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Just like in other MMORPG games, your weapon is how you deal damage to mobs and enemy players. Without a weapon, you are basically powerless to fight or defend yourself.
Weapons in Warhammer Online are divided into different categories, just as they are in other MMORPG games. Depending on the stats that they carry with them, and in order to use specific categories of weapons, you have to have enough experience to use them.
Now, weapons in Warhammer are army specific, or race specific. For example, Dwarves cannot use Greenskin weapons, Dark Elves cannot use High Elf weapons, and so on. There are 12 different types of weapons in Warhammer Online, and we will go through the first four here: swords, hammers, maces, and axes.
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Swords are normally one or two handed weapons that are used by several different races in Warhammer Online as well. The main armies that use swords are the High Elves, Dark Elves, Chaos, and Empire, although a few other races and careers can use them in game as well. These are usually fast, slicing weapons that are meant to pierce and tear through enemies quickly and quietly. So, they are lightweight and easy to learn.
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Hammers are similar to axes in that they are meant to do some major damage to the receiver with crushing force. These blunt weapons are normally used by Dwarves, but Human players can also use them in game as well – while these are not the only two races that you will find use these bone crushing weapons, and not many of these players will use them.
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Maces are a cross between a hammer and an axe. They are short weapons that usually have an extremely heavy end that is for crushing or puncturing your opponent to deal massive damage quickly. The Marauders in Warhammer Online are the main career path that uses these types of weapons, although there are other races and career paths that can as well if you prefer this hybrid weapon.
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Just like in other MMO games, axes are great weapons for those who can yield them. The axes that are found in Warhammer Online are either one or two sided axes and can be used by several different races in game. For Dwarves, these are your weapon of choice, as you have a special racial ability for them. Other races who can wield axes are: Greenskins, Warriors of Chaos, Undead Warriors, High Elves, and Humans.
In the next part of this series, we will go through more weapons, including daggers, spears, staves, choppas, and halberds.