Death's Blade ( ( )
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 400s
Danger Level Unknown
Material Eternium

The ancient claymore "Death's Blade" is an artifact in ADOM. In ADOM v 1.1.1 and some earlier versions, the artifact can only be generated by crowning.

Death's Blade is a two-handed weapon that provides resistance to death rays. In its unidentified form, Death's Blade appears as an ancient claymore.


Whilst Death's Blade is generally very powerful, its stats are comparable to those of a more common, regular eternium two-handed sword — and in some aspects worse. Whilst Death's Blade is capable of dealing more maximum damage than eternium two-handed swords, the blade has a much lower minimum damage score and to-hit bonus; it is also very heavy compared to more common two-handed swords. Furthermore, whilst the artifact grants a slight bonus to DV when wielded, it ultimately limits the PC to having less than great DV scores as it cannot be used with a shield.

Overall, although the weapon is powerful and provides the useful (albeit in rare situations) resistance to death rays, it is generally disappointing for PCs to receive as a crowning gift as there tends to be more useful weapons available to those classes. It can still be put to use, of course, by PCs that are unable to find any better weapons.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It is a possible crowning gift for Barbarians, Chaos Knights and Fighters.

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[]

--------------------------- ancient claymore-----------------------

The ancient claymore is actually a blessed ancient claymore "Death's Blade"
(+6, 6d8+6) [+4, +0].
It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +0.
When used in melee combat it grants a +6 bonus to hit and causes 6d8+6 points 
of damage. When used as a missile it grants a -8 bonus to hit and causes 
2d4+2 points of damage.

It grants resistance to death attacks.