Created By: MacronNotes on August 9, 2013 Last Edited By: MacronNotes on August 21, 2013
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Elemental Weapon

A weapon that is made of or empowered by a certain element.

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A weapon created or empowered by using Elemental Powers like a sword wreathed in flames or a spear made of ice. One reason is to give an already deadly weapon extra edge. Another reason is that it simply looks cool. An elemental weapon may be able absorb and deflect it's own element or inflict damage associated with it (like electrocution by an electric based weapon). These weapons are often done via Spontaneous Weapon Creation, though it doesn't have to be. An Ultimate Blacksmith might have the ability to craft such a weapon.

Supertrope to Flaming Sword and Laser Blade. See also Elemental Armor, Elemental Punch, and Spell Blade.

Examples

Anime & Manga
  • Berserk: After the party meets Flora, Isidro and Serpico get a fire dagger and a wind rapier respectively. Schierke also wanted to give Guts a (presumably) earth-elemental axe, but he preferred to stick with his Dragonslayer.
  • In Bleach, there are a few spiritual weapons which are elemental in nature. However, while most merely emit the element in question, some weapons play with this trope.
    • Rukia Kuchiki has an ice-and-snow type weapon, which normally means controlling the element. But, if the sword happens to break, she can recreate a new one from ice.
    • Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya's sword both emits ice, snow, and freezing water, and absorbs moisture from his environment. It also has a weakness in that it will slowly wear away the more he uses it. However, ample moisture and cold allows him to replenish the sword and its power. This creates something of a stalemate when he goes against Tier Halibel, whose sword also absorbs and controls water, but can also melt ice. Even later still, when his commander releases his fire-type weapon, Hitsugaya states that he is unable to use his sword at all because all of the moisture has been completely dried up, and his ice would melt instantly.
    • And speaking of him, when he releases bankai (final form), Captain Yamamoto's sword becomes flame itself. Instead of being wrapped in flames like in its shikai (initial form), the blade becomes one with them. Merely touching the blade at that point will cause its victim to go "poof".
  • One Piece:
    • Aokiji can make an ice saber by pulling out blades of grass and then breathes on them.
    • Meanwhile Kizaru can create a Laser Blade.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons.
    • Tales of the Lance. A Frostreaver is a heavy battle axe made of ice gathered from a secret location on Icewall Glacier. One full day of above freezing temperature or 1-6 hours at warm temperatures (50 degrees Fahrenheit) causes the Frostreaver to melt.
    • Module Rary the Traitor. Lord Robilar wields the Blade of Black Ice, which was created by the demigod Iuz himself out of ice.
    • Legends & Lore.
      • The avatar of the Japanese deity Ho Masubi has a sword made of fire. It does 10 extra Hit Points of fire damage per hit and if the target is wearing armor, the armor must save vs. magical fire or be destroyed.
      • The avatar of the Hindu deity Brihaspati carries a bow that fires arrows of brilliant light that can render the target blind for 1-10 days.
      • The avatar of the Hindu deity Indra has a bow that fires lightning bolts that do 2dl0 points of damage and have a range of 1,000 yards.
    • Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia. The Native American deity Hastsezini has a lance made of fire and a bow that can shoot arrows made of fire.
    • Dragon magazine #127. The bow Ice Fang can create and fire arrows of ice out of water vapor in the air. The arrows do double damage against creatures that use or dwell in fire. In temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher the arrows have half normal range.
    • Gods, Demigods, & Heroes. The Norse Mythology deity Valis had a shortbow that could fire an arrow of lightning.
Video Games
  • In Borderlands (and its sequel), guns and grenade mods can have elemental damage. This gives them a damage bonus (with a chance for DOT) and makes them more effective against certain targets. The first game had corrosive/acid (armour), fire (flesh), shock (shields) and explosive (basically "non-elemental" bonus damage). The sequel added slag (no bonus damage on its own, but it applied a debuff which made the target weaker to everything else). Shields similarly had damage resistance (and some also had effects which dealt elemental damage, such as harming enemies that used melee attacks).
