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Not to be confused with [[quick blade]]s, the rare '''Speed''' [[brand]] allows weapons to attack twice as fast as normal, but each attack will only deal 90% of normal damage. Even so, this is still a tremendous increase in damage output, especially on high damage weapons.
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Attacks made with '''speed branded''' weapons take only 66% as long as normal. This leads to a theoretical increase in irresistible damage output of +50%. Regardless, it is a large increase in irresistible damage output, making it a very desirable weapon brand, particularly for characters who have found significant amounts of [[slaying]] bonus.
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The speed [[brand]] can normally be found on:
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*[[Dagger]]s
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*[[Short sword]]s
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*[[Rapier]]s
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*[[Quarterstaves]]
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*[[Lajatang]]s
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*Various [[artefact]] weapons, both melee and ranged:
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**The [[captain's cutlass]]
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**[[Arga]]
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**[[Finisher]]
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**[[Skullcrusher]]
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**[[Zephyr]]
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[[Quick blade]]s cannot have the speed brand.
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==Rounding==
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If a weapon's normal speed can't divide cleanly into thirds, then the speed of each attack will be rounded up or down to the nearest integer. Assume an attack with your lajatang normally takes 7 [[aut]]s to complete. 66% of that would leave you with 4.66 auts, and the game would implement this by having each attack take either 4 auts (33% of the time) or 5 auts (67%).
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==History==
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Prior to [[0.14]], melee weapons with the speed brand dealt only 90% damage but their attack speed was 50% of normal.
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Prior to [[0.9]], melee weapons of speed dealt full damage. Also, ranged weapons attack speed was 50% of normal.
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Prior to [[0.8]], all weapons of speed reduced attack speed to 50% of normal (though this calculation was then rounded up, leaving some weapons attacking slightly slower).
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This brand is only found on [[Weapon#Short Blades|short blades]], [[Weapon#Staves|staves]], and [[artifacts]]. Using such weapons offends [[Cheibriados]].
 
  
When an artifact with this brand is a [[Ranged weapons|ranged launcher]], like the [[List of unrands#Ranged Weapons|Bow of Krishna "Sharnga"]], it attacks one and a half times faster, instead of twice as fast, and it also stacks with any brands on the ammo used.
 
  
==Tips & Tricks==
 
This brand is best on high-damage weapons, as they can afford the damage loss more effectively. A dagger of speed, for example, would barely dent a high-[[AC]] target.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:05, 19 February 2018

Version 0.21: This article may not be up to date for the latest stable release of Crawl.
Attacks with this weapon are significantly faster.

Attacks made with speed branded weapons take only 66% as long as normal. This leads to a theoretical increase in irresistible damage output of +50%. Regardless, it is a large increase in irresistible damage output, making it a very desirable weapon brand, particularly for characters who have found significant amounts of slaying bonus.

The speed brand can normally be found on:

Quick blades cannot have the speed brand.

Rounding

If a weapon's normal speed can't divide cleanly into thirds, then the speed of each attack will be rounded up or down to the nearest integer. Assume an attack with your lajatang normally takes 7 auts to complete. 66% of that would leave you with 4.66 auts, and the game would implement this by having each attack take either 4 auts (33% of the time) or 5 auts (67%).

History

Prior to 0.14, melee weapons with the speed brand dealt only 90% damage but their attack speed was 50% of normal.

Prior to 0.9, melee weapons of speed dealt full damage. Also, ranged weapons attack speed was 50% of normal.

Prior to 0.8, all weapons of speed reduced attack speed to 50% of normal (though this calculation was then rounded up, leaving some weapons attacking slightly slower).



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Throwing weapons ConfusionCurareDispersalExplodingFrenzyParalysisPenetrationPoisonedReturningSilverSleepSteel