Large rock

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Name Large rock
Launcher Throwing
Base damage 20
Base delay (%) 20 (200%)
Min delay 7 at skill 26
A very large and very heavy stone.

"Well, I run to the rock and I hide my face
The rock cried out, No hiding place
There's no hiding place down here."

-Negro spiritual. 19th cent.

Large rocks are massive throwing weapons. Only trolls, ogres, and giants have the sheer size necessary to throw these effectively. For those who can throw them, they have the best damage and lowest base mulching rate of any thrown projectile (4%). Unfortunately, they're also extremely slow; a character with no Throwing skill requires two turns to hurl one. Once you have the training to wield them effectively, however, large rocks offer gruesome amounts of ranged damage.

You can occasionally find them on the floor, but they are most often seen in the inventories of cyclopes and stone giants, who enjoy throwing them at you. They are always generated unbranded.

Large Rock


  • Prior to 0.24, exploding large rocks could be found in a rare ammunition shop.
  • Prior to 0.20, large rocks could be used by ogres and trolls to vastly increase the power of their Sandblast spells.
  • Prior to 0.18, the attack speed of Throwing weapons did not rely on your Throwing skill, making large rocks much easier to utilize even without training.
  • Prior to 0.16, they had a mulch rate of 2%, and their range was somewhat randomized; attempting to throw them long distances with low strength would often result in a toss that comes short of its target.
  • Prior to 0.15, there was an ammunition shop that sold large rocks with the following brands: returning, exploding, chaos, poisoned, dispersal, flame, and frost.
  • Prior to 0.13, large rocks were inherently penetrating.
  • Prior to 0.11, mulching a large rock would create a stack of stones.
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