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Nico, owner of the sword.

Nico's sword is a three-foot-long black sword forged from Stygian iron that has the power to suck away its victim's essence. Nico di Angelo acquired it sometime between The Titan's Curse and The Battle of the Labyrinth. The origin of the sword is currently unknown, but there is a possibility that Nico forged it himself in The Battle of the Labyrinth when he is seen in a camp ground near the River Styx.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Nico's sword first appears here. He uses it to defeat monsters in the battle of the Labyrinth, and to send Daedalus to the Underworld.

The Last Olympian

Nico uses his sword in The Battle of Manhattan to defeat monsters when he shows up with his father, Hades.

The Heroes of Olympus

The Son of Neptune

Hazel Levesque, Nico's sister, mentions that she at first didn't think much of it, though that was before she'd seen it in action. Nico is seen wearing the sword while meeting Percy in Camp Jupiter, and he leaves it outside of New Rome with Tiberinus while participating as a senator. He later take it with him when he embark upon a journey to locate the Doors of Death from inside the Underworld, and manages to take it with him while falling into Tartarus.

The Mark of Athena

Hazel uses her sense of Underworld metals to try and track down her brother, who has been captured by the giants. Unfortunately, Gaea separated Nico and his sword to lead his friends Frank Zhang, Hazel Levesque, and Leo Valdez, who were attempting to rescue him, into a trap.


Percy Jackson describes it as being, "black as a nightmare and truly frightening."


  • Nico uses it to summon as well as banish the dead by stabbing it into the ground.
  • The sword sucks the essence of the killed monster into the sword, so the monster stays in Tartarus longer.
  • The sword strikes fear into its owner's enemies.
  • The sword seems to "make shadows even gloomier, as if the infernal metal was soaking the light and heat out of the air", according to Jason Grace.

See also


  • It is unknown whether the sword itself has necromancy, or Nico simply uses it as a means of channeling his power.
Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Maimer | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Sword of Hades | Reyna's Spear | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Annabeth's Sword
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | The Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Serapis' Staff
Spoils of War: The Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Denarius | Mark of Athena | The Pax | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books
Blessed Metals: Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron

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