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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A blade forged in Hell by the sacrifice of countless tortured souls. It fills its wielder with the rage and suffering of those souls, and gorges itself further on drained life force every time it strikes, leaving behind a mess of blood and gore.

Demon blade leech.png the +8 demon blade "Leech"

+8 demon blade

Vampiric brand, activated on every hit
Drains wielder on unequip
Creates sprays of blood when striking opponents that bleed


Leech,[1] as a +8 vampiric demon blade, is already a nice thing to have. The vampiric effect activates 100% of the time, which makes this artefact even better. However, the Harm property is a mixed bag; it makes you deal more damage, which increases health steal, but it also makes you more vulnerable (namely to everything not in melee range).

Undead, demonic, and nonliving foes are unaffected by vampirism. In places where these monsters are common (e.g. Zot, extended), you may want to use a different weapon, even with the HP drain.

Demonspawn with the Ignite Blood mutation will appreciate how Leech constantly sprays burning blood everywhere.


  • Prior to 0.28, Leech had both evocable and random rage instead of Harm and *Drain.
  • Prior to 0.25, Leech had -3 AC and EV instead of its berserking properties.
  • Prior to 0.19, Leech's AC and EV costs were only -2, and it had -2 Strength, Intelligence, and Dexterity.
  • Prior to 0.15, Leech's stat, AC and EV costs were only -1.
  • Prior to 0.14, Leech's vampiric effect was only activated on 60% of all attacks, like all other vampiric weapons.