The Staff of Aesculapius
|) The Staff of Aesculapius|
|Damage vs. small||1d6 ×2 +1d8|
|Damage vs. large||1d6 ×2 +1d8|
|Bonus versus||not drain resistant|
|Base price||5000 zm|
It deals double damage to all monsters without drain resistance, drains levels from them, and also gives hungerless regeneration and drain resistance. The life-draining itself applies a further +1d8 damage to the target's current and maximum HP, and restores half that to the wielder's current HP. This bonus damage is not doubled, and does not apply against monsters with drain resistance.
Like all staves, it is two-handed. It is an unpopular weapon in Gehennom because of the associated danger, and also the fact that many enemies in Gehennom are drain-resistant. But it should be noted that as an intelligent artifact, the Staff resists 80% of all curses. And if coupled with either of the half spell damage neutral artifacts, the Eye of the Aethiopica or the Orb of Fate, curse resistance for the Staff approaches that of Magicbane. Additionally, the introduction of the extended #tip command since 3.6.0 has made wielding all two-handed weapons potentially less dangerous.
Average damage calculation
|Weapon||Drain resistant||Not drain resistant|
|+0 Staff of Aesculapius|
|+7 Staff of Aesculapius|
Aesculapius (Ἀσκληπιός) was the god of medicine in ancient Greece, and his staff (with a single snake wrapped around it) is still widely used as a symbol of medicine today.
The Staff of Aesculapius does not protect against life drain in SLASH'EM any longer. Erroneously, SLASH'EM retains the same encyclopedia entry, which mentions that "it protects its user from all life draining attacks".
This staff is considered sacred to all healers, as it truly
holds the powers of life and death. When wielded, it
protects its user from all life draining attacks, and
additionally gives the wielder the power of regeneration.
When invoked it performs healing magic.