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The wolf bared its fangs in challenge, saliva dripping from its pointed teeth, but my animation was already in motion. Given my level of 12, which I shared at the moment with Arashi, and damage-focused build, the wolf exploded into thousands of polygonal shards as the curved edge of my «Scimitar» +4 struck home! My attack had done roughly 60% damage in one attack.
~ Excerpt from SAOK: Unexpected Meetings, showing Kenji brandishing his «Scimitar» for the first time in the series.
Scimitar (Kenji)
Weapon Info
Kanji 偃月刀
Romaji Engetsutou
VRMMORPG Sword Art Online
Weapon Type One-handed Curved Sword
Quest Not applicable
Obtained/Made By Unspecified monster drop in the forested areas outside the Town of Beginnings


The «Scimitar» (偃月刀) is a one-handed curved sword that is obtained as a rare drop from unnamed monsters on the 1st Floor of Aincard in Sword Art Online,[1] in the forested area outside the Town of Beginnings.[2] Up to eight enhancements can be attempted on the «Scimitar».[3]

The «Scimitar» was already in Kenji Hiroshi's possession as of December 3rd 2022, and had been upgraded to +4.[1] It remained his primary weapon, having been enhanced to +8 in the coming weeks,[4] and seen action against «Zagan the Exile»[5] and «Nephila Regina» respectively.[6] It was likewise the primary weapon used by Fujimaru Nakamura from November 24th 2022 until he joined «Brightscale».[2]

At full enhancement a «Scimitar» yielded to Kenji a «Razor Ingot» when converted for reforging. This item, when forged by Akiye, yielded the «Razer» curved-sword.[7]

Appearance

The «Scimitar» is a yellow-edged sword with a simple bar-shaped guard.[8] Although powerful the blade was prone to damage, specifically along its curved edge.[6] The sheath of the «Scimitar» was pitch black and typically hung from the waist.[9] Shorter players, however, were required to wear the blade strapped to their backs to avoid having the sheath trail along the ground.[10]

Attributes

The overall viability of the «Scimitar» extends to late 3rd Floor, though Kenji wielded his until the very early stages of the 4th Floor.[11] It wasn't until the 5th Floor that Kenji seriously pursued a superior weapon.[12] Under Fujimaru his «Scimitar» upgraded to +6 (4S2D) showed its usefulness throughout the 4th Floor, where it was used doubly during the acquisition quest for the «Dancing» Extra Skill and against the monsters of «Caldera Lake» to great effect.[13]

The attack-power of the «Scimitar» is similar to that of the «Anneal Blade» and «Pale Edge» at their respective stages of enhancement.[6][14]

It was correctly noted by Akiye that the «Scimitar» was a low-durability item, with the edge in particular failing under stress. It was for this reason she cited Kenji's decision to sink 3 of its enhancements to Durability when a player, later revealed to be Fujimaru, asked her to enhance his own «Scimitar» with 4 to Sharpness; Fujimaru ultimately decided to enhance his «Scimitar» to +4 (3S1D), based on Akiye's suggestion.[6] He further enhanced his weapon to +6 (4S2D) with a further enhancement to Durability based on Akiye's suggestion and was highly pleased with the results.[10]

At +4 (3S1D) the «Scimitar» consistently produced the highest DPS of the three damage-dealers of the party facing «Zagan the Exile» with said damage-dealers consisting of Kenji, Airi and Sojiro.[5] Kenji finalized his enhancement of the «Scimitar» to +8 (5S3D) between the 15th and 17th of December 2022.[4] The last boss Kenji engaged with his «Scimitar» +8 was the «Magnatherium» during the «Shipwright of Yore» quest on the 4th Floor.[11]

The «Scimitar» was ultimately outclassed by both «Razer», which was wielded by Kenji, and «Shmargor's Crescent», which was wielded by Fujimaru, respectively.[15][16]

Known users

Author's notes

Behind the scenes

  • When creating the «Scimitar» its stats were intended to be comparable to the «Wind Fleuret» and «Stout Brand». As the story progressed however it ended up becoming a mirror of the «Anneal Blade».
  • Both Kenji and Fujimaru wielded the «Scimitar». Both were also point-of-view characters.

Trivia

  • Kenji claims that the «Scimitar» is the curved-swords answer to the «Anneal Blade». This makes the weapon viable until the end of the 3rd Floor.[6]

References & notes

References

Notes

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