Dating back to the time of the first Tenno, the Glaive is a uniquely deadly weapon. This multi-bladed disc is not only effective for melee combat; it can also be thrown like a boomerang to cut down enemies at a distance.

The Glaive is a three-edged throwing blade that can be utilized as both a melee weapon and as a thrown weapon. If thrown, this weapon will bounce three times before returning to its owner (or after reaching the 30m radius distance limit).

Move Button Combination
Glaive Throw Hold E
Exploding Glaive Channel (LMB)  While Mid-Flight
Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 50
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The Glaive blueprint can be acquired through Alert missions. It can also be obtained via Daily Tribute if the player hasn't mastered this weapon. On PS4, a fully built Glaive as well as the Obsidian Skin along with 100 platinum can be acquired through the PlayStation Plus exclusive Starter Pack.

This weapon can be sold for Credits645,000.


This weapon deals primarily Slash b Slash damage.


  • Can be thrown using the charge attack function.
  • Silent.
  • The throwing attack still counts as melee, so it will do bonus damage against unalerted enemies even when thrown.
  • Guaranteed Impact proc on charged throw attacks.
  • Can hit enemies on way back to thrower.
  • Can hit headshots and other weak spots for damage multipliers on its throw (with more ease than a standard melee swing).
  • Can be aimed around corners and used to hit entire groups of enemies in one bounce.
  • Knockdown on jump attack.
  • Regular attacks have momentum, like heavy weapons (stagger resist).
  • Actions can be performed after the Glaive leaves the hand.
    • You are free to fire your weapon or reload after letting go of the Glaive.
      • Catching the Glaive while a reload is still ongoing will not interrupt the reload.
  • Has both Madurai Pol and Naramon Pol polarity slots.
  • Throwing weapons have their own exclusive mods: Power Throw, Whirlwind, Rebound and Quick Return. All of them can be collected in Orokin Void, Orokin Derelict and Survival missions' rewards. (Note: all of these mods also work on the Glaive Prime, Halikar, Kestrel and Cerata).
  • The Glaive can be detonated in-flight by pressing the channel button, Or with Power Throw when unequipped.


  • Short melee attack range.
  • Regular attacks can only hit one target.
  • Ground slam attack has a very small AoE radius.
  • The user cannot use melee attacks until the Glaive has returned (see notes section), limiting its rapid fire (charge) capability.
  • When it bounces off the wall, it has very low chance to hit an enemy.
  • If passing through Volt's Electric Shield it will inflict full damage to the owner when it returns, as of Hotfix 10.3.4. Most likely a bug.[1]
  • The explosion caused by channeling the weapon or by Power Throw (which is more random) while the Glaive is in flight can damage the user.
  • Low critical chance.
  • Low status chance.


  • Glaive, compared to Glaive Prime:
    • Lower damage (45.0 vs. 50.0).
    • Lower charged throw damage (400.0 vs. 500.0).
    • Lower status chance (10.0% vs. 30.0%).
    • Slower attack speed (1.0 vs. 1.25).
    • Slower flight speed (20.0 m/s vs. 40.0 m/s).
    • Slower return speed.

Weapon LoadoutsEdit


  • Madurai Pol slot is ideal for Killing Blow (channeling damage) and Naramon Pol for Reflex Coil (channeling efficiency). 
  • Glaive will always return in a straight path toward the player. It will ignore all obstacles and punch through anything in its path on return.
    • A player without the Power Throw mod can use this return path to emulate Power Throw by bouncing the Glaive off the floor, between the legs of enemies to allow the Glaive hit them all on return.
  • When using the slide attack, it is possible to chain a second slide attack, for even more slide range and speed.
  • The Glaive can be thrown under a mining machine so that it ricochets back and forth between ground and the machine for a maximum amount of bounces, sometimes destroying it in a single throw.
  • Against tougher enemies, the Glaive can hit more than once on the outward throw by aiming at the inside of their legs so that the first bounce will bounce the Glaive into their other leg. This is particularly useful on Ancients.
  • Throw cannot punch through Shield Lancer's shield even with Power Throw equipped. The invisible shield sometimes left on death also cannot be shot through.
  • When used up close with a Quick Return mod, the Glaive can be quickly thrown again and again.
  • When equipping the Glaive, the player can throw it and then press the channeling button to detonate the Glaive, dealing high AoE damage and returns to the player immediately. This is true for all thrown melee weapons.
    • With Power Throw equipped the Glaive will explode on the last bounce, with the explosion harming the user if it explodes close enough. This will occur whether or not the Glaive is currently equipped when thrown.
    • While the Glaive's slow flight speed is normally a disadvantage when aiming for direct hits, it can be beneficial when using the airburst function, as it allows one to better gauge where the Glaive is in relation to the enemy, allowing for better timing on when to detonate.
    • Detonating the Glaive beside or above an enemy that is in cover can be an effective strategy for eliminating them without exposing yourself.