  • A staple of Diablo games. They can come with elemental powers themselves or can be given some through socketing.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, the spells Flaming Weapons and Frost Weapons apply corresponding elemental damage bonuses to the entire party's weapons when cast.
    • In Dragon Age II, these spells are rolled into one, Elemental Weapons. Which elemental effect is applied to weapons depends on the elemental type of the caster's Magic Staff.
  • Dragon Quest IX has the Armamentalist vocation, whose specialty is imbuing a party member (and later the entire party) with the power of fire, frost, wind/lightning, earth/darkness, and life. Not only do they do more damage, but they also become resistant to attacks of that type (very useful against breath weapons).
  • In Epic Battle Fantasy most weapons are elemental based and can sometimes cause Standard Status Effects such freezing, burns, or paralysis.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy X allows you to imbue weapons with various characteristics, including elemental (fire, ice, water and lightning) damage. As you progress in the game, these become less useful in favor of breaking the damage cap and increasing Overdrive. Tidus' iconic sword Brotherhood is the only water-elemental sword you can find for some time.
    • In Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, the Synergist class has access to the En- line of abilities (Enfire, Enfrost, etc.), which give temporary elemental damage effects to other party members' weapons.
  • Golden Sun: The Gaia Blade (and later Sol Blade) are only equippable by Venus(earth)-type characters, and give a boost to Venus power.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect, modding your weapons with certain ammo types adds elemental effects to the bullets, such as incendiary or freezing.
    • In Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, elemental ammo is turned into class-specific sustained skills. With certain skill upgrades, the effects can be extended to the rest of the party.
  • In Mega Man X, some of Zero's techniques will coat the Z-Saber in an element; for example, his Ryuenjin in X4 is a Flaming Sword while his Hyouretsuzan in the same game is an ice saber.
  • In Mega Man Zero's first three games, Zero can have access to elemental chips which will imbue his weapons with a elemental affinity (of Fire, Ice, Lightning).
  • Mortal Kombat has two examples involving ice people Sub-Zero (Who can create swords as well as decoys using ice) and Frost (Who makes daggers out of ice).
  • Amaterasu's three strongest weapons in Ōkami are Solar Flare (fiery reflector), Thunder Edge (lightning BFS) and Tundra Beads (a chain of ice energy). Said weapons also lets her use elemental brush magic corresponding to said elements without needing a source.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Republic Troopers and Imperial Bounty Hunters have skills that allow them to add various elemental effects to their ammo (such as the incendiary Plasma Cells, or Ion Gas Cylinders).
  • Shamans in World of Warcraft can imbue their weapons temporarily with fire, lightning, ice, rock and life. Some weapons also come with a random enchant that can proc elemental damage.
  • Ragnarok Online: Has weapons that are per default elemental weapons (such as the Ice Falchion), crafted weapons via blacksmiths, card bonuses and enchantments which fits another trope.
  • Thousand Arms: This trope is an important point given how the player crafts the weapons and the elements involved with what girl comes and helps the player with the forging.
  • In Guilty Gear, Sol Badguy's Fuuenken and Ky Kiske's Fuuraiken are Flaming Sword and lightning sword respectively.
  • In Devil May Cry, Dante can acquire Alastor, a lightning BFS, and Ifrit, a fiery Power Fist. In the third game, he can get many more: Cerberus (ice 3-pronged nunchuks), Agni & Rudra (fire and wind scimitars), Nevan (electric guitar that can shoot bats), and Beowulf (light-element gauntlets and greaves).
  • In Namco Capcom and Endless Frontier, Reiji Arisu has a fire and lightning katanas, while Xiaomu has a water Sword Cane. The Big Bad Saya has three katanas of Fire, Ice, Lightning.In Project X Zone, Reiji gets an additional ice katana.
  • Azure Dreams: The player finds elemental powered weapons in the tower, they do a small dose of extra damage compared to the same power non elemental weapons. This is however a double edged blade considering that the tower plays an elemental rock paper scissors.

Western Animation
  • In the first episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender's second book, Zuko creates two daggers out of fire and uses them against Azula.
  • "Ninjago": The whole first season is a quest to get the four elemental weapons before the baddy does.
  • Fridjitzu powers in Adventure Time, which allow the user to create icy nunchaku and shurikens by using specific incantations and hand positions.
Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • August 9, 2013
    Bisected8
    • In Borderlands (and its sequel), guns and grenade mods can have elemental damage. This gives them a damage bonus (with a chance for DOT) and makes them more effective against certain targets. The first game had corrosive/acid (armour), fire (flesh), shock (shields) and explosive (basically "non-elemental" bonus damage). The sequel added slag (no bonus damage on its own, but it applied a debuff which made the target weaker to everything else). Shields similarly had damage resistance (and some also had effects which dealt elemental damage, such as harming enemies that used melee attacks).
  • August 9, 2013
    GKaiser
    • A staple of Diablo games. They can come with elemental powers themselves or can be given some through socketing.
    • Shamans in World Of Warcraft can imbue their weapons temporarily with fire, lightning, ice, rock and life. Some weapons also come with a random enchant that can proc elemental damage.
  • August 9, 2013
    DAN004
    BTW compare Elemental Punch.

    Anime And Manga

    Video Games
    • In Mega Man X, some of Zero's techniques will coat the Z-Saber in an element; for example, his Ryuenjin in X4 is a Flaming Sword while his Hyouretsuzan in the same game is an ice saber.
    • In Mega Man Zero's first three games, Zero can have access to elemental chips which will imbue his weapons with a elemental affinity (of Fire Ice Lightning).
    • Amaterasu's three strongest weapons in Okami are Solar Flare (fiery reflector), Thunder Edge (lightning BFS) and Tundra Beads (a chain of ice energy). Said weapons also lets her use elemental brush magic corresponding to said elements without needing a source.
  • August 9, 2013
    MrRuano
    • Mortal Kombat has two examples involving ice people Sub-Zero (Who can create swords as well as decoys using ice) and Frost (Who makes daggers out of ice).
  • August 10, 2013
    Koveras
    • Dragon Age:
      • In Dragon Age Origins, the spells Flaming Weapons and Frost Weapons apply corresponding elemental damage bonuses to the entire party's weapons when cast.
      • In Dragon Age II, these spells are rolled into one, Elemental Weapons. Which elemental effect is applied to weapons depends on the elemental type of the caster's Magic Staff.
    • Mass Effect:
      • In Mass Effect, modding your weapons with certain ammo types adds elemental effects to the bullets, such as incendiary or freezing.
      • In Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, elemental ammo is turned into class-specific sustained skills. With certain skill upgrades, the effects can be extended to the rest of the party.
    • In Star Wars The Old Republic, the Republic Troopers have skills that allow them to add various elemental effects to their ammo (such as the incendiary Plasma Cell).
    • In Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2, the Synergist class has access to the En- line of abilities (Enfire, Enfrost, etc.), which give temporary elemental damage effects to other party members' weapons.
  • August 10, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I don't think Elemental Crafting is what you think it is. Because it's about the tendency of the material an item is made of to be the only measurement of quality (iron weapon is always better than one made of bronze no matter the quality of crafting, gold is superior to silver, etc.). Elemental Crafting is not about the process of creating Elemental Weapons.
  • August 10, 2013
    MacronNotes
    ^ I removed the line about Elemental Crafting.
  • August 10, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Final Fantasy X allows you to imbue weapons with various characteristics, including elemental (fire, ice, water and lightning) damage. As you progress in the game, these become less useful in favor of breaking the damage cap and increasing Overdrive. Tidus' iconic sword Brotherhood is the only water-elemental sword you can find for some time.
    • Dragon Quest IX has the Armamentalist vocation, whose specialty is imbuing a party member (and later the entire party) with the power of fire, frost, wind/lightning, earth/darkness, and life. Not only do they do more damage, but they also become resistant to attacks of that type (very useful against breath weapons).
    • Golden Sun: the Gaia Blade (and later Sol Blade) are only equippable by Venus(earth)-type characters, and give a boost to Venus power.
    • Warcraft III: The different factions can buy or find orbs to augment their heroes' attacks: fire gives Splash Damage, frost gives slow, lightning gives shock... There are a few weapon items that have this effect, like the Searing Blade.
    • Berserk: After the party meets Flora, Isidro and Serpico get a fire dagger and a wind rapier respectively. Schierke also wanted to give Guts a (presumably) earth-elemental axe, but he preferred to stick with his Dragonslayer.
  • August 10, 2013
    KingZeal
    Possible page quote:

