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Name scimitar
Appearance curved sword
Damage vs. small 1d8
Damage vs. large 1d8
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill scimitar
Size one-handed
Base price 15 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

A scimitar is a kind of melee weapon. When unidentified, it appears as a curved sword.

Scimitar skill

Max Role

The scimitar is the only weapon to use the scimitar skill. There are no artifact scimitars.


Scimitars make up about 1.5% of randomly generated weapons (on the floor, as death drops, or in shops). In addition, they are often the starting weapons of hobgoblins, hill orcs,[1] Mordor orcs,[2] and orc captains.[3]

The statue of Perseus on Medusa's Island has a 50% chance of containing a blessed +2 scimitar.[4][5][6][7]


Scimitars deal respectable damage but are not often used. Most roles that can use them prefer the upgrade paths afforded by the long sword or silver saber, the versatility of daggers, or the sheer power of the unicorn horn or dwarvish mattock.

Roles with poor starting weapons, such as the Tourist, might consider using a scimitar if found early.


The scimitar is a curved single edged sword. It originated in the Middle East. The curved design was good for slashing opponents without getting stuck while riding.

The similar saber has a cross-guard connecting to the pommel (tip of the hilt).

Encyclopedia entry

Oh, how handsome, how noble was the Vizier Ali Tebelin,
my father, as he stood there in the midst of the shot, his
scimitar in his hand, his face black with powder! How his
enemies fled before him!

[ The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas ]