I read the entire help menu and there is not a single mention of the REACH attribute for the sword or any other weapon that has REACH.

No information on Google either.

What's the meaning of that value?

Note: I don't know if the previous games had that attribute and if the purpose was the same, so I'm interested in the Shadowrun:Hong Kong version.

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    Usually, when something discusses "reach" as an attribute, it means the length of distance it can... reach. In real life, take boxing for example. A boxer usually has a stat known as reach, which is the distance they can extend their arm. A higher reach may be advantageous against someone with a lower reach, for you may be able to hit them from a range that they otherwise cannot. – Timmy Jim May 9 '17 at 0:14
  • Thanks Timmy! My first impression is that a weapon with "10 reach" would mean that it could reach 10 squares away from the source... but since the weapon is a sword, I don't know how would that be possible besides "throwing the sword"... and that's not something that I saw in my first play-through... I saw people throwing shurikens and daggers... but never a sword :) – vianna77 May 9 '17 at 0:19
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    I seem to remember some melee swords in hong kong had an alternate effect that can be activated once per turn for a ranged attack. – l I May 9 '17 at 1:03
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    Thanks! That must be it! Lack of description is a real problem in this game! – vianna77 May 9 '17 at 1:05
  • @lI you are correct... just brought the sword with me in a mission and the Lightning bolt option appeared in options. – vianna77 May 10 '17 at 23:12

Finally figured out why the sword has a REACH 10. The sword has a Lightning Bolt with Max Range 10.

It's a Damage 11 + armor penetration 2 + Stun 1 with cool down 2 and 1 AP.

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