In my eyes, halberds are, at least at their core, arguably the best melee weapon in BG, but yet very few NPCs are proficient in them, and I see even fewer players talk about them.
-They do the same damage as a 2-handed sword, and with a slightly quicker speed factor.
-They can do both piercing and
slashing damage, whichever works better in a given situation
. IMO, that's a significant advantage that sets them apart from any other melee weapon in the series.
-You can get your hands on a +1 halberd relatively early in BG1, and there's also a +2 weapon at some point later in the game. EE has also added a +4 halberd (though it allows for only 1 APR), which can also be gotten at a relatively early stage in the game.
It's hard for me to keep track of BG2's overflowing stock of magical weapons, but I seem to recall there being at least a few useful halberds in that game as well.
Anyone else share my feelings?