A general name for the types of wand which deal damage directly (often duplicating the effect of a spell of the Attack school): wand of fire, wand of cold, wand of lightning, wand of magic missile, and wand of striking. Most of these types of wands also have uses in NetHack unrelated to their uses in attacking opponents directly. However, they all share that purpose and work much the same way when used for that purpose, and so are often grouped together in strategy advice. The fire horn and frost horn, while not being wands, also have similar uses to attack wands, and can be substituted for them in strategies that require them.
If monsters resist the attack, the damage is cut in half.