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). Though it is currently impossible to acquire a temporary version of this brand, attempting to make it permanent with a scroll of vorpalise weapon would not be recommended, as doing so would fail and inflict backlash.

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.
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