The Ancient Sword is one of the many weapons that can be acquired in the Frontier. It can be purchased from Reus the Smith in Topple Town at a price of 290,000 gold. Another viable method of acquiring an Ancient Sword is from slaying Whisperers as a possible rare drop from the mobs.
It is described as an ancient sword with a blade forged from glowing crystals. The hilt and grips appear to be made out of iron and gold nuggets, while the glowing crystal blade may have been forged from the crystals found on a Dull Frog.
When equipped, the Ancient Sword will consume around 1-2 stamina points per swing. Each swing lasts for 2 seconds before another swing can be performed. It has no special abilities whatsoever, however, its low consumption of stamina makes up for its poor usage.
Prince Shotoku is a major figure in Japanese culture. He was often regarded as the "Father of Japanese Buddhism" because of his tremendous efforts and contributions toward the topic.
☀ The name “shotoku” is made from the Chinese characters “sho” and “toku” which means “sacred” and “virtue” respectively.
☀Under Shotoku Buddhism became the state religion, scriptures, art and craftsmen were brought in from Korea and Japanese monks were sent abroad to study. Temples were founded, monks were ordained and ceremonies were held publically.
☀Shotoku was influenced by Confucian principles, including the Mandate of Heaven, which suggested that the sovereign ruled at the will of a supreme force. Under Shotoku's direction, Confucian models of rank and etiquette were adopted, and his Seventeen Article Constitution (Kenpo jushichiju) prescribed ways to bring harmony to a society chaotic in Confucian terms. In addition, Shotoku adopted the Chinese calendar, developed a system of highways, built numerous Buddhist temples, had court chronicles compiled, sent students to China to study Buddhism and Confucianism, and established formal diplomatic relations with China.
☀Prince Shotoku was the first Japanese person to understand Buddhism, saying, “the world is false, Buddha alone is true”. This was the first concept of world negation in Japan. Prince Shotoku issued a document known as 17-Article of the Constitution. “Its moral precepts are largely Confucian, somewhat influenced by ideas of the Legalists [those who opposed Confucianism in the time of the burning of the books], a school of thought in China which held that social order depended not on Confucian ethical precepts but on the development and application of a body of law."
Prince Shotoku was a major part of the spread of Buddhism in Japan, without him, the country would never be the same.
- A sword that is similar to the Ancient Sword can be found in the Red Ogre Inn. Both weapons have identical models, but slightly different color schemes.
- After the introduction of the Otherworld Update, it was made possible for players to acquire it from Whisperers.
- During the Balance Update [v1.31], the Ancient Sword's base damage was increased from 103 to 128 points.