The Throwing Club (投げ棒 Nagebō) is a Club that is introduced in Fire Emblem Fates. Like its name suggests, the Throwing Club is a ranged weapon that can be used to attack foes from afar. This ability is, however, offset by its inability to perform double and critical attacks, alongside boosting the foes' ability to perform double attacks.
Weapon Stats[edit | edit source]
Cannot double or critical.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The club is based on a kanabō (金棒), a long, iron club riddled with knobs. The kanabō was a common weapon amongst the oni (鬼), a race of huge demonic ogres in Japanese folklore. Kanabō were also sometimes used by samurai to to smash their opponents armor and bones.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- While the Throwing Club is classified as a kanabō in Fire Emblem Fates, doesn't reflect actual kanabo, which usually look like baseball bats with metal studs.
- Instead, the Throwing Club looks more like a khakkhara, otherwise known as a xīzhàng in Mandarin Chinese, or a shakujō in Japanese. The characters used for these two latter languages (錫杖), literally translates to "tin stick". The former pronunciation however, means "sounding staff" in Sanskrit.
- The khakkhara usually has rings attached to its head ornament. Buddhist monks would shake the staff up and down to make the rings attached to it jingle, and the noise would scare away evil spirits, or simply make bugs or other small creatures move out of the wielder's path. Unlike its real world counterpart, the Throwing Club used in Fire Emblem doesn't have any rings attached to it.