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Base item Morning star
Damage vs. small 2d4 ×2
Damage vs. large 1d6+1 ×2
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 appears in NetHack. It is unaligned, and its base item is a morning star.

Trollsane a +1d5 to-hit bonus, does double damage against trolls and prevents their corpses from reviving while wielded.


Any randomly generated morning star has a 120 chance of being made into Trollsbane, as Trollsbane is the only artifact morning star.


Like most Banes, Trollsbane is considered to be of limited use; while trolls are often troublesome, they are still a small group of the total monsters a player will encounter. Trollsbane is also further hampered by its base item—it requires the rarely-used and heavy morning star, which lacks any incentives to train it over using a more accessible weapon like Excalibur; even at +0 and with Trollsbane's doubled damage, Excalibur deals more damage on average (14 vs. 9).

However, its ability to prevent trolls from reviving could be useful for Barbarians embarking on the troll-infested Barbarian quest.


The ability to prevent troll corpses from reviving was added in NetHack 3.6.1.



Trollsbane is made of silver and warns of trolls. It also deals extra damage to regenerating and covetous monsters, and instantly kills trolls and petrifies gremlins.


In FIQHack, Trollsbane grants hungerless regeneration. Its double damage is replaced with a +1d20 damage bonus.


In SporkHack, Trollsbane grants hungerless regeneration while wielded; it deals +d4 bonus damage to all monsters and has a 50% chance of instantly destroying trolls on a successful hit.


In UnNetHack, Trollsbane also grants hungerless regeneration while wielded. It provides warning against trolls, prevents them from leaving corpses, and has a 15 chance of instantly killing any trolls it hits.


In EvilHack, Trollsbane warns of trolls. Additionally, it can be forged together with Ogresmasher to create Ashmar, an artifact dwarvish roundshield.

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