Arc Blade

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A blade somehow crafted from pure electricity. Striking an enemy with it occasionally unleashes powerful arcs of lightning.

These may arc to other adjacent creatures, or back to the wielder, before eventually grounding out. It deals reduced damage when arcing to the wielder, and bypasses any armour the target may have.

Arc blade.png the +8 arc blade

+8 rapier

33.3% chance: Casts Static Discharge on the target


The arc blade is a very solid weapon for the early- and mid-game. The damage output from Static Discharge can quickly take down most early uniques and many later threats, especially if your Short Blades skill is sufficient to reach min delay. Against crowds, the damage instead spreads out, a useful effect if you can fight foes in a bottleneck.

Against electric-resistant targets, however, this weapon is no better than a +8 rapier that happens to grant rElec. Carrying an alternate weapon is strongly advised, as electricity resistance is very common later on.

Be careful of using this weapon near summons and other allies.


  • Prior to 0.23, the arc blade would cast Static Discharge multiple times but at much lower spellpower. The weapon's enchantment was +4.
  • Prior to 0.16, it was a cutlass.
  • Prior to 0.15, it was a +3, +5 weapon.
  • The arc blade was introduced in 0.14.