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Name ya
Appearance bamboo arrow
Damage vs. small 1d7
Damage vs. large 1d7
To-hit bonus +1
Weapon skill bow
Size one-handed
Base price 4 zm
Weight 1
Material metal

The ya is a projectile weapon that appears in Nethack. It is a Japanese arrow designed for use with a yumi. When unidentified, it appears as a bamboo arrow; however, their in-game material is metal, which also makes them erodeproof. The encyclopedia entry below indicates they are tipped with hardened steel, providing a possible explanation.


In addition to random generation, samurai will always start the game with 26 to 45 ya.


Ya do the most base damage out of all arrows (1d7 versus 1d6 for normal arrows) and have a +1 bonus to hit. Samurai firing ya from a yumi gain a +1 multishot bonus.


Ya deal more base damage than any other arrow, and are also the only arrows to have a to-hit bonus. Their material makes it so that they also cannot erode. Thus, they're great to use if you can find some, even if you're not a Samurai.


Ya are a real world arrow type used by Japanese archers, around 85-110 centimeters (33-43 inches) compared to the 75-90 centimeters (30-35 inches) of the 'standard' arrow. Their size is designed specifically for the very large yumi. The to-hit bonus may suggest ya with a bodkin point, a common medieval war-time arrow in many societies designed to penetrate armor (particularly chain or ring mail).

Encyclopedia entry

The arrow of choice of the samurai, ya are made of very
straight bamboo, and are tipped with hardened steel.

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