Material required? None
80/100 giving extra checks? Yes
Obtainable in game? Yes
Wishable Yes

Influences chance of extra damage on monsters, who have not noticed PC or are non-hostile.

Manual info[]

This skill increases your chance to hit and your chance to score a critical hit when you attack friendly or neutral monsters (or on hostile monsters if they don't notice you). Note that daggers and knives are particularly effective when backstabbing others.


80 and 100 give extra chances to get backstab bonus which is not guaranteed [and rather rare at low skill levels]. Damage boost remains unchanged, at 2x. This bonus stacks with critical hits for total 4x. Undead enemies cannot be backstabbed.

PCs can create opportunities for backstabbing by becoming invisible or darkening an area, if they have the means. Uniquely, darkness enables the PC to keep backstabbing the same target continuously (even the PC attacked it before casting darkness).

Backstabbing synergizes well with Stealth, as that skill passively provides the player with additional backstabbing opportunities.

Advanced uses[]

PCs of the Assassin and Thief classes get deadly backstabbing ability at level 12, which gives them an increased probability of backstab bonus and a 4x bonus to backstabbing damage.

If the PC is a Thief or Assassin wielding a dagger or knife, they get an extra damage bonus when backstabbing; this increases the damage multiplier to 5x for Thieves and Assassins below level 12, and to 7x with the level 12 backstabbing ability. Other classes do not seem to get additional benefits to backstabbing from wielding a dagger or knife, despite what it says in the manual.

Backstabbing gives the normal amount of weapon marks.

Bonus towards to hit still needs testing.


Assassins, Thieves and Chaos Knights train in the skill, as well as all Orcs. Other PCs can gain it by giving the golden gladius to Bart.


Successfully backstabbing enemies (which results in the message "You stab the -foo-" or "You splatter the -foo-", presumably depending on the type of weapon used).