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Clarent is an artifact sword in GreyKnight's Clarent Patch. The "other" sword from Arthurian legend (after Excalibur), Clarent is a proposed replacement for Excalibur as the lawful crowning gift, given that Excalibur can already be created easily by #dipping a long sword into any fountain.

When invoked, Clarent reveals the location of all pets on the level and increases the tameness of those within line of sight.

Versions of Clarent have been incorporated into the variants dNetHack and SlashTHEM.


)   Clarent (dNetHack)   Long sword.png
Base item long sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 +1d20
Damage vs. large 1d12 +1d20
To-hit bonus +2 + 1d10
Bonus versus thick-skinned monsters
Weapon skill long sword
Size one-handed


When carried


When wielded


When invoked
Base price 4000 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

In dNetHack, Clarent is a lawful long sword, the crowning gift for Knights. It has a +2+1d12 to-hit and +1d20 damage bonus versus thick-skinned creatures. It also has +2 to-hit bonus versus phasing creatures. When wielded by a Knight, Clarent does not resist being held second to other artifact weapons.

Clarent can be used as a digging tool.


In SlashTHEM, Clarent's base item class is short sword, as in the patch. It is the first sacrifice gift for Knights and has a fixed +8 to-hit and +2 damage bonus versus thick-skinned creatures. In addition, it functions as a luckstone while carried.

SlashTHEM inherits SLASH'EM's lack of restrictions on dual-wielding artifacts, so Clarent can be held second to another artifact weapon by any role.


Clarent appears in the medieval poem Alliterative Morte Arthure alongside Caliburn (i.e. Excalibur) as a sword associated with King Arthur. In popular culture it is often identified with the sword that Arthur pulled from the stone, while Excalibur is identified with the sword Arthur received from the Lady of the Lake.

In the Clarent Patch, when Clarent is given to a crowned player, it appears embedded in a nearby wall, door, or tree, in a reference to the sword's mythos. It can be retrieved using the #untrap command, if the player is devoutly lawful. Its function as a digging tool also references the legend.

Encyclopedia entry

Clarent is the sword which Arthur drew forth from the stone,
proving himself a rightful king. It represents authority
and leadership. Clarent cleaves through stone easily, but
only those dedicated to law can remove it from a stony

See also

Artifact YANIs