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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.
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.
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 1⁄2 chance of instantly slaying any dragon it hits.
In dNetHack, the dwarvish spear deals d10 damage to all monsters and can be thrown without any to-hit penalty.