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Archnemesis, @, is the Warrior quest nemesis in SlashTHEM. She is extremely difficult, as she hits hard and often, steals your items to teleport away with them, seduces you to steal multiple items in a single turn, and ignores Elbereth.


Archnemesis is incredibly ferocious in a straight-up fight. Fortunately, she has weaknesses, and a wise Warrior will exploit them: they include her predictable behavior (teleporting to the upstair to heal) and her lack of key resistances (sleep, level drain, and poison). Your strategies should generally strive to play upon these weaknesses.

Even with a good game plan, you may find Archnemesis a deadly opponent. You will want a very low AC to degrade her attacks (-20 is comfortable; you may get by with less), enough HP to survive multiple rounds of combat against her (200+), and very high Luck to ensure that you are able to hit her. Being female makes you less susceptible to the multiple item-stealing attacks (consider using an amulet of change). All of this – and the strength of the other enemies you face on the Quest – indicates postponing this battle until you have had enough time to prepare for it. Generally, you will be strong enough after you have finished the Castle and retrieved the luckstone from Mines' End.

Paralysis or sleep

Wield or throw a potion of paralysis while wearing a ring of free action or zap her with the sleep spell or wand. Make sure you can use this method multiple times to ensure her immobility – you may miss, or she may wake up before you finish killing her.

Sleep is a keyword to defeat her even at level 14 – it is difficult to overstate the power of this lowly spell against Archnemesis. After rendering her helpless, be sure to hit her hard. Mjollnir is an excellent choice if you have it, but one or two of the stronger attack wands, such as lightning, fire or cold will work nicely as well. About 12 shots total should suffice, again assuming your Luck is sufficiently high and you don't have too many misses.

Drain life

Use the drain life spell until she croaks. It is a good idea to do this on the level above and when she teleports away (to heal the modest HP damage that drain life also does), go downstairs to heal yourself, preferably on a burned Elbereth.


Fighting Archnemesis mano-a-mano is not recommended. She has a higher base damage than any other monster, resulting in very stable and impressive damage, and her item-stealing attacks will strip you of the weapons and armor you need to stand up to her. You are therefore opposing her strengths with your weaknesses. If you decide to go this route, make sure you are female (use an amulet of change if you are not), have high health, low AC, and if at all possible, half physical damage.


You may want to use a potion of invulnerability to make this fight easier. Remember, you still need to have a strong offense so you can take her out before your invulnerability runs out.


Archnemesis is not resistant to poison. You may want to use a poisoned weapon (preferably a ranged one like a stack of highly enchanted darts) and hope for an instakill.