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Base item Morning star
Damage vs. small 2d4 x2
Damage vs. large 1d6+1 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus trolls
Weapon skill Morning star
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded


When invoked


Base price 200 zm
Weight 120
Material iron

Trollsbane is an artifact weapon that, against trolls, does double damage and +1d5 to-hit. Most players agree that it is essentially useless, for several reasons:

  • It is effective only on trolls, a very small group of total monsters.
  • It uses the morning star weapon skill, which you are not likely to use for anything else, as it is not a particularly good weapon and there are no other artifact morning stars.
  • Even against trolls, it only does an average damage of 9. By comparison, the +0 Excalibur does 14 average damage and is considerably easier to get (at least for lawful characters).

However, in NetHack 3.6.1-dev wielding Trollsbane prevents trolls from reviving. This could possibly be useful for the troll-infested Barbarian quest.


In SporkHack it has been dramatically improved. It grants hungerless regeneration while wielded, deals +d4 bonus damage to all monsters and has a 50% chance of instantly destroying trolls on a successful hit. It's still not particularly good, but it's at least worth keeping around now.


In UnNetHack it grants hungerless regeneration while wielded and has a 1/5 chance of instantly killing trolls. It also prevents them from leaving corpses.

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