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Soaker ( ( )
Item652
Item Type Melee weapon
Artifact? Yes
Weight 100s
Danger Level 10
Material Iron

Soaker is a two-handed artifact weapon in ADOM. It is a jelly slayer, and grants a few resistances (most notably paralyzation resistance) while wielded.

In its unidentified form, Soaker takes on the same appearance as regular iron long spears. Prior to ADOM v. 1.2.0 it weighed only 10s, probably due to a typing error in the code[1].

DesirabilityEdit

Whilst it's not one of the weakest weapons in the game, any one-handed eternium weapon is better than it in terms of damage potential and many adamantium weapons are almost as good. As a two-handed weapon, it also results in a loss of DV as it cannot be used with a shield. For these reasons, even if the PC manages to find it in the early to mid game they are unlikely to use it as a main weapon for long.

On the other hand, its resistances to paralyzation (amongst other resistances) and jelly slaying abilities means that it may still be useful for the PC to keep for certain situations — e.g. having to destroy hordes of gelatinous cubes or particularly stone oozes with no reliable ranged tactics. It also makes a good throwing weapon; its use as such is limited by the fact that reloading is required each time it is thrown, though, since it doesn't return afterwards.

Guaranteed/Common SourcesEdit

Like all random artifacts it can be granted as a precrowning gift or a reward for making use of a potion of uselessness; generated in a surge of power or greater vault; or generated as random loot (albeit very rarely).

Greater Identify informationEdit

-----------------------------------long spear--------------------------------

The long spear actually is a blessed shining long spear "Soaker" (+9, 3d7) [+3, 0].
It is an artifact.

When wielded it modifies DV by +3 and PV by +0.
When used in melee combat it grants a +9 bonus to hit and causes 3d7 points of
damage. When used as a missile it grants a +36 bonus to hit and causes 10d4
points of damage.

It is a jelly slayer.
It grants resistance to poison.
It grants resistance to paralyzation.
It grants resistance to confusion attacks.


Some item DLs and/or stat modifier distribution taken from Anilatx's research.

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