Black whip of
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Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 15s
Danger Level 10
Material Nonmetallic

The black whip of extinction is a non-guaranteed one-handed artifact weapon. It has every type of slaying that appears on other items. In addition to its listed slaying powers, it also slays animals. It appears as a whip when unidentified, but can be distinguished from normal whips by its color in ASCII.


It is one of the best weapons in the game. While its base damage is low, it is guaranteed to score critical hits against almost all of the monsters in the game. It also benefits from the superior bonuses of the whip weapon skill.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It can 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[]

------------------- blessed black whip of extinction (-4, 2d5)------------------

It is an artifact.

When used in melee combat it grants a -4 bonus to hit and causes 2d5 points of damage.
When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d2 points of damage.

It is a dragon slayer.
It is an undead slayer.
It is an unlife slayer.
It is a humanoid slayer.
It is a giant slayer.
It is a demon slayer.
It is an insect slayer.
It is a plant slayer.
It is a jelly slayer.