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"Wow! That's some pretty classy gear!"

–William admiring his sword in Final Round.

Zweihänder is a common fan term for William's sword, his main weapon on Lyoko and the Cortex in Code Lyoko and Code Lyoko Evolution. It comes from the variety of German great sword bearing the same name.


William generally fights by using the Zweihänder's unusual size to his advantage, as it is capable of slicing two monsters all at once with one swing, unlike Ulrich's sabers.

Season Three[]

In the episode Final Round, William primarily uses the Zweihänder to deliver slow but powerful blows, defeating several Creepers with a single hit. For defense, William is able to deflect lasers at monsters by using the sword.

Season Four[]

Since being possessed by X.A.N.A., the Zweihänder gains the ability to charge up and then release energy in the form of silver waves, which are also rather slow to execute, but deals a great amount of damage upon hit, often results in an instant death.

Code Lyoko Evolution[]

After being released from X.A.N.A.'s control one year ago, the Zweihänder receives several upgrades from X.A.N.A. (which also includes the ability of Super Smoke). With William's increased physical strength, the sword is easier to handle, increasing his dexterity with the weapon. The Zweihänder is also heavily integrated with William's Super Smoke ability, and he is able to use the ability to make the sword vanish when not using it, or summon it directly to him if he is separated from it.


The Zweihänder is a massive sword, longer than William is tall. It has a wide, single-edged cleaver-like blade and a long, thin handle. The blade is silver in color with lighter splotch-marks and glows white when being used in combat, including while charging a wave attack. Apart from these general features, the Zweihänder goes through several appearance changes throughout the series.

In Final Round, the only episode during which William has his original avatar, the Zweihänder has a red handle and a triangular insignia on its hilt.

While William is under X.A.N.A.'s control, the Zweihänder's handle changes from red to black, and black, root-like structures similar to Lyoko's Towersdecorate the blade. There is also an Eye of X.A.N.A. near the sword's hilt, replacing the triangular insignia. While on Earth as a spectre, the Zweihänder blade is narrower, a darker shape of grey, and the roots on the blade are red instead of black, as shown in Cold Sweat.

In Code Lyoko Evolution, the Zweihänder's appearance changes again. The handle is black with orange stripes, and there is an orange, circuit-like design on the blade. The sword is also noticeably smaller than it is in the original series.


  • A Zweihänder is a traditional German sword used primarily during the early 16th century. The name translates into English as "two-hander", and like William's weapon, real-world Zweihänders are known for their exceptional size and weighing 15-45 kilograms. As such, they must be handled with both hands.
    • The zweihander existed in all kinds of different signatures and weights. Traditional zweihanders resemble broad swords, having long narrow double-edged blades with tusk-like protrusions extending out of both sides positioned about 6 inches away from the hilt. These tusks were the starting point for the blade's serrations so as to allow the wielder to hoist them over the shoulder without them being at risk of cutting themselves while handling them. William's Zweihander is a very specific type known as the "Schweren Schlag" (literally "Heavy Blow" in German), which has a heavier bass blade, spanning the entire hilt and weighs 30 and 45 kg.
  • The Zweihänder was the weapon that succeeded in destroying the Core of Lyoko, and thus all of Lyoko, in the Season 3 finale.
  • If one of Aelita's Energy Fields hits the eye of X.A.N.A. on the Zweihänder, its blade will glow pink instead of white, and William will be able to redirect the attack in the form of a wave; this can be seen in Dog Day Afternoon.
  • The Zweihänder's initial design appears to be based on the Buster Sword from the Final Fantasy series.
    • Meanwhile, the corrupted version of the Zweihänder resembles the Soul Edge from the Soulcalibur series, particularly its appearance in the first, second, and third games due to X.A.N.A.'s eye.


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