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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


Scythes are usually very poor two-handed weapons, with the base damage of a one-handed weapon but the attack speed of the most powerful two-handed weapons. However, Finisher's[1] speed brand essentially cancels out the high attack speed, and the chance to instantly kill the target makes this quite an appealing weapon. The instakill chance translates to around a 1/4 chance to kill popcorn and around a 1/10 chance to kill orbs of fire. As a scythe, it isn't so great later on in the game, when you can get a good glaive or bardiche with a good brand and much better base damage, but it's a weapon worth considering if you find it early.

Additionally, a spectral copy of the scythe can instantly kill enemies too.



  • 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.