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Name spetum
Appearance forked polearm
Damage vs. small d6+1
Damage vs. large 2d6
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill polearm
Size two-handed
Base price 5 zm
Weight 50
Material iron

A spetum is a type of weapon that appears in NetHack. It is a two-handed polearm that is made of iron, and appears as a forked polearm when unidentified.


In addition to random generation, general shops and antique weapons outlets can sell spetums.

Watchmen and soldiers may be generated with a spetum.[1] Trolls have an effective 18 chance of being generated with a spetum.[2]


The spetum is the lightest of the polearms at 50 aum, and deals solid damage for its weight: among polearms, it has respectable average damage versus small monsters, while its average damage against large monsters is tied for the best with the halberd.


The spetum is introduced with all other polearms in NetHack 1.3d.



A spetum is a pole weapon that was used in Europe during the 13th century, and consists of a 6–8 ft (1.8–2.4 m) pole with a mounted spearhead that has two single-edged bladed "prongs" at its base; the main blade was 12–14 inches (30–36 cm) long, with the side blades about half that length and set at acute angles. This makes the NetHack description of a "forked polearm" somewhat imprecise: the phrase is more accurate for military "forks" that were derived from pitchforks used in farming - a diagram of these weapons can be viewed here for comparison.

The spetum is considered a variation of the partisan according to antiquarian John Hewitt, and is typically distinguished from the partisan and ranseur by the single-edge blades that are used for slashing. The blades can also bind and disarm weapons, with their blunt backs allowing the spetum to trip enemy combatants and knock aside shields while providing far more strength to the sharpened side and points than a dual-edged blade.



In GruntHack, Vlad the Impaler is always generated with a thirsty spetum.


xNetHack removes the spetum and many other polearms.


In EvilHack, a spetum can be created at a forge by combining a knife and a spear. This also applies to Hack'EM.


In SlashTHEM, troll characters that are not Convicts have a 14 chance of generating with a spetum as their starting polearm.

Encyclopedia entry

See the encyclopedia entry for polearm.