Forum:Do you name your weapons? (keep it clean, please)

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So, do you? Name (#call) your weapons, that is?

I do. I dunno why. Maybe it makes me more cautious about rust traps and acid blobs. I don't ever like my named weapons to corrode.

There's a belief among some players, (and I think this comes from a false rumour in-game), that if you name your weapon after the first monster you kill with it, it gets some kind of buff.

It's not true, of course, but sometimes, if the first monster I kill with a (non-artifact) weapon is something with a decently cool name, I do name it something with that in it. Like "Jackaltooth" or summat like that...

But I often just name my long sword "Sunbeam" or a katana "Silverleaf." Or if I have two non-artifact swords I'm dual-wielding, I'll call them "Telperion" and "Laurelin", (the Trees of Light from the Silmarillion), because I'm a total Tolkien girl.

So, if you have any clean, decent things you like to #call your weapons, tell us!

JMarieStanton (talk) 01:57, 22 March 2016 (UTC)

Usually I name my weapons and armor after intrinsics I already obtained, or the locations of quest portals. So for example there could be a "blessed +5 pair of gloves named disint,pois,fireres" or a "+3 long sword named quest on dlvl17". Is this cheating? Am I the only one doing this? --Bluescreenofdeath (talk) 12:54, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
No, I'm sure that's no different from writing it down on a post-it note. JMarieStanton (talk) 14:41, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
I generally do this, but I do it with my lizard corpse(s), once I get them. Elronnd(talk) 04:02, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
In previous games, I have named a off-hand (silver) dagger "Dandelion", after the book Rumo. I have also named the rings I got off of Nazgul "nth ring of mortal men" (I was collecting) Catullus (talk) 13:00, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
I like the name "Dandelion". Have you ever managed to get a set of 9 nazgul rings? JMarieStanton (talk) 14:41, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Only 5. Catullus (talk) 21:40, 25 March 2016 (UTC)


I like to name the first uncursed dagger I find "Lockbuster." I also 'adjust' it to 's' (for all lock-opening items) because I find 'a'pply 's' is an easy sequence. I also name the first digging tool/weapon "Earthslayer" if a "killing" class (Rogue, Barbarian, Ranger, etc.) and "Earthmover" or "Excavator" if a "peaceful" class (healer, monk, tourist, archaeologist). I also 'adjust' a digging tool to 'x.' I then know to always use 's' and 'x' respectively with less risk of wielding a cursed weapon.

I also name daggers when wielding and quivering them to make it easier to keep them organized, with proper stacking. The wielded dagger is typically related to slicing flesh (Fleshbane, etc.) and the quivered daggers are related to air travel (Airfire).

I also do some additional role playing and name regular wielded items at times. -User (talk) 18:10, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

I also name daggers as a rogue. I generally look at the int of my char and if it is really low I go for a stupid name, like "Stabby" otherwise I might turn to fantasy literature for inspiration. "Cat's claw" from Fritz Leiber's books about Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser is a popular choice(or Graywand for a two-handed sword as a Barbarian, or Scalpel for a sabre). The actual books themselves are not my favourites today, but they were among my first books of the genre, so the nostalgia keeps them alive in my heart.--Dtarnish (talk) 12:35, 1 May 2016 (UTC)


If I end up using a orcish dagger to force open chests for any length of time due to lack of keys, it gets named 'chestbane'. Likewise, if I'm so flush with enchant weapon scrolls that I end up enchanting and erodeproofing a pickaxe in the midgame, it becomes 'vaultbane' or 'rockbane'. Wolfechu (talk) 20:36, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Good topic. I once had a stack of 12 fixed +7 daggers called "USPostalService". One thing I'd like to see is if you name a monster, the name would reappear in the list of monsters vanquished at the end of the game, e.g. 40 Monkeys ... 1 Monkey called Boris". Wikid (talk) 05:54, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

I do in real life, not Nethack (except for Sting and Orcrist on occasion). My dagger had its name engraved on it when I purchased it. HRT (pronounced hurt). My hand and a half is thereby named Harm..Count (talk) 03:20, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

And my neck knife is named Prick. Count (talk) 03:26, 7 June 2016 (UTC)