Elven arrow

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Name elven arrow
Appearance runed arrow
Damage vs. small 1d7
Damage vs. large 1d6
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill bow
Size one-handed
Base price 2 zm
Weight 1
Material wood

The elven arrow is a type of arrow for use with a bow that appears in NetHack. It appears as a runed arrow when unidentified. Elven arrows are wooden and susceptible to rotting and burning attacks.

Elven arrows gain +1 multishot and a +1 damage bonus when fired by an elven player from an elven bow.[1][2]


An elven Ranger's two sets of starting +0 and +2 arrows will always be elven arrows.[3]

13 of elven monsters are generated with an elven bow and 3–14 elven arrows.[4]


Elven arrows often generate on elves, and are marginally stronger than (standard) arrows. They should be preferred over arrows of the same enchantment, unless you receive a racial multishot bonus for another kind of arrow.


The elven arrow was introduced in NetHack 3.0.0.



In UnNetHack, the Castle has a chance to generate blessed and enchanted elven arrows in the barracks overlooking the drawbridge.


In SLASH'EM, a non-cursed elven arrow has a 1 in 3 chance of a +1 bonus to multishot - e.g., a player that would normally only shoot 1 arrow will shoot d2 arrows 33% of the time, a player that would normally shoot d2 arrows will shoot d3 arrows 33% of the time, etc.[5] This bonus does not apply to dark elven arrows.