Can GIANT SWORDS be practical in combat?

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Giant swords as seen in anime and video games like Guts’ dragon slayer sword from Berserk and Cloud’s buster sword from final fantasy 7 are awesome but not very practical. But is there a way they can be included in a more realistic and functional way?

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47 thoughts on “Can GIANT SWORDS be practical in combat?

  1. I developed an actually practical style for using such swords, and yes my style uses the weight of the weapon to move me around. In fact, it is more of a dextrous and acrobatic style. The weight is also a major feature in my style as it becomes nearly unblockable and hits much harder than a mace.

  2. You do realize you're talking about people who can lift a wagon with one hand. So a super heavy and impractical weapon to an average human being, may be actually very much practical to the super human heroes of these shows.

  3. In regards to your title and thumbnail, I'd just like to eliminate some confusion that you CLEARLY have. It was far too big to be called a sword, massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was like a heap of raw iron.

  4. Many thanks, Shad. A great help to my character in a future fantasy tabletop game based off of Hyper Light Drifter. Giant Lightsabers for the win!

  5. The whole idea of letting the sword swing you around in a very acrobatic way just screams of Artorias from dark souls. Not to mention the Abyss watchers in Dark Souls 3.

  6. There is not doubt Doom Guy could easily wield a BFS since he already has a handheld nuclear weapon AKA the BFG.

  7. It may be super fantasy but I believe the greatswords in monster hubter world have done a great job in the way of the sword moving you as much as you moving the sword.

  8. In these fantasy worlds, the swords are also used as "shields". Maybe this is the "fantasy" reason for its width?

  9. the fighting style you describe in the beginning is just artorias or the abyss watchers from dark souls

  10. There's just one little detail you seemed to have missed about Guts. He isn't fighting other people, he's fighting inhuman demons larger than buildings, thus he needs a weapon that can actually get the job done.

  11. Following on from this, a good example of a huge sword could be the Uruk beserkers at Helms Deep in the Lord of the Rings. Id like to see a review about them.

  12. Fighting something far larger than you, you're probably gonna die – Shad
    Just a quick reminder that humans managed to get far larger creatures than themselves extinct before even metal was created

  13. It’s an interesting thought and it would be awesome to see someone use a massive sword. But if you want massive reach and good cutting ability. What about a halberd

  14. Guy's sword would not function for normal people and is generally overkill when he fights normal humans. It crushes more than it cuts. The blacksmith who made it even said he didn't think anyone could use it. Guts uses it to fight Apostles, super mega demon monsters with variably high amounts of durability. The main use for it is to crush through them. Also before the Eclipse guts had a reasonably smaller sword similar to the one in the thumbnail.

  15. What if you wore a bunch of heavy armor. It would increase your mass, and allow you to use the sword. It would also provide you protection. The armor also wouldn't slow you down because you have super strength.

  16. Have you seen Marcus from shadow fight 3, he literally leans on his sword when he isn’t in combat! I wonder if it’s to heavy though, because it has a hole in the middle

  17. I love that Guts' dragonslayer was made as a joke because the only blade that could kill a dragon is a blade "supposedly" no man can pick up.

  18. i have a book series on the tip of my tongue where there were giant swords but the blades were magical rather than physical and thus weightless and could cut through pretty much anything except other swords of this kind

  19. lets take everything that makes Berserks Dragonslayer amazing &awesome &make it as bitch basic & mediocre as humanly possible

    something ive noticed with ALL these so called experts do when it comes to berserk is overestimate the weight of a potential Dragonslayer blade.. with shads claiming 220 lbs.. &some idiots even claiming 600 pound weight range both of which are ridiculous
    such a blade wouldnt weigh that much more than 100-150lbs at most if properly forged
    &guts being MINIMUM 250lbs which inhuman strength would definitely no be defying physics in handling it
    u guys need to stop using your own mediocre sub-par bodies as a measure for the capacities of fictional idealised characters.. using athletes or exceptional (real) humans would be a better bet, these characters arent meant to be the average schlub anyway, thats kinda defeating the point.

    my suggestion for a IRL Dragonslayer build is say a cricket bat sized (width) blade rather than the howitzer sized Manga drawn version.. that way its STILL much more intimidating than conventional blades.. but not completely unrealistic.

  20. Shad are you ever going to cover the Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts and how it's the most useless weapon ever created?

  21. Yes, Guts shows the flying sword tricks when he puts on the berserker armor and Yoda the beast within takes over.

  22. i rather see someone with the same physic as Guts, not being stubborn but yes where are those big muscle boys do us a favor and do a experiment before we get different opinions and shit like this but BERSERK FTW

  23. I know its an old video. But seeing you talk about large Swords….whats your take on Siegfrieds fighting style from the Soul Calibur series. And when you are at it….how about an analysis of various fighting styles from that game. That would be awesome!

  24. "Imagine someone taking a swing, then jumping and flipping with it…"

    Artorias has entered the chat.

  25. There's a scifi manga called "All You Need Is Kill", the inspiration for the movie Edge of Tomorrow. It utilizes the fight style of using moment of giant weapons. It's also a good manga, if you want to check it out.

  26. The first plan WAS to use the smaller, more reasonable sword. It broke in half almost immediately when he used it against an apostle (the monsters). The light sword just doesn't do enough damage for them to be seriously injured from it . The enormous chunk of iron is necessary. It would normally be impossible to use for a whole bunch of reasons, but the laws of physics "bend" a bit around Guts as a consequence of him being pulled to a different plane and being branded as a sacrifice to demons.

  27. You could make such a long sword from a lighter and stronger material. Diamond would be the perfect material to make such a sword. A diamond is a nothing more than carbon. It is very strong and has a molecular weight of 12g/mol. Steel has a tendency to bend and it has a molecular weight of 55.845g/mol. This means that by changing the material, you can make the sword 4.7 times lighter.

  28. I am actually enjoying the points youre bringing up however berserk does mimic reality in that the dragon slayer sword is about 272,155kg opposed against guts own weight of 104,326 as such its shown that he doesnt go swining it around and like a katana or like cloud with his buster sword instead he focuses on moving the blade to a shielding position and going with the momentum essentially spinnung himself around (and yes it is shown to have cost him his footing) keeping his weight close to the ground for reference if youre wondering the worlds strongest man(2019 Martins Licis )can lift about 408,233kg and his weight is about 150kg as such its actually really possible to raise guts this bestly blade or as others call it slab of metal above his head and swing it around the ability to stop himself and the blade.(this doesnt include the berserker armour because thats pure fiction)

  29. 2:12 Or a sword made from some exotic alloy that was incredibly lightweight but very strong. That might work.

  30. Could one with 'super strength' theoretically use super heavy armor to compensate for the anchoring issue if they didnt have the weight themselves? With that kind of strength you could just be Havel and strap some boulders to yourself.

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