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This article is about bastard swords in general. For other uses, see Bastard Sword (disambiguation).
ACB Bastard Sword

A typical bastard sword.

A bastard sword, also known as a longsword,[1] is a type of European heavy sword which is so named because it can either be wielded with one or both hands.


ACR Broadsword

The bastard sword gifted to Assassin Ezio Auditore by the Roman mercenaries' guild.

The bastard sword is a double-edged, straight sword of European origin which has been dramatically up-scaled, much like its cousins, the Scottish claymore and the German Zweihänder.[2][3] While the claymore is characterized by its distinct cross-guard and the Zweihänder typically incorporates a ricasso, the bastard sword tends to be a more general category reserved for greatswords which fall into neither of these two later designs. Its defining characteristic, however, is that it remains just light and short enough for it to be physically wielded with one hand by strong swordsmen.[3][4] Nonetheless, because a sword of this size is still optimally wielded with two hands, bastard swords sit at the border between "two families" of swords, resulting in their bastard moniker.[3]



Templar knight Verulo Gallo with a bastard sword.

The bastard sword was an innovation that arose in Europe around the late 15th century as swords became longer and heavier. During the Granada War, the Spanish Assassins under Aguilar de Nerha forged bastard swords to fight with.[5] Brutes and mercenaries of the Italian city-states and the Roman Rite of the Templar Order typically carried bastard swords or other heavy weapons, such as battle-axes.[2][6] The common Italian model of bastard swords began appearing in blacksmith shops in Rome, Italy in August 1503 alongside other variants such as the Stocco and the Spadone.[2]

Although swords of this design were becoming obsolete in European war by the 18th century, they were still sold, paired with a parrying dagger, in stores across the European colonies in North America during the French and Indian War.[4] By the time of the French Revolution, they had long ceased to be used by the French military forces but retained some value for the Parisian Brotherhood of Assassins who still purchased them from local blacksmiths.[3]

Weapon statistics

Spanish Renaissance (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Defence Miss chance Requirement
Bastard Sword 10-20 1.00 +5 7%

1,200 Coins
15 Copper ore
15 Tin Ore

Fine Bastard Sword 33-53 1.00 +15 7%

4,000 Coins
40 Iron Ore
40 Leather Scraps
1 Bastard Sword

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Bastard Sword 3 4 3 12,400ƒ Sequence 6
Stocco 3 5 5 17000ƒ Sequence 7
Spadone 5 4 4 26100ƒ Renovate 10 blacksmiths

Ottoman Empire (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
French Bastard Sword 3 4 3 14260 Akce Sequence 4
Broadsword 5 4 4 N/A Complete all Mercenary Guild challenges

Colonial America (18th century)

Name Speed Combo Damage Cost Availability
Bastard Sword 4 3 5 £18,000 Complete Armour and Sword

French Revolution (18th century)

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Bastard Sword ◆◆ 2 2 1 1 250 Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Behind the scenes

In real-life, bastard swords are also known as longswords or hand-and-half swords. In the Assassin's Creed series, however, two-handed swords are haphazardly identified as bastard swords, longswords, or claymores without distinction, resulting in many errors.



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