of Dragon Heist).


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