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A skilled user can throw it in such a way that it will return to its owner.

Weapons with the returning brand may return to the user's inventory when thrown or otherwise launched. The chance of it returning successfully depends on the attacker's Throwing skill:

  • At 0 skill, the weapon never returns.
  • At 1 skill, 33% chance of not returning.
  • At 2 skill, 20% chance.
  • At 3 or more skill, (1/(4 + skill))% chance of not returning.
    • At 6, 10% chance.
    • At 16, 5% chance.
    • At 27, 3.22% chance.

Normally, only tomahawks and javelins can have the returning brand.


Prior to 0.14, this brand also appeared on the throwable melee weapons: daggers, clubs, hand axes, and spears.

Melee weapons AntimagicChaosDistortionDragon slayingDrainingElectrocutionFlamingFreezingHoly wrathPainProtectionReachingReapingReturningSpeedVampiricVenomVorpal
Launchers ElectrocutionEvasionFlameFrostPenetrationSpeedVenomVorpal
Throwing weapons ConfusionCurareDispersalExplodingFrenzyParalysisPenetrationPoisonedReturningSilverSleepSteel