quarterstaff ( ( )
|Item Type||Melee weapon|
Quicksilver quarterstaff is a very rare type of weapon in ADOM. Like a staff of smiting, staff of the magi or staff of power, a quicksilver quarterstaff is a separate type of item from other staves with generic prefixes or suffixes.
The base stats of quicksilver quarterstaves are (+6, 5d3+5), though both to-hit and damage may be higher or lower on individual staves. Wielding a quicksilver quarterstaff yields a +20 bonus to speed, and grants 3 extra points of DV. Their weight and color distinguishes unidentified quicksilver quarterstaves from regular ones.
Despite their name, these items are actually made of iron, "quicksilver" most likely referring to their color - which is understandable given the low melting point of mercury.
Quicksilver quarterstaves make decent weapons, though their damage potentials pale in comparison to other two-handed weapons. However, it is the speed bonus that they grant which really shines. PCs relying mainly on ranged tactics may wish to wield one as much as possible... though in some situations, shields may still be preferable. PCs relying on melee can still make temporary use of them for getting some distance from nasty opponents, making them a good escape item if teleportation is unavailable or unusable.
Guaranteed/Common sources[edit source]
Quicksilver quarterstaves can be randomly generated as all other generic loot, though they are very rare. It is possible to find one in the guaranteed sources of two-handed weapons, Darkforge and the Small Cave. Like other 'naturally' prefixed or suffixed weapons, the player could wish for some.
Greater Identify information[edit source]
--------- uncursed quicksilver quarterstaff (+6, 5d3+5) [+3, +0] (+20 spd)-------- When wielded it modifies DV by +3 and PV by +0. When used in melee combat it grants a +6 bonus to hit and causes 5d3+5 points of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +0 bonus to hit and causes 5d2+6 points of damage. It modifies your speed by +20.