  • The user cannot use melee attacks until the Glaive has returned.
    • However, you can fire and reload whatever weapon you're currently holding during the Glaive's flight.
    • Catching the Glaive is considered a one-handed action. As such, it will not interrupt reloads.
    • It should be however noted that finisher attacks can still be executed while the weapon is in the air.
  • After the throwing animation, the user switches back to their previously used weapon before the Glaive was thrown. If the Glaive returns too fast, the user will not be able to throw it again until the weapon switch animation has completed. This does not apply if the user is very close to the target that the Glaive was thrown at.
    • This can be counteracted by simply pressing 'R' for Reload while the Glaive is in flight.
  • The flight range is around 30 in-game meters. Reach will not improve the flight range but instead increase the size of the Glaive's hitbox, allowing it to hit enemies in a wider area while in flight.
  • Beware that an airborne Glaive can break reinforced glass even while ricocheting. 
  • Airborne Glaives will ricochet off Frost's Snow Globe.
  • Cannot travel through Volt's Electric Barrier and become electrically buffed. 
  • If under the effect of Bullet Attractor or similar abilities the Glaive cannot be thrown; it instantly returns to your hand without harming you.
  • The Fury module will increase the velocity of the Glaive slightly when thrown, reducing the flight time by half a second.
  • The Arsenal tooltip may state that the charge-attack does 75 damage, but the charge does in fact do 150.
  • Activating Melee Channeling while the Glaive is in-flight will cause it to explode, dealing damage to nearby objects. This will also make the Glaive immediately return, even if it has not hit its bounce limit.
  • The explosions from both Power Throw and channeling detonation can cause damage to the user. This is especially dangerous with Power Throw as the Glaive can ricochet around the room, returning and detonating near the user.
  • Saryn's Toxic Lash is applied on charge attacks.[2]


  • The Glaive was released on April 26, 2013 with Update 7.9.
  • The Glaive shares the same sheath style with the other thrown melee weapons, where they retract and attach under the right arm.
  • The word "Glaive" historically has referred to many different weapons, however the term has only referred to thrown weapons in fiction.
    • In real life the Glaive is a type of polearm that originated from Europe, and is similar to the Guan Dao or the Naginata in both appearance and function.
    • In the 1983 film "Krull", "The Glaive" was the name of a weapon of legend which could only be wielded by the "chosen one". It was a five edged throwing weapon whose flight could be controlled by the wielder after being thrown.
  • The Glaive having the ability to detonate mid-flight may be a reference to Dark Sector's Glaive mechanics.
  • The Glaive's finisher attack is the same as in Dark Sector, where the player kicks the enemy and stabs them while airborne.
    • Furthermore, the Glaive weapon itself may refer to Dark Sector, where the weapon was the main for Hayden Tenno.


  • The Glaive is stored under the right arm with its blades retracted.
  • The default colours of the Glaive.
  • Blocking with the Glaive.
  • How the Glaive looks while the blades are retracted and is stored under the arm.
  • Charging up the Glaive before throwing it.
  • Throwing the Glaive.
  • Vandal colors. :)
  • The Glaive as seen on the Dark Sector menu screen
  • Hayden wielding a Glaive by Nemesis in darkSectorGo to

Glaive Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 21.0
  • Increased Critical Chance from 5% to 10% for Melee hits and projectiles.
  • Increased damage from 35 to 45.
  • Increased Crit Multiplier from 1.5 to 2.
  • Mastery Rank requirement increased to 1.

See alsoEdit


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