Demon whip

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Name Demon whip
Skill Maces & Flails
Damage 11
Accuracy +1
Base delay (%) 11 (110%)
Min delay 5 at skill 12
Hands 1H
Size Little
Ranged? No

A terrible weapon, woven in the depths of the inferno.
This weapon falls into the Maces & Flails category. It is a one handed weapon, and it is best used by the dexterous.

Contrary to their flavor descriptor, Demon whips are the best all-purpose one-handed maces, and are generally considered to be the best one-handed weapons in the game. This is due to their combination of a superb min delay (5, so you will consistently get two attacks per turn) and good damage output. They are often found on the hell knights in the later Dungeon and the Vestibule of Hell, often with good enchantment levels and brands. Being fast weapons, they are best used with brands that do flat damage, such as electrocution, pain, or distortion.

Demon whips can be blessed by the Shining One to turn them into sacred scourges. These have a base damage of 12 and a holy wrath brand, and are superior to demon whips when facing demons or the undead.


Prior to 0.14, demon whips dealt slightly more damage than normal in the hands of demonspawn characters.

Demon whip Sacred scourge
Demon whip.png Sacred scourge.png
Mundane Magical Artifact Spellbinder
Demon whip.png Demon whip2.png Demon whip3.png Spellbinder.png

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