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It inflicts extra damage upon your enemies.

Vorpal is a brand which any weapon may have. Melee weapons with the vorpal brand do between +0% and +33% additional damage each hit, averaging +16.6%. Ranged weapons do 20% more damage.

The displayed brand name differs by weapons type:

There is a 15.8% chance to brand a melee weapon and a 19% chance to brand a ranged weapon with vorpal when a scroll of brand weapon is read on a non-artifact weapon.

Tips & Tricks

  • This brand works best on high-damage weapons, since the damage is multiplicative.
  • Vorpal weapons are inferior damage-wise to most other brands, but versatile because nothing can resist its damage.


Prior to 0.16, this brand was called "stabbing" on short blades.

Prior to 0.13 this brand increased your damage between 0% and 25% each hit, averaging 12.5%.

Melee weapons AntimagicChaosDistortionDragon slayingDrainingElectrocutionFlamingFreezingHoly wrathPainProtectionReachingReapingReturningSpeedVampiricVenomVorpal
Launchers ElectrocutionEvasionFlameFrostPenetrationSpeedVenomVorpal
Throwing weapons ConfusionCurareDispersalExplodingFrenzyParalysisPenetrationPoisonedReturningSilverSleepSteel