Quick Blade

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Base item elven short sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 +2
Damage vs. large 1d8 +2
To-hit bonus +9
Bonus versus (any)
Weapon skill short sword
Size one-handed


When carried


When wielded


When invoked


Base price 1000 zm
Weight 30
Material wood

Quick Blade is an artifact weapon in SLASH'EM. It is a lawful elven short sword with a +9 bonus to hit and a +2 bonus to damage against all monsters. Despite its name, it does not grant speed.


Unfortunately, this weapon is likely to be useless in most games. Its principal advantage is its to-hit bonus, making for reliable (and hence, "quick", as compared to a less accurate weapon) damage against monsters with low AC. However, this advantage is only useful in the early game, where this weapon is rarely seen. Its damage bonus is not nearly enough even for SLASH'EM's mid-game, let alone the late game. A lawful character who receives it as a first sacrifice gift might find it useful for a while, but will definitely want to sacrifice for something better later on.


Quick blades are an extremely rare type of non-artifact short blade in Crawl. Crawl uses a system of weapon speed; quick blades are the fastest weapons by a fairly large margin, being 67% faster than other short blades, giving about the same advantage that speed boots give in NetHack. Outside of being gifted by a god, the best chance of finding one is on the last level of the Elven Halls, which is likely the reason that Quick Blade is an elven short sword in SLASH'EM.