Mace

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Mace

Mace

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

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Medieval
Class
Medieval
Mass
1.25 kg

Melee Combat

Mode
Melee
Melee Attack 1
handle
9 dmg (Poke)
2 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
head
15.7 dmg (Blunt)
2 seconds cooldown
24% armor penetration
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
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

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), 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

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.

Compared to sharp weapons

A mace costs half as much as a longsword, and are unlocked with Smithing rather than Long Blades.

The longsword is nominally stronger, about 22.5% stronger when made out of steel. However, blunt weapons have multiple advantages. Most pawns carry much lower Blunt armor than they do Sharp. Armor pieces like flak vests and marine armor reduce the longsword to the point of being worse than the mace. The exact breakpoints for mace vs. longsword depend 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.

Blunt weapons also have other advantages. They have a chance to stun enemies on hit, regardless of organic status on hit. And if a blunt weapon destroys a body part, it is likely for the damage to spread to its parent part. A sword would cleanly cut off a finger; a mace would crush the finger and likely hurt the arm in the process. However, blunt wounds won't cause bleeding unless a body part is destroyed. Note that bleeding is very minor in most melee combat situations.

Compared to other blunt weapons

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. Maces are also impacted by quality, while clubs aren't. A poor or awful mace will be worse than a club of the same material.

The warhammerContent added by the Royalty DLC costs 3x the materials and requires Long blades researched, but is not strictly stronger. In fact, the mace has a stronger average DPS against unarmored targets, or targets where the mace's AP completely ignore armor. The warhammer has slightly more AP. But at any reasonable armor level, the differences in raw DPS are quite small. Most expected enemies have a very low Blunt protection, even against power armor enemies.

However, the warhammer has a key advantage which cannot be derived from raw DPS. It has a stronger swing, but longer cooldown. This makes it more likely to destroy body parts. 1 hit from a high quality, uranium warhammer could destroy a human's torso, whereas the equivalent mace would need multiple hits in different areas to kill. The true practical extent of this effect is undocumented.

The mace has the advantage of being much cheaper. But if resources are not a concern, then a warhammer would be better than the mace against humanlikes. While the same argument could be extended to using zeushammers or persona zeushammers, it is extremely rare to obtain a Masterwork or Legendary version of either ultratech weapon, and qualities of these high levels have a massive influence on damage. You can farm legendary uranium warhammers if you have a source of inspired creativity, such as a crafter tortured artist or word of inspiration (especially when combined with Production Specialist roleContent added by the Ideology DLC).

