The Tentacle Staff

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Base item quarterstaff
Damage vs. small 1d6 +5 + level drain
Damage vs. large 1d6 +5 + level drain
To-hit bonus +8
Bonus versus not drain resistant
Weapon skill quarterstaff
Size two-handed
When carried
When wielded


When invoked
Base price zm
Weight 40
Material wood

The Tentacle Staff is the Drow quest artifact in SLASH 6. Its base item is a quarterstaff. In this variant, a Drow is simply an Elf with a chaotic starting alignment; lawful or neutral Elves are simply known as Elves.

The Staff's attack can drain life from its targets ("The writhing tentacles draw the life from <target>!").

When carried, the Staff grants magic resistance, fast energy regeneration, and half spell damage. When invoked, it allows the player to level teleport, similar to the Orb of Fate.


The variant dNetHack contains an artifact flail named the Tentacle Rod, which is a quest artifact for renegade Drow Priests, Rangers, Rogues, and Wizards. It lacks the Staff's drain life attack and other properties, but it can deal multiple attacks and inflict status ailments on targets. It also decreases the chance of spell failure and absorbs curses while wielded.


  • SLASH 6 include/artilist.h#line 370
  • SLASH 6 src/artifact.c#line 1059

See also

Drow quest