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This page is about the weapon brand. For the card, see Venom card.

It poisons the flesh of those it strikes.

The venom brand allows your weapon to poison your target, causing it to take further damage over time. Melee weapon strikes have a flat 75% chance of poisoning monsters without poison resistance, regardless of damage done. For ranged weapons, you are required to deal some damage with the missile, and the chance of poisoning is 90% - 3 × AC. A venom weapon will drip with poison when wielded, identifying it.

Using such weapons offends the Shining One. Undead, nonliving, and plant opponents are completely unaffected by this brand.

Tips & Tricks

  • When it comes to melee weapons, venom's ability to poison an enemy is independent of the amount of damage dealt, so it is best used on a fast weapon. Poisoning a target multiple times will strengthen the poison, causing it to deal more damage and take longer to run its course.
  • This brand allows you to disengage early from fights, giving the foe fewer chances to hit you. Once you've softened a dangerous foe up with a few stabs and given them several shots of poison, you can then retreat, letting the poison finish them off. This works best when dealing with melee threats that aren't faster than you, of course; ranged units will likely shoot you a few times before dying.
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