Bat from Hell
|) The Bat from Hell|
|Base item||Baseball bat|
|Damage vs. small||1d8 +20|
|Damage vs. large||1d6 +20|
|Base price||5000 zm|
The Bat from Hell is a SLASH'EM-specific artifact. Its base item is a baseball bat, and it gets +3 to-hit and +20 damage bonus, making it a weapon suitable even for SLASH'EM's endgame. It uses the club skill. It is the first sacrifice gift for SLASH'EM rogues.
Rogues can get this weapon as their first sacrifice gift. Other chaotics may receive it from sacrifice, but all others will have to wish for it or find it in a bones pile. Since its base item type is never randomly generated, it cannot be randomly generated either.
The Bat from Hell is one of the strongest artifact weapons available in SLASH'EM. Its +20 damage bonus versus all enemies is matched only by Reaper, and as Reaper is a pole-arm it is both two-handed and can only be used for mounted combat or pounding. The Bat certainly makes the rogue role much easier in SLASH'EM, combined with the other advantages they are given; a rogue's only goal in SLASH'EM's early game is almost certainly going to be to find an altar and sacrifice everything in sight. It makes the early game relatively easy, felling most monsters in one or two hits, but one should always be careful not to be overconfident: the Bat does not make you invulnerable.
The Bat is something that many roles may find it worthwhile to wish for, although it is not strictly speaking an essential. Even non-chaotics might want to wish for it; it is not an intelligent artifact, although one should be mindful that blasting damage has been considerably increased for all artifacts in SLASH'EM. Also, for those roles that can manage it, it may be worthwhile to #twoweapon the Bat with an artifact that provides drain resistance, since that will not compromise its increased damage.
Note that both Mjollnir at +24 and Disrupter at +30 have higher damage bonuses than the Bat, but Mjollnir's damage bonus doesn't apply to shock-resistant monsters, and Disrupter's only applies versus undead.