The Hungering Blade
Calamitous Blade of Celephaïs

Guardian
Asset. Hand

Item. Weapon. Melee. Relic. Cursed.

Cost: 3. XP: 1.
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Limit 1 per deck. As an additional cost to put this card into play, you must search your bonded cards for 3 copies of Bloodlust and shuffle them into your deck.

: Fight. You get +1 for this attack for each attached copy of Bloodlust. This attack deals +1 damage. If this attack defeats an enemy, place 1 resource on this card (from the token bank), as an offering.

Patrick McEvoy
The Dream-Eaters #18.
The Hungering Blade
Reviews

EDIT: Grammar

So this card (and it's coupled weakness Bloodlust) is a bit confusing, so I'm going to give a quick summary here so that you don't have to switch between the two cards's pages:

  • The Hungering Blade by itself give no extra and does +1 damage. It's closest equivalent is a .32 Colt: same cost, same lack of extra , same damage. Just without limited uses and you're allowed only one copy in your deck.
  • To get the full power of this card, you need to kill six enemies with this amount of damage and draw the three Bloodlusts that got shuffled into your deck; doing so takes your Colt and upgrades it into .45 Automatic, then a .45 Thompson, then a Roland's .38 Special (clue included).
  • HOWEVER, at any point you have a Bloodlust attached to The Hungering Blade, you may expend one Bloodlust to give your attack a further +1 damage; I'm fairly certain this cant be done after the skill test, so this is equivalent of -1 for +1 damage.

This actually reminds me of the good old core set Knife; two options for an attack, one standard, and one with extra damage but you discard something. And just like Knife, not utilising the secondary attack is a waste of the cost to play it. If you're using The Hungering Blade, then you should have a decent chance of succeeding combat checks from the moment you equip it, otherwise you'll be hard pressed to get those offerings. The extra then is a nice bonus, but not something you should be relying on, especially since +1 damage is more valuable than +1 attack.

Now about the horror incursion. Despite being the most suited for extra damage without extra , Mark Harrigan CANNOT take this card; doing so would be suicide alongside Shell Shock. Given that the other 5 investigator cannot take it, and anything less than 4 would leave one struggling to get offerings in the first place, the list of viable investigators shrinks to the rest of the guardians (that aren't Carolyn Fern), Joe Diamond, and William Yorick: 6 total. Even so, NONE of the investigators mentioned above have higher than 6 sanity, and given the random nature of your deck, you are subject to the whims of fate with this card (I mean, even more so than usual).

So... I don't think highly of this card. Some real jank would be required to get it going, like a Desperate "Ashcan" Pete, or a Wealthy Jenny Barnes. But I'm not holding my breath.

EDIT: As was pointed out, Ashcan and Jenny can't take this card, so please ignore the last paragraph.

Lucaxiom · 1729
Played it succesfully in Mark. Was no suicide. — trazoM · 7
Diana Stanley? — mattastrophic · 1594
It is level 1, so Pete and Jenny can’t run it. Wealthy Skids could, and Tommy run enough sponge assets that the horror isn’t a big problem. The bottom line is that the blade is a low xp conditionless, actionless +1 damage that may require outside boosting and sometimes kills draws or deals Horror. Especially if you’re an on-the Hunt deck, keeping up the kills shouldn’t be hard, and in The Dream Eaters specifically, a Swarm enemy can easily fill up its offerings very fast. — Death by Chocolate · 14
I'm pretty sure you don't get -1 <span class="icon-combat"></span> when you shuffle Bloodlust, because the skilltest is already initatied when you do it, and thats and effect that lasts until the end of the skilltest. — Bernat · 107
I honestly think Mark is a better option for this, but you need to build appropriately for it and reliably hunt enemies down. (And that's a fairly big 'but'.) His ability means you'll be drawing a whole lot of cards, so if your kills are up, he's not quite as impacted by the consumption of 3 draws turning into +1 on his primary weapon. Even without those kills, Mark should be building around his sanity pool, meaning he should have at least a couple of options to mitigate the horror on a whiff or two. However, if neither of those are true, things can go pretty catastrophically. I'd say this is a better option for him in larger games, but wouldn't want to risk it in smaller ones. — Ruduen · 317
Seems like the main issue you would have (at least with non-Mark Guardians) is getting enough offerings on it that you can actually equip the first Bloodlust or two. It gets pretty good once you're at +2. Also notable that Zoey Samaras can take Mr "Rook" to help find Bloodlust. — Zinjanthropus · 20
My sister used this in a Tommy deck. I was Agnes and scryed the encounter deck for enemies to ensure she had something to kill every round. Worked well enough. I think if you can get it up early in a scenario with many enemies, you're in good shape. Probably less ideal for solo. — LaRoix · 90

Decent card for a sustained combatant who happens to have great draw speed and deckspace for tank allies and items. (I.E Mark Harrigan's name is written on it).

With a tanky build that can handle a bit of extra horror pain and incentive to wield a non-ammo weapon, several haracters can make use of this thing. The / characters all have great tanking properties making them naturals at using The Hungering Blade.

If you're likely to have a bit of trouble with horror (like a Roland Banks or Joe Diamond), then stay the heck away!

Tsuruki23 · 1085