Giantslayer

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

(none)

When wielded

(none)

When invoked

(none)

Base price 200 zm
Weight 40
Material iron
)   Giantslayer (UnNetHack)   Sling.png
Base item sling
Damage vs. small 1d2 x2
Damage vs. large 1d2 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus giants
Weapon skill sling
Size one-handed
Affiliation
When carried

(none)

When wielded
  • 18/** Strength
When invoked

(none)

Base price 1200 zm
Weight 3
Material leather

Giantslayer is a neutral long sword that does +1d5 to hit and double damage against monsters with the M2_GIANT flag: giants, stone giants, hill giants, fire giants, giant mummies, frost giants, storm giants, giant zombies, Cyclops, and Lord Surtur, but not ettins or titans.

Strategy

Like most of The Banes, this weapon has too narrow a damage range to be particularly useful. Likely its main use is that it might unrestrict the long swords skill for a neutral character, without requiring them to be crowned; this could be useful for a character who finds Frost Brand on the floor, for example. Also, unlike some other Banes, it is at least derived from a good base item, so is actually useful against giants. However, giants are rarely dangerous enough to need a particularly effective weapon to take them out.

SLASH'EM

In SLASH'EM, this weapon is removed in favor of Giantkiller, a neutral axe with the same double damage range. As an axe is a far weaker base weapon than a long sword, Giantkiller is even less useful than Giantslayer.

UnNetHack

In UnNetHack, Giantslayer is instead a neutral sling, with bonuses versus the same group of M2_GIANT monsters; it provides warning of, and +1d5 to hit and double damage against them. It also sets the wielder's Strength to 18/**, even if wielded in the off hand (this may be a bug, as it does not always set the wielder's Strength to 18/** immediately in either hand).

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