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|Damage vs. small||1d8|
|Damage vs. large||1d12|
|Weapon skill||long sword|
A long sword is one of the more popular weapons, for its damage and versatility. A plain long sword does d8/d12 damage against small/large monsters. Being made of iron, it can rust and corrode. A lawful character who is level 5 or higher can get Excalibur by repeatedly #dipping one into a fountain.
A significant fraction (7/24 = 29.2%) of artifact weapons are long swords, the highest of any item type. Therefore if you find one early (or start with one, as is the case with knights and valkyries) it would be a good idea to practice with it should you want to use an artifact weapon at some point, assuming that you are not restricted in long sword. Lawful and neutral characters can become unrestricted in long sword by being crowned, even if they don't receive Excalibur or Vorpal Blade as a crowning gift, and any character can become unrestricted in long sword when receiving an artifact long sword as a sacrifice gift.
Long sword skill Edit
Both long swords and katanas use the long sword skill.
The following artifact weapons use the long sword skill: