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{{flavour|A long and sharp scythe, specially modified for combat purposes.}}
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[[File:Scythe_finisher.png]] ''''' the +3,+5 scythe "Finisher"'''''
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{{flavour|A long and exceedingly sharp scythe, capable of eviscerating in a single blow. Its extraordinary speed is the work of a mad wizard, who spent years refining it before discarding it in a fit of rage.}}
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[[File:Scythe_finisher.png]] '''''the +5 scythe "Finisher"'''''
  
+3, +5 [[scythe]]
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+5 [[scythe]]
  
 
[[Speed brand|Speed]] brand<br>
 
[[Speed brand|Speed]] brand<br>
Cursed<br>
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(50 - HD)/200 chance to instantly kill target on successful attack
+3 STR
 
  
 
==Desirability==
 
==Desirability==
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[[Scythe]]s are usually very poor two-handed weapons, with the base damage of a one-handed weapon but the attack speed of the slowest two-handed weapons. However, '''Finisher''''s<ref>{{source ref|0.25.0|art-data.txt|406}}</ref> speed brand essentially cancels out the poor attack speed, and the chance to instantly kill your target makes it quite an appealing weapon. The instakill chance translates to around a 1-in-4 chance to kill [[goblin]]s and the like, ranging to about a 1-in-10 chance to kill [[orbs of fire]].
  
A speed brand on a two-handed weapon might sound appealing at first, but this weapon is actually not as good as it might at first seem. Firstly, it requires nearly maxed [[polearm]]s skill to be effective. Secondly, a +8 [[bardiche]] of [[freezing]] will actually have better raw damage output, even before considering the effect of monster [[AC]]. By the time the player would be able to use this artefact effectively, they would quite likely have already found a good bardiche to enchant, which would ultimately be a better weapon. In short, it is not a bad weapon, but the player is likely to always have access to something better.
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Finisher doesn't stand out much later on in the game, where you can generally find a [[glaive]] or [[bardiche]] with a good brand and a much better ratio of damage to speed, but it's still a weapon worth considering if you find it early. Do what you can to improve your attack speed in tough fights -- a [[potion of haste]] or [[Okawaru]]'s Finesse will let you try to instagib your opponents more often. You could also learn [[Spectral Weapon]], as the evisceration property applies to the spectral copy's attacks as well.
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==References==
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==History==
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*Prior to [[0.23]], Finisher did not have a chance to instantly kill, but did have +3 [[strength]].
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*Prior to [[0.15]], "Finisher" had a +3, +5 enchantment level.
  
 
[[Category:Unrands]]
 
[[Category:Unrands]]
 
[[Category:Polearms]]
 
[[Category:Polearms]]

Latest revision as of 00:48, 20 July 2020

Version 0.25: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
A long and exceedingly sharp scythe, capable of eviscerating in a single blow. Its extraordinary speed is the work of a mad wizard, who spent years refining it before discarding it in a fit of rage.

Scythe finisher.png the +5 scythe "Finisher"

+5 scythe

Speed brand
(50 - HD)/200 chance to instantly kill target on successful attack

Desirability

Scythes are usually very poor two-handed weapons, with the base damage of a one-handed weapon but the attack speed of the slowest two-handed weapons. However, Finisher's[1] speed brand essentially cancels out the poor attack speed, and the chance to instantly kill your target makes it quite an appealing weapon. The instakill chance translates to around a 1-in-4 chance to kill goblins and the like, ranging to about a 1-in-10 chance to kill orbs of fire.

Finisher doesn't stand out much later on in the game, where you can generally find a glaive or bardiche with a good brand and a much better ratio of damage to speed, but it's still a weapon worth considering if you find it early. Do what you can to improve your attack speed in tough fights -- a potion of haste or Okawaru's Finesse will let you try to instagib your opponents more often. You could also learn Spectral Weapon, as the evisceration property applies to the spectral copy's attacks as well.

References

History

  • Prior to 0.23, Finisher did not have a chance to instantly kill, but did have +3 strength.
  • Prior to 0.15, "Finisher" had a +3, +5 enchantment level.