I typically hear of the silver bullet being the gold standard (so to speak) weapon for killing a werewolf and rarely hear of other weapons successfully doing the job. Even Wikipedia's article on silver bullets states:

(it) is often the only weapon that is effective against a werewolf

Is the fact that it is a bullet important in some way?

Is there some mythological context to suggest that the velocity is essential, or would any silver weapon (such as a sword) do the job?

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    Could you cite a specific story, instead of just wikipedia? It would help to know what specific story you are talking about (and from what culture: I'm pretty sure werewolfs exist in several different cultures). See my meta post: meta.mythology.stackexchange.com/questions/18/… – user62 Apr 28 '15 at 20:49
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    Concur with Christofian - and this is especially an issue for werewolves, since they have been filtered through the lens of pop culture to a huge degree, making it unclear what actual mythology we're talking about here unless you explicitly state one. – senshin Apr 28 '15 at 21:00
  • @Christofian, as of now there is no upvoted answer to your meta post. We can't really consider it a guideline until some form of consensus has been reached. I shall search for a couple of stories that involve it. It is a fairly common trope, though, so had assumed it would be ok. – Nick Udell Apr 29 '15 at 11:31
  • Oh I see, that was posted as further explanation of your point, my apologies, I misunderstood. – Nick Udell Apr 29 '15 at 12:25
  • In several works a simple touch burns it. In other works it stops his regen. abilities. Or it works as a poison. Swords would work if you could survive a melee fight with a werewolf. – Nuloen The Seeker Feb 27 '18 at 12:43