Quality table

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    Mace Mace Handle (Poke)Head (Blunt) HP Value
    Quality
    Material DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Steel Steel 5.61 17% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 25% 12.56 2s 19.2% 6.28 75% 100 58 Silver
    Awful Gold Gold 6.45 19.55% 8.28 2s 11.96% 4.14 25% 14.444 2s 22.08% 7.22 75% 60 2510 Silver
    Awful Plasteel Plasteel 6.31 15.3% 6.48 1.6s 9.36% 4.05 25% 11.304 1.6s 17.28% 7.07 75% 280 250 Silver
    Awful Silver Silver 5.61 17% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 25% 12.56 2s 19.2% 6.28 75% 70 260 Silver
    Awful Uranium Uranium 7.65 25.5% 10.8 2.2s 15.6% 4.91 25% 18.84 2.2s 28.8% 8.56 75% 250 171 Silver
    Awful Wood Wood 5.05 15.3% 6.48 2s 9.36% 3.24 25% 11.304 2s 17.28% 5.65 75% 65 38 Silver
    Poor Steel Steel 6.31 19.13% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 25% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 100 87 Silver
    Poor Gold Gold 7.26 21.99% 9.315 2s 13.455% 4.66 25% 16.2495 2s 24.84% 8.12 75% 60 3765 Silver
    Poor Plasteel Plasteel 7.1 17.21% 7.29 1.6s 10.53% 4.56 25% 12.717 1.6s 19.44% 7.95 75% 280 375 Silver
    Poor Silver Silver 6.31 19.13% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 25% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 70 390 Silver
    Poor Uranium Uranium 8.61 28.69% 12.15 2.2s 17.55% 5.52 25% 21.195 2.2s 32.4% 9.63 75% 250 255 Silver
    Poor Wood Wood 5.68 17.21% 7.29 2s 10.53% 3.65 25% 12.717 2s 19.44% 6.36 75% 65 56 Silver
    Normal Steel Steel 7.01 21.25% 9 2s 13% 4.5 25% 15.7 2s 24% 7.85 75% 100 117 Silver
    Normal Gold Gold 8.06 24.44% 10.35 2s 14.95% 5.18 25% 18.055 2s 27.6% 9.03 75% 60 5020 Silver
    Normal Plasteel Plasteel 7.89 19.13% 8.1 1.6s 11.7% 5.06 25% 14.13 1.6s 21.6% 8.83 75% 280 495 Silver
    Normal Silver Silver 7.01 21.25% 9 2s 13% 4.5 25% 15.7 2s 24% 7.85 75% 70 520 Silver
    Normal Uranium Uranium 9.56 31.88% 13.5 2.2s 19.5% 6.14 25% 23.55 2.2s 36% 10.7 75% 250 340 Silver
    Normal Wood Wood 6.31 19.13% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 25% 14.13 2s 21.6% 7.07 75% 65 75 Silver
    Good Steel Steel 7.71 23.38% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 25% 17.27 2s 26.4% 8.64 75% 100 146 Silver
    Good Gold Gold 8.87 26.88% 11.385 2s 16.445% 5.69 25% 19.8605 2s 30.36% 9.93 75% 60 5520 Silver
    Good Plasteel Plasteel 8.68 21.04% 8.91 1.6s 12.87% 5.57 25% 15.543 1.6s 23.76% 9.71 75% 280 620 Silver
    Good Silver Silver 7.71 23.38% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 25% 17.27 2s 26.4% 8.64 75% 70 650 Silver
    Good Uranium Uranium 10.52 35.06% 14.85 2.2s 21.45% 6.75 25% 25.905 2.2s 39.6% 11.78 75% 250 425 Silver
    Good Wood Wood 6.94 21.04% 8.91 2s 12.87% 4.46 25% 15.543 2s 23.76% 7.77 75% 65 94 Silver
    Excellent Steel Steel 8.42 25.5% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 25% 18.84 2s 28.8% 9.42 75% 100 175 Silver
    Excellent Gold Gold 9.68 29.33% 12.42 2s 17.94% 6.21 25% 21.666 2s 33.12% 10.83 75% 60 6020 Silver
    Excellent Plasteel Plasteel 9.47 22.95% 9.72 1.6s 14.04% 6.08 25% 16.956 1.6s 25.92% 10.6 75% 280 745 Silver
    Excellent Silver Silver 8.42 25.5% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 25% 18.84 2s 28.8% 9.42 75% 70 780 Silver
    Excellent Uranium Uranium 11.48 38.25% 16.2 2.2s 23.4% 7.36 25% 28.26 2.2s 43.2% 12.85 75% 250 510 Silver
    Excellent Wood Wood 7.57 22.95% 9.72 2s 14.04% 4.86 25% 16.956 2s 25.92% 8.48 75% 65 113 Silver
    Masterwork Steel Steel 10.17 30.81% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 25% 22.765 2s 34.8% 11.38 75% 100 290 Silver
    Masterwork Gold Gold 11.69 35.43% 15.0075 2s 21.6775% 7.5 25% 26.17975 2s 40.02% 13.09 75% 60 7020 Silver
    Masterwork Plasteel Plasteel 11.44 27.73% 11.745 1.6s 16.965% 7.34 25% 20.4885 1.6s 31.32% 12.81 75% 280 1245 Silver
    Masterwork Silver Silver 10.17 30.81% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 25% 22.765 2s 34.8% 11.38 75% 70 1305 Silver
    Masterwork Uranium Uranium 13.87 46.22% 19.575 2.2s 28.275% 8.9 25% 34.1475 2.2s 52.2% 15.52 75% 250 850 Silver
    Masterwork Wood Wood 9.15 27.73% 11.745 2s 16.965% 5.87 25% 20.4885 2s 31.32% 10.24 75% 65 188 Silver
    Legendary Steel Steel 11.57 35.06% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 25% 25.905 2s 39.6% 12.95 75% 100 585 Silver
    Legendary Gold Gold 13.31 40.32% 17.0775 2s 24.6675% 8.54 25% 29.79075 2s 45.54% 14.9 75% 60 8020 Silver
    Legendary Plasteel Plasteel 13.02 31.56% 13.365 1.6s 19.305% 8.35 25% 23.3145 1.6s 35.64% 14.57 75% 280 2485 Silver
    Legendary Silver Silver 11.57 35.06% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 25% 25.905 2s 39.6% 12.95 75% 70 2610 Silver
    Legendary Uranium Uranium 15.78 52.59% 22.275 2.2s 32.175% 10.13 25% 38.8575 2.2s 59.4% 17.66 75% 250 1705 Silver
    Legendary Wood Wood 10.41 31.56% 13.365 2s 19.305% 6.68 25% 23.3145 2s 35.64% 11.66 75% 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
    2. 2.0 2.1 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Version history

    • Beta 19/1.0 - Damage buffed.