Plutonium sword

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A triple sword made of weird glowing metal. It irradiates those it strikes, causing a range of unpredictable effects — if they survive the impact of the blade itself, that is.

Plutonium sword.png the +11 plutonium sword

+11 triple sword

Inflicts Transmutations miscast effects on enemies on 20% of strikes
Causes heavy magic contamination when unwielded
Chaotic
-50 stealth

Desirability

The plutonium sword combines extremely brutal damage output with occasional transmutations miscast effects. These miscast effects can be totally harmless, do extra irresistible damage, inflict weakness or malmutation, or even polymorph the monster. This can occasionally turn popcorn into something dangerous. If you need to unwield it, you can quaff potions of cancellation to safely reduce your magical contamination.

History

In 0.20, the enchantment was reduced to +11.

In 0.15, the enchantment was changed from +12, +16 to +14. Stealth penalty was increased to -50 from -20.

In versions 0.14 and 0.15, it was a claymore instead of a triple sword.

Prior to 0.12, this sword would curse itself when wielded and contaminated you lightly every turn you held it. Combined with the fact that it did not inflict Transmutation miscast effects, this made it extremely hazardous and much less desirable to use.