Best Ancient Weapons

Ancient weapons have changed the course of history. Whether it's a large or small military, the one with the best toys wins. So here are some notable ancient weapons that have had a notable effect on warfare.

The Top Ten

Bow & Arrow

This weapon allowed humans to colonize Europe. The large animals like elk were hunted with deadly effectiveness with the bow & arrow. It is also very effective as an army weapon.

When France was attacked by Britain, the French put all there archers up first, it won them the battle.

Very lethal weapons that are still dangerous.

If they used it in modern warfare I think it would destroy. all you need to do is hide behind a wall and shoot a volley at the charging team

It is the best weapon
For long and short range


The Katana is so sharp it has been demonstrated to cut through a human completly with no problem. And the swords are made of steel instead of Iron so its stronger than the average sword

Used by the Samurai, ninjas, Viet Cong, Japanese empire, and modern day Dojos all across the globe

This is my kind of weapon. Sharp, precise and totally badass.

The Katana (aka Samurai sword) is the sharpist-strongest sword in the world


The satisfying when you slice something up with a broadsword. Also I think it was England, not France, that won many battles in the Hundred Year's War with archers.

I like broadsword because it could easily behead a person without any problem...
It is easy to carry and it is a deadly weapon...
I want it to be on 1 spot.

This weapon was used by knights & royals in england. It was actualy illegal for a peasent to own this weapon because it was a holy symbol of nobility

This weapon is awesome

Battle Ax

The battle ax was by vikings to pillage villages & claim land


A muzzle loading shotgun that could use anything as ammo as long as there was enough gunpowder.

Its an awesome weapon, they even use to fill it with scrap metal and wood if they ran out of ammo.

Also known as the Deck Cleaner due to it's usage in the Pirate Years.

Definitely more lethal than that big fork trident thing.


This weapon was sympolic as a smpol of the god Neptune. Combined with the net, it made a great combonation for gladiators

The trident was very effective in single combat because eit could cause multiple wounds and could be used to disarm a foe

War Hammer

Great for bashing an armoured foe.


A peasant can now kill a Knight and the Chinese had the repeat crossbow which could fire up to one bolt a second which is faster than any longbow man.
There was also the triple crossbow which was used in sieges on both sides.

Ass kicking like he said

Croosbow is a bad ass killing machine


The great grandfather of all firearms. A weapon capable of large damage, this weapon has evolved into what is now guns. Muzzle loading, then single action, lever action, bolt action, semi-auto, and finally fully-automatic (burst fire could be included too).

Cannons were the first ever heavy artillery. They were used on battlefields for centuries.

We are talking about handheld weapons here, folks. Hand Cannon is what you want.

Chinese invention


The Contenders


It's the most popular weapon in history. It was still used in war more then the bow and arrow for all of the years in which the bow and arrow was used. It has vastly superior reach to the sword. It is more intuitive to use then the sword or the bow. It is the first weapon that allowed man to hunt large game. Until the invention of relatively modern firearms it was still the most common weapon on nearly all battlefields. On a less objective note, Odin used one and he was Thor's dad.

Spears will always be the best weapon, they are the easiest weapon to use and are hard to master, their use throughout the ages can not be understated, and their impact is tremendous.

A spear can kill an opponent at long range


Can be used both as a handheld wielding weapon as well as an effective projectile


Jesus Christ, I know this can be used as a weapon, but the idea behind it was to defend you.


For those who don't know an Arquebus was an early form of rifle or musket prominent during the Rennaisance.

Matchlock Rifle
Flintlock Rifle

This is one of the oldest weapons on Earth, dating back to biblical times

War Club

These weapons were used by native-Americans to defend against eneny tribes

Flintlock Pistol

Again... We are talking about handheld weapons here, folks. Not siege weapon.

Well you know what catapults are for

Greek Fire

Infinite fire.

love fire and distraction. this weapon is for you.

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