Dwarvish spear

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Name dwarvish spear
Appearance stout spear
Damage vs. small 1d8
Damage vs. large 1d8
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill spear
Size one-handed
Base price 3 zm
Weight 35
Material iron

A dwarvish spear is a type of weapon that appears in NetHack. It is made of iron and uses the spear skill, and appears as a stout spear when unidentified.


Player dwarves start the game with knowledge of the dwarvish short sword. Any dwarven character that would start the game with a spear will start with a dwarvish spear instead - currently, there are no applicable roles where this substitution would occur.[1]

Dwarvish spears make up about 1.2% of randomly generated weapons. In addition to random generation, weapon shops and general stores can stock dwarvish spears.

Live dwarves that are generated with a dwarvish short sword have an effective 14 chance of generating with a dwarvish spear.[2]

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

Dwarven Valkyries start the game with a +1 dwarvish spear, making use of the existing racial substitution.


The dwarvish spear is the strongest among spear weapons, dealing damage on par with a scimitar, elven short sword or a silver saber not dealing silver damage. Cavepeople that happen upon a dwarvish spear can use it as a solid melee weapon, and can collect more to use as a multishot-compatible projectile, though a stack of dwarvish spears can become heavy quickly.


The dwarvish spear first appears in NetHack 3.0.0.



In SporkHack, the base item of Dragonbane is changed from a broadsword to a dwarvish spear. It has +d5 to-hit and +d4 damage, confers all dragon-based resistances while wielded, and has a 12 chance of instantly slaying any dragon it hits.


In UnNetHack, Dragonbane is a dwarvish spear as in SporkHack and behaves mostly the same, except that its instakill chance is reduced to 12, and wielding it also grants warning of dragons.


In dNetHack, the dwarvish spear deals d10 damage to all monsters and can be thrown without any to-hit penalty.


In EvilHack, a dwarvish spear can be created at a forge by combining a spear and 2 arrows; a dwarvish spear can be combined with a short sword to create a dwarvish short sword.


In Hack'EM, upgrading a dwarvish spear will produce an orcish spear, and upgrading an elven spear will produce a dwarven spear.

In addition to EvilHack forging recipes, a dwarvish spear can be combined with a flail to create an akyls.


  1. src/u_init.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 224: Race-based substitutions for initial inventory
  2. src/makemon.c in NetHack 3.6.7, line 378: 12 chance not to generate with a dwarvish mattock, followed by 12 chance at a spear