Weapons in Ultima Online are any items that can be equipped in a character's hands and then used to do either melee or ranged damage to another target (this does not include spellbooks, which make use of the Wrestling skill when held). They are wielded using either one or two hands. Weapons can possess a wide range of Item Properties, including Damage Increases, Swing Speed Increases, abilities for leeching hit points or mana, casting various spells automatically upon a successful hit, and many more.
Many characters without combat abilities will still hold weapons (or spellbooks) to take advantage of their non-offensive bonuses. For example, the Scrapper's Compendium and the Boomstick are both favoured by mages. For similar reasons, shields are often used by those without the Parrying skill (though never in place of a good set of armor!).
Each weapon come with two Special Moves that can be activated using your reserves of mana. These can be used to deal extra damage, inflict debuffs on your opponents, or improve your chances of successfully landing a blow.
Types of Weapons
Weapons are usually categorized by what skill is required to wield them effectively.
See: Archery Weapons
See: Fencing Weapons
Mace Fighting weapons are bulky objects or staves, sometimes with spiky protuberances, that are designed for bashing opponents and dealing blunt force damage. Some examples are Maces and Quarter Staves.
See: Throwing Weapons
Aside from those items associated with the four standard fighting skills, there are also others which can be used independently to deal damage.
A short range blowpipe which can deliver poisoned darts. Benefits from the Ninjitsu skill.