Melee Weapons

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All melee weapons' DPS increase based on the player's Strength Stat.png Brutality Stat, but some weapons have alternate scaling with Skill Stat.png Tactics (e.g. Assassin's Dagger and Frantic Sword) or Health Stat.png Survival (e.g. The Nutcracker and Broad Sword), which means their DPS will scale off the higher stat between the two.

Icon Name Description Blueprint Location Base DPS Base Special DPS Scaling
Rusty Sword Icon.png
Rusty Sword Kills things. Sometimes... Starter weapon until Random Melee Weapon is unlocked (then found in secret tile in the starting area). 119 DPS N/A Strength Stat.png
Balanced Blade Icon.png
Balanced Blade Damage increases up to +100% when you strike repeatedly. Inflicts critical hits after 10 successive hits. Always unlocked 89 DPS 139 critical DPS

278 max DPS

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 238 DPS N/A Strength Stat.png
Nutcracker Icon.png
Nutcracker Inflicts a critical hit if the target is stunned, frozen or immobilized. Always unlocked 134 DPS 333 critical DPS Str Hp.png
Blood Sword Icon.png
Blood Sword Causes bleeding (9 DPS for 6 sec). Dropped by Zombie (100% chance) 122 DPS 9 bleeding DPS Strength Stat.png
Spartan Sandals Icon.png
Spartan Sandals Knocks back enemies, dealing 90 extra damage if the enemy hits a wall. The final strike in the combo will knock any enemy back.

This. Is. DEAD CELLS!

Dropped by Runner (100% chance) 21 DPS 90 bonus damage Strength Stat.png
Oiled Sword Icon.png
Oiled Sword Douses the enemy with flammable oil and inflict critical hits during 10 sec after hitting a enemy on fire. Dropped by Bat (1.7% chance) 149 DPS 224 critical DPS Strength Stat.png
Broadsword Icon.png
Broadsword The second and third hits are critical.

Slow and heavy, but deliciously vicious.

Obtained from Tutorial Knight's corpse within the Prisoners' Quarters 273 DPS N/A Str Hp.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.

Found above the starting point of the Promenade of the Condemned 100 DPS 300 critical DPS Str Skill.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 for fighters who like to live dangerously.

Dropped by Kamikaze (0.4% chance) 137 DPS 285 critical DPS Str Skill.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 DPS N/A Str Skill.png
Shovel Icon.png
Shovel Knocks back enemies and bombs.

Any object can become a deadly weapon if it's moving fast enough...

Dropped by Purulent Zombie (Graveyard) (0.4% chance) 144 DPS N/A Str Hp.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.

Dropped by Buzzcutter (0.03% chance) 131 DPS 315 critical DPS 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.

Dropped by Disgusting Worm (0.4% chance) 109 DPS 305 critical DPS Str Skill.png
Wrenching Whip Icon.png
Wrenching Whip Ignores shields, pulls victims toward you and inflicts a critical hit on the 3rd strike. Dropped by Pirate Captain (0.4% chance) 129 DPS 188 critical DPS Strength Stat.png
Impaler (Weapon) Icon.png
Impaler Inflicts a critical hit if the target is up against a wall. Dropped by the The Concierge on 4th kill 117 DPS 300 critical DPS 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.

Dropped by Impaler (Enemy) (1.7% chance) 109 DPS 235 critical DPS Str Skill.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.

Dropped by Hammer (1.7% chance) 149 DPS 306 critical DPS Str Hp.png
Rapier Icon.png
Rapier Inflicts a critical hit immediately after a roll or a parry.

It's all in the wrist.

Dropped by Scorpion (0.4% chance) 106 DPS 268 critical DPS Strength Stat.png
Spiked Boots Icon.png
Spiked Boots Inflicts a critical hit if the kick interrupts an attack. Dropped by Thorny (0.4% chance) 101 DPS 297 critical DPS Strength Stat.png
Hayabusa Boots Icon.png
Hayabusa Boots The last hit inflicts area-of-effect damage and pushes enemies back. Dropped by Dark Tracker on 1 BSC (1.7% chance) 128 DPS N/A Strength Stat.png
Hayabusa Gauntlets Icon.png
Hayabusa Gauntlets Inflicts critical hits if the victim has less than 40% HP.

UselessUselessUselessUselessUselessUsel...

Dropped by Lancer (0.4% chance) 124 DPS 243 critical DPS Strength Stat.png
Torch Icon.png
Torch Burns your enemies (15 DPS for 2.7 seconds).

Talk about mood lighting!

Dropped by Spawner (1.7% chance) 99 DPS 15 burning DPS Strength Stat.png
Symmetrical Lance Icon.png
Symmetrical Lance Inflicts critical hits for 6 sec if you quickly kill 2 enemies with this weapon. Dropped by The Hand of the King on 1st kill 168 DPS 251 critical DPS Str Hp.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.

Unlocked on 1st completed Daily Run (only one completion per day counts) 138 DPS 208 critical DPS 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.

Unlocked on 10th completed Daily Run (only one completion per day counts) 181 DPS 281 critical DPS Str Skill.png
Giant Killer Icon.png
Giant Killer Inflicts a critical hit if the victim is an Elite or a Boss.

The bigger they are...

Dropped by The Giant on 1st kill 127 DPS 465 critical DPS Str Hp.png
Shrapnel Axes Icon.png
Shrapnel Axes Metal shards burst from the axes when you strike enemies, inflicting approximately 130 damage. Dropped by Demon (0.4% chance) 157 DPS N/A Str Skill.png
Seismic Strike Icon.png
Seismic Strike Unleashes shock waves through the ground, locking enemies in place. Dropped by Bomber (0.4% chance) 131 DPS N/A Str Hp.png
Flawless Icon.png
Flawless Inflicts critical hits if you haven't taken damage for at least 15 seconds. Dropped by Slammer (0.4% chance) 104 DPS 270 critical DPS Str Hp.png
Vorpan Icon.png
Vorpan Inflicts a critical hit if the enemy is facing you.

Grill. Fry. Burn. Reheat.

Found in Shop 161 DPS 289 critical DPS Strength Stat.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 138 DPS 219 critical DPS Str Skill.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 Concierge on 1st kill 213 DPS 356 critical DPS

70 shockwave damage

Str Hp.png
Flashing Fans Icon.png
Flashing Fans

(TBS)

Repelling a projectile causes you to inflict critical hits for 8 seconds.

Use the force Luke...

Dropped by Yeeter (100% chance) 145 DPS 217 critical DPS Str Skill.png
Scythe Claws Icon.png
Scythe Claws

(TBS)

Inflicts a critical hit if your previous attack was with the right/left claw.

Recovered from the stinking carcass of Mama Tick. Might come in handy.

Dropped by Mama Tick on 1st kill 146 DPS 530 critical DPS Health Stat.png
Rhythm n' Bouzouki Icon.png
Rhythm n' Bouzouki

(TBS)

The second and third attacks are critical hits if you strike at the right time.

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues! Come on, get rhythm when you get the blues...

Dropped by Giant Tick (100% chance) 180 DPS 415 critical DPS Str Hp.png

(TBS): item only available with the Bad Seed DLC