)   The Stake of Van Helsing  
Base item wooden stake
Damage vs. small 1d6+12
Damage vs. large 1d6+12
To-hit bonus +5
Bonus versus (all)
Weapon skill dagger
Size one-handed
When carried

magic resistance

When wielded


When invoked


Cost 5000 zm
Weight 20
Material wood

The Stake of Van Helsing is the Undead Slayer quest artifact in Slash'EM. It is lawful for wishing purposes. Its base item type is a wooden stake. The name of the Stake is a reference to Abraham Van Helsing.

As with any wooden stake, wielding it against a vampire or vampire bat gives a 10% chance of instantly killing the creature ("You plunge your stake into the heart of <vampire>"). Otherwise, it still does 2 + d6 extra damage ("You drive your stake into <vampire>").

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