Sword of Jihad

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A sword made of one huge piece of crystal. Legend says it was the Shining One's gift to a worshipper. This blade is notorious for inducing bloodthirsty rage in both the wielder and all of his or her mortal followers.

Zealot's sword.png the +10 sword of Jihad

+10 eudemon blade

Holy wrath brand
+3 EV
Forces berserk (on 5% of attacks)
Berserks all friendly monsters in LoS, when you go berserk
-50 Stealth


The Sword of Jihad can be very useful if you can manage the berserkitis. Clarity is the best means of doing so, either through the amulet or through being an Ashenzari worshiper. (However, Ashenzari worshipers should note that this sword cannot be cursed because it's holy.) Given all the other useful intrinsics it provides, this weapon may even be worth using for a character who has to nerf the berserkitis via an amulet of clarity: just switch to resist mutation as needed, and keep a backup weapon just in case.

If you happen to have much skill in Summonings or have any other sources of generating allies (the Shining One's angelic reinforcements, for instance), you may find this weapon even more desirable, as going berserk will berserk your allies as well. This will vastly increase their combat performance, and they'll likely stay berserk long after you've returned to normal.


Prior to 0.18, the forced berserk happened on 3% of attacks.

Prior to 0.15, the sword of Jihad had a +12, +10 enchantment bonus. Stealth penalty was -20 instead of -50.

Prior to 0.14, it did not allow you to berserk allies, but provided +20 MR.