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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.

Silver haters will not pick up silver weapons or armor. However, they will pick up other silver items, like silver wands of speed monster. This goes for silver hating pets as well.

List of silver items

The following items are made of silver:

Press \ to check which of your wands and rings are made of silver.

in SLASH'EM they are additional silver weapons:

Notable non-silver items

Some items have silver in their name but this refers to their color, not their composition. These items (which do not deal silver damage) include:

Silver damage

Creatures vulnerable to silver are called silver-hating creatures. The following creatures are silver-hating:[1]

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. (tengu included)

When one of these creatures is struck by a silver item, it will suffer an extra d20 damage.[2][3] This includes wielded non-weapons, or a silver ring worn while using hand to hand combat or martial arts without gloves (be careful!). The enormous damage bonus makes it a good idea to fight silver-haters even with a silver non-weapon, see the list above (though then you cannot twoweapon). (Don't forget to unwield your silver wand before hitting a disenchanter.)

Silver arrows deal silver damage only if shot from a bow. Wielding them, twoweaponing two stacks, or throwing them without a bow does not deal silver damage.

Silver weapons are one of the few things that can harm Shades. In some circumstances a make-shift 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.

Unlike other damage bonuses, this extra silver damage will not be doubled by Grayswandir or Werebane.


You are vulnerable to silver if you're polymorphed into one of the monsters listed above or affected by lycanthropy.[4] 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.[5]


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