Hunting sling

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Name Hunting sling
Skill Slings
Damage 7
Accuracy +2
Base delay (%) 12 (120%)
Min delay 6 at skill 12
Hands 1H
Size Little
Ranged? Yes
A piece of cloth and leather for launching stones, adequate for hunting small game like rabbits or goblins. It deals more damage when launching purpose-made ammunition, rather than rocks found on the floor.

"And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sank into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth."

-KJV Bible, 1 Samuel 17:49.

This weapon falls into the 'Slings' category. It is a one-handed weapon.

Hunting slings are one-handed ranged weapons. They accept both stones and sling bullets as ammunition, but using sling bullets will increase your damage significantly.They deal 7 damage with stones and 9 with sling bullets. Although weaker than bows or crossbows, they only require one hand, making them a good secondary weapon option for characters using shields, and have more abundant ammunition due to the ability to use both stones and sling bullets. Most sling-users will want to upgrade to a fustibalus at some point for superior damage while remaining one-handed.

Mundane Sling 1.png
Magical Sling 2.png
Artifact Sling 3.png


Hunting slings were added in 0.15, replacing the simple sling.

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
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Crossbows Arbalest (Bolt) • Hand crossbow (Bolt) • Triple crossbow (Bolt)
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMaceMorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
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Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberdScytheSpearTridentTrishula
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Slings Fustibalus (Sling bullet, Stone) • Hunting sling (Sling bullet, Stone)
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