Short Blade

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Short Blade
Skill Tree

Short Blade


50 sp


0 Agility



You are skilled with small one-handed knives and blades.

Short Blade is the base skill for the Short Blade skill tree. All daggers use this skill. If a short blade performs a critical hit, it will inflict Bleeding on the target if they are able to bleed.

Skills in the Short Blade skill tree

Skill Cost Stat Prerequisites Description
Short Blade Expertise 0 0 Agility You get +1 to hit with short blades. Also, the action costs of attacking with a short blade in your primary hand is reduced by 25%.
Jab 100 17 Agility Whenever you make an offhand attack with a short blade, you immediately make another attack with that same weapon. Flurry attacks do not trigger this.
Bloodletter 150 17 Agility Your short blade attacks that penetrate have a 75% chance to cause your opponent to bleed (0-1 damage per turn. toughness save; difficulty 20 + your agility modifier). The opponent saves to stop bleeding each round, and the save difficulty decreases by 1 each round. This effect can stack a number of times equal to 1 plus your agility modifier.
Hobble 150 21 Agility You make an attack with a short blade in your primary hand, looking for a weak spot in your opponent's armor. If you hit, you penetrate exactly once and hobble them (-50% movespeed for 16-20 rounds).
Pointed Circle 100 23 Agility Juke Whenever you juke an opponent while wielding a short blade in your primary hand, you make a free attack. If you have Bloodletter, the attack's chance to cause bleeding is 100%.
Rejoinder 250 25 Agility Once per turn, when an opponent misses you with a melee attack, there's a 40% chance you make a free attack with a short blade you're wielding.
Shank 250 27 Agility Activated; cooldown 10 (primary) or 20 (offhand). You make a melee attack with a short blade in your primary hand (preferred) or offhand. If you hit, the attack gets +2 to penetration rolls for each negative status effect your opponent suffers from.

Weapons That Use the Short Blade Skill

Factions That Teach Short Blade

Short Blade is not taught by any of Qud's persistent factions. However, procedurally generated factions such as village factions can teach randomly chosen skills as part of their water ritual.

Creatures That Have Short Blade


Prior to the Deep Jungle feature arc ([1], a variety of "short sword" weapons were available in-game, including the bronze short sword, iron short sword, steel short sword, carbide short sword, folded carbide short sword, and fullerite short sword. For the most part, these weapons were identical to daggers of the same material, but weighed slightly more. The Deep Jungle patch removed short swords from the game, leaving daggers as the primary short blade weapons.