Holy wrath

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The holy wrath brand causes a weapon to deal additional damage (up to 150% of normal damage dealt, average 75%) to demons and the undead, and renders it immune to curses. It can be found on any melee weapon, and radiates with a divine glow when wielded, identifying it.

You cannot wield weapons with this brand if you are a mummy, ghoul, vampire, demonspawn, or lichform character. Worshipers of Yredelemnul should also avoid using it, as doing so will offend him.

The holy wrath brand is the Shining One's special brand. At 160+ piety, you can have him add the brand to any weapon of your choosing (including all ranged weapons except for blowguns).

Note that this brand does not deal additional damage to non-demon, non-undead evil creatures, even if they have holy vulnerability.

Tips & Tricks

  • Holy wrath works best on high-damage weapons due to its percentage-based damage output.
  • While weak in certain branches (the Lair, the Slime Pits), it excels in the late-game, when most branches are filled with powerful demons and undead. The Crypt, the Tomb, and Pandemonium are especially good places to have a weapon of holy wrath.
  • Followers of Ashenzari may wish to avoid this brand, as they will not be able to curse their weapon and gain the benefits from doing so.
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