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A Prussian War Hammer

Blunt weapons, or bludgeoning weapons,[1] are a class of mêlée weapons designed to inflict damage through blunt force trauma rather than through piercing or slicing. They are characterized by a general lack of sharp edges–though flanged variants exist–serving to crush targets with such force that bones may even be fractured. Most commonly, weapons that fall under this category include medium weapons such as maces, clubs, and war hammers. Tools not intended for use as weapons but improvised in such a capacity can qualify as blunt weapons in practice if the end used to inflict injury is dull.

Throughout history, blunt weapons have been utilized in warfare, seeing service with city guards and field soldiers alike. They were also employed, to a lesser extent, by the members of the Assassin Brotherhood which generally preferred the sword as standard equipment instead. As with their bladed counterparts, swords, maces and war hammers were gradually phased out with the advent of firearm technology. Nevertheless, just as the case with shorter bladed weapons (i.e. knives), they persist as the standard equipment of many police and security officers in the form of batons.

Much like swords, blunt weapons possess long reach, great power, and a quick attack rate, though not as much as long weapons, heavy weapons, and short blades respectively, and are among the more balanced of mêlée weapons.

DescriptionEdit

As its name suggests, blunt weapons are, in the simplest terms, weapons that are blunt, lacking sharp edges with which injury can be inflicted through cutting or piercing—at least in hindsight. Technically, however, blunt weapons do not have to be entirely devoid of sharp points, a prominent example being the flanged mace.[2] Sophisticated blunt weapons, including the iron blade war club may even be bladed or possess keen edges to augment their deadliness.[3] As a result, they can perhaps more accurately be described as weapons designed for crushing rather than thrusting or slashing attacks.

HistoryEdit

As the most basic form of weaponry, blunt weapons have been universally utilized as weapons for the entirety of human history. The development of swords and spears led to clubs being superseded as the common weapon for warfare although more and more sophisticated variants of blunt weapons continued to be invented, such as maces and war hammers.[2][4][5][6] Both saw service with city guards and in the field of battle during the course of European and Middle Eastern history, and in the Siege of Masyaf in 1176, they were wielded by select units of the Saracen cavalry.[7]

Among the indigenous peoples of the Americas, such as the Kanien'kehá:ka, who did not smith swords, war clubs became the primary wartime weapon alongside hatchets called tomahawks.[3] Uniquely, the Mesoamericans invented a hybrid between the sword and the club, the macuahuitl, a flattened wooden club studded with obsidian blades all along its edges.[8]

While the Assassins and Templars more often serviced swords, blunt weapons still found favor among certain members of both factions, such as the Irish carpenter Liam O'Brien and the Ottoman bombardier Kadir.[3][5] The advance of firearm technology gradually rendered maces and war hammers obsolete, but the unconventional nature of the war between the Assassins and the Templars ensured that these weapons were phased out slower among their groups. Indeed, during the French Revolution, the Parisian Brotherhood armed themselves with a diverse range of equipment, including a variety of blunt weapons, such as long maces, morning stars, and heavy war maces, weapons that were no longer in standard use among contemporary soldiers of regular armies.[6]

From the Industrial Revolution onward, batons prevailed as the common blunt weapon still in use, figuring as part of the standard equipment of police and security guards throughout the world, including those in employ with the Metropolitan Police Service and Abstergo Industries.[3][9][10]

StatisticsEdit

15th centuryEdit

ItalyEdit

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Mercenario War Hammer 1 1 3 1900ƒ Sequence 3
Maul 2 1 2 3600ƒ Sequence 4
Flanged Mace 3 3 3 10500ƒ Sequence 6
Cavalieri Mace 4 2 2 20800ƒ Sequence 7
Condottiero War Hammer 5 3 4 35000ƒ Collect 50 feathers

16th centuryEdit

RomeEdit

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Maul 2 1 2 N/A Sequence 3
Flanged Mace 3 3 3 N/A Sequence 3
Mercenario War Hammer 1 3 5 2750ƒ Sequence 4
Lucerne Hammer 2 2 2 6370ƒ Sequence 5
Condottiero Mace 3 5 3 11600ƒ Sequence 6
Condottiero War Hammer 5 3 4 17200ƒ Sequence 8
Cavalieri Mace 2 1 1 6400ƒ Renovate 5 blacksmiths

Constantinople and DerinkuyuEdit

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Prussian War Hammer 1 3 3 2290 Akce Sequence 2
Mercenario War Hammer 2 1 1 7360 Akce Sequence 4
Condottiero Mace 2 2 2 10120 Akce Sequence 4
Sledgehammer 3 4 1 13340 Akce Sequence 5
Byzantine Mace 3 5 3 18055 Akce Sequence 7
Ottoman Mace 4 4 2 N/A Complete all Thieves Guild challenges

18th centuryEdit

British Colonial AmericaEdit

Name Damage Speed Combo Cost Availability
Gunstock War Club 3 4 2 £6500 Sequence 6
Wooden War Club 3 3 3 £2650 Sequence 6
Stonehead War Club 3 1 2 £3850 Sequence 9
Obwandiyag's War Club 5 5 1 N/A Sequence 7
Iron Blade War Club 4 5 1 N/A Craft at Homestead

TriviaEdit

  • In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Ezio can perform pistol executions with blunt weapons though they use the same animations and sounds as swords did.
  • Picking up brooms or rakes as weapons in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood allows them to function as blunt weapons and perform certain executions. Killing a guard with a broom grants the Spring Cleaning achievement.

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