)   Sunsword   Long sword
Base item long sword
Damage vs. small 1d8 x2
Damage vs. large 1d12 x2
To-hit bonus +1d5
Bonus versus undead
Weapon skill long sword
Size one-handed
When carried


When wielded
When invoked


Cost 1500 zm
Weight 40
Material iron

Sunsword is a rather useful artifact long sword. It is lawful and does +1d5 to hit and double damage to undead monsters; L, M, W, Z, ghosts and shades. It also acts as a light source with a radius of 2 squares, and prevents blinding from lights. It becomes lit when wielded, and unlit when unwielded. If you kill a monster (except by stoning) which is wielding it, then it will stay lit, allowing you to use a different weapon while still having a light source. It has a 50% chance to be generated in the initial inventory of an Archon, and a 5% chance to be given to an Angel or Aleax.

Light RadiusEdit

The Sunsword has a light radius of two squares around the character (or monster) it's being wielded by. Compare that to the radius of a lamp, which is three.


X's represent the squares lit by Sunsword.


Although this weapon is itself unchanged in SLASH'EM, it becomes a much better option for lawfuls in SLASH'EM. There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is quite easy for most lawfuls to obtain. A high-level lawful who sacrifices at an altar will eventually obtain a minion carrying it, and the chances of obtaining minions do not decrease, as they do for sacrifice gifts. Said minion can be easily and safely disarmed with a bullwhip. Secondly, undead are far more dangerous in SLASH'EM. Spellcasting vampire and ghoul mages, fast and hard-hitting gugs, regenerating troll mummies, and other new undead monsters make Sunsword's comparatively limited range of double damage more useful than in vanilla nethack.

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