The purpose of most blunt weapons to crush, however, that is not
always true. Many of these weapons also deal puncture damage due
to added spikes. Blunt weapons are particularly effective against
full plate armor, as many other weapon types do not have the weight
or strength to do significant damage to heavier armors.
One-Handed blunt weapons are small and light enough to be wielded
in a single hand, allowing the user to make use of a shield if so
There are seven basic categories of blunt weapons:
The ball and chain is an articulated concussion
weapon which consists of a heavy metal ball at the end
of a chain attached to the end of a haft. The flexibility
granted by the chain multiplies the force of a blow, making
it more difficult for an opponent to parry.
The crowbill is a descendant from the pick. It is constructed
with a spike or dagger-like blade set at a right angle
to the haft. In addition to crushing, it is also a piercing
weapon, and very effective against heavy armors.
The morning star is a combination of a mace
and a ball and chain. The weapon is constructed of at
least one ball which is attached to a haft by a metal
chain. However, there may be more than one ball and chain