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Houchou (actually pronounced hōchō, both long o sounds) is a chaotic-aligned artifact spoon in SLASH'EM. It is thrown at a target, and if it hits, it instakills the victim. There is no defense against Houchou, but if it hits a target, the tool itself is always destroyed in the process.
If thrown upwards, Houchou will kill YOU. Monsters will not throw Houchou, as they are not programmed to throw (weapon-)tools.
"Houchou" is Japanese for "kitchen knife"(包丁). The spelling and pronunciation follows one of the multiple transliteration and pronunciation standards for Japanese.
In the Japanese RPG Final Fantasy IV, there was a kitchen knife that could be thrown to instantly kill or severely damage almost any monster. Nintendo of America sanitized this item to "Spoon," though its effect when used - instant, violent death - was paradoxically, and humorously, kept. It is thus that SLASH'EM's Houchou is a spoon.
In variants with both Houchou and Cthulhu, Houchou should definitely be saved for him.