Air Elementalist

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Air Elementalists are magicians who have specialised in air, one of the four types of elemental magic. Air Magic provides many useful charms in addition to some unique destructive capabilities.

Air Elementalists are mages who have chosen Air Magic for their specialization. Air Magic is not as purely destructive as Fire Magic, but offers a variety of other useful effects for Dungeon-delvers.


Preferred Races

High Elf, Deep Elf, Naga, Tengu, Draconian, and Vine Stalker are the recommended races if you pick an Air Elementalist Background.

Starting Equipment

Some species may receive different items based on their unique restrictions.

Starting Skills and Stats

These are adjusted by your species' aptitudes.

Choosing Air Elementalist adds 7 to your starting Intelligence and 5 to your starting Dexterity.


Air Elementalists have very good early-game survivability due to the large number of defensive spells in their starting spellbook, the Book of Air. Memorize these spells quickly and use them aggressively:

Remember to doublezap by aiming shock and lightning bolt at walls. In Tiles, the aiming tracer will be bright yellow if the square will be affected by a doublezap.

Sif Muna or Vehumet are recommended god choices that will help with magic.


In 0.19, multizap will now be automatically calculated for the player. When aiming a bounceable spell (shock or lightning bolt) it will automatically target the walls to get a bounce.

The starting book, Book of Air used to contain the flight spell, but was removed in 0.17.

It used to be possible to triplezap and even quadrizap, but zapping was limited to twice in some earlier version of the game.

Prior to 0.14, Air Elementalists started with only 1 level of Spellcasting and 20 gold.

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