Rune-Covered Trident ( ( )
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 80s
Danger Level N/A
Material Iron

The rune-covered trident is a guaranteed artifact. It has stats of (+6, 3d12+6) [+4, +4], boosts the Dexterity attribute by +12, is an undead and demon slayer, returns when thrown, grants immunity to cold attacks, and grants the ability to see invisible things and breathe underwater.


One of the most powerful guaranteed artifact weapons in the game, though its most unfortunate property is that for non-Raven characters it will likely appear a bit too late to make a lasting difference. Still, its demon slaying properties can be of considerable value in fighting some of the late-game monsters, notably balors, even then. Raven-born characters should make an effort to receive it at the earliest point possible, at which point it is sure to be a tremendous asset.

Characters that have the luxury of using a more powerful artifact in melee might want to use it as a thrown weapon against demons and undead; they can train the Thrown spears weapon skill using spears of returning or large stacks of regular spears.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

A reward of Shyssiryxius, the water dragon, for leading her child Blup to her. She will send a water elemental messenger carrying it who will reach the player at character level 16 for Raven-born characters, 36 for all others. Since the reward is sent immediately upon her reunification with Blup (who speeds off for the cave while the character is still in Terinyo), she can be killed afterwards without forfeiting the reward, however morally questionable such a course of action would be.

Greater Identify information[]

----------- blessed rune-covered trident (+6, 3d12+6) [+4, +4] {Dx+12}---------

It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by +4 and PV by +4.
When used in melee combat it grants a +6 bonus to hit and causes 3d12+6 points
of damage. When used as a missile it grants a +2 bonus to hit and causes 3d8+4
points of damage.

It is an undead slayer.
It is a demon slayer.
It modifies your dexterity attribute by +12.
This weapon returns when thrown.
It grants the ability to see invisible things.
It grants immunity to cold attacks.
It grants the ability to breathe water.