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"long range melee weapon"


The Polearm is an offensive weapon added in Mini Update 0.894. It has the longest range and highest attack power of any Primary Weapon, but it also has the slowest attack speed.

Technical

  • The Polearm deals 45 damage.
  • The Polearm is unlocked at age 2 as an alternative to the Daggers, Stick, Bat, Short Sword, and Hand Axe.
  • The Polearm reduces move speed by approximately 18%.
  • The Polearm attack speed is slower than the Hand Axe, 0.7 compared to 0.4.
  • The Polearm has a knockback similar to that of the Spikes.
  • Using the Polearm to gather 3,000 Resources will cause it to become the Gold Polearm. Likewise, gathering 7,000 resources with it will turn it into the Diamond Polearm. You will get the Ruby Variant when you gather 12,000 resources.

Strategy

Using

  • Make every hit count, as the Polearm attacks slower than any other melee weapon and you may never get another chance if you miss one.
  • Use the weapon's knockback to keep faster opponents at a distance.
  • Try trapping your prey first, then use the polearm long range to quickly dispatch them.
  • Pair with the Shadow Wings and Booster Hat to negate its crippling speed.
  • Use the Samurai Armor to attack enemies faster. (0.49 instead of 0.7)
  • Due to its slow attack speed, the Polearm is the least efficient resource gathering tool in the game.
  • This can be resolved, however, by pairing with the Great Hammer and using it to gather resources at a more normal rate.
  • Try using the Polearm with the Repeater Crossbow, this will give you a powerful, slow weapon, and a fast weak weapon.
  • The Polearm can be used with the Bull Helmet. This way, you can get the most damage. It's especially powerful when also paired with the Crossbow. If you hit a player with the Bull Helmet and then immediately switch to the Crossbow, a player can easily be killed in less than half a second with good aim.
    • Another option if you get the Crossbow is to get Spinning Spikes. With the Bull Helmet equipped, hit your opponent and then quickly put down a Spinning Spike. This is similar to the combination of Bull Helmet, Katana, and Spinning Spike.
  • Pair with Mc Grabby to deal with the Polearm's slow speed. When not in combat, switch to the Mc Grabby, as the Mc Grabby makes you move faster.

Against

  • Since it has a slow attack speed, take advantage of every time they miss.
  • Try getting them in a Pit Trap. Use the highly efficient insta-kill Spike method.
  • If you and your teammates only have Daggers, try overwhelming the Polearm user.
  • Keep in mind the polearm is slower than any other primary weapon.
  • The Polearm does the most damage of any weapon, so beware.
  • Use the Soldier Helmet to reduce the high damage of the Polearm. This prevents the Bull Helmet-Polearm-Crossbow instakill. It can even prevent Bull Helmet, Polearm, and Musket from killing you.
  • Use a Ranged Weapon and take advantage of their slow movement speed. Keep in mind that by holding a Ranged Weapon, your speed is also slower.

Gold Variant

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The Golden Polearm is very similar to the standard variant, but the shape of the guard has been changed slightly, and, of course, it has been turned gold. The Golden Polearm deals 50 damage points.

Diamond Variant

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The diamond polearm sprite was added in version 0.896. It deals 53 damage per swing. The Diamond Polearm sprite, in addition to being colored blue, has an improved guard and larger blade in comparison to the Golden variant. This variant is the only Weapon that can kill someone in just two strikes without help from the Bull Helmet or Bloodthirster.

Ruby Variant

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The ruby polearm sprite was technically added in 1.6, but it had to "be earned". No one figured out the 'secret' of how to unlock it, though many thought it was a joke. The ruby sprite was not easily unlockable until the birthday update (1.6.4). It has a piece of gold ore right in the middle of the blade. The edges are jagged, with two small blades sticking out of the side.

