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Swords come in one-handed and two-handed edged weapon varieties, usually in the form of a long, narrow blade with a short handle or hilt. Some swords have one primary edge, some have broader blades, and even others have longer hilts, but all generally rely on the ability to slash an opponent with only occasional piercing attacks.

One-handed weapons generate less damage per second and fewer bonuses than their two-handed counterparts of the same level.

One- and two-handed Swords can be wielded by death knights, paladins and warriors. One-handed swords can also be wielded by mages, monks, rogues and warlocks. Hunters can wield swords, but are unable to use ranged attacks when wielding them.

Swords can be enhanced by Enchanting, poisons by rogues, and by sharpening stones.

Humans have [Sword Specialization] which increases Expertise.

Significant swords
Ashbringer, the legendary blade of Alexandros Mograine and Tirion Fordring.
 [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker], the weapon of Thunderaan.
 [Warglaive of Azzinoth] and  [Warglaive of Azzinoth], the legendary weapon set consisting of two swords, wielded by Illidan Stormrage.
Great Royal Sword of Anduin Lothar, that was broken by the Doomhammer.
 [Ashkandi, Greatsword of the Brotherhood], speculated to be another weapon of Anduin Lothar.
 [Glorenzelg, High-Blade of the Silver Hand], apparently stolen by Arthas and corrupted.
 [Quel'Serrar], an ancient Night elven sword.
Inv sword 155.png [Quel'Delar], the reforged blade of Quel'Thalas. Obtained via a quest given by the  [Battered Hilt].
Shalla'tor and Ellemayne, a pair of Night elf swords forged during the War of the Ancients. Accidently fused together in modern times, creating Shalamayne. Now the weapon of Varian Wrynn.
 [Manslayer of the Qiraji], the two-handed sword dropped off of Rajaxx in Ahn'Qiraj