Maggie: "We use the latest in scientific technology and state-of-the-art weaponry, and you, if I understand correctly, poke them with a sharp stick."
Buffy: "Oh, it's more effective than it sounds."
Buffy Summers and Maggie Walsh[src]

A stake was a pointy wooden object and one of the most effective ways to slay a vampire


In order for the weapon to be effective, it must've penetrated the vampire's heart. However, vampires in possession of the Gem of Amarra would be rendered invincible, and immune to staking.[1] A vampire could also become immune to staking by having its heart surgically removed, although this process certified the vampire’s death within about six hours.[2]

Stakes were the most commonly used weapons by vampire hunters and Slayers whilst fighting and hunting vampires, along with crossbows, crossesholy water and bladed weapons which generally were secondary weapons. Buffy Summers seemed to have a penchant for using stakes, once holding one when hunting a Mohra Demon.[3]

Generally, any wooden object of a reasonable size could function as a stake (including broken chair legs, decorative bamboo sticks, tree branches etc.) but professionals tended to carry their own specially carved stakes.[4][5] Agents of the Initiative along with Wolfram & Hart security guards and Special Opps each individually carried their stakes while dealing with vampire attacks, similar to how they would use a combat knife or nightstick.[6][7][8][9]

More advanced versions of this weapon were Angel Investigations' Stake-loaded wristbands and Connor's Stake Gun. The Scythe also contained wooden stake opposite to its head. 

Kendra Young once owned a individual stake which she nicknamed "Mr. Pointy". She then passed this on to Buffy before her death. 

Along with vampires, stakes were also an effective weapon against species related to vampires, such as the Turok-Han and Zompires.


Buffy The Vampire Slayer


Behind the Scenes

  • Retractable stake demontration

    Prop Master Randy Erickson demonstrates how the retractable stake works

    The prop stakes used in Buffy the Vampire Slayer were made of real wood, however, when it came to stabbing, stakes with a retractable point were used in action scenes to create the illusion of stabbing.[10]
  • In the non-canonical video games, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Chaos Bleeds, some demon enemies (like hellhounds and hanoch demons) can only be killed with the same methods as vampires like fire, decapitation and staking.

Image Gallery

Episode Stills


Physical Effects

  • Xander holding Buffy's stake in confusion
  • Buffy and one of her stakes.
  • Oz holding a stake made from a baseball bat handle
  • Faith with her stake at the ready


  • Prop Master Randy Erickson with various prop stakes
  • A prop stake carved from real wood
  • Randy Erickson holding a retractable stake
  • The main stake prop used in the first and second seasons of Buffy and many of the promotional images of those seasons
  • The stake prop used in "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
  • A stake prop used in the third season of Buffy
  • A stake prop used in the fourth season of Buffy.
  • A stake prop used in the fourth season of Buffy
  • A prop stake used in the sixth season of Buffy


  1. "The Harsh Light of Day"
  2. "Heartthrob"
  3. "I Will Remember You"
  4. "School Hard
  5. "Forgiving"
  6. "The Initiative"
  7. "Blind Date"
  8. "Reunion"
  9. "Conviction"
  10. The "Weapons" featurette in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season three DVD, Disc Six

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