Lang Ya Bang (狼牙棒)

Wolf's tooth club
Drawing of a Lang Ya Bang, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
The anti-armour weapon known as Lang Ya Bang (狼牙棒, lit. 'Wolf's tooth cudgel') appeared relatively early in China's long history. First used by ancient Chinese warriors of the Warring States period, it later came to be associated with the fearsome warriors of Jin Dynasty (金朝)

Lang Ya Bang is a wooden cudgel with an oblong spiked head that bears some resemblance to English Holy Water Sprinkler. While Wu Bei Zhi depicts a two-handed Lang Ya Bang with upward-pointing spikes, most Lang Ya Bang seem to be one-handed and have downward-pointing spikes.

Cheng Zi Yi's modified Lang Ya Gun (狼牙棍)
Soldier wielding a Lang Ya Gun, from 'Wu Bei Yao Lue (《武備要略》)'.
Late Ming period military writer Cheng Zi Yi (程子頤) designed a different Lang Ya Bang with an elongated head and shortened handle. He claimed that his design is better suited on horseback than the original version.


  1. Hello, please, i make more reaserch about that special weapon and can't find any information stipulate that the origin of that kind of weapon is from Dian Kingdom.
    More likely i found that there is similar weapons as it in the central plain under the Zhou dynasty and even some under the Jin (265-420) and under the nothern and southern dynasties.
    So please, where come from your source about are coming from?
    By the way, thank you very much by the extremly great work you do here.
    Best regards

    1. I should have modify my post to say "early user" since the weapon itself is not some rocket science. You are correct though, the Warring States wolf-tooth cudgel predates Dian Kingdom.
      This is a Dian Kingdom Wolf-tooth cudgel.