Demonbane

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)   Demonbane   Long sword.png
Base item long sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 x2
Damage vs. large 1d12 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus demons
Weapon skill long sword
Size one-handed
Affiliation
When carried

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When wielded

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When invoked

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Base price 2500 zm
Weight 40
Material iron
)   Demonbane   Silver mace.png
Base item silver mace
Damage vs. small 1d6+1 x2
Damage vs. large 1d6 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus demons
Weapon skill silver mace
Size one-handed
Affiliation
When carried
  • When wielded
    • demon summoning is blocked
  • When invoked

    (none)

    Base price 2500 zm
    Weight 40
    Material iron

    Demonbane is a lawful long sword that has +1d5 to hit and deals double damage against all proper major demons, i.e. all & except Death, Pestilence, Famine, djinn, the mail daemon, and sandestins.

    Demonbane is slightly less useless than most of the other monster-specific weapons, since demons are actually reasonably common in the late game and could use an extra dose of damage. However, there are plenty of other weapons that do extra damage to demons, such as Grayswandir, Frost Brand, or even a regular silver saber, on which your scrolls of enchant weapon are certainly better spent. Therefore, Demonbane is rarely used. However, if you have no other particularly good artifacts, it may make a good weapon for an intelligent pet, especially since Archons are often generated with it.

    Unlike a silver saber or other silver weapons, Demonbane does not deal additional damage against minor demons.[1][2]

    SporkHack

    In SporkHack, Demonbane has been significantly overhauled. It is now a silver mace which does double damage to demons, provides warning versus demons and prevents demons from summoning in your presence. It is the first sacrifice gift for priests. Because silver maces are not randomly generated, Demonbane will never be randomly generated.

    Like all revised SporkHack artifacts, it gets +1d5 to hit all monsters, not just its target monster.

    References

    1. artilist.h in NetHack 3.4.3, line 105: Demonbane gets a bonus against monster types with the M2_DEMON flag set
    2. Imps and other minor demons in monst.c: No minor demon has M2_DEMON set

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