To hit

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To hit (short for 'chance to hit') is the probability that an attack will hit a target. It is one of the two key factors in determining the success of an attack, the other being damage.

The to hit can be calculated for melee and ranged attacks, and is calculated differently for players and monsters. The largest factors for players are weapon (or unarmed) skill and fighting skill - with good training on both skills and decent dexterity, it should be rare to miss most targets.

To-hit vs EV

The higher an attack's to-hit is compared to the opponent's evasion, the more likely the attack is to land:[1]

  • 2.5% of the time, the attack misses regardless of the attack's to-hit or the defender's EV.
  • 2.5% of the time, the attack hits regardless of the attack's to-hit or the defender's EV.
  • Else, the game checks if 1d(to-hit + 1) - 1 ≥ 2d(2 * EV - 1)/2. If this equation is true, then the attack hits. Otherwise the attack misses.

Player To Hit (Weapons)

The player's to-hit in melee and ranged combat is determined by the following factors:

Base Value

  • Start with 14 + dex/2 + 1d(Fighting + 1).


  • Add 1d(weapon skill + 1) -1 (number from 0 to weapon skill).
  • Add weapon base accuracy. (Unarmed has +2, or +4 with Claws)
  • Add weapon enchantment and any slaying bonuses.

Other modifiers

  • If in wisp, fungus, pig, or non-vampire bat form, add random2(XL*100+100)/100 instead of using your weapon skill above.
  • Subtract 5 for vertigo.
  • If you have the eyeballs mutation, add 2*eyeballs_level + 1

The Roll

  • Take this total and roll 1d(total) - 1.

Post Roll

Monster To Hit (Melee)

A monster's to hit is calculated as follows:

Base Value

The base value is 18.

Hit Dice

Monsters with the Fighter class flag get a bonus of +(2.5 * HD). Other monsters get +(1.5 * HD). Decimals are rounded down.

Situational Modifiers

  • An aquatic monster "using the terrain to its advantage" gets +5.
  • A monster wielding a weapon receives that weapon's inherent and magical to hit modifiers.
  • A confused monster gets -5.
  • A monster attacking a backlit defender gets +2 to +9.
  • A monster attacking an invisible target suffers a 35% penalty to its to hit number.

Monster To Hit (Ranged)

Ranged attacks ("beams", to use the game's internal terminology) have a to hit number, just like melee attacks do. This is modified as follows:

  • If you are invisible and the attacker can't see invisible, the to hit number is halved.
  • If you have Repel Missiles, the to hit number is reduced by a random number between 0 and 1/2 of its value (rounded down).


  1. (0.30.0)