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16th Mar '17 10:40:10 AM IllumiaNaty
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[[AsYouKnow As we all know]], Iron is stronger than Bronze is stronger than Copper, so therefore all weapons and armor made of Iron must be better! Well, not necessarily. In RealLife, other factors come into it, including design (a well-made bronze tool is superior to a low-end iron tool), the maker's skill, available forging techniques (bronze is actually stronger than wrought iron, and pure iron is more or less useless), facilities, time, the quality of the raw material, and alloy composition. Some metals are likewise better suited to cutting, resisting damage, or being light enough to carry. They will frequently be used by the UltimateBlacksmith.

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[[AsYouKnow As we all know]], Iron is stronger than Bronze which is stronger than Copper, so therefore all weapons and armor made of Iron must be better! Well, not necessarily. In RealLife, other factors come into it, including design (a well-made bronze tool is superior to a low-end iron tool), the maker's skill, available forging techniques (bronze is actually stronger than wrought iron, and pure iron is more or less useless), facilities, time, the quality of the raw material, and alloy composition. Some metals are likewise better suited to cutting, resisting damage, or being light enough to carry. They will frequently be used by the UltimateBlacksmith.
7th Feb '17 7:44:44 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/HeroesOfOlympus'', the Romans are armed with weapons of "Imperial gold", a heavily enchanted form of regular gold which is apparently as light and strong as steel, besides being death to supernatural enemies.

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* In ''Literature/HeroesOfOlympus'', ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', the Romans are armed with weapons of "Imperial gold", a heavily enchanted form of regular gold which is apparently as light and strong as steel, besides being death to supernatural enemies.
4th Dec '16 2:01:23 AM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/WarcratIII'''s upgrades for the Alliance uses iron, steel and mythril (what the swords are made of prior to iron is not addressed). The Horde uses steel, thorium and arcanite instead.


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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunTheLostAge'' features crafting (well, forged) materials acquired through chests or battles. Each can be turned into one of half-a-dozen weapons or armor, leading to a lot of SaveScumming, and given that they're found in a very open-ended map, it is entirely possible to find one material long after it's become obsolete.
17th Nov '16 1:13:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Wood'' - Usually the weakest type of weapons material you'll find, and not very good armor, either. Of course, certain weapons like bows or [[SimpleStaff staves]] have no problem with this. That being said, if someone can kick ass with 'just' [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter a wooden sword]], he's grade-A BadAss material. This is historically the most common material for shields.

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* ''Wood'' - Usually the weakest type of weapons material you'll find, and not very good armor, either. Of course, certain weapons like bows or [[SimpleStaff staves]] have no problem with this. That being said, if someone can kick ass with 'just' [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter a wooden sword]], he's grade-A BadAss badass material. This is historically the most common material for shields.
25th Sep '16 9:50:39 PM EdwardGil
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**** Interestingly, in RealLife, Gold-Titanium alloy is stronger then than Titanium by itself.
15th Jan '16 5:46:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SenZar'' swore by this, to the point that it managed to completely break the game. This is one of the many reasons why it's considered one of the worst tabletop roleplaying games ever devised.

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* ''SenZar'' ''TabletopGame/SenZar'' swore by this, to the point that it managed to completely break the game. This is one of the many reasons why it's considered one of the worst tabletop roleplaying games ever devised.
15th Jan '16 5:17:55 AM ReaderAt2046
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* In ''Literature/HeroesOfOlympus'', the Romans are armed with weapons of "Imperial gold", a heavily enchanted form of regular gold which is apparently as light and strong as steel, besides being death to supernatural enemies.
30th Dec '15 6:07:16 PM jormis29
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* ''[[PublicDomainArtifact Legendary equipment]]'' - You know you're approaching the ultimate equipment when it starts [[NamedWeapons taking names]] [[StockWeaponNames from mythology]]. What else is cooler than DualWielding King Arthur's Excalibur, the Grecian Aegis, or Thor's [[DropTheHammer Mjolnir?]] The InfinityPlusOneSword is often to be found here.

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* ''[[PublicDomainArtifact Legendary equipment]]'' - You know you're approaching the ultimate equipment when it starts [[NamedWeapons taking names]] [[StockWeaponNames from mythology]]. What else is cooler than DualWielding King Arthur's Excalibur, {{Excalibur}}, the Grecian Aegis, or Thor's [[DropTheHammer Mjolnir?]] {{Mjolnir}}? The InfinityPlusOneSword is often to be found here.
8th Dec '15 5:59:15 PM Prime32
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** ''[[FantasyMetals Fantastic Metals]]'' - At a certain point on the scale, fantastic materials start getting thrown into the mix, which have properties which border on (or are) magical. Common examples include {{Mithril}}, {{Orichalcum}}, Adamantium, Neutronium, {{Unobtainium}}, or any old {{Phlebotinum}}.

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** ''[[FantasyMetals Fantastic Metals]]'' - At a certain point on the scale, fantastic materials start getting thrown into the mix, which have properties which border on (or are) magical. Common examples include {{Mithril}}, {{Orichalcum}}, Adamantium, {{Hihiirokane}}, Neutronium, {{Unobtainium}}, or any old {{Phlebotinum}}.
30th Nov '15 1:31:32 PM PeppermintTwist
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory.'' You can find copper, silver, gold, and even platinum swords... which are explicitly stated to be purely decorative items which, not shockingly, are terrible as actual equipment. They're intended to be used as VendorTrash.
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