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A weapon-tool is a tool that is especially useful as a weapon. Weapon-tools can be enchanted under the same rules as regular weapons, will weld to the hands if cursed, and have weapon skills.

A tool is defined as a weapon-tool if it has a weapon skill.[1]

Weapon-tools in vanilla NetHack are:

Item Skill Two-handed Material
pick-axe pick-axe no iron
grappling hook flail no iron
unicorn horn unicorn horn yes bone

Note that the dwarvish mattock, despite being usable in exactly the same way as a pick-axe and using the same weapon skill, is actually classified as a weapon. Also, axes and battle-axes can be applied to break down doors, but are not tools.


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