This is probably a noob question but I don't see any consistent indication on whether a particular weapon is one or two-handed. Sometimes it is implied in the weapon name but not always. Spending your hard earned gold on the wrong weapon is no fun at all.

I tried searching for it but the results are flodded with questions on whether to wield one or two-handed weapons which is not what I'm interested in. Is there another way to see this in-game?

  • Only certain types of weapons are 2 handed, those types of weapons, will always be 2 handed weapons. There are a finite amount of those weapons, those items being sold by vendors, identified so they also specifically indicate if they are or are not 2 handed.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 8:05

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On PC, there is an explicit note about handedness right there on the item card, in the top right.

Item card

Anyway, here's the list. Of all weapons that don't explicitly state that they are two-handed, the following weapons are:

  • Polearms
  • Staves
  • Daibos

There are also two-handed Axes, Maces, Swords, Flails and Mighty Weapons, but those also exist as one-handed, and 2H versions always state themslves as, for example, "Two-Handed Flail".

Also Bows and Crossbows are two-handed. But Demon Hunters have an unique ability to equip Quivers to their off-hand, making Bows and Crossbows effectively one-handed for them, and other classes rarely have any reason to equip ranged weapon anyway.

Also, items are listed by handedness here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/

  • Excellent! I checked whether the hand slots are highlighted and it does not appear to be. I have only verified this on the ps3 version so it might be different on PC or other consoles.
    – boomshanka
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 8:48
  • I'm reasonably certain it's the same on PC.
    – psyk0
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 8:52
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    Game interface differs significantly between consoles and PC... I'll double-check tonight when I start the season and edit.
    – Orc JMR
    Commented Aug 6, 2016 at 9:10
  • Hey folks... The highlight was not heplful (for a Monk it actually highlights both hands for a 1H weapon, because Monk can dual wield), but the item card does explicitly say if the weapon is one- or two-handed. Please check on consoles, did we all overlook this? :-)
    – Orc JMR
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 16:28

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