|Base item||orcish short sword|
|Damage vs. small||1d5 +10 +(1d4 * 5) (25% chance)|
|Damage vs. large||1d8 +10 +(1d4 * 5) (25% chance)|
|Weapon skill||short sword|
|Base price||1000 zm|
Doomblade deals +10 damage versus all monsters, with a 1⁄4 chance of dealing an extra (1d4 * 5) damage every attack; this bonus damage is accompanied by a message when it triggers. The bonus chance still occurs even if you are twoweaponing with Doomblade in the off-hand, which is allowed in SLASH'EM.
Though not seen or sought out as often as other artifacts in SLASH'EM, Doomblade is actually one of the better weapons in the game - its extra damage averages out to +13, which is comparable with Skullcrusher as well as Excalibur and Snickersnee (though to a lesser degree). While the average damage of +5d4 vs +1d4 * 5 is the same (12.5 per proc, or 3.125 per attack), the damage output distribution of the latter is much "swingier": where a roll of 5d4 will cluster around 12.5, a roll of 1d4 * 5 will take a value of 5, 10, 15 or 20, all with equal probability. The bonus damage rolls are fairly frequent, allowing Doomblade to finish off difficult or well-armored monsters, and it remains more than viable well into the SLASH'EM end game even if you do not get the bonus damage as often.
Unlike most artifacts, Doomblade lacks a to-hit, making using it while unskilled and/or at a low experience level somewhat more difficult; for high-level characters, the difference is negligible. Players who cannot effectively use the Bat from Hell due to being restricted in club skill may find this a worthwhile artifact weapon wish, as might those who want a suitably powerful offhand weapon.
Average damage calculation
|Bonus Damage Proc|
|Weapon||Small monsters||Large monsters|
- You plunge the Doomblade deeply into <monster>!
- Doomblade's extra damage effect has triggered.
In SLASH 6, Doomblade was the guaranteed first sacrifice gift for the Lycanthrope role. When the role was changed to a starting race, this was lost, although the weapon is still marked in the source code as being "affiliated" with lycanthropes.