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In the absence of dagger skills, a small stack of spears is a powerful ranged weapon for any Caveman or Priest lucky enough to find more than one. Generally you need to encounter a large antique weapons outlet to find them in any number.
Spear skill Edit
The following weapons use spear skill:
There are no artifact spears in vanilla NetHack.
When unidentified, a javelin appears as a 'throwing spear'. Despite this, it uses the javelin skill rather than the spear skill.
Weapons in the spear class have a +2 to-hit bonus when hitting kebabable monsters, which are the following:
Spears also have an additional +2 to-hit bonus against all monsters when thrown.
Encyclopedia entry Edit
- they come together with great random, and a spear is brast,
and one party brake his shield and the other one goes down,
horse and man, over his horse-tail and brake his neck, and
then the next candidate comes randoming in, and brast his
pear, and the other man brast his shield, and down he goes,
horse and man, over his horse-tail, and brake his neck, and
then there's another elected, and another and another and
still another, till the material is all used up; and when you
come to figure up results, you can't tell one fight from
another, nor who whipped; and as a picture of living, raging,
roaring battle, sho! why it's pale and noiseless - just
ghosts scuffling in a fog. Dear me, what would this barren
vocabulary get out of the mightiest spectacle? - the burning
of Rome in Nero's time, for instance? Why, it would merely
say 'Town burned down; no insurance; boy brast a window,
fireman brake his neck!' Why, that ain't a picture!