Tsurugi

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Name tsurugi
Appearance long samurai sword
Damage vs. small 1d16
Damage vs. large 1d8+2d6 (3-20)
To-hit bonus +2
Weapon skill two-handed sword
Size two-handed
Base price 500 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 60
Material metal

The tsurugi is a weapon that exists in NetHack. When unidentified, it appears as a long samurai sword.

Generation

Tsurugi are not normally generated, and serve as the base item for the Tsurugi of Muramasa (which its encyclopedia entry alludes to). A player that already has the Tsurugi, or else chose the Samurai role, can find a plain tsurugi in bones files if the dead character(s) would have had the artifact themselves - it is also possible to wish for an ordinary one.

Description

Tsurugi are heavily-damaging weapons that use the two-handed sword skill. They are inherently erodeproofed, being made of metal rather than iron.

Strategy

Though tsurugi do even more damage than ordinary two-handed swords, they are subject to the same disadvantages. Any role that is unrestricted in two-handed swords can also twoweapon, and there are weapon combinations that can do more damage than an ordinary tsurugi.

Origin

A tsurugi is a Japanese straight-bladed, double-edged sword, making it easy to distinguish from the curved katana.

Kusanagi, one of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan, is said to be a tsurugi.

Encyclopedia entry

The tsurugi, also known as the long samurai sword, is an
 extremely sharp, two-handed blade favored by the samurai.
 It is made of hardened steel, and is manufactured using a
 special process, causing it to never rust. The tsurugi is
 rumored to be so sharp that it can occasionally cut
 opponents in half!