Needle ( ( )
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 10s
Danger Level N/A
Material Iron

The black rune-covered dagger "Needle" is a guaranteed artifact dagger. It has stats of (+8, 3d4) [+4, +1], no slaying capabilities and doesn't confer intrinsics on its wielder.

In its unidentified form Needle appears as dagger; this, along with its weight, makes it indistinguishable from normal daggers. However, the player is unlikely to miss the artifact due to the fact that it can only be received as a quest reward (see below).


On its own, Needle is quite useless. However, dual wielding Needle with its twin Sting (likewise a guaranteed artifact dagger with the same base stats), grants a to-hit and damage bonus of +50 for both weapons independently. As a result, the PC wields two daggers with base stats of (+58, 3d4 + 50). All other bonuses (from Strength, Dexterity, tactics, etc.) only add to this already tremendous offensive power.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

It is a reward for completing the quest to kill Srraxxarrakex obtained from Sharad-Waador. Sharad-Waador resides on the fourth level of Unreal Caves.

Greater Identify information[]

-------- blessed black rune-covered dagger "Needle" (+8, 3d4) [+4, +1] --------

It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +1.
When used in melee combat it grants a +8 bonus to hit and causes 3d4 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +8 bonus to hit and causes 3d4
points of damage.