Dragon slaying

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It inflicts extra damage against dragons and draconians.

The dragon slaying brand, exclusive to Wyrmbane, does the following:

Note that some dragon-like monsters are not vulnerable to dragon slaying, namely wyverns and hydras. Neither are komodo dragons, as those are a type of real-world reptile.


Dragon slaying can only be found on Wyrmbane. It cannot be obtained in any other way.


  • Prior to 0.15, the brand could generate on any polearm.
  • Prior to 0.13, this brand also reduced a susceptible enemy's chance to hit you with their breath weapons by 25%, flavoured as the dragons being averse to looking at the weapon (and therefore having difficulty lining up a shot).
  • In 0.12 and 0.13, drakes were unaffected by the dragon slaying brand.
Melee weapons AntimagicChaosDistortionDrainingElectrocutionFlamingFreezingHeavyHoly wrathPainProtectionReachingSpectralSpeedVampiricVenom
DisruptionDragon slayingReapingSilver
Launchers AntimagicDrainingElectrocutionFlamingFreezingHeavyPenetrationSpeed
Throwing weapons AtropaCurareDaturaDispersalPoisonedSilver