At the start of our history as a species on Earth, someone smart thought to put a sharp rock on one end of a stick. This was the first spear.
Spear, halberd, polearms, and pikes are all weapons that give their users a lot of range for a small price. Before the age of gunpowder, this made them the best weapon for foot soldiers on Earth, but not in Tamriel.
No one knows why Bethesda decided to leave spears out of Skyrim and its predecessor, Oblivion, but it’s not a decision we have to live with.
So let’s look at some of the best mods that add spears and polearms to your game.
12. Billyro Poleaxe
We’ll start with something simple and high-quality, like all of Billyro’s work, who is known for making weapons.
This Poleaxe is based on a real product sold by By The Sword, Inc., an international company that sells medieval clothing and weapons. If you like it, you can buy the real thing.
Since this Poleaxe is based on a real weapon, it looks very useful.
It doesn’t have any fancy decorations, so a foot soldier or a knight of low rank could use it.
11. Imperial Halberds & Polearms
Natives of Cyrodiil rejoice for the weapons of our people have made their way to Skyrim.
Admittedly, I don’t know why creator MihailMods decided to call these “Imperial Halberds & Polearms” when the last time such weapons were in a Bethesda game was The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.
The mod includes a whopping 38 new extended range weapons, ranging from basic spears and pikes to heavily ornamented or even enchanted halberds and poleaxes.
You’ll find these spread out throughout Skyrim, in the hands of bandits, travelers, and the Imperial Legion.
10. Immersive Weapons
One mod that was continually recommended to me repeatedly when I started talking about spears around my Skyrim-loving peers was Immersive Weapons by HothTrooper44.
Instead of adding new models to the existing weapon types, Immersive Weapons aims to widen your combat horizons with 21 unique archetypes such as spears, scythes, and battle staves.
In total, there are 230 all-new weapons to discover – many of which fall under the broad category of “spear” or “polearm”.
Give it a try if you’re looking to a lot of new variety.
9. Elder Souls – Halberd
Something Immersive Weapons doesn’t do by itself is alter your attack animations – which is a shame considering how different a spear or a polearm can be to a regular sword or axe.
If you want to experience true extended-range combat, the Elder Souls Halberd by Miken1ke is the way to go.
It takes some time to setup the required mods to get it working, but once you do, this halberd has one of the most unique and visually appealing combat animations – all based on Dark Souls.
This one is actually part of an initiative to rework Skyrim’s somewhat basic combat to resemble Dark Souls, something I can definitely get behind.
8. Skyrim Spear Mechanic
Skyrim Spear Mechanic does two major things for spear-based combat:
It introduces 11 distinctive spears matching each of the 11 weapon materials, and it makes their attack animations unique in 1st and 3rd person.
Animations can also vary depending on how you brandish each weapon.
Wielding a spear with both hands is entirely different from pairing it with a shield.
By far, my favorite feature setting this mod apart from other spear animation add-ons is the javelin throw mechanic, which lets you use your spear as a powerful projectile capable of staggering enemies.
7. True Spear Combat
Another popular option that has kept on growing since its initial 2017 release is Bouboule’s True Spear Combat.
This mod makes fighting with spears and polearms much more immersive by introducing new animations for 1st and 3rd person view.
NPCs also have access to these new fighting styles.
True Spear Combat shines for the sheer amount of new animations. There are even idle animations involving spears, and you can choose between several blocking styles.
The mod does include some arms of its own, but I’d recommend pairing it with robust weapon packs like Immersive Weapons.
6. Lintra Spearmaiden
Once you’ve got your spears and animations all set up, you’ll need a companion who knows their way around blades on long sticks.
Netbadass’s Lintra Spearmaiden is a gorgeous warrior specializing in spear combat. The mod includes the character, badass custom armor and spear, and a pet dragon.
Yes, you read that right.
Lintra shows up to your game with a tiny dragon perched on her shoulder. The dragon – Aetis – will fight alongside its master when necessary, and they’ll shapeshift into a beautiful dragon-shouting girl in indoor spaces.
Just make sure you get the compatibility patches for True Spear Combat and similar mods.
5. Spears Skills & Perks
To truly integrate spears into Skyrim, you need to go further than just adding the weapons and giving them custom animations.
Most mods just treat spears as one-handed weapons and apply the corresponding bonuses, but fighting with a short-range one-handed sword isn’t the same as brandishing a spear.
Spears Skills & Perks supercharges your spear combat by introducing a fully-functional skill tree, complete with different branches to customize your fighting style.
Despite being created by the same author as True Spear Combat, this mod is compatible with all major spear combat mods – including Skyrim Spear Mechanic and Animated Armoury.
4. Halberds Skills & Perks
Once you’ve gotten familiar with your new Spear-based skills, you can move on to halberds for even more mid-range destructive power.
This mod, also made by Bouboule, introduces the Halberdier skill tree which lets you develop your character in three forms of combat.
You can specialize in disarming your enemy, knocking them down, or returning the favor whenever you get hit.
Something really cool about these skill trees is they’re fully integrated into Skyrim, just like vanilla trees. You’ll even find books with stories about legendary halberd warriors that’ll improve your skill level!
3. Animated Armoury
If you’re getting spears and polearms into the game, logic tells me you’ll eventually be interested in other new weapon types.
If that’s your jam, then Animated Armoury should be your first stop.
This incredible add-on by NickNak is considered a must-have by many in the Skyrim community because it provides a fast and easy way to inject new weapons with custom animations into the game.
Once installed, you’ll find a fully functional rapier, claws, staves, whips – and of course there’s also spears, polearms, and pikes.
It even adds new animations for the classic dagger and mace weapon types for added consistency – plus it’s compatible with almost any big “new weapons” mod that you can think of.
2. Nordic Spears
This mod adds spears to the game Skyrim with custom HD textures and models.
The spears have a slightly longer reach, speed, and critical stats than other 2H weapons, but their base damage is between battleaxes and warhammers.
They can be crafted and tempered at any forge with simple components, and require appropriate smithing perks. The mod currently includes Iron, Steel, and Orcish spears, with plans to add more.
The player character and NPCs can wield these as battleaxes, and the weapons benefit from the 2H/battleaxes perks. The mod also includes an optional add-on for throwable spears.
1. Spear of Beast
This mod adds a new weapon called “Spear of Beast” to the game Skyrim, which can be found in Dragonsreach Whiterun.
The mod author states that it can be used freely as long as they are given credit. No further details about the spear’s appearance, stats, or abilities are provided.