Mace

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Mace

Mace

A refined club, engineered for efficient swinging and deadly impacts.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Medieval
Weapon Class
Medieval
Mass
1.25 kg

Melee Combat

Mode
Melee
Melee Attack 1
Handle
9 dmg (Poke)
13% AP
2 seconds cooldown
Melee Attack 2 
Head
15.7 dmg (Blunt)
24% AP
2 seconds cooldown
Melee Average DPS
7.02
Melee Average AP
21%

Creation

Crafted At
Fueled smithy / Electric smithy
Required Research
Smithing
Skill Required
Crafting 3
Work To Make
6,000 ticks (1.67 mins)
Stuff Tags
Metallic, Woody
Resources to make
Stuff 50
Technical
Has Quality
True
weaponTags
MedievalMeleeDecent


The mace is a melee weapon that does a moderate amount of blunt damage, and has a moderate cooldown. As a blunt weapon, mace attacks don't cause bleeding (unless a body part gets destroyed), and generally fares better against armor when compared to sharp weapons.

Acquisition[edit]

Maces can be crafted at a Fueled smithy or Electric smithy once the Smithing research project has been completed. They require Stuff 50 Stuff (Metallic/Woody, 500 for SMVs), 6,000 ticks (1.67 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 3.

Maces can also be purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, or from outlander and pirate raiders drops.

Analysis[edit]

Maces are the strongest blunt weapon that can be crafted by your colony without the Royalty DLC.

The mace is best when made with uranium, due to the metal's blunt damage multiplier.

Blunt weapons are often seen as "anti-armor" weapons, due to the tiny amounts of Blunt armor that most enemies have. In this role, the mace faces heavy competition with the spear. This is because enemies with especially strong armor are quite rare in practice.

Comparisons[edit]

Comparison to spear[edit]

Before considering armor, spears deal more raw damage. A steel spear deals +12.4% more DPS than a steel mace of equal quality. A plasteel spear does +10.4% of a uranium mace. While spears fare worse against armor, they have high AP. A plasteel spear has 55% AP on its only "Sharp" attack, meaning it ignores all Sharp armor below 55%.

So at normal quality, a plasteel spear deals more damage than a uranium mace until fighting enemies with 68% Sharp armor. This is before considering quality; at higher quality, the spear only gets better. For example, if both weapons are excellent, then the mace only starts to become better at 78% armor. For reference, centipedes have 72% armor.

Maces would remain better against flak vests and power armor. Of these, the flak vest only matters if you actually hit the vest, which only covers the torso and neck. Power armor, as mentioned above, are rare on enemies in practice. In contrast, spears are noticeably better against unarmored & lightly armored targets, and roughly equal against centipedes. As spears are more useful against more targets, without compromising performance against medium armor, they are often a better weapon in practice. (If you happened to fight a lot of power armor enemies, maces would come on top).

The big advantage of the mace is that it's cheaper. It costs Stuff 25 material less. They are unlocked with Smithing rather than Long Blades. Uranium is cheaper than plasteel, and much less useful in the early- and mid-game.


This comparison falls off at Masterwork quality or higher, but it's not because of armor. Instead, it's due to the overkill mechanics of both weapons.

  • The spear, as Stab damage, can only ever hit a single body part. If a 42 damage spear hits a 25 damage arm, the arm is destroyed. Overkill damage, i.e. 17 damage (40% of the attack), is completely wasted.
  • The mace, as Blunt damage, will spread damage if it causes overkill. If a mace destroys the arm, it will damage the shoulder, too.

This results in the mace better against humans, and the spear being better against centipedes.

Comparison to longswords[edit]

Like the spear, the longsword is a sharp weapon. Steel longswords are about 13.6% stronger than steel maces. Plasteel longswords are 12% stronger than uranium maces. Additionally, longswords have the advantage of the Cut damage type, which does bonus cleaving damage. But pawns tend to have much lower Blunt armor than they do sharp. This results in armor being the main determinant in this comparison.

The exact breakpoints vary on quality and material. In general, a normal plasteel longsword can beat a normal uranium mace against targets wearing just flak jackets or flak pants, as well as unarmored pawns. Armor pieces like flak vests and power armor reduce the longsword to the point of being worse than the mace.

Blunt damage has a few minor advantages, which is listed in the Blunt weapon page.

Comparison to other blunt weapons[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Compared to its neolithic 'ancestor', the club, the mace is 10 units more expensive, has a greater damage per hit, and swings just as fast. However, maces are impacted by quality, while clubs aren't. A poor or awful mace will be worse than a club of the same material. In contrast, a good mace will clearly outperform a club.

