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A lance is a spear-like pole weapon designed for use by cavalry. It emerged during the Middle Ages, well past the adoption of bladed and archery weapons, and some time after the development of stirrups. Lances were used almost exclusively by Byzantine cavalry, and were the favored weapons of mercenaries and Western armies. One's lance would often carry a pennon (pennant) as a personal ensign.

In its prime, the lance was very effective as a shock weapon during cavalry charges, and in pursuit of fleeing foot soldiers. Its capable use while dismounted also led to the development of the pike as a deterrent weapon. However, it was also seen as a single-use weapon (often breaking after impact) to be supplemented by sabres, and clumsy to use in forests and other confining terrain.

Though falling out of favor by the time firearms were adopted, they continued to see combat into World War I. In modern times, lances (and cavalry) remain a ceremonial symbol.

Battlefield 1Edit

The Cavalry Lance is a melee weapon featured in the Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar expansion. Available on horseback, it is an alternative to the Cavalry Sword as the rider's secondary weapon.

The lance is capable of scoring takedowns on infantry while charging, granting a higher "Impale Kill" bonus than regular kills. Collateral kills on other nearby foot soldiers can be achieved in the same motion. The attack is activated by holding Aim, which lowers the player's camera to a side view, zoomed down the lance. The rider has five seconds to land a hit. Use of the charging attack is limited, similar to the bayonet charge—the rider recovers three seconds after disposing of a victim, or 1.5 seconds after a failed charge. Unlike other takedowns, no dogtag is awarded.

The lance can also be used to slash or thrust at infantry for a regular kill, at low speed or when the takedown is not available.


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