New Tools in Slash'EM
The new tools in Slash'EM are magic candles, torches, medical kits,
fishing poles and four types of lightsabers. Unicorn horns are also
covered here because their behaviour is different in Slash'EM and
A magic candle is an everlasting light source, but unlike a magic lamp
it cannot be used to give a wish. It is easy to pseudo-identify a
magic candle. When you light it, it will illuminate an area of radius
3 rather than 2, and will not appear partly used in your inventory.
Magic candles are much more expensive than ordinary candles, but if
you try to sell one (in a shop which accepts tools) the shopkeeper
will seem uninterested.
A torch is a light source providing 600-899 turns of light which must
be wielded before it can be lit. A lit torch can be used as a weapon
- this will do fire damage to monsters, but also use up the torch more
Unicorn horns can cure sickness, blindness, hallucination, vomiting,
confusion, stunning, and loss of attributes. They cannot cure
stoning, strangulation, wounded legs, sliming, or lycanthropy. Cursed
unicorn horns will cause sickness, blindness, hallucination,
confusion, stunning, or loss of an attribute. All this is the same as
in vanilla Nethack.
However, the probability of a unicorn horn working is different in
Slash'EM, and depends on the enchantment of the horn. A blessed
unicorn horn will try to fix all problems, each with the chance given
in the table below, while an uncursed horn will try to fix one problem
with the same probability.
|0 or less ||30%|
|6 or more ||90%|
A medical kit will appear as a leather bag when unidentified, but can
only hold pills, bandages and phials. A newly created medical kit
will contain up to 60 of these items in total, and you can determine
the contents of a medical kit by looting it. There is no way of
refilling a medical kit.
Anyone can apply a medical kit to swallow a pill from it, but unless
you are a Healer or the kit is blessed, this is not very likely to
work. Healers can also use the bandages to bandage their wounds as
part of the surgery technique. Vampires can use the phials to draw
off their own blood, creating an uncursed potion of vampire blood at
the cost of an experience level. The blessed/cursed status of the
medical kit makes no difference to either of these techniques.
If you apply a medical kit which contains no pills, you will receive a
message to that effect, and nothing else will happen. Otherwise, the
game will determine whether you
are able to use the medical kit correctly. The probability is
affected by your class and the blessed/cursed status of the kit.
Unless you are a Healer using a non-cursed medical kit, there is some
chance that it will fail. The probabilities of success are shown in
the table below.
| ||Healer ||Monk,
Priest, Samurai or
Undead Slayer ||Other|
|Blessed ||1 ||5/6 ||3/4|
|Uncursed ||1 ||1/2 ||1/4|
|Cursed ||1/3 ||1/6 ||1/12|
If the kit fails, it will either have no effect, make your
condition worse (lose 10-19 HP),
or make you sick if you weren't sick already.
If it works, it will cure one of the following troubles: sickness,
blindness not caused by a thrown cream pie, hallucination, vomiting,
confusion, stunning, and lack of hit points (it will heal you by 10-19
HP but won't increase your max HP). The trouble cured will be the
first one in the order stated.
Since a medical kit is fairly expensive (500 GP), it can be used to acquire all a shopkeeper's
gold with the help of a pet. If you're not a Healer or Vampire, you
may find that this is its most important use, at least until you can
A fishing pole can be used in combat like a polearm, and has no
minimum range unlike other types of polearm. To apply it, you must
not be swallowed and must be able to wield it. You must then choose a
spot to hit which you can see and which is within your maximum range.
If this is all OK, there are six possible random effects:
If no effect applied, this is treated as an attack.
- You hook yourself and lose 10-19 HP.
- If you were fishing (you aimed the pole at water) and there's a
monster there, you attempt to reel it in. Big/strong monsters have a
1/2 chance of reeling you in instead.
- You snag an existing object (useful for picking things up while
- If you were fishing, you catch a pair of low boots. If you aimed
at a sink or toilet, you catch a sewer rat.
- If you were fishing, you catch tonight's dinner (a cram ration).
- No effect - there is a comment that this should attempt to untrap
the spot you aimed at.
Lightsabers come in four varieties: green, blue, red single and red
double. Red double lightsabers do not appear to be generated in the
current version. Applying an ordinary lightsaber will switch it
between the lit and unlit modes, and applying a red double lightsaber
in single-bladed mode will activate dual bladed mode.
A lit lightsaber is a high-damage weapon, but has a -3 to-hit penalty
(-4 for double lightsabers) and is restricted for all classes. An
unlit lightsaber can be used as a weapon and doesn't seem to give a
``bashing'' message but doesn't do much damage.