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]


In addition to random generation, elven arrows often appear in the starting inventory of bow-wielding elven monsters.

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


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.[2] This bonus does not apply to dark elven arrows.