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ACU Great Sword

A Zweihänder.

The Zweihänder is a German great sword which, owing to its enormous size, functions more like a polearm and typically incorporates a secondary grip.[1]

Description

ACU Great Flamberge

A great flamberge.

The final stage in development from the longsword, the Zweihänder is a weapon of monstrous size, unprecedented at its inception. Its blade is longer than the average height of an adult human, granting it devastating striking power and eclipsing the Scottish claymore. To accommodate this, Zwehänders evolved to incorporate a secondary grip atop the crossguard called a ricasso. In some variants, this was merely an unsharpened portion of the blade at the base but in more sophisticated designs, it was of the same construction of the hilt itself, resulting in what would appear to be two hilts on top of one another, each with their own guard.[1]

A variant of the Zweihänder is the flamberge, named for the undulating shape of its blade reminiscent of a flame.[1]

History

The Zweihänder emerged on the scene of European warfare in the late 15th or early 16th century. Around 1503, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze traded seven Vlad the Impaler coins to a local blacksmith for the Spada Lunga, which was either an Italian greatsword inspired by the Zweihänder or a Prussian variant.[2][3] Although phased out of state militaries by the 18th century with the advent of firearms, a wide array of zweihänders continued to be forged and sold on the market by blacksmiths in Paris during the French Revolution.[1]

Weapon statistics

Spanish Inquisition (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Upgrades Miss Chance Lvl
Zweihander 24-39 2.00 Critical Chance: +3% 3% 1
Fine Zweihander 78-104 2.00 Critical Chance: +5% 3% 11

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Spada Lunga 4 5 3 N/A Complete Blacksmith shop quest

Ottoman Empire (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Prussian Longsword 3 5 5 30015 Akce Sequence 7

French Revolution

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Claymore * * 2 2 1 1 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – The Body Politic
Great Sword * * * 3 3 1 1 1,000 Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Flamberge * * * 3 3 1 1 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – The Death of Philibert Aspairt
Great Claymore * * * * 4 4 1 1 5,000 ₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Great Flamberge * * * * * 6 6 1 1 25,000 ₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Trivia

  • In Assassin's Creed: Unity, the names claymore, long sword, bastard sword, and great sword are haphazardly applied to its selection of two-handed swords without distinction, resulting in all-around erroneous labels. A majority of these swords are, in fact, properly called Zweihänders although this name itself does not appear in the game.

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