Dev Blog #123: Tools of Death

Apr
26

Dev Blog #123: Tools of Death

The ‘Warriors of the North’ DLC for Battle Brothers will be released on May 9th with a whole bunch of features. You can read up on those and add the DLC to your wishlist here. In the meantime, let’s talk about an important topic we haven’t touched on yet: New weapons! With the DLC, you’ll also get your hands on new tools of death, including hybrid and niche weapons to create new builds and tactics with. Let’s take a look!

Bardiche

The Bardiche is a variant of the Greataxe with a differently shaped head and a longer shaft. Like the Greataxe, it comes with the ‘Split Man’ skill for great single-target damage. But while the Greataxe has more damage potential against up to six targets with its ‘Round Swing’ skill, the Bardiche instead comes with the ‘Split’ skill of Greatswords for more surgical precision and hitting two targets in a straight line at once. Like the Greataxe, the Bardiche is excellent in destroying shields and penetrating armor.

Staff Sling

A simple weapon used since ancient times, and the favorite of many a shepherd, the Staff Sling is used to hurl stones towards the enemy. It’s not particularly accurate or damaging, but it’s cheap, and with stones abundant everywhere, it will never run out of ammunition. Two stones can be hurled each turn, and on hitting a target in the head it will inflict the ‘Dazed’ status effect.

Scimitar

An exotic curved sword from the south, the Scimitar and its higher tier cousin, the Shamshir, are excellent for cutting deep wounds. They’re less suited for thrusting than straight swords, however, and therefore have a harder time penetrating armor. Like other swords, they come with the ‘Slash’ skill, but unlike those, they don’t have the ‘Riposte’ skill as a second. Instead, they have the ‘Decapitate’ skill of cleavers.

Heavy Javelins & Heavy Throwing Axe

For users of throwing weapons that long for an extra bit of oomph, the DLC adds the Heavy Javelin and Heavy Throwing Axe. They’re sometimes used by barbarians and can be looted off of their cold dead hands.

 

Warfork

A pitchfork re-forged into a battlefield weapon, the Warfork is the pride of any militiaman, and looks right at home with the new ‘Peasant Militia’ company origin. It’s a lower tier variant of the Spetum, which has in turn been slightly buffed. Like the Spetum, it is a specialized polearm that can be used to form a more deadly yet more fatiguing ‘Spearwall’ than with a one-handed spear. Particularly useful against non-sentient beasts, but also against humans if your battle line is long enough.

Battle Whip

The Battle Whip is a specialized weapon with plenty of strengths, but also a clear weakness. Covering a whole 3 tiles, it has the longest range of any melee weapon currently in the game. Hitting an enemy with the ‘Whip’ skill will inflict two stacks of the ‘Bleeding’ status effect at once, and because the weapon is classified as a cleaver, this skill also benefits from taking the ‘Cleaver Mastery’ perk for further bleeding damage. However, the weapon doesn’t have a high base damage, and while it can be deadly against unarmored or lightly armored targets, it performs dismally against armored ones.

Luckily, it brings another bit of utility to the table. Its second skill is called ‘Disarm’ and on a hit will inflict the new ‘Disarmed’ status effect on a target, preventing it from using any weapon skills for one turn. Some targets which are immune to being stunned, like Orc Warriors, can still be controlled this way, but unarmed targets, like Direwolves, can of course not be disarmed. Disarmed targets can still move and use non-weapon skills freely, just not attack. Barbarians also have their own variant of the Battle Whip, called the Thorned Whip, which has slightly different stats.

DLC Supporter Edition

Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to our announcement of the ‘Warriors of the North’ DLC, and many people expressing their desire to support us again even beyond the asking price, we’ve decided to also offer it as a special Supporter Edition again. This Supporter Edition includes the ‘Warriors of the North’ DLC, as well as an additional new player banner and shields with a nordic motif as a thank you from us to you. The bundle will be priced at $18.99, and you can already add the second part of it to your wishlist here as well.

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18 comments

  • Kern
    Kern
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 13:45 pm

    Good looking weapons, I can see the Bardiche taking over my front line two handers, Split is so much better than Round Swing. (I believe the majority of times I have used Round Swing I hit it by mistake and did as much damage to my own line as the enemy.)

    • IgorBrehm
      IgorBrehm
      Apr 27, 2019 @ 20:52 pm

      Round swing is not for formation battles, normally it’s for when you make “lone wolf” builds…

  • kem
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 14:59 pm

    Great news!!

    Please, please, please, make sure that scimitar needs only 1 weapon skill, wich is sword.
    Req of 2 weapon skills will make it useless!

    • Rap
      Rap
      Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:34 pm

      You can rest easy, as Scimitars only require the sword mastery.

  • JCSato
    JCSato
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:00 pm

    Oh, my god.

  • Quidman
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:29 pm

    Nice, 2 of my favorite weapons get into the game!

    Can’t wait for the bardiche. And the Whip looks promising!

  • kem
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:32 pm

    A whip as offhand weapon? It screams to be an offhand weapon

    • Rap
      Rap
      Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:34 pm

      It’s a mainhand weapon, like any other weapon in the game.

  • RusBear
    RusBear
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 16:33 pm

    Be careful with ‘Disarmed’ chances and ap/fatigue costs – it can be second unbalance weapon and skill after puncher but effective even against undead

    • Rap
      Rap
      Apr 26, 2019 @ 16:47 pm

      Puncher?

      • RusBear
        RusBear
        Apr 26, 2019 @ 18:09 pm

        yes quillet of “puncture”

      • IgorBrehm
        IgorBrehm
        Apr 27, 2019 @ 20:54 pm

        I think our friend RusBear here meant Daggers, he is complaining about how unbalanced economically it is to use them since you can bypass the enemy armor and loot it all pretty much intact…

  • juanval
    juanval
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 17:26 pm

    I like the staff sling jeje. My poor brothers throwing a rain of stones to the enemy jeje.

    And the whip is very interesting for new strategies.

    Scimitars have what I like from weapons and cleavers ;)

    • IgorBrehm
      IgorBrehm
      Apr 27, 2019 @ 20:57 pm

      Haha yes it will be a lot of fun to rain down stones on the enemy, I wonder how effective this can be on Orcs and Beholders (is that the name of the giant Ogre-like creatures? Kind of forgot)…

  • Nobal
    Nobal
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 8:31 am

    I am happy for that Slingshot (they really read suggestion forum).

  • morid
    morid
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 21:24 pm

    thanks you for the new coming dlc and all stuff there , we need more from you in the future more and harder late game crisis like fighting in tournament and be king or noble of settlement

  • Dragoonman66
    Dragoonman66
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 6:19 am

    Oh yeah. Definitely going to enjoy this for sure!

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