Blink frog

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Version 0.30: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.
blink frog FBlink frog.png
HP 21-44
HD 6
XP 265
Speed 14 (swim: 60%)
AC 0
EV 16
Will 40
Attack1 20 (hit: blink)


Resistances rDrown
Vulnerabilities None
Habitat Amphibious
Intelligence Animal
Uses Uses nothing
Holiness Natural
Size Medium
Type frog, blink frog
Flags Cold-blooded
A species of frog that possesses the ability to blink at will. It can blink itself close to its intended prey, or blink away to escape harm. It is commonly found in packs.

Useful Info

Blink frogs are dangerous pack creatures which blink around constantly. Their attacks deal enough damage to make them lethal to most low-level characters foolish enough to let themselves be surrounded. They commonly appear in the Lair.

Spells

Spell set I
Slot1 Blink Magical flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Fast enemies that come in swarms, blink frogs are dangerous to low AC characters. Due to the constant blinking, these frogs have a tendency to flank you, block your escape route, or both at the same time. The blinking also makes it hard to approach in melee.
  • Take advantage of the turns spent blinked away to attack at range. Poison and Sticky Flame are effective; even poison darts can work at 0 skill. Area-of-effect spells, such as Fireball, Freezing Cloud, or LRD, can hit multiple frogs while bypassing their high EV.
  • Blink frogs are cold-blooded, making them vulnerable to slowing from cold attacks like Frozen Ramparts or weapons of freezing.
  • Confusing them, either via the Confusing Touch spell or Mephitic Cloud, keeps them from blinking.
  • If you alert an entire pack and don't feel up to taking them on, retreat may be advisable. Even with their speed advantage, their blinking makes it easy to climb stairs without luring up more than one at a time.

History

  • Before 0.19, they were immune to distortion effects. In fact, 20% of the time, distortion actually healed them.