Bracers of war ( ~ )
Item Type Bracers
Artifact? Yes
Weight 10s
Danger Level 5
Material Gold

The bracers of war are widely considered one of the best artifacts available. They are one of three artifact bracers, and are categorically better than any of the non-artifact bracers, with benefits to any class.

Their unidentified form, "shining silver bracers", and representation as a yellow ~ symbol are unique and widely known to experienced players.

Note that due to a bug, in ADOM versions prior to 1.2.0 they only boosted the PC's critical rate when wielded in either hand — so wearing them as they should be worn did not grant this bonus.[1]


They confer an excellent armor bonus, regeneration, a huge bonus to dexterity, luck, resistance to stunning, death rays, and confusion. There is no PC that would not benefit from these bonuses; the fact that they occupy the otherwise not terribly useful bracers slot make them epic. Few other artifacts in the game have this universal utility. Bracers may be worn while true berserking, making the bracers of war universally beneficial.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

As a non-guaranteed artifact, they are a possible precrowning gift. Beastfighters, Fighters, and Weaponsmiths may be awarded them as a crowning gift. Like all artifacts, they cannot be wished for.

Greater Identify information[]

---------------------- bracers of war [+8, +4] {Dx+8} ----------------------

When worn it modifies DV by +8 and PV by +4.

When used in melee combat it grants a +16 bonus to hit and causes 1d1 points 
of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +16 bonus to hit and causes 
1d1 points of damage.

It causes your wounds to regenerate.
It modifies your dexterity attribute by +8.
It is very good at scoring critical hits in melee. It grants luck.
It grants resistance to stunning.
It grants resistance to death attacks.
It grants resistance to confusion attacks.