Bec de corbin

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Name Bec de corbin
Appearance beaked polearm
Damage vs. small d8
Damage vs. large d6
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill polearm
Size two-handed
Base price 8 zm
Weight 100
Material iron

A bec de corbin is a type of weapon that appears in NetHack. It is a two-handed polearm that is made of iron, and appears as a beaked polearm when unidentified.

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.

Per commit 1ae2bc70, ravens generated while the player character is wielding a bec de corbin are created peaceful.


In addition to random generation, general shops and antique weapons outlets can sell bec de corbins.

Watchmen and soldiers may be generated with a bec de corbin.[1]


The bec de corbin offers decent damage against small monsters compared to other polearms, but has the lowest average damage against large monsters alongside the lucern hammer, and in general is a poor weapon for its weight even compared to other polearms like the ranseur or spetum.


The bec de corbin is introduced with all other polearms in NetHack 1.3d.



A bec de corbin or bec-de-corbin (Old French "raven's beak", and pluralized as "becs de corbin") is a type of polearm and war hammer that was popular in late medieval Europe, and consisted of a modified hammerhead, spike and stout "beak" mounted atop a long pole. The hammerhead was usually blunt (though some had multi-pronged hammers) and acted as a balance rather than a means of attack, designed to aid the beak in tearing into plate armor and mail; the spike mounted on the top of the head was also not nearly as long and thin like that of a lucern hammer. Bec de corbin is sometimes used as a general term to describe several types of war hammer, such as mauls and horseman's picks.



In dNetHack and notdNetHack, the bec de corbin has its weight reduced to 75 aum.

NetHack Fourk

NetHack Fourk removes the bec de corbin and many other polearms.


In xNetHack, the bec de corbin is one of the few polearms that is not removed. It is also buffed to deal the same damage as the removed lucern hammer.


In EvilHack, a bec de corbin can be created at a forge by combining a war hammer and a spear. This also applies to Hack'EM.

Encyclopedia entry

See the encyclopedia entry for polearm.