Melee Weapons

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Effect scaling[edit | edit source]

Most melee weapons' DPS increase based on the player's Strength Stat.pngBrutality Stat, however weapons that are much slower (e.g Scythe Claws and Broadsword) will have their DPS only increase based on the player's Health Stat.pngSurvival stat. Some weapons also have alternate scaling with Skill Stat.pngTactics (e.g. Valmont's Whip and Shrapnel Axes) or Health Stat.pngSurvival (e.g. Giantkiller and Shovel).

List of melee weapons[edit | edit source]

This is a list of all obtainable melee weapons within the game.

Icon Name Description Blueprint Location Base DPS Scaling
Rusty Sword Icon.png Rusty Sword Kills things. Sometimes... Always unlocked 138 Strength Stat.png
Balanced Blade Icon.png Balanced Blade Damage increases up to +50% when you strike repeatedly. Inflicts critical hits after 10 successive hits. Always unlocked 118-177 (184-277) Strength Stat.png
Spite Sword Icon.png Spite Sword Inflict a critical hit if you took damage less than 8 sec ago, or if you're cursed.
A rusty weapon that reveals its power when things get tough.
Drops from Buzzcutters (0.03%) 144 (255) Strength Stat.png
Assassin's Dagger Icon.png Assassin's Dagger Inflicts a critical hit when you stab your enemy in the back.
Light but deadly if you know how to use it.
Secret are near the start of the Promenade of the Condemned 100 (300) Strength Stat.png
Blood Sword Icon.png Blood Sword Causes bleeding (3.5 DPS for 12 sec). Drops from Zombies (100%) 122 Strength Stat.png
Twin Daggers Icon.png Twin Daggers Inflicts a critical hit on the 3rd consecutive strike.
Two daggers for the price of one. Slice and dice... guaranteed to please.
Always unlocked 154 (238) Strength Stat.png
Broadsword Icon.png Broadsword The second and third hits are critical.
Slow and heavy, but deliciously vicious.
Drops from Tutorial Knight's corpse in the Prisoners' Quarters 164 (273) Health Stat.png
Shovel Icon.png Shovel Knocks back enemies and bombs.
Any object can become a deadly weapon if it's moving fast enough...
Drops from Purulent Zombies (Graveyard) (0.4%) 144 Str Hp.png
Cursed Sword Icon.png Cursed Sword One hit and you're dead.
So you like to play hardball, do ya?
Dropped by Conjunctivius on 3rd kill 553 Strength Stat.png
Sadist's Stiletto Icon.png Sadist's Stiletto Inflicts a critical hit if the target is bleeding or poisoned.
Hit 'em where it hurts.
Drops from Impalers (1.7%) 109 (191) Str Skill.png
Swift Sword Icon.png Swift Sword Inflicts a critical hit if you have an active speed buff.
Forget about taking your time. To get real results, strike hard and fast.
Daily Run - First Completion 137 (208) Strength Stat.png
Giantkiller Icon.png GiantkillerRotG Inflicts a critical hit if the victim is an elite enemy or a boss.
The bigger they are...
Dropped by the Giant on 1st kill 127 (465) Str Hp.png
Shrapnel Axes Icon.png Shrapnel Axes Metal shards burst from the axes when you strike enemies, inflicting approximately 130 damage. Drops from Demons (0.4%) 157 Str Skill.png
Seismic Strike Icon.png Seismic Strike Provokes terrestrial shock waves that root victims. Drops from Bombers (0.4%) 131 Health Stat.png
War Spear Icon.png War Spear Inflicts a critical hit when you strike several targets at the same time.
Greater range but less speed.
Drops from Hammers (10%) 149 (306) Str Hp.png
Impaler (Weapon) Icon.png Impaler Inflicts a critical hit if the victim is up against a wall. Dropped by the Concierge on 4th kill 117 (300) Strength Stat.png
Symmetrical Lance Icon.png Symmetrical Lance Inflicts critical hits for 6 sec if you quickly kill 2 enemies with this weapon. Drops from the Hand of the King on 1st kill 192 (288) Health Stat.png
Rapier Icon.png Rapier Inflicts a critical hit immediately after a roll or a parry.
It's all in the wrist...
Drops from Scorpions (0.4%) 106 (268) Strength Stat.png
Meat Skewer Icon.png Meat Skewer The first attack pierces the enemy, placing you behind it. Your next attack inflict critical hits.
