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For a list of all liches, see list of liches.

Boris LBoris.png
HP 101-205
HD 22
XP 3196
Speed 10
AC 12
EV 10
Will Immune
Attack1 25 (hit: plain)
Attack2 15 (touch: drain experience)

Resistances rC++
Vulnerabilities Holy
Habitat Land
Intelligence Human
Uses Weapons & armour
Starting equipment
Open doors
Holiness Undead
Size Medium
Type lich, lich
Flags Evil
See invisible
An ancient and powerful lich. Like all true liches, Boris is immortal, and will regenerate his desiccated skeletal remains even if completely disintegrated. The same cannot be said for his many victims over his many centuries, from which he collects and channels their dying woes and regrets.

Useful Info

Boris, Master of Life and Death is a unique lich, armed with a variety of powerful Conjurations. Although he's generally less dangerous than an ancient lich or dread lich, he generates early enough to be a serious threat.

Unlike other uniques, Boris can generate multiple times in one game. If killed, he can appear on any new floor you explore (in the place of a regular monster).


Boris will also occasionally appear among the enemies that spawn during the orb run. If you have the Orb, he will gain permanent haste and brilliance effect.


Spell set I
Slot1 Iron Shot (3d37) Wizard flag
Slot2 Bolt of Cold (3d32) Wizard flag
Slot3 March of Sorrows Wizard flag
Slot4 Orb of Destruction (9d18) Wizard flag

Tips & Tricks

  • Boris is capable of one- or two-shotting careless characters. If you aren't confident you can handle him, run. Thankfully, he doesn't have haste.
  • Like all liches, Boris is weak to Silence and antimagic, but immune to most hexes.
  • Players can kite Boris if they have potions of haste; of his spells, only Orb of Destruction has full screen range, which you can dodge.
  • The clouds of excruciating misery created by March of Sorrows will devastate players without negative energy resistance. If you don't resist them, step out of them as soon as possible!
  • To avoid Orb of Destruction, you can move out of the way, Blink, and/or create summons. You can create your own OOD to negate it, but this creates an extremely loud noise. You can also get into melee range - staying in melee greatly reduces the strength of the orb.
  • Boris will not reappear on another level until he is killed. Thus, if you want to avoid encountering him again and again, just leave him where he is and he won't bother you again until you return to his floor.
  • He lacks any summoning or area-of-effect spells, meaning that your own high-level summons should be able to bring him down. In addition, your summons will shield you from Iron Shot and Orb of Destruction.