Holy word

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Holy word is a damaging effect. When used against undead or demonic monsters, it deals 3d15 + (1d<pow> - 1) / 5[1] AC-ignoring damage and inflicts the daze status for 10-19 turns.[2][3] When used against undead or demonspawn players, it halves HP instead. Unlike torment, this can kill you at 1 HP. Otherwise, it does nothing.

Holy word is a divine-only effect. It can be invoked from The Shining One's weapon blessing and Zin's Recite. Nemelex will use holy word exclusively on the player as punishment (if you would be affected by it).


  • In 0.29, the scroll of holy word, the most common source of this effect, was removed.
  • Prior to 0.27, Zin's Sanctuary caused a holy word effect.
  • Prior to 0.15, holy word also scared targets, and the good gods made these scrolls more powerful for their followers.


  1. The power is capped at 300. TSO's holy word has power = 100. Recite's power depends on piety and Invocations.
  2. spl-goditem.cc:1016 (0.30.0)
  3. spl-goditem.cc:1036 (0.30.0)