Problems with Pollaxes


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Silver Crusade

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I'm interested in having one of my characters use a pollaxe as their weapon of choice, but I have no clue how that would work.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollaxe

The problem is that pollaxes are often mistaken for halberds, and initially that was what I planned to go with, but an actual pollaxe was more modular, as halberds are primarily meant for chopping attacks, whereas a pollaxe could make chopping attacks with one end of the head, blunt attacks with the opposite, and thrusting attacks with the spike at the top.

How would I go about making such a weapon? They probably aren't reach weapons, as they were most commonly 4 to 6 feet long, which I think is what Ultimate Equipment says a halberd or spear is (not longspear, which is 8 feet, I think). What kind of damage would it do? Probably a great deal, since the weapon was designed as a response to plate armor.

Any weapon experts out there who can help me with the numbers?


Of recent years D&D / d20 has tried to distill the vast number of RL polearms down to a more manageable handful of weapons. If it looks that close to a halberd, might as well just make it a halberd

Over specificity on polearms was a 'thing' back in 1E. Wotc even referenced that a while back... [url]http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/polearmquiz[/url]


I would set it up as a martial two handed weapon. It would be S or B and P. Give it disarm and trip qualities when used as slashing. 5' reach. 1d8 Damage. 20/x2 crit. You could add the blocking trait if you make it an exotic weapon.


If you don't like 1d8 damage, then try 2d4. The damage shouldn't be too high (like d10+) due to all the other qualities it gets. If you drop two of the qualities, then either the damage or crit can increase.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Reflavored Halberb or Bardiche?

No need to complicate things.

Grand Lodge

Here is the thing...halberds had the back end used as a bludgeoning weapon as well. And you did this with spears and glaives and pretty much ALL polearms. There was a 3.5 feat that let you use the butt end...but not sure if there is one for PF. I thought I saw one but can't find it now. So basically, that ability is something to look at a feat or class ability for. The slashing and piercing is done by the halberd just fine. Now the funny bit...quite a few pollaxe had hammer heads and did not slash at all but bludgeoned. For that, you ill have to alter the halberd a bit to do B/P instead of S/P.


blackbloodtroll wrote:

Reflavored Halberb or Bardiche?

No need to complicate things.

That's exactly what I would do. Do even trades for what type of damage you want to do. You don't want to flat out increase one thing without a change in another as then you'll overpower it.

Silver Crusade

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Cold Napalm wrote:
Here is the thing...halberds had the back end used as a bludgeoning weapon as well. And you did this with spears and glaives and pretty much ALL polearms. There was a 3.5 feat that let you use the butt end...but not sure if there is one for PF. I thought I saw one but can't find it now. So basically, that ability is something to look at a feat or class ability for. The slashing and piercing is done by the halberd just fine. Now the funny bit...quite a few pollaxe had hammer heads and did not slash at all but bludgeoned. For that, you ill have to alter the halberd a bit to do B/P instead of S/P.

No, not the butt of the weapon, more like this. And I thought halberds and bardiches only did slashing damage in PF?

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