The Longbow of Diana

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Base item bow
Damage vs. small 1d2
Damage vs. large 1d2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus (any)
Weapon skill bow
Size one-handed
When carried
When wielded
When invoked
Base price 4000 zm
Weight 30
Material wood

The Longbow of Diana is the Ranger quest artifact. It is the prize for completing the Ranger quest, and is chaotic for wishing purposes. Its base item type is a bow.


See also: RNE

When carried, the Longbow of Diana confers telepathy. When wielded, it confers reflection and +d5 to hit when firing arrows. Invoking the Bow creates arrows with the same beatitude (but not the same enchantment charge) as the Bow. A blessed Bow creates more arrows, up to 21 at once, and a cursed Bow fewer, at most 11 at once. The invocations have timeout like most artifacts, so you cannot create new arrows every turn.

The enchantment range of the arrows is inclusive and depends on rne(3) and the current beatitude of the Longbow.[1][2] A blessed Longbow will only produce arrows with enchantment from 0 to 10; a cursed Longbow will only produce arrows with enchantment from -10 to 0; and an uncursed Longbow will produce arrows in the range of -10 to 10. The probability distribution of the enchantments is not uniform. The Longbow also has a small chance of producing poisoned arrows.

Arrows generated from the blessed or cursed Longbow of Diana are more likely to be +0 than randomly generated blessed or cursed arrows. This is because mksobj, which arti_invoke calls to generate the arrows, can produce arrows of any BUC, regardless of the BUC of the longbow; arti_invoke changes the BUC status of the arrows after mksobj returns, bringing negative enchantments on blessed arrows and positive enchantments on cursed arrows to 0.


See also: Invoke § Optimum invocation schedule

Since the base type of the Longbow is an ordinary bow, it will not provide racial multishot bonuses, making it a poorer weapon than the starting bow for non-human Rangers. Since blessed arrows are very unlikely to break with high Luck, and it must be wielded for reflection, most Rangers will not find much use for it. However, it grants extrinsic telepathy when carried.


As of UnNetHack version 5.1.0, the Longbow of Diana gives +1 multishot and +1 damage bonus when firing any type of arrow.[3]


The Longbow of Diana first appeared, along with the Ranger class, in NetHack 3.3.0 under the name of The Longbow of Artemis. It was renamed in NetHack 3.4.0.

Encyclopedia entry

This legendary bow grants ESP when carried and can reflect magical
attacks when wielded. When invoked it provides a supply of arrows.


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