Torch ( ] )
Item Type Tool
Artifact? No
Weight 10s
Danger Level 1
Material Wooden

Torches are used to light up the area surrounding the player. To be used, they must be first equipped then, lit. They can be lit if the PC has both a tinderbox and a box with flint and steel in their inventory, or if they already have another lit torch equipped.

A lit torch equipped in the tool slot increases line of sight, usually by three squares. Wielded torches do not increase line of sight, although they can still provide illumination. Wielded lit torches can cause adjacent giant bees to become confused due to the smoke.

In addition to the natural melee damage rating of 1d4, a lit torch will deal 1d4 fire damage.


They are useful when in dark areas, whether natural or magically made. As a weapon, lit torches don't fare too badly, but aren't great either. Still they beat healer's scalpels for first kills if they are lucky to be of a race which starts with torches, although as torches are "improvised" weapons it is impossible to true berserk with one, a tactic which is usually advised for healers at the start of the game due to little starting armor. They are also helpful for archers with low Perception.

Guaranteed/Common sources[]

They can be generated in the same manner as all generic loot.

Humans, gnomes and hurthlings all start with torches, tinderboxes and flint and steel, as do all Wizards bar dark elven ones.

Greater Identify information[]

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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 -4 bonus to hit and causes 1d3
points of damage.

It increases your visibility radius.