With both the cost of gold and the costs of experience necessary to pick the skills to actually use them I wonder what is actually worth it? Shortbow, Bow, Longbow, Elven Longbow. all are low strength weapons but also cheap. Aside from low costs and frequent availability the only real strength the seem to have is being able to move and fire without the Nimble skill. That doesnt seem that good as moving penalties are still high enough it wont matter much. Better to stand still and use Quick Shot. Elven longbow is quite rare to find but also low gold costs for a re item. It has better range and accuracy than the Longbow but most importantly reduces target defense. the best bow in the game, still stuck at 30 attack strength. Crossbow, Repeater Crossbow, Crossbow Pistol. The Crossbow requires a new set of Skills(just 1 at minimum) than the Longbow and cannot move without Nimble, but it is stronger and a fairly solid weapon. Repeater Crossbow has less range and attack strength compared to the more common Crossbow to being the same as a Bow which is less than 1/10th the cost. Its accuracy is fairly low, but if you get Crossbow Mastery it can fire twice as much, and four shots when combined with Quick Shot. Crossbow Pistol seems really bad but it does give you you a ranged attack while making full movement( I think). Blackpowder weapons: Pistol, Handgun, Repeater Handgun, Hochland Long Rifle, Scoped Long Rifle All require another sets of Skills to unlock and use, especially the Huntsman skill. Its a pretty significant skill investment. Their main draw is ignoring some defense of the target which becomes more appealing due to the widespread Freelancer Mercenaries. Without Huntsman they can only be used once every other turn. 1 Pistol, similar to the Crossbow Pistol with more chance of doing damage but lower chance to hit. 2 handgun, shorter ranged, less accurate, more expensive and rare than Crossbow. Alot worse unless the target is armored. 3 Repeater handgun a reverse of the Repeater Crossbow, as its a better handgun with up to 4 shots per turn. its not worse but all-round better than the Repeater Crossbow except for costs. 4 Hochland Long Rifle, longest ranged/accurate weapon in the game...thats about it. Oh it ignores cover penalties to accuracy if you have Blackpowder mastery, but any weapon weapon can do that with Trick Shooter skill. If you can actually use the extreneg 5 Scoped Long Rifle, rarest and most expensive weapon I know of. I dont know if there is any difference compared to the the Hochland Long Rifle. Knives The only ranged weapon to actually have improving attack strength because its based on the User's strength. Requires yet another set of skills. Looks to be useless unless you get a lot of abilities including Knife Fighter which gives you 3 ranged attacks. I dont know if that can be combined with Quick Shot to get 6 attacks, but that is about the only way I can see this being worth it. -------------------- Melee weapons are generally separated by Swords, Axes, and Maces. getting Weapon Master or Advanced Weapon Master is important to using them as most weapons require those skills to unlock their abilities. Two-handed versions of melee weapons increase attack strength, prevent you from using ranged weapons, and lower your Initiative. Strongman strength skill cancels out the initiative penalty. Swords have Parry, which reduces melee damage randomly. Has a unique skill, Expert Swordsman, which increases damage. Gromril Swords reduce target Defense but are also quite expensive. Not the best at Parrying Ithilmar Swords increase Initiative, which means better spotting distance(mostly) Axes have increased critical hit chance. Straight up trying to do as much damage regardless of armor and no parry. edit: Gromril Axe, possibly best offensive melee weapon in the game. Presumably a two-handed version exists as well. Maces reduces the target's armor to a fixed cap. The cap is much better depending on the cost of the weapon but cant be improved with skills to stack on this. Situational at best. Edit: gromril version exists?