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) Elven broadsword
Name elven broadsword
Appearance runed broadsword
Damage vs. small 1d6+1d4
Damage vs. large 1d6+1
To-hit bonus +0
Weapon skill broadsword
Size one-handed
Cost 10 zm
(+10/positive
enchant)
Weight 70
Material wood

An elven broadsword is a kind of melee weapon. It is more effective than the regular broadsword against small monsters, and because of this an effective choice for #twoweapon; it deals an average of 6 damage versus small monsters, one of the most damaging single-handed weapons in the game, compared to a longsword's 4.5. Against large creatures, however, only 4.5, compared to longsword's 6.5.

Generation Edit

  • The simplest, easiest, and most effective way to get an Elven broadsword is to kill an elf. By the time the player considers switching to a broadsword (preparing for Stormbringer, or far less likely Orcrist), or to use it for #twoweapon, they'll no doubt have killed at least a dozen—this compounded by the fact that they tend to spawn in groups. The following creatures have a special chance of being spawned with an Elven broadsword[1], though there are other ways to attain one:

Average damage calculation Edit

We assume the player is skilled in broadsword (no class can actually attain expert skill in that weapon category), which gives a +1 damage bonus. A blessed weapon deals 1d4 extra damage against demons and undead. The worst case scenario is against a non-undead, non-demon, large monster. The best case scenario is against a undead, demon, small monster.

Weapon Against regular small monsters Against regular large monsters Worst case scenario Best case scenario
Blessed Elven broadsword +0 \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1=\bold{7} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1=\bold{5.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1=\bold{5.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1=\bold{9.5}
Blessed Elven broadsword +7 \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1+7=\bold{14} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1+7=\bold{12.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1+7=\bold{12.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1+7=\bold{16.5}
Blessed Elven broadsword +9 \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1+9=\bold{16} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1+9=\bold{14.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+1+1+9=\bold{14.5} \frac{1+6}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+\frac{1+4}{2}+1+9=\bold{18.5}

Due to their abundance, it may be worth considering attempting to enchant an Elven broadsword to +8 or +9, should one be polypiling for scrolls, keeping note never to destroy the final copy. Because of this, they make an interesting choice to consider as a second weapon, as despite the low chance, a +9 Elven broadsword can compare to certain lesser artifacts in raw damage for those forced into the broadsword slot.

  1. http://groups.google.com/group/rec.games.roguelike.nethack/msg/e34120648c374754
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