Gabrielle with her fighting staff, in "A Good Day"
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In real life, the staff is considered by most martial experts to be the best melee weapon in a one-on-one fight due to its mix of speed, unpredictability and versatility, even when compared to swords, spears, and the like.
In addition to its effectiveness as a weapon, the staff is an unassuming implement, appearing unimposing and non-threatening due to its lack of blades or sharp points. While a highly effective weapon in the right hands, the staff has utility as well, functioning as a makeshift lever, a walking stick, or providing extra reach for prodding or snagging distant items.
Finally, a person skilled in the use of a staff as a weapon can easily find makeshift weapons if necessary, from broomsticks to fallen branches and training in the use of a staff also provides cross-training into other pole weapons such as spears and halberds.
- Xena (Seen in many episodes, E.g. "Sins of the Past")
- Gabrielle (Season One - Season Four: Seen to use it in a few other episodes after this E.g. "Amphipolis Under Siege")
- Draco (X:WP: "Sins of the Past")
- Mavican (Claims that she has 'Perfected the Art' - X:WP: "Succession")
- Ephiny (Gives Gabrielle a staff that has 'Saved her life more than once and that was passed down from her mother' - X:WP: "Hooves and Harlots")
- Callisto (X:WP: "Callisto")
Also used in young hercules by:
- Part of Weapons Training at the Academy
- Used both with and without padded ends.
- Used with Vertical Poles, Elevated Lattice, or Balance Beam to teach a cadet balance on uncertain terrain.
- Seen in 1.02 - Between Friends, 1.06 - Teacher's Pests, 1.20 - Fame, 1.39 - The Skeptic.
- A quarterstaff (plural quarterstaves), also short staff or simply staff is a traditional European pole weapon and a technique of stick fighting, especially as in use in England during the Early Modern period. The term is generally accepted to refer to a shaft of hardwood from 6 to 9 feet (1.8 to 2.7 m) long, sometimes with a metal tip, ferrule, or spike at one or both ends. The term "short staff" compares this to the "long staff" based on the pike with a length in excess of 11 to 12 feet (3.4 to 3.7 m).
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