Two-handed sword

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Name two-handed sword
Appearance two-handed sword
Damage vs. small 1d12 (1-12)
Damage vs. large 3d6 (3-18)
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill two-handed sword
Size two-handed
Base price 50 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 150
Material iron

A two-handed sword is a kind of melee weapon that appears in NetHack. It is one of the most damaging non-artifact weapons in the game, and one of the most damaging among two-handed weapons.

Generation

Two-handed swords make up about 2.2% of randomly generated weapons (on the ground, as death drops, and in shops).

A +0 two-handed sword is one of the possible starting swords for Barbarians.[1]

Strong humanoid monsters may be generated with a two-handed sword if they do not have a default weapon, especially if they are lords or overlords.[2] Croesus is always generated with a two-handed sword.[3] One of the weapons guarded by the ghost on the Rogue level has a 50% chance of being a two-handed sword, with an enchantment ranging from -1 to +3. Finally, player monster barbarians have a 14 chance of receiving a two-handed sword in place of their initial primary weapon.[4]

Two-handed sword skill

Two-handed sword
Max Role
Basic
Skilled
Expert

The two-handed sword skill covers the use of two-handed swords and tsurugi. The Tsurugi of Muramasa is an artifact weapon that uses the skill.

Strategy

Main article: Two-handed

Two-handed swords are solid early game weapons for their high damage rolls, particularly for weaker roles such as Tourists - but they can become a nuisance when cursed, making it an unpopular choice to use past the mid-game. The #tip command can be used to get curse removal items out of a carried bag, but most players will still prefer a one-handed and/or curse-resistant weapon to avoid this issue entirely.

History

The two-handed sword has been present in the game since Hack 1.21, a variant of Jay Fenlason's Hack.

From Hack 1.0 to NetHack 3.0.10, a two-handed sword can be named Orcrist, giving it a bonus d10 damage against orcs. Until NetHack 3.0.0, it is possible to have multiple Orcrists; prior to Hack 1.0.2, naming Orcrist was not restricted to requiring this weapon.

Variants

SLASH'EM

SLASH'EM adds Deathsword, an artifact weapon that uses the two-handed sword as its base item.

UnNetHack

In UnNetHack, Thiefbane's base item is a two-handed sword.

EvilHack

In EvilHack, Lifestealer and The Sword of Kas are artifact two-handed swords.

dNetHack

In dNetHack, Aurumach Rilmani will generate with a gold two-handed sword enchanted to at least +4, and wandering githyanki pirates are generated with a two-handed sword.

References