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Friday, August 6, 2010

Ancient Scimitar 古锭刀 (gǔ dìng dāo)

Posted by Ricky Chua On 10:03 AM 9 comments
A nice addition to the weapons, the ANCIENT SCIMITAR is available only in the Battle Expansion Pack 军增包. Supposedly belonging to Sun Jian 孙坚, who was the father of Sun Quan 孙权, the exact ownership of this weapon is still somewhat uncertain. Nonetheless, ever since this weapon has been introduced into the San Guo Sha 三国杀 card game, I have witnessed many players dying at the hands of this blade. If I had my way, I would rename this blade "The Punisher", with reference to the added damage its victims receive if they were not disciplined with their card usage.

Attacking range: 2

Special ability:
[Enforced ability] When your ATTACK 杀 causes damage to your victim, the damage is increased by an additional 1 unit if he or she does not have any cards on hand.

Characters that match this weapon best:
The card-demolishing character Gan Ning 甘宁 works best with the ANCIENT SCIMITAR. First use DISMANTLE 过河拆桥 to remove all the on-hand cards of your target, then finish it off with ATTACK for +1 unit damage. Though Pang De 庞德 is also a card-demolisher, he is not as good a match as Gan Ning. This is because for Pang De to demolish an opponent's card, he needs to use an ATTACK card. This means he cannot use another ATTACK card in the same turn to exploit the Ancient Scimitar's ability.

On the other hand, it is very useful to have this weapon equipped when your team-mates are card-demolishers. Having Gan Ning, Pang De or even Si Ma Yi 司马懿 on your side can help empty an opponents on-hand cards while you move in for the kill afterwards. Pay attention to who your team mates are and this weapon can be a brilliant asset!


  1. If I use Duel, with this weapon, and the other person has no cards on hand would it do 2 damage?

  2. No it cannot do 2 damage. For Duel, the damage is still caused by the Duel card and not the ATTACK card.

  3. If I use this weapon and use an fire attack together with wine on someone equipped with rattan armour and who has no more card on hand, will it cause 4 units of damage?

  4. Yes. All the abilities stack up the damage.

  5. Just have a question regarding this card and Guo Jia 郭嘉 along with Eight Trigrams 八卦阵. If someone attacks Guo Jia when he has no cards, but is equipped with a 八卦阵. Regardless of the outcome Guo Jia will take the judgement card, will the card still do 2 damage from the initial attack or will it be reduced to 1 damage because he now has a card?

  6. It will be reduced to 1 damage because the point at which the damage is dealt is after the judgement, when Guo Jia already has the card in hand.

  7. Xu Chu + WINE + FIRE ATTACK + Rattan armor on target + Ancient Schimitar and target does not have any cards in hand + Demi-god ZhuGeLiang's Strong Gale = 6 damage.

    1. Read the Rattan Armour page comments for a much better example of big damage.

  8. This weapon is extremely deadly on a dozen of characters, especially card destroyers. To name a few: Gan Ning, Lu Su, Deng Ai,SP Zhao Yun and ofcourse the owner of this weapon Sun Jian


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