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Base item scimitar
Damage vs. small 1d8 +1d8
Damage vs. large 1d8 +1d8
To-hit bonus +1d4
Bonus versus none
Weapon skill scimitar
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded
  • steals one item from target per successful hit
When invoked


Base price 6000 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

This article is about the artifact weapon in the Pirate patch. For the role title, see Barbarian.

Reaver is an artifact cutlass (scimitar) in the Pirate patch for NetHack. It is the crowning gift for Pirates, and is the only artifact weapon they are able to receive from their deity (or guaranteed artifact weapon of any kind in the game).

Reaver adds +1d4 to hit and +1d8 to damage, which combined with its relatively weak base damage of 1d8, makes it noticeably weaker than other artifact swords such as Excalibur, Stormbringer, and Snickersnee, not to mention Grayswandir, or the the Brands. However, it steals one item from an opponent with each successful hit, which will allow the Pirate to collect potions of full healing, amulets of life saving, and attack wands that otherwise would have been used up by monsters.

If the player has no room for a stolen object, it will be dropped at the player's feet ("Ye snatched but dropped <object>"). Note that stealing a footrice corpse from an opponent while not wearing gloves can lead to a petrification instakill.

The Pirate crowning title is "Pirate King". This is partly a reference to the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance.


"Hurrah for our Pirate King!"
A Pirate was crowned.
Your cutlass rings with the sound of waves!
Your wielded cutlass became Reaver.
Ye steal: <object>
You successfully stole an object with Reaver.
Ye snatched but dropped <object>.
You successfully stole an object with Reaver, but had no room for it in your inventory.

Encyclopedia entry

Oh, better far to live and die
Under the brave black flag I fly,
Than play a sanctimonious part,
With a pirate head and a pirate heart.
Away to the cheating world go you,
Where pirates all are well-to-do;
But I'll be true to the song I sing,
And live and die a Pirate King.

For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!

When I sally forth to seek my prey
I help myself in a royal way.
I sink a few more ships, it's true,
Than a well-bred monarch ought to do;
But many a king on a first-class throne,
If he wants to call his crown his own,
Must manage somehow to get through
More dirty work than ever I do,

For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!

[ Pirates of the Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan ]


Chris's Pirate Patch!searchin/