The base chance of achieving an artifact is about one in a thousand (or one in a hundred from Dark Fathers). These odds improve as you make more and more kills until such time as you receive an item, at which point the counter resets.
"For your valor in combating the fallen creature, a special artifact has been bestowed upon you."
Cursed versions were given as loot from:
- Ophidian Berserkers during the Ophidian Invasion of summer of 2006.
- Grim Reapers during the Halloween 2006 season.
- The Magincia Invasion during the fall of 2007.