Dao is a category of single-edge Chinese swords primarily used for slashing and chopping (sabres), often called a broadsword in English translations because some varieties have wide blades. Dao also appears in the names of such polearms as the pudao and guan dao, indicating that their blades were primarily intended for slashing and cutting attacks rather than stabbing ones.
In Mortal Kombat
Kung Lao uses a single dao as his weapon style, in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon which he uses in conjunction with his Razor Rimmed Hat as his weapons. In the Battle for Armageddon, Kung Lao while clashing in mid-air with Baraka would use his dao against Baraka's Tarkatan blades.
Dairou also uses his own modified dao, which he refers to as the Autumn Dao, in Deception and Armageddon. The dao differentiates from most by not only having larger blade but also having serrations on its edge and spine near the tip.
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