    • In Bleach, there are a few spiritual weapons which are elemental in nature. However, while most merely emit the element in question, some weapons play with this trope.
      • Rukia Kuchiki has an ice-and-snow type weapon, which normally means controlling the element. But, if the sword happens to break, she can recreate a new one from ice.
      • Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya's sword both emits ice, snow, and freezing water, and absorbs moisture from his environment. It also has a weakness in that it will slowly wear away the more he uses it. However, ample moisture and cold allows him to replenish the sword and its power. This creates something of a stalemate when he goes against Tier Halibel, whose sword also absorbs and controls water, but can also melt ice. Even later still, when his commander releases his fire-type weapon, Hitsugaya states that he is unable to use his sword at all because all of the moisture has been completely dried up, and his ice would melt instantly.
      • And speaking of him, when he releases bankai (final form), Captain Yamamoto's sword becomes flame itself. Instead of being wrapped in flames like in its shikai (initial form), the blade becomes one with them. Merely touching the blade at that point will cause its victim to go "poof".
  • August 10, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ To be honest, that's not a good page quote at all. The weapon isn't actually mentioned, so it just sounds like someone is talking about his Making A Splash powers. What's worse, Hitsugaya doesn't even have water but ice based powers.
  • August 10, 2013
    KingZeal
    The first point is a fair one, but ice vs water is splitting hairs.
  • August 10, 2013
    KZN02
    See also The Magic Touch?
  • August 11, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Dungeons And Dragons.
      • Tales of the Lance. A Frostreaver is a heavy battle axe made of ice gathered from a secret location on Icewall Glacier. One full day of above freezing temperature or 1-6 hours at warm temperatures (50 degrees Fahrenheit) causes the Frostreaver to melt.
      • Module Rary the Traitor. Lord Robilar wields the Blade of Black Ice, which was created by the demigod Iuz himself out of ice.
      • Legends & Lore.
        • The avatar of the Japanese deity Ho Masubi has a sword made of fire. It does 10 extra Hit Points of fire damage per hit and if the target is wearing armor, the armor must save vs. magical fire or be destroyed.
        • The avatar of the Hindu deity Brihaspati carries a bow that fires arrows of brilliant light that can render the target blind for 1-10 days.
        • The avatar of the Hindu deity Indra has a bow that fires lightning bolts that do 2dl0 points of damage and have a range of 1,000 yards.
      • Deities & Demigods Cyclopedia. The Native American deity Hastsezini has a lance made of fire and a bow that can shoot arrows made of fire.
      • Dragon magazine #127. The bow Ice Fang can create and fire arrows of ice out of water vapor in the air. The arrows do double damage against creatures that use or dwell in fire. In temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher the arrows have half normal range.
      • Gods, Demigods, & Heroes. The Norse Mythology deity Valis had a shortbow that could fire an arrow of lightning.
  • August 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Often done via Spontaneous Weapon Creation, though it doesn't have to be.
  • August 12, 2013
    DatGuy
    Do weaponized tesla coil from Red Alert counts?
  • August 12, 2013
    MacronNotes
    ^I can't tell if it counts if you don't provide an example.
  • August 13, 2013
    DAN004
    • In the first episode of Avatar The Last Airbender's second book, Zuko creates 2 daggers out of fire and uses them against Azula.
  • August 14, 2013
    GKaiser
    I wouldn't count Tesla Coils because if you take away the lightning, they're just rods poking out of the ground that don't do anything - this trope seems to be about weapons that, while effective weapons on their own like swords or bows, become even deadlier because elemental powers are added.
  • August 14, 2013
    Mauri
    Well given that there are some examples we are bound to miss. Videogames:
    • Given the nature of games that allow crafting weapons (and armors, such as in Ragnarok Online, Perfect World, etc.) and how it can be crafted with elemental properties (Ragnarok Online had some selection on this but this troper doesn't recall the formulas on how much elemental damage was added), making this trope as a part of the work of the True Craftsman.
    • The Ogre Battle series plays with this trope but it is more prominent with the Tactics Ogre and the excerpt The Knight of Lodis where Elemental Weapons give a very decent damage boost but aren't as game breakers given the Snapshot Swords.
    • Ragnarok Online: Has weapons that are per default elemental weapons (such as the Ice Falchion), crafted weapons via blacksmiths, card bonuses and enchantments which fits another trope.
    • Thousand Arms: This trope is an important point given how the player crafts the weapons and the elements involved with what girl comes and helps the player with the forging.
  • August 15, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 16, 2013
    IAmATropist
    Do Mario's fire and Ice flowers count?
  • August 16, 2013
    MacronNotes
    ^ No, because they're more like power-ups.
  • August 16, 2013
    IAmATropist
    • Fridjitzu powers in Adventure Time, which allow the user to create icy nunchaku and shurikens by using specific incantations and hand positions.
  • August 16, 2013
    DAN004
    Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned.
    • In Devil May Cry, Dante can acquire Alastor, a lightning BFS, and Ifrit, a fiery Power Fist. In the third game, he can get many more: Cerberus (ice 3-pronged nunchuks), Agni & Rudra (fire and wind scimitars), Nevan (electric guitar that can shoot bats), and Beowulf (light-element gauntlets and greaves).
  • August 16, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 16, 2013
    MacronNotes
    Man... trope's only a week old but yet it grew so fast. I'l launch it next week.
  • August 16, 2013
    Mauri
    Well it is because it appears in a lot of works and it is easy to find examples that aren't Flame Bait. And I guess there will be more examples coming. Edit: Remembered another example out of the blue Video Game
    • Azure Dreams: The player finds elemental powered weapons in the tower, they do a small dose of extra damage compared to the same power non elemental weapons. This is however a double edged blade considering that the tower plays an elemental rock paper scissors.
  • August 17, 2013
    TalonisWolf
    There is a show made by Lego called "Ninjago",the whole first season is a quest to get the four elemental weapons before the baddy does.

    Here's some evidence/filler:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Ninjago
  • August 19, 2013
    Mauri
    ^I'm liking how it crosses with MacGuffin as well.
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