Quarrel (/)
Item Type Missile
Sprite Item68 Item130 Item151
Weight 2s 2s 1s
Danger Level 1 3 6
Material Iron Mithril Adamantium
Sprite Item225 Item801
Weight 1s 1s
Danger Level 10 ?
Material Eternium Truesilver

Quarrels are missiles that are used in conjunction with standard crossbow-type missile weaponslight crossbows (of accuracy), heavy crossbows (of accuracy), and the artifact crossbow The Far Slayer.

Quarrels and arrows are the basic types of ammunition for ranged attacks in ADOM. They are quite similar to each other, with a few main differences:

  • Quarrels are usually found less often and come in lower quantities — both from random loot generation and from using Fletchery. In addition, while there are several monsters in ADOM that can be milked for arrows, only ratling archers and (greater) titans use quarrels for ranged attacks.
  • Quarrels feature slightly better base damage output than arrows. While the difference is marginal for base materials and mithril/adamantium, eternium quarrels boast significant firepower.
  • Base quarrels are made of iron instead of wood, which seems to significantly increase their durability as well as making them less susceptible to item destruction. On the other hand, iron quarrels can be rusted (which halves the overall ranged damage output), and cannot be used to hurt (large/giant) rust monsters.


As a common type of ammunition, quarrels are desirable for players wishing to utilize ranged missile attacks. As quarrel-type slaying ammunition follows the same trend as generic quarrel-type ammunition (higher base damage and durability over arrow counterparts), focusing on crossbow skills has a slight edge over focusing on bow skills for an average PC. However, increased rarity and decreased stack quantity provides a significant limiting factor for this approach. The usual strategy for ranged missile combat is to invest in both weapon skills.

Guaranteed/Common Sources[]

Quarrels can be obtained in the same manner as all generic loot. They can also be created from wooden sticks and logs using the Fletchery skill.

Ratling archers can be milked for iron quarrels and may drop stacks of them when killed. (Greater) titans can be milked for eternium quarrels (with appropriate caution).

Greater Identify information[]

--------------------------- blessed quarrel (+1, 2d6)--------------------------

When used in melee combat it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 1d4 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +1 bonus to hit and causes 2d6
points of damage.

Stat Table[]

Material Danger Level Weight Typical stats Notes
Iron 1 2 (+1, 2d6+1) Can be rusted; eaten by rust monsters on hits
Mithril 3 2 (+1, 2d6+3)
Adamantium 6 1 (+1, 2d6+6)
Eternium 10 1 (+1, 4d6+8)
Truesilver ? 1 (+4, 2d6+3)