When you fight the Necrodancer, you can only damage him using a unique weapon, the Golden Lute. What is the attack pattern on this thing? Does it attack two squares in front of you, one? Does it attack diagonally? How much damage does it do? I can't seem to figure it out.

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You attack by moving next to an enemy. The Lute deals one point of damage.

Below, "adjacent" means in a neighboring tile horizontally or vertically, not diagonally.

  • If you move out of a tile adjacent to an enemy, it deals damage to the enemy.
  • If you move into a tile adjacent to an enemy, it deals damage to them (including move directly away from the enemy).
  • If you attack an enemy in the traditional sense, by moving into them, it does not deal damage.

Source: Once you beat the Necrodancer, you unlock a character who wields the Golden Lute, so you can practice with it in the lobby.


From the Weapons page of the Necrodancer wiki:

Lute range

You can hit all enemies (even multiple at a time) in the red tiles when you move. You must move in order to deal damage, so you cannot directly attack an enemy like most other weapons.

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