25 Legendary Mythical Weapons Which Shaped History

Do you know the most legendary mythical weapons in history? Mythology and storytelling have captivated our imagination for millennia. Over the course of humanity, a hefty chunk of storytelling has revolved around the importance of warriors and their actions on the battlefield. Many of these tales attribute legendary mythological weapons to their heroes – weapons which gave the warriors advantages leading to their victory. Often given as gifts by the gods across a range of different cultures, these mythical weapons frequently had supernatural powers imbued into them.

From a legendary sword granting invulnerability to another with the power to wipe out all of creation, these legendary weapons weren’t something to be toyed around with. Though most are just material from ancient stories, some of these weapons exist in museums around the world today. Whether it be King Arthur from English storytelling fame or King Lê Lợi from Vietnamese storytelling, all the wielders and weapons on our list had some seriously legendary and mythical characteristics to them which has led us to talk about them even up to the present-day. We’re bringing out the big guns (well, swords and other legendary weapons) in this list of 25 Legendary Mythical Weapons Which Shaped History.

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Ganesh_chaturthiSource: Eva Rudy Jansen (1993). The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning. , Image: Wikipedia

Turning to Hindu storytelling, we find the Pasha, a mythical weapon used by multiple Hindu deities. Ganesha used it to bind and remove obstacles and Yama used it to extract a soul from the body upon death. Often seen as a noose-like loop, the Pasha signifies worldly attachment and the power of the gods to contain and control evil.



Rama-VarunaSource: Ramesh Menon (2004), The Ramayana, Image: Wikipedia

Created by Varuna, the god of water and the ocean, the Varunastra is a mythological weapon able to assume any shape. Made from water, the versatile weapon was said to instantly kill any inexperienced warrior who used it incorrectly.


Joan of Arc's Sword

Joan_of_Arc_by_RossettiSource: St. Joan Center, Image: Wikimedia

Saint Joan of Arc had many visions from saints and from Michael the Archangel, one of which told her to find a holy sword behind the altar of the Church of Saint Catherine of Fierbois. Upon finding it, the rust was easily wiped off the sword and five crosses were revealed. Saint Joan later used the sword in battle, though it is debated whether she actually killed anyone.



Manannán mac Lir sculpture in GortmoreSource: Timeless Myths, Image: Geograph.ie

The Celtic sword Fragarach was said to be forged by the gods themselves and used by Manannán mac Lir, the guardian of the Otherworld and pilot of the boat ferrying souls to the afterlife. The sword was reputed to cut through any armor, give the user control of the winds, and force the truth out of whomever’s throat it was on.


Taming Sari

Semar_Kris_bladeSource: Shellabear, W.G. (1909–1915). Hikayat Hang Tuah., Image: Wikipedia

Legend has it that the Taming Sari grants invulnerability to whomever wields it. This kris – an asymmetrical, wavy dagger – plays a major part in Malaysian mythology, often attributed to the admiral Hang Tuah. Further legends claim the sword could independently shoot out of its sheathe to protect its wielder.

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