Trivia

  • The Polearm was originally an unreleased weapon found in the game's data files, lending credence to the theory that the Shotgun will one day be implemented.
  • It is the strongest Melee weapon in the game damage wise.
  • The Polearm is usually called the Spear by Sidney de Vries and the datafiles.
  • The Polearm is unique in that it is a fully functioning melee weapon right from the moment it is obtained, and it does not need to be sacrificed in order to obtain the Repeater Crossbow like the Katana does.
    • This trait is also shared by the Bat and Daggers.
  • Though the Golden Polearm deals 50 damage, according to the GUI, and a player has 100 health, it still takes three hits with the Golden Polearm to kill a person. This is because the Golden Polearm actually does 49.5 damage, but the damage display is rounded. This is the same to all the weapons.
  • Although spears, or these polearms, are traditionally used in a stabbing motion, these are used in a swinging motion, similarly to the Daggers.
  • It would take you over two seconds to kill somebody just by swinging at them. (Assuming you don't have bull helmet, they have full health, and that they don't heal.) Katana does it in just under a second.
  • Even Tool Hammer has a higher DPS then Polearm.
  • It has the second worst DPS of any primary weapon. (The worst is Stick.) The diamond polearm is the third worst.
  • Although Polearm does more than double the damage of daggers, daggers have 4x the DPS.

History

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Diamond Spear before its sprite was added.

  • 0.9 - Made it significantly easier to obtain both the Golden and Diamond variant, reducing the required resources from 5000 and 10000 to 3000 and 7000, respectively.
  • 0.896 - Nerfed Polearm. Attack speed nerfed to 0.7 seconds and movement speed nerfed to 82%. Added diamond spear sprite
  • 0.895 - Attack rate nerfed to 0.6 seconds.
  • 0.894 - Added Polearm
  • Sometime in-between 0.85 and 0.894 - Added Polearm and Golden Polearm to the datafiles.

Footnotes

Gallery

Weapons
Primary
Hammer 1Hammer 1 GHammer 1 DHammer 1 RHammer 1 E Tool Hammer Hammer 1 EHammer 1 RHammer 1 DHammer 1 GHammer 1Sword 1Sword 1 GSword 1 DSword 1 R Short Sword Sword 1 RSword 1 DSword 1 GSword 1

Samurai 1Samurai 1 GSamurai 1 DSamurai 1 R Katana Samurai 1 RSamurai 1 DSamurai 1 GSamurai 1Axe 1Axe 1 GAxe 1 DAxe 1 R Hand Axe Axe 1 RAxe 1 DAxe 1 GAxe 1

Great Axe 1Great Axe 1 GGreat Axe 1 DGreat Axe 1 R Great Axe Great Axe 1 RGreat Axe 1 DGreat Axe 1 GGreat Axe 1Spear 1Spear 1 GSpear 1 DSpear 1 R Polearm Spear 1 RSpear 1 DSpear 1 GSpear 1

Bat 1Bat 1 GBat 1 DBat 1 RBat 1 E Bat Bat 1 EBat 1 RBat 1 DBat 1 GBat 1Dagger 1Dagger 1 GDagger 1 DDagger 1 R Daggers Dagger 1 RDagger 1 DDagger 1 GDagger 1

Stick 1Stick 1 GStick 1 DStick 1 RStick 1 E Stick Stick 1 EStick 1 RStick 1 DStick 1 GStick 1

Secondary
Bow 1Bow 1 GBow 1 RBow 1 E Hunting Bow Bow 1 EBow 1 RBow 1 GBow 1Crossbow 1Crossbow 1 GCrossbow 1 DCrossbow 1 R Crossbow Crossbow 1 RCrossbow 1 DCrossbow 1 GCrossbow 1

Crossbow 2Crossbow 2 GCrossbow 2 DCrossbow 2 RCrossbow 2 E Repeater Crossbow Crossbow 2 ECrossbow 2 RCrossbow 2 DCrossbow 2 GCrossbow 2Musket 1 Musket Musket 1

Shield 1Shield 1 GShield 1 DShield 1 RShield 1 E Wooden Shield Shield 1 EShield 1 RShield 1 DShield 1 GShield 1Shield 2 Stone Shield (Removed) Shield 2

Great Hammer 1Great Hammer 1 GGreat Hammer 1 DGreat Hammer 1 RGreat Hammer 1 E Great Hammer Great Hammer 1 EGreat Hammer 1 RGreat Hammer 1 DGreat Hammer 1 GGreat Hammer 1Grab 1Grab 1 GGrab 1 DGrab 1 RGrab 1 E Mc Grabby Grab 1 EGrab 1 RGrab 1 DGrab 1 GGrab 1

Unreleased
Shotgun 1 Shotgun Shotgun 1