Now you see me, now you don't.
Daily Run - Tenth Completion 181 (281) Strength Stat.png
Nutcracker Icon.png Nutcracker Inflicts a critical hit if the victim is stunned, frozen or rooted. Always unlocked 155 (386) Health Stat.png
Spartan Sandals Icon.png Spartan Sandals Knocks back enemies, dealing damage where they land. Deals 90 extra damage if the enemy hits a wall. The final strike in the combo will knock back any enemy.
This. Is. DEAD CELLS!
Drops from Runners (100%) 32 Str Skill.png
Spiked Boots Icon.png Spiked Boots Inflicts a critical hit if the kick interrupts an attack. Drops from Thornies (0.4%) 105 (303) Strength Stat.png
Hayabusa Boots Icon.png Hayabusa Boots The last hit inflicts area-of-effect damage and pushes enemies back. Drops from Dark Trackers (1+ BSC; 1.7%) 135 Strength Stat.png
Hayabusa Gauntlets Icon.png Hayabusa Gauntlets Inflicts critical hits if the victim has less than 40% HP.
UselessUselessUselessUselessUselessUsel...
Drops from Lancers (0.4%) 124 (243) Strength Stat.png
Valmont's Whip Icon.png Valmont's Whip Ignores shields. Inflicts a critical hit if the tip of the whip strikes the enemy.
Popularized by the well-dressed Baron Valmont du Cul.
Drops from Disgusting Worms (0.4%) 109 (305) Str Skill.png
Wrenching Whip Icon.png Wrenching Whip Ignores shields, pulls victims toward you and inflicts a critical hit on the 3rd strike. Drops from Pirate Captains (0.4%) 129 (187) Strength Stat.png
Oiled Sword Icon.png Oiled Sword Douses the enemy with inflammable oil and inflict critical hits during 10 sec after hitting an enemy on fire. Drops from Bats (1.7%) 127 (165) Strength Stat.png
Torch Icon.png Torch Burns your enemies (15 DPS for 2.7 sec).
Talk about mood lighting!
Drops from Spawners (1.7%) 90 Strength Stat.png
Frantic Sword Icon.png Frantic Sword Inflicts a critical hit when you have less than 50% health or more than 50% Malaise.
The weapon of choice of fighters who like to live dangerously.
Drops from Kamikazes (0.4%) 137 (285) Strength Stat.png
Flawless Icon.png Flawless Inflicts critical hits if you haven't taken damage for at least 15 seconds. Drops from Slammers (0.4%) 104 (270) Str Hp.png
Flint Icon.png Flint Hold the attack to inflict a critical hit and create a flaming trail.
The Concierge was always ready to give an extra hand.
Dropped by the Concierge on 1st kill 224 (400) Str Hp.png
Tentacle Icon.png Tentacle Ignore shields and project you towards the enemy and inflicts a critical hit if you attack again while bumped.
Free hugs!
Dropped by Conjunctivius on 1st kill 100 (166) Str Skill.png
Vorpan Icon.png Vorpan Inflicts a critical hit if the enemy is facing you.
Grill. Fry. Burn. Reheat.
Available in the Shop free of charge - 4th run onward only 161 (289) Strength Stat.png
Flashing Fans Icon.png Flashing FansTBS Repelling a projectile causes you to inflict critical hits for 8 seconds.
Use the force Luke...
Drops from Yeeters (0.4%) 145 (217) Strength Stat.png
Left Scythe Claw Icon.png
Right Scythe Claw Icon.png
Scythe ClawsTBS Inflicts a critical hit if you previously used the other claw.
Recovered from the stinking carcass of Mama Tick. Might come in handy.
Dropped by Mama Tick on 1st kill 119 (430)
2nd Mode:
203 (964)
Health Stat.png
Rhythm n' Bouzouki Icon.png Rhythm n' BouzoukiTBS Inflicts critical hits if you strike at the right time. The last hit repeats indefinitely if you keep the tempo going.
Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues! Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues...
Drops from Giant Ticks (0.4%) 133 (330) Health Stat.png
Crowbar Icon.png Crowbar Inflict critical hits for 8 seconds after destroying a door.
Surprisingly effective when eradicating parasites.
Lore room in the Prisoners' Quarters 174 (284) Strength Stat.png
Hattori's Katana Icon.png Hattori's Katana Hold to dash through enemies in front of you inflicting critical hits. Drops from Weirded Warriors (1.7%) 176 (266) Strength Stat.png
RotG: Rise of the Giant DLC
TBS: The Bad Seed DLC