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 two-handed melee weapon. It is one of the most damaging non-artifact weapons in the game.

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 tsurugis. The only artifact using the two-handed sword skill is the The Tsurugi of Muramasa.

Generation

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

In addition, 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.[1] Croesus is always generated with a two-handed sword.[2]

A +0 two-handed sword is part of one of two starting weapon combinations for Barbarians.[3]

Strategy

Two-handed swords can become a nuisance when cursed, because they prevent you from doing a number of actions, including actions that may be necessary to lift the curse, such as casting remove curse or accessing holy water or a scroll of remove curse stashed in a container. Thus, in spite of their high damage potential, two-handed swords are unpopular after the mid game.

As of NetHack 3.6.0, the #tip command allows players wielding cursed two-handed weapons to get items out of a container, by emptying it on the floor. This makes curses on two-handed weapons slightly more manageable, but the other penalties of cursed two-handers still apply, so two-handed swords remain unpopular weapon choices.

Variants

SLASH'EM

SLASH'EM introduces the Deathsword, an additional artifact two-handed sword, which is the second guaranteed sacrifice gift for Barbarians and has +14 damage and +5 to-hit against humans. It is chaotic for wishing purposes, but would be a waste of a wish with all of the excellent chaotic SLASH'EM artifacts.

UnNetHack

In UnNetHack, Thiefbane's base item class has been changed to two-handed sword.

References