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Base item tsurugi
Damage vs. small 1d16 +1d8
Damage vs. large 1d8+2d6 +1d8
To-hit bonus +2
Bonus versus (any)
Weapon skill two-handed sword
Size two-handed
When carried
When wielded
  • bisection
When invoked


Cost 4500 zm
Weight 60
Material metal

The Tsurugi of Muramasa is the Samurai quest artifact. It is lawful for wishing purposes.

It is a tsurugi, a type of two-handed sword. It does 4-28 base damage, with a 5% chance of either instantly killing a small monster (or a monster engulfing you) by bisection, or doing double damage to large monsters.

Its disadvantage is being two-handed; if it becomes cursed in a fight you cannot cast spells, reach into your bag for holy water, or do anything else that requires the use of your hands. The Tsurugi is still safer than most two-handed weapons, because as an intelligent artifact it resists the curse items monster spell 80% of the time.


The following calculates the damage done by the blessed +7 Tsurugi of Muramasa in the best case scenario: being expert in two-handed sword and attacking an undead large monster (not calculating double damage caused by bisection, which has a 5% chance of happening):

+d8 + 2d6 base damage  
+1d8 special damage  
+7 enchantment damage  
+d4 blessed damage (against undead or demons)  
+2 expert skill bonus  
= 14 to 41 total damage (average 27.5)

A user has suggested improving this page or section as follows:

"Is this calculation accurate? I get 27.5 when I crunch the numbers. Also consider this: double damage 5% of the time is on average the same as 105% damage all the time. "

Encyclopedia entry Edit

This most ancient of swords has been passed down through the
leadership of the Samurai legions for hundreds of years. It
is said to grant luck to its wielder, but its main power is
terrible to behold. It has the capability to cut in half any
creature it is wielded against, instantly killing them.

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