Warhammers[edit]

The warhammerContent added by the Royalty DLC costs 3x the materials and requires Long blades researched. However, it isn't conventionally stronger. The mace is actually 102.7% stronger, in raw DPS, than the warhammer. The warhammer has slightly more AP, but a uranium mace already has such high AP that no (reasonable) enemy can resist it.

The warhammer's big advantage, is that it swings slower, but with a stronger hit. This makes it more likely to destroy body parts. The effect of this heavily depends on quality and damage output.

  • At normal or good quality, this is almost irrelevant against humans, as warhammers don't have enough damage to destroy vital body parts. The mace performs similarly, but is 3x cheaper, so the mace comes out ahead.
  • But at masterwork and legendary quality, the uranium warhammer's damage matters a lot more. It has enough damage to consistently 1-shot or 2-shot humans. The mace would take 3 hits to down from pain, meaning the mace takes more time to actually kill. The differences are further exacerbated with the Strong melee damage gene.Content added by the Biotech DLC
Against non-humans, where the warhammer no longer 1-shots enemies, the mace would technically come out ahead. However, the spear and longsword would deal even more damage. A legendary plasteel spear in particular has enough AP to completely ignore the armor of every non-human in the game.

Attack table

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  • Mace Mace Handle (Poke) Head (Blunt) Human: Left & rigth fist (Blunt) HP Value
    Quality
    Material DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 5.19 15.74% 6.48 2s 9.36% 3.24 8.33% 11.3 2s 17.28% 5.65 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 46 Silver
    Awful Gold Gold 5.69 17.27% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.33% 12.56 2s 19.2% 6.28 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 2510 Silver
    Awful Plasteel Plasteel 6.23 15.74% 6.48 1.6s 9.36% 4.05 8.33% 11.3 1.6s 17.28% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 250 Silver
    Awful Silver Silver 5.69 17.27% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.33% 12.56 2s 19.2% 6.28 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 260 Silver
    Awful Steel Steel 5.69 17.27% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.33% 12.56 2s 19.2% 6.28 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 58 Silver
    Awful Uranium Uranium 7.57 24.9% 10.8 2.2s 15.6% 4.91 8.33% 18.84 2.2s 28.8% 8.56 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 250 171 Silver
    Awful Wood Wood 5.19 15.74% 6.48 2s 9.36% 3.24 8.33% 11.3 2s 17.28% 5.65 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 38 Silver
    Poor Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 5.76 17.46% 7.29 2s 10.53% 3.65 8.33% 12.72 2s 19.44% 6.36 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 69 Silver
    Poor Gold Gold 6.32 19.18% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 8.33% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 3765 Silver
    Poor Plasteel Plasteel 6.91 17.46% 7.29 1.6s 10.53% 4.56 8.33% 12.72 1.6s 19.44% 7.95 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 375 Silver
    Poor Silver Silver 6.32 19.18% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 8.33% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 390 Silver
    Poor Steel Steel 6.32 19.18% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 8.33% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 87 Silver
    Poor Uranium Uranium 8.43 27.76% 12.15 2.2s 17.55% 5.52 8.33% 21.2 2.2s 32.4% 9.63 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 250 255 Silver
    Poor Wood Wood 5.76 17.46% 7.29 2s 10.53% 3.65 8.33% 12.72 2s 19.44% 6.36 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 56 Silver
    Normal Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 6.32 19.18% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 8.33% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 92 Silver
    Normal Gold Gold 6.95 21.08% 9 2s 13% 4.5 8.33% 15.7 2s 24% 7.85 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 5020 Silver
    Normal Plasteel Plasteel 7.58 19.18% 8.1 1.6s 11.7% 5.06 8.33% 14.13 1.6s 21.6% 8.83 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 495 Silver
    Normal Silver Silver 6.95 21.08% 9 2s 13% 4.5 8.33% 15.7 2s 24% 7.85 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 520 Silver
    Normal Steel Steel 6.95 21.08% 9 2s 13% 4.5 8.33% 15.7 2s 24% 7.85 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 117 Silver
    Normal Uranium Uranium 9.3 30.63% 13.5 2.2s 19.5% 6.14 8.33% 23.55 2.2s 36% 10.7 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 250 340 Silver
    Normal Wood Wood 6.32 19.18% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 8.33% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 75 Silver
    Good Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 6.88 20.89% 8.91 2s 12.87% 4.46 8.33% 15.54 2s 23.76% 7.77 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 114 Silver
    Good Gold Gold 7.57 22.99% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 8.33% 17.27 2s 26.4% 8.64 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 5520 Silver
    Good Plasteel Plasteel 8.26 20.89% 8.91 1.6s 12.87% 5.57 8.33% 15.54 1.6s 23.76% 9.71 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 620 Silver
    Good Silver Silver 7.57 22.99% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 8.33% 17.27 2s 26.4% 8.64 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 650 Silver
    Good Steel Steel 7.57 22.99% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 8.33% 17.27 2s 26.4% 8.64 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 146 Silver
    Good Uranium Uranium 10.17 33.49% 14.85 2.2s 21.45% 6.75 8.33% 25.91 2.2s 39.6% 11.78 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 250 425 Silver
    Good Wood Wood 6.88 20.89% 8.91 2s 12.87% 4.46 8.33% 15.54 2s 23.76% 7.77 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 94 Silver
    Excellent Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 7.45 22.61% 9.72 2s 14.04% 4.86 8.33% 16.96 2s 25.92% 8.48 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 137 Silver
    Excellent Gold Gold 8.2 24.9% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 8.33% 18.84 2s 28.8% 9.42 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 6020 Silver
    Excellent Plasteel Plasteel 8.94 22.61% 9.72 1.6s 14.04% 6.08 8.33% 16.96 1.6s 25.92% 10.6 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 745 Silver
    Excellent Silver Silver 8.2 24.9% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 8.33% 18.84 2s 28.8% 9.42 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 780 Silver
    Excellent Steel Steel 8.2 24.9% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 8.33% 18.84 2s 28.8% 9.42 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 175 Silver
    Excellent Uranium Uranium 11.04 36.35% 16.2 2.2s 23.4% 7.36 8.33% 28.26 2.2s 43.2% 12.85 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 250 510 Silver
    Excellent Wood Wood 7.45 22.61% 9.72 2s 14.04% 4.86 8.33% 16.96 2s 25.92% 8.48 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 113 Silver
    Masterwork Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 8.86 26.9% 11.75 2s 16.97% 5.87 8.33% 20.49 2s 31.32% 10.24 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 230 Silver
    Masterwork Gold Gold 9.76 29.67% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 8.33% 22.77 2s 34.8% 11.38 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 7020 Silver
    Masterwork Plasteel Plasteel 10.63 26.9% 11.75 1.6s 16.97% 7.34 8.33% 20.49 1.6s 31.32% 12.81 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 280 1245 Silver
    Masterwork Silver Silver 9.76 29.67% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 8.33% 22.77 2s 34.8% 11.38 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 1305 Silver
    Masterwork Steel Steel 9.76 29.67% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 8.33% 22.77 2s 34.8% 11.38 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 290 Silver
    Masterwork Uranium Uranium 13.87 46.22% 19.58 2.2s 28.28% 8.9 25% 34.15 2.2s 52.2% 15.52 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 250 850 Silver
    Masterwork Wood Wood 8.86 26.9% 11.75 2s 16.97% 5.87 8.33% 20.49 2s 31.32% 10.24 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 188 Silver
    Legendary Bioferrite Bioferrite Content added by the Anomaly DLC 9.98 30.34% 13.37 2s 19.31% 6.68 8.33% 23.31 2s 35.64% 11.66 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 200 455 Silver
    Legendary Gold Gold 11.02 33.49% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 8.33% 25.91 2s 39.6% 12.95 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 60 8020 Silver
    Legendary Plasteel Plasteel 13.02 31.56% 13.37 1.6s 19.31% 8.35 25% 23.31 1.6s 35.64% 14.57 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 280 2485 Silver
    Legendary Silver Silver 11.02 33.49% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 8.33% 25.91 2s 39.6% 12.95 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 70 2610 Silver
    Legendary Steel Steel 11.02 33.49% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 8.33% 25.91 2s 39.6% 12.95 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 100 585 Silver
    Legendary Uranium Uranium 15.78 52.59% 22.28 2.2s 32.18% 10.13 25% 38.86 2.2s 59.4% 17.66 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 250 1705 Silver
    Legendary Wood Wood 9.98 30.34% 13.37 2s 19.31% 6.68 8.33% 23.31 2s 35.64% 11.66 75% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 8.33% 65 375 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder if the weapon is wielded by some other than a baseline human.
    2. Chance for attack to be selected, assuming the weapon is wielded by a baseline human. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Styles[edit]

    Ideoligions allow the selection of styles which then change the texture of the certain items and buildings when constructed by the colony. These style variants can be crafted if the colony has the selected style, or can be looted from raiders from factions with the requisite style.

    Version history[edit]

    • Beta 19/1.0 - Damage buffed.
    • 1.5.4062 - Received a new texture