Black Thumb ( ( )
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 50s
Danger Level Unknown
Material Nonmetallic

The heavy cudgel "Black Thumb" is an artifact in ADOM. In ADOM v 1.1.1 and some earlier versions, the artifact can only be generated by crowning.

Black Thumb is a plant slayer, and grants a increase of +3 to Toughness whilst wielded. In its unidentified form, it appears as a heavy cudgel; though its weight of 50s (rather than 70s) distinguishes it from regular heavy cudgels.


Black Thumb is generally a mediocre weapon. Its damage potential is lower than almost any one-handed eternium weapon (apart from daggers), let alone most other artifacts. Its slaying power is almost useless, unless the PC wants to melee their way through swarms of troublesome trees but lacks in high end weapons. Still, its small toughness boost may be better than nothing for PCs that don't rely on melee combat too much.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It is a possible crowning gift for Druids.

As of v. 1.2.0 it can also be granted as a precrowning gift or a reward for making use of a potion of uselessness; generated in a surge of power or greater vault; or generated as random loot (albeit very rarely).

Greater Identify information[]

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The heavy cudgel is actually a blessed heavy cudgel "Black Thumb" (+1, 5d3+4)
[-2, +0] {To +3}.
It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by -2 and PV by +0.
When used in melee combat it grants a +1 bonus to hit and causes 5d3+4
points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit 
and causes 5d3 points of damage.

It modifies your toughness attribute by +3.
It is a plant slayer.
It grants resistance to sleep attacks.