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It improves your effectiveness with ranged weaponry.

Archery is an ego found only on gloves that enhances your ability to fight with ranged weapons: you receive a +4 slaying bonus when using throwing, bows, crossbows, or slings.


Slaying bonuses are always desirable, but not all characters wind up using ranged weapons. If ranged weapons are your primary form of attack, these are an extremely welcome find. Spellcasters would likely prefer gloves of strength or dexterity (or a nice artefact), while melee fighters might find them unnecessary.


Prior to 0.15, archery gave +5 to accuracy and +3 to damage, at the cost of -1 slaying in melee.

Prior to 0.14, archery was only found on the bracers of archery, a now-obsolete form of hand-slot armour.