Silver is a material composing a few items in the Dungeons of Doom. Silver cannot corrode or rust and hinders spellcasting when worn as armor. Striking with a silver object will deal silver damage against certain monster types. Any item made of silver is eligible for dealing damage to shades.
List of silver items
The following items are made of silver:
- silver sabers (including Grayswandir and Werebane)
- silver arrows
- silver daggers
- silver spears
- wands with the randomized appearance "silver wand"
- rings with the randomized appearance "silver ring"
- shields of reflection
- The Bell of Opening (a silver bell)
Notable non-silver items
Silver should not be confused with mithril, a different material.
Creatures vulnerable to silver are called silver-hating creatures. The following creatures are silver-hating:
- all V vampires
- all major demons (i.e. all & except riders, mail daemons, djinn, and sandestins)
- all i minor demons, except tengu
- all lycanthropes
Note that with the exception of lycanthropes, all of these are also classified as undead or demonic, and will also take an additional 1d4 from blessed weapons.
When one of these creatures is struck by a silver item, it will suffer an extra d20 damage. This includes wielded non-weapons, or a silver ring worn while using hand to hand combat or martial arts without gloves.
Silver weapons are one of the few things that can harm shades. In some circumstances a makeshift silver weapon can be very valuable in Orcus Town. Mirrors do one point of damage to shades but are not truly classified as silver. Also, the mirror will break after a single hit, so you're not likely to be able to kill the shade with it.
You are vulnerable to silver if you're polymorphed into one of the monsters listed above or affected by lycanthropy. In addition to receiving extra damage from silver weapons, this makes you unable to wear or wield silver items, and interacting with them will deal 1d10 damage, similarly to an artifact blast.
Because of the enormous damage bonus, it's a good idea to fight silver-haters even with a silver non-weapon, though then you cannot twoweapon when doing this. Don't forget to unwield your silver wand before hitting a disenchanter, to avoid having the wand's charges drained. If you plan to fight barehanded with a silver ring, take extra care not to accidentally strike a cockatrice.
Several variants, including GruntHack, dNetHack, EvilHack, and xNetHack, implement an object materials system. In these variants, many kinds of weapons and armor have a chance of being generated made of silver.
SLASH'EM introduces